Don Jensen, 208-866-6600
One hundred years ago, part of the area in East Boise known today as Harris Ranch was an 18-square-block town of 650 residents. When purchased by Weyerhaeuser in 1909, the Barber mill was the second largest lumber mill in Idaho. After the operation closed in 1935, the company store, a hotel, a community hall and employee housing were razed. The land was bought by Dallas and Alta Harris in the 1950s and became part of a massive cattle ranch that still exists today.
Thirteen hundred acres of the Harris Ranch are being developed into a master planned community that will stretch well beyond the size of the old lumber mill town. Today, the area includes a restaurant, a hair salon, a new junior high school and a number of subdivisions with community pools and club houses. Next year, a new bridge will connect the up-and-coming area with Boise's bustling Parkcenter district.
The new community is nestled near trailheads to the extensive Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Foothills and is close to the paved, 26-mile Greenbelt along the Boise River—both of which are popular with walkers, runners and bicyclists.
This week's home is located in the Spring Creek subdivision in Harris Ranch. The contemporary, two-story exterior is painted light tan and has a maroon front door. A pair of large, square columns supports a generous porch cover, and the front walkway is punctuated by a Japanese maple, rhododendrons and a row of young shrubs. The dwelling is surrounded by a cluster of houses that all back up to a spacious rectangle of common lawn, creating a pleasant verdant buffer behind neighbors instead of endless fence line.
Inside, walls are painted the color of sand and carpets are a similar light hue. Glossy white paint highlights all of the interior trim as well as the attractive plantation shutters covering every window. Maple cabinetry stained a light, golden tint is in the kitchen and bathrooms throughout the house. The floor plan places the living room, a dining nook, the kitchen, a private office with French doors and the master suite on the main level. Upstairs you'll find two bedrooms, one full bathroom and a bonus room that has skylights overhead and a built-in wall unit the color of cherry wood on one wall.
Tall, angled ceilings in the living room make the space appear large, but the room's fireplace coupled with low, flat ceilings in the adjoining dining nook and kitchen create a feeling of coziness.
Along with golden tinted cabinetry, the kitchen is outfitted with granite tile countertops in a medium brown, white appliances and a built-in desk that looks like a good spot for writing out a grocery list. An indoor/outdoor surround sound system with Bose speakers sends music through the living room, office and master suite on the main level, into the bonus room upstairs and outside on the back patio.
The back yard is small but functional, and views of the common lawn through wrought iron fencing make it feel open and spacious. An elevated Trex deck just outside the dining nook features a built-in hot tub. A handful of steps lead to ground level, where a brick patio provides space for a gas grill and an outdoor dining set. Two south-facing beds at the base of the house look like the perfect spots for planting vegetables and flowers in the spring.
Pros: Upgraded family home near Foothill trails and riverside Greenbelt.
Cons: Planned community replaces pasture land.
Open House: Sunday, Nov. 23, 1-3 p.m.