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Boise's Gem, a quiet retreat next to downtown/BSU

Depot Bench, Boise, ID, USA
  • House1350 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay3 nights

2+ Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms, Spacious Open Feel, Great Location

Whether you're staying for a few days or a few weeks, you will love the inviting, comfortable feel of this lovely home-away-from-home.


You won't find a better value! The great location, wonderful yard, lovely furnishings, open floor plan, full amenities, low rates, and consistently outstanding guest reviews all combine to make us the best choice.


Nestled in a quiet neighborhood at the end of a dead-end street, 'Boise's Gem' is within walking distance of a shopping center and several neighborhood restaurants and watering holes, as well as a park and public swimming pool. Boise State University is just a mile away and Downtown just half a mile further, so it's possible to bike to all of Boise's great city-center attractions (several museums, premier parks, the zoo, dozens of restaurants, great nightlife, shopping, farmer's markets, live theatre, entertainment venues, and more). The Greenbelt along the Boise River is within a mile of the house, giving access to many miles of wonderful walking and biking paths.


It isn't just the location that makes this place special. It's also the tranquil, shady, and private back yard with a large grassy area and cozy patio accessible from both the kitchen and den. What a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine and listen to the birds -- or grill a meal and dine alfresco!


Inside, the spacious living room features a huge bank of south-facing windows for lots of natural light. The open floor plan flows into a dining room with a large table that seats seven, and into a roomy kitchen with a smaller table for more intimate, informal dining. The master bedroom contains a King bed and the second bedroom has a Queen, both with extremely comfortable pillow-top mattresses. These bedrooms share a bathroom with a tub and shower. Another (half) bathroom is convenient to the den and kitchen. The den faces the patio and back yard and features a comfortable sofa, a flat-screen television, a DVD player and movie library, and a convenient desk with keyboard for your laptop. The den is also a fully-functional third bedroom because the sofa coverts to a Queen-size bed and there is a small dresser and an armoire for clothing. Everything is on one level and accessible to most physically-challenged individuals.


Scott Ross

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Feb 05, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, approx 11 X 12 feet
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, approx 10 X 12 feet
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, Third bedroom used as den; has Queen sofa-bed
      • Super-comfy pillowtop mattresses in bedrooms 1 & 2


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 2


          • Adventure
          • Budget
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Iron & Board
                  • Air Conditioning
                    Central air conditioning
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                    Forced-air heating
                  • Internet
                    Wireless internet throughout the property
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking
                    Carport for covered parking
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                        Fully-equipped kitchen with casual dining space
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 7 people


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                                Internet-connected Blu-ray player in living room; standard DVD player in den
                              • Games
                              • Music Library
                              • Television
                              • Video Library


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    Outdoor dining table and seating on patio
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                        Onsite Services

                                          • Concierge


                                              • museums
                                              • botanical garden
                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • churches
                                              • playground
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • synagogues
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • sledding
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • basketball court
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • ice skating
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • racquetball
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • roller blading
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water tubing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • Concierge/grocery shopping services available by request for additional fee. Let us know what you need to make your stay perfect.

                                                                28 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                An Oasis Close to Downtown

                                                                Laura H.Calgary

                                                                Such a lovely property. We stayed here for 4 nights and it suited our needs perfectly. The backyard is very private, we never saw or heard anyone else during our stay. The home is on a dead-end road so it is a very quiet street that the kids were able to bike around on. The home is simple and had everything we needed. The only downside was that I did not enjoy the T.V. set up. I believe they had satellite, but I didn't find it easy to navigate and you had to go through a few steps to sync your netflix to their equipment, so I ended up just using our computer when the kids wanted to watch a show. But like I said, that was the only real downside during our stay. The host was very responsive and showed us around the place when we arrived. The AC worked great, which was a must because it can get VERY hot in Boise, and the backyard trees provided nice shade. All in all I would definitely recommend this place. It was only a 6 minute drive to downtown.

                                                                Nice Property

                                                                Patrick R.Huntington Beach

                                                                The house was nice a little far from the downtown but workable. The only thing that kept me from giving a 4-5 stars was the TV did not have cable so the news channels very limited and Wi-Fi service was intermittent and had to be reset a few times but was clean, comfortable and owner met us when we first arrive to review all the services.

                                                                Wonderful stay!

                                                                Lorene N.Stanford, CA

                                                                This home is spacious and comfortable. The beds are incredibly comfortable, kitchen well-equipped and the hosts are very considerate. All around a great stay!

                                                                Close to Everything, Quiet, and Clean

                                                                Pam S.

                                                                Great place to stay, nice back yard and patio area, central to everything and house was stocked nicely. Owners were great to work with and were very accommodating to our unique situation. We'll definitely be staying again next time we're in town.

                                                                Lives up to its name - truly a gem

                                                                Judy M.

                                                                Excellent location and value. This home is immaculate, quite comfortable and well stocked with ample amenities. The owners are very personable and readily available if you have questions, etc. Highest recommendation. We will happily return.

                                                                Great Location

                                                                Dorothy N.Winthrop Harbor, IL

                                                                I was very impressed by the condition of this home. I had everything I needed to be comfortable. The location was close to town and very convenient. I felt very safe. I would definitely come back.


                                                                Depot Bench, Boise, ID, USA

                                                                Our home is in the 'Depot Bench' neighborhood, which gets its name from the beautiful, historic (and now decommissioned) Boise Train Depot. It's a safe, tree-shaded neighborhood just at the edge of Downtown and very close to BSU. A short path from our dead-end street leads to the Vista Avenue commercial district, which has a wide variety of shops, services, restaurants, and watering holes with local flavor.

                                                                28 Reviews

                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5

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