Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
Bonnie O'Hara, 208-890-6211
In 1984, this was a brand-new, custom hideaway situated above Hill Road and was featured in the Parade of Homes. From 24th Street, there is no indication that a two-level dwelling on a wooded lot with a terraced back yard and a built-in pool await at the end of the driveway. The two-car garage and a driveway thickly lined with foliage are all you see as you approach the house. On either side of the garage are paths—the one on the left leads to the sloped side yard, while the one on the right leads to the front door.
The exterior is painted butter cream with medium green trim. Three elevated wooden decks on the back of the house provide an abundance of space for sipping Saturday morning coffee while overlooking the gentle downhill slope of the wooded back yard. Pine trees that are easily four-stories tall tower above the house and the terraced grounds. A swimming pool and a paved deck fill the main terrace, and a large lawn with a redwood play make up the lower terrace. Stairs made from railroad ties lead from one level to the next, and stepping-stone pathways wind throughout the shaded and landscaped property.
The layout of the main floor places the living spaces on one side of the house—including the living room, kitchen and a formal dining room. The private quarters, which are comprised of a bedroom, an office, a full bathroom and the master suite, are on the other side. Almost every room on the main level has cathedral ceilings.
The living room features terrific views of the private back yard through two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen has solid-oak cabinets, a matching oak-paneled refrigerator and a work island with a gas range. The appliances are original, and the new owner may want to update them. The formal dining room has a built-in oak corner cabinet with glass doors for displaying tableware and collectibles. One of the upper level, covered decks can be accessed through the dining room and the living room.
The master bedroom features a glossy, maroon Jotul wood stove on a custom brick hearth that has built-in storage bins for wood. A private deck with a hot tub sits right outside the master bedroom. In the master bathroom, a big window with views of the verdant back yard is placed in the center of a split dual vanity. There is an oversized glass shower and a private water closet, too.
The lower level is home to the utility room, a full bathroom, two oversized bedrooms and a spacious family room. The utility room is larger than most kitchens and has an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling storage closets. One of the big bedrooms has French doors and a floor-to-ceiling chalk board, making it a good place for a homeschool classroom or a second office.
Another wall of windows that offers a lush panorama, and a second immaculate Jotul stove—this one in cream—is located in the family room. From here, the third deck is accessed.
Pros: The house has solid bones and its wooded, terraced setting provides a reason to pause. Pool parties and summer barbecues are mandatory. Priced at $121.30 per square foot, this is a very good value for North Boise.
Cons: Appliances and light fixtures from mid-1980s could use updating.
Open House: Saturday, Aug. 2, 1-4 p.m.