Just Listed! Ten Things I love about 1517 N. 7th
This is a home that captures the heart and imagination--there is so much to love!
Ten things I love about 7th
Originally built in 1898, this home is an example of the late Queen Anne Victorian style that was popular in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. The characteristic porch, hand-carved front doors, variety of windows and roof line elements are intact and make this home a beautiful example of the era. The siding is cedar, built to last many lifetimes.
Boise’s north end has long been treasured for its tree-lined streets, historic charm and proximity to Hyde Park, downtown and the Boise foothills trail system. The north end is a large area–some sections of the north end are definitely more north-endy than others and no section is more quintessentially north-end than 7th street. Located between Ada and Sherman, this home is an easy stroll to both Hyde Park and the foothills trails at Camel’s Back park. It is located on a charming block of Victorian homes that is picture-perfect in every way.
The Stained Glass Upstairs
Some years ago a local developer completely remodeled this home, creating the upstairs loft space, opening up the two-story ceiling height in the living room, and adding the wood elements upstairs. He also finished out the curved plaster window nook with stained glass showing a classic Idaho scene. The light from this glass casts the prettiest colors and the vibe of the space is pure Idaho. I love that this was once an attic and that it was brought to life with such a clever nod to our mountain state.
There are not many homes in the north end that feature three bedrooms and two bathrooms plus laundry on the main level of the home. With high ceilings and tall windows, the living spaces are open and airy. The second floor adds bonus space for office or hobbies or secondary living area.
The current owners have lovingly cultivated the back yard to offer both lush spaces to relax and dine as well as robust garden boxes and fruit trees for abundant summer harvests. The paver patio is beautiful and functional and the established fruit trees offer shade and privacy.
The Grape Arbor
I love that this home has a grape arbor! Some of my earliest memories are of drinking my Grandpa’s homemade grape juice at their home nearby at 6th & Resseguie. He had an arbor similar to the one here at 7th Street and each year harvested the grapes and canned grape juice in large Mason jars that lined the shelves in the root cellar. The grape arbor produces grapes galore and also offers a beautiful backdrop in the sweet, artful backyard.
The living room light fixture
I love this light fixture! How cool is this Victorian-inspired fixture for this large, open living room? I don’t think I’ve seen another fixture quite like it. I love that it is sculptural in shape and is of a scale that fits the high, open ceilings.
The kitchen built-ins
I love the pull-outs and little smart, efficient details in the kitchen cabinetry. These aren’t big-box, generic cabinets–they actually offer smart storage and clever ways of maximizing the efficiency of the kitchen.
The En Suite Primary Bedroom
It’s hard to find a bedroom with an attached bathroom in the north end. I love that this home has a nice sized bathroom adjoining the primary suite and it even features a characteristic clawfoot tub! Having a second full bathroom on the main level makes this home incredibly functional.
The coal stove
This Godin French coal stove is rich with history. When I was growing up in the north end, we had a similar coal stove and I have vivid memories of the cozy warmth it produced. When we first moved into the home with the coal stove, I remember general puzzlement from my family–we thought it would be something we would never use. But my mom sourced some coal and we figured out how to light it and ended up using it every day in the winter months. It was unbeatable for heat and we even used to cook soup and boil the tea kettle on the top burner! When I walked into this home for the first time, I loved the flood of memories seeing this stove produced. Coal would have been a go-to heat source for this home and many others in the north end when it was built.
Posted by Andrea Pettitt
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