Downtown Livin' 

During the past five years, several condominium developments have popped up in downtown. While some are brand new, others are in handsomely renovated historic buildings. Boise's attractive urban core provides downtown residents the convenience of walking to restaurants, shops and cultural events like museums, opera, ballet, concerts and sporting events.

The sandstone structure located at 479 Main St. was constructed in 1904 with stone quarried from nearby Table Rock. The 820-square-foot condo in the Belgravia Building features exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and geothermal heating. White, tear-drop pendant lights accent a sleek breakfast bar facing a kitchen outfitted with stainless steel appliances. A deep, rectangular vessel sink accents the one-bedroom unit's sole bathroom, which has also been updated with a frosted privacy screen between bathtub and sink. $270,000, MLS #98403805.

Looking for a second-story corner unit with Foothills views? This 1,359-square-foot dwelling is in the Jefferson, a newer six-story condominium development punctuated with original artwork and sculptures by local and national artists. Inside the two-bedroom residence, you'll find a great room with a breakfast bar and an east-facing balcony. In the main living area there is an alcove that would accommodate a computer desk. Dark wood cabinetry, dove-gray walls and white trim create a cool, contemporary vibe. $398,000, MLS #98406441.

The creators of the Aspen Lofts took a narrow sliver of land situated between a busy downtown corridor and an existing parking garage and turned it into a 17-story high rise with a gleaming, solid glass facade. As a result, the 10-foot-tall glass wall inside unit 1402 allows sweeping Foothills views from the open great room and private master bedroom. The modern interior of this 1,015-square-foot, two-bedroom condo is set smack in the center of downtown's entertainment hub between the Grove and BODO, where concerts, hockey games, cage fights, movies and the Saturday farmers market are all less than one block away. $469,900, MLS #98405816.

Luxurious finishes typify each home in the Royal Plaza building. A tall, solid hickory door opens to unit 306, where honey-colored hardwood floors and an earthy palette of khaki and brick red set a tone that is both traditional and upscale. Two bedrooms and a master suite are arranged in a split-bedroom configuration around a large central great room, which opens to a private corner balcony. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry and a long, curved breakfast bar topped with slab granite. Royal Plaza also features a spacious, residents-only rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen and patio furnishings for private al fresco gatherings overlooking the Foothills. $499,900, MLS #98412411.

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