Ten Things I Love--620 Aspen Court

Ten Things I love about Aspen Court

We've just listed 620 Aspen Court in Nampa, Idaho. This sweet home has been lovingly enjoyed by the current owner and is ready for its next chapter. Here are then things I love about this property. 

The backyard.

This home has a larger lot than comparable homes for the price, and that’s great (who doesn’t love a big, shady back yard?), but what I really love about this yard is the thoughtful placement of trees, shrubs and garden spaces as well as the unique varieties of plantings in addition to the patio and large grassy space.

The Jujube and plum trees.

 I love trees—we have added all kinds of flowering and fruiting trees to our property and enjoying them bloom in the spring and change colors in the fall, not to mention provide harvests of fruit, is a true joy to me. Before listing this home, I had never heard of a Jujube Tree. I’ve since learned that it is known for drought tolerance and yummy fruits.  It’s a spectacular tree and the fruits are beautiful. In the back yard is a gorgeous, fruit-laden plum tree. The variety is a prune-plum which we had at a previous home. We loved that plum because it made the best pies. I’m looking forward to picking some of these and revisiting my plum pie recipe.

The views from every window.

The landscaping has been placed so that the views out to the yard are pretty from every room. This may seem like a small thing, but for day to day living, this is actually quite important. The windows also add light from multiple directions, offering a lovely light quality throughout the day.

The family room addition.

These long-time owners added on the family room space (fully permitted, of course) and created a room that is uniquely livable. With vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows and doors to the back yard, the space is bright and airy. It would make a terrific home office and is large enough to have multiple functions.

The large kitchen relative to the size of home.

This home has more counterspace and cabinets than are typical for a home of this size. I love how the sink looks to the front living room and dining area, making it connected to the living spaces but it’s not fully visible from the front door. I love the pantry and the efficient work triangle that is so important in kitchen design. Expanding a kitchen is a massive project—this home already has the core bones in place. An update would only need to be cosmetic and wouldn’t involve structural changes.

The vaulted ceilings in the primary suite.

I love a bedroom with high ceilings—the height ads a sense of drama and spaciousness. The primary suite also looks to the back yard and the combination makes the space feel very peaceful and cozy.

The culdesac.

I love all homes on culdesacs. It’s such a nice placement, creating an immediate feeling of community and quiet. I personally live on a dead end street (the 1920’s version of a culdesac) and know first-hand that living in a spot without through traffic is ideal.

The floorplan.

I love having the kitchen in the middle of the home with a family room off one side and bedrooms off the other. It allows for different occupants to have different rhythms and patterns and protects sleeping areas from bustle.

The location.

In Nampa, many neighborhoods are further south which makes for a longer drive into Boise or Meridian as well as to shopping and dining. This location is close to parks, schools and downtown Nampa and is quick to access I-84 making it ideal for someone commuting to Boise.

The potential.

I suspect that many buyers will be quick to point out that this home is a little dated, with original 90’s fixtures. We are a culture obsessed with HGTV and modern updates. However, a home like this, priced a good 30-50K below slightly more updated homes, offers a buyer a major opportunity to make changes over time and increase equity. The house is in great shape with a wonderful neighborhood and location—the things that are difficult to change are wonderful and the things that are easy to change are doable. This mix of move-in-ready with lots of upside can be hard to find. If I was in the market, this would be exactly the kind of home I’d be excited about.

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