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The Boise Bench and homes for sale on the Boise Bench are near and dear to Mike and Erica's heart. They both grew on the Boise Bench and know the bench inside and out from the quaint 1930's subdivisions that they grew above Ann Morrison Park, To the 1950's mid century modern homes off Overland road where Mike bought his first house on Teton Street..Read more 


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Read More....Mikes house growing up was an old barn converted to a home. The blacksmiths shop was the kitchen, the stables the living room. It was quirky and had low ceilings, but it was a wonderful place to grow up. It was on rim of the bench above what is now Kathryn Albertsons Park. Mike and his friends thought they owned both Ann Morrison Park and Kathryn Albertsons Park which was just a horse pasture and a twinkle in Joe's eye back then! "We spent countless hours in what is now Kathryn Albertsons Park swimming, fishing, catching crawdads or trying out our wrist rockets on what ever happened by! " said Mike We would love to help you find a home for sale on the bench in Boise!.This area of Boise offers many of the same advantages as the north end, but the housing is a little cheaper. Riding to downtown, Bsu or all the great parks in no time is the top reason many choose the bench as the spot for their new home. It is convenient to all the great shopping around the mall, the airport and the freeway. From the rim to the mall the bench is a little microcosm of Boise. Older homes to the east, newer homes to the west. Boise grew quickly after world war II and a lot of that growth was “way out on the bench”. For those of you coming from out of the area a bench is an ancient flood plain, elevated above the current river level. Basically a plateau of old river bottom. The view of Downtown Boise and the mountains behind is widely considered the best view in town. Joe Albertson lived on the rim overlooking Ann Morrison park and downtown. 
The housing on the bench spans 4 decades, the close in bench is 1930’s and a lot of 1940-50 homes. The classic midcentury modern. As you move further west near the Boise Towne Square Mall and Cole road, you get into 1960’s era homes and even find some that were built in the 1970’s. Again, as with the north end ,the geographic boundary on the west side is vague. Generally people consider Cole road as the divide between The Boise Bench and west Boise, but some of the residents along Mountain View drive might tell you they live in west Boise. So maybe you could use this. If you can ride your bike to Ann Morrison park in 15 minutes you are on the bench, longer you are in west Boise. However, this does not really work for some areas that definitely are on the bench, like those homes near Hillcrest country club. One advantage of the older homes on the bench as compared to the north end is yard size. Typically the yards are bigger and in some cases a lot bigger than the garage behind concept you will find in the north end. So standard sized garages are much more common on the bench than in the north end. The bench really saw a resurgence starting in the 1990’s. As the prices for the older homes in the north end exploded. A lot of average wage earners that wanted the cottage feel and treed atmosphere of the north end just plain old could not afford it. The answer was to buy a home on the bench. Most of the character and convenience and a lot less sticker shock. That trend continues today. I have seen various write ups and opinions expressed around the coffee maker in the office that the bench will continue to see high demand as our valley continues to grow and the traffic starts to become an issue. 
What’s the bad? In some cases there are issues with sewer lines. A high number of the drain lines in the area used Orangeburg pipe. As it ages it looks like old rotten paper. It is actually bituminized fiber pipe made from layers of wood pulp and pitch pressed together. In one house we had listed they ran a camera down the pipe and in a lot of places, the pipe was just gone. Washed away and dirt walls were left in its place. As you might imagine these are prone to cave in’s, and roots have a hay day in there. The cost of a new sewer line in this case was $7,000. They were lucky as it was pretty shallow and not very far to the street. It could run into the $20,000 range if you have to go very far, or under concrete. It pays to have an agent who knows the area and the ins and outs. Having spent part of every day on the bench for almost 20 years gives Mike and Erica the kind of local perspective that you can use. has an Instant Access Agent standing by to show you homes right now.