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

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Scott Ross
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2018

About Scott Ross

We have lived in Boise for more than 30 years and are happy to share our knowledge of this special place with our guests.

Our hospitality experience (we have managed a mountain resort and an inn in Mexico) gives us a strong focus on our guests. We live near our rental property and are personally committed to ensuring your satisfaction.

Why Scott Ross chose Depot Bench

Though we have travelled extensively and lived in Europe, we still think Boise is one of the best places to live that we have encountered. We love the established neighborhood and great location of this house. When we found a house in perfect condition with such a great floor plan and yard, we knew it was the one for us.

What makes this house unique

The quiet setting contrasted with the proximity to businesses and attractions, the tranquility of the back yard, and the homey feel.


Depot Bench House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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.


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Boise's Gem, a quiet retreat next to downtown/BSU
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

An Oasis Close to Downtown

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huntington Beach

Nice Property

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Stanford, CA

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to Everything, Quiet, and Clean

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lives up to its name - truly a gem

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Winthrop Harbor, IL

Great Location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.6 Miles
Boise Air Terminal
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Warm Springs Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
Interstate 84
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
more than a dozen
Nearest Ski
22.5 Miles
Bogus Basin
Nearest Beach
11.1 Miles
Sandy Point Beach
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Pet Fee $50
Non-refundable cleaning $100
Tax Rate 13.0%

$50 (one-time) holiday fee for stays that include a holiday. Add $10 per person per night for more than two guests. Payment by check or e-check is free; if guest chooses to use credit card for payment, the credit card fee is deducted from the refundable deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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