7318 W. Gillis, Boise; Built in 2006; 2134 sq. feet; 4 Bed, 3 Bath 


RE/Max Capital City

Jim Paulson, 208-573-0471

What was once a one-acre horse property on the northwestern edge of Boise is now a tidy infill project comprised of six townhouse units that are located about a mile away from one of Boise's busiest retail hubs. Of the six units that were constructed in 2006 by the Chambers Construction company, this townhouse is the last available one. And with a price tag that breaks down to around $105 per square foot, it is one of the best values for the money in the $220,000-$230,000 price range in this section of town.

The floor plan of the two-story residence is simple yet interesting. The main living quarters are laid out in a great-room configuration with the kitchen, an informal dining area and the living room all contained in one long room that takes up about one quarter of the home's 2,100 square feet. The kitchen is nicely outfitted with slab granite countertops in an attractive caramel color. The numerous cabinets are made from alder wood, and the extra-deep stainless steel sink looks out over the front exteriors of the neighboring townhomes. The dishwasher and gas range are finished in stainless steel with glossy black trim, so it would be natural for the new owner to purchase a refrigerator to match. Throughout the home, the color scheme features ivory walls, and carpeting in a very light tan color. Lighting fixtures, door knobs and other hardware look like they are mostly brushed nickel, but I did notice a few chrome fixtures, like bathroom sink faucets.

A small hallway off of the living room heads past the laundry room to a full bathroom and the only bedroom located downstairs. I think this would make terrific guest quarters, as they would have their own full bathroom, or it would be perfect for a privacy-seeking teenager or an elderly parent who might have a tough time making it up and down the stairs. Both the downstairs bedroom and the living room have access to the rear patio, which is partly covered. The wide slab of concrete that is the back patio is surrounded on all sides by a planter full of egg-size river rock and a few short shrubs. A fence and a small stretch of evergreen landscaping are the only buffers between the patio and Gary Lane, which at peak traffic hours can be pretty busy.

The private quarters located upstairs are comprised of two bedrooms, a full bathroom and the master suite. The upper landing looks like it is wired for cable TV and a computer. It appears to be roomy enough to hold either a small office desk or a small library, or it could be used as a cozy sitting nook. The master suite has a cool, arched art nook located at its entrance. It reminds me of the nook you'd find in a Catholic church where a statue of the Blessed Virgin is housed. The master bedroom overlooks the neighborhood below. The master bathroom has a separate soaking tub, an enclosed shower and a private water closet. Throughout the house, all the closets have built-in cubbies, shelves and hanger rods.

If you play tennis or shoot hoops, the outdoor facilities at Riverglen Junior High are not far from this cozy cul-de-sac. The Boise Foothills and many popular paths for mountain biking, hiking, jogging and walking are no more than one mile away. The 25-mile-long Boise Greenbelt pedestrian and bicycling path is less than two miles away and runs along the Boise River. Anglers will appreciate the townhome's proximity to fishing and a quick riparian getaway.

Pros: Location, location, location. Close to schools, shopping, restaurants and a movie theater, as well as several recreational activities. I like the functional, family-friendly floor plan and spacious kitchen.

Cons: The low-maintenance concrete patio and rock-heavy landscaping in the tiny back yard are uninteresting, but could easily be beautified.

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