Inside the walls of any Boise real estate office you will hear the words “growth” and “new” countless times. As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, we see evidence every time we step out our door. But Boise also has a rich history. At Windermere Powerhouse Group we remember that every day we walk into our office in the historic Powerhouse building. In the midst of this exciting growth, we strive to preserve the memories and tradition that are the foundation of our great city.
“In every community, every county, there are certain buildings, certain neighborhoods, open spaces, which traditionally have had special meaning for local residents and which proclaim to all comers the unique character and heritage of that particular place.” Mavis Bryan, Zoning for Community Preservation
The North End is often the neighborhood that is most reminiscent of Boise’s early years. When Windermere Powerhouse Group listed the home at 1111 N. Harrison Blvd, a home on the National Register of Historical Places in Idaho, we were extra curious and wondered, “If those walls could talk, what would the story be?” First,we needed to discover what it means to be on the historical register. Among a number of standards, the most fitting for this one of a kind house is the significance it holds with its master craftsmanship, unique characteristics, artistic features and architecture of its era. It began when Robert Newhouse submitted a building permit in 1938 for what would become this iconic Tudor Revival style home. Although unconfirmed, the house was likely designed by Jedd Jones, an architect who regularly socialized with the Newhouse family and would later be responsible for many residential designs found throughout Boise. The steeply pitched asymmetrical gables, double stacked chimney and leaded glass windows are the quintessential architectural features of a Tudor Revival, a style which borrows design elements from English medieval houses.
The Newhouses, a family with deep Idaho roots and active in Boise society, moved in the summer of 1938 and shortly after the home was featured in the Idaho Statesman. The reporter noted that the majority of rooms were painted in various shades of blue to compliment the family’s antique collection. In a true moment of history repeating itself, the current dining room, a favorite of all who visit, is currently painted a beautiful shade of blue. The Idaho Statesman proclaimed it “one of the city’s most charming houses,” and over 80 years later, we couldn’t agree more!
At Windermere Powerhouse Group we often field inquiries about our own iconic office building, also part of Idaho’s Historical Register. Built in 1913, the building originally housed the Beaver River Power Company, a competitive start-up that produced coal-fired electricity for downtown Boise and the Valley’s trolley system. Over the years, hydroelectricity replaced steam turbines and the building became reclassified as a “non-performing asset.” In 2000, the building was restored and transformed into a venue for weddings, proms and special events. More recently, we were blessed with the opportunity to locate our Windermere Powerhouse Group brokerage within these four walls. Many of our friends and clients previously built fond memories here, and we feel honored to keep that tradition. When you walk through our doors you’ll instantly feel welcome, and see how we embrace our growing city while honoring the past that brought us here.
If you would like a tour of the Windermere Powerhouse Group office, you are welcome to stop by. Share a cup of coffee with beans we roast in house, see the beautiful remodel and of course, we are always here to help you with all of your real estate needs. 621 S 17th St. Boise, 208-920-5966, email@example.com
The following analysis of select counties of the Idaho real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. We hope that this information may assist you with making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact your Windermere agent.
Job growth in Idaho continues to moderate. The state added 19,400 new jobs over the past 12 months, representing an annual growth rate of 2.7%. That said, the growth rate remains well above the national average of 1.7%. In March, Idaho’s unemployment rate was 2.9%, matching the level seen a year ago. The state remains at full employment, and it’s worth noting that the employment rate remained below 3% even as the labor force rose by 2%. This suggests the economy remains very strong as there are still job openings to accommodate new workers. Idaho continues to outperform the nation in terms of economic vitality and will continue to do so for the balance of the year.
- 4,440 homes were sold during the first quarter of 2019, representing a drop of 4.3% compared to the first quarter of 2018.
- In Northern Idaho, Shoshone County was alone in experiencing sales growth, with an increase of 12% over the first quarter of 2018. There was a substantial drop of more than 15% in Bonner County, but this is a small area, making it prone to significant swings. In Southern Idaho, we saw modest sales growth in Payette County, modest declines in Canyon and Ada counties, and significantly lower sales in the small area of Boise County.
- Year-over-year sales growth was positive in just one Northern Idaho market, and only one of the Southern Idaho markets saw sales rise relative to the same period a year ago.
- When compared to the first quarter of 2018, the number of homes for sale was lower across the board in Northern Idaho and in most Southern Idaho market areas. It’s likely that this contributed to the decline in sales.
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