1170 E. Shenandoah Ct., Boise 

This striking, three-story contemporary home was designed to turn its back to the moderate amount of traffic that flows along Shaw Mountain Road at the top of the property. The towering residence's interior is open toward picturesque views of the Table Rock mesa, and walls of east-facing windows bring the panorama into the bedrooms and living areas.

Designed by Steve Trout of Trout Architects and his wife, artist Sally Stevens, the 8-year-old dwelling is composed of two buildings set into a sloped .23-acre lot. A 45-foot-long concrete staircase cuts a vertical path between the two structures.

The lower level of the main tower contains two bedrooms. The living room, dining space and kitchen are located on the second story. The spacious master suite takes up the entire top floor. Bedrooms and living spaces are arranged on the vista side of the home, while bathrooms and utility spaces are situated toward the rear.

The shorter building houses a two-car garage on the lower level, and a roomy guest suite with a large deck on the second story. There are also decks and balconies off the main residence so occupants and guests can watch the setting sun turn the nearby Foothills purple.

Pros: Stunning, stacked contemporary home with unbeatable views of Table Rock.

Cons: Front door set atop two flights of stairs, which may not appeal to people with limited mobility.

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