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Z-shaped Hearth apartments open in Downtown Boise with high-end features


A new, high-end apartment building in Downtown Boise is open, after years in the making.

Roundhouse opened the eight-story Hearth on Broad project at Front St. and 4th St. late last year.

The project includes a wide array of floorplans – 46 in all. Units range from so-called live-work units along 4th St., studios, and two-bedroom, two-bath configurations. The apartments are as small as 404 square feet and as big as 1,020 square feet for a corner unit.

So far, the apartments are about 46% leased, according to Roundhouse’s Judah Dorn, which he said is ahead of schedule.

The ground floor includes a restaurant space, which Dorn said will be leased to David and Elizabeth Rex, who own the nearby Wylder pizza a few blocks away.


Rooftop deck at Hearth on Broad. Photo courtesy: Don Day/BoiseDev.

The building includes a raft of higher-end features for residents. As BoiseDev first reported in 2018 when the project was first proposed (then known as The Cartee), it features a unique Z-shape for the third through eighth stories.

“The Z shape of the building offers two kinds of rooftop decks and goes with our Fitwel certification,” Roundhouse Regional Marketing Manager Madison Scharf said. “Each apartment has a view of some kind.”

On the building’s west side, a fitness center and spa open up onto an outdoor space with seating, fire pits and views of a currently undeveloped lot (which Roundhouse also mostly owns for possible future development).

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A resident co-working space is available for drop-in use, and there’s a reservable lounge area as well.

On the east side of the building along 4th, Hearth features a dog-run area with artificial turf and native plantings. The dog run sits along high tension Idaho Power lines that run down 4th.

Other amenities include touchscreen displays, a large lobby space with a fireplace, a building app, and remotely managed entry for guests.

Apartment units

Kitchen in Hearth on Broad apartment unit. Photo courtesy: Don Day/BoiseDev.

BoiseDev viewed two pre-set model units – a small studio space and a larger two-bedroom unit. Each features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and light wood floors. The apartments also include an in-unit washer and dryer.

Some feature “Juliette-style” balconies – essentially sliding doors that feature an exterior railing on the outside, while a few include actual balcony spaces.

Currently quoted rents range from $1,621 for the smallest studio up to $2,825 for the largest available apartment. Beyond rent, Hearth on Broad charges several fees – including a holding deposit/administrative fee of $200, an application fee of $28.45, a security deposit ranging from $350 to $500, plus $150-$200 per month for a parking spot rental, and $45-$65 for storage rental. Pets add $300 for one or $400 for two to the deposit total, and $35 per month in pet rent. A $65-$95 monthly fee covers water, sewer, trash, pest and common areas. Internet is included in the rent.

Busy corridor

Outside view of Hearth and Broad apartments. Photo courtesy: Don Day/BoiseDev.

Hearth will be another in a series of large apartment complexes popping up along the Front and Myrtle corridor. The two state highways each feature five wide travel lanes, and speed limits of 35 MPH.

Hearth sits about half a block from a crosswalk at 3rd St., which gives access to Julia Davis Park and Boise State to the south. Some of the other projects under construction are significantly further from a designated crossing, as there is no crosswalk on Myrtle St. from 3rd St. to Broadway Ave – nearly four-tenths of a mile.

In 2019, a 72-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car few blocks away at Myrtle and 2dn Street. Police said the woman was jaywalking at the time of the crash.

Dorn and Scharf said the busy highways have not been a concern from residents so far, and pointed to busy walkable amenities in the area like Mother Earth Brew Co. They also said the busy streets haven’t been an issue at the nearby Fowler project, which Roundhouse also developed and owns.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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