This house shines like a classically cut gem. Set on a low hilltop in a quiet corner of Northwest Boise, it is impossible to tell from the residence's understated exterior that there are four floors of living space inside. A balanced mix of entertaining space and private quarters combined with an abundance of natural light and rock-solid craftsmanship give the property a timeless character.
The house is set back far from the street. A sprawling, mounded lawn and a curved, pull-through driveway buffer the home from the moderate traffic that flows along Pierce Park Lane. Hidden from street view are three outdoor decks providing views of a two-acre pasture next door and the Boise Foothills that rise up a few hundred yards away near the intersection of Pierce Park Lane and Hill Road.
People who work from home will like how the dwelling's lowest level contains a spacious reception area with a wet bar, two small offices and a large master office opening to a big, covered concrete patio. The lowest level provides about 1,000 square feet of office space, including a large powder room. If the new owner wanted to convert the offices to bedrooms, the powder room could be turned into a full bathroom because it is already plumbed for a shower.
The next level up offers a roomy patio with an eight-person hot tub for soothing tired muscles while enjoying Foothill views. Inside you'll find one bedroom and a family room with a wet bar and a fireplace set into an entire wall of stacked stone. The flat stones came from Murphy, 50 miles away. In addition to the fireplace wall, the homeowners used Murphy rock to create the impressive retaining wall at the street-level entrance to the offices, a number of flagstone pathways that wind through the property, and the stacked-rock trim that surrounds garage doors and living room windows by the home's main entrance at the top of the hill.
A whole lot of entertaining can be done on the third floor. This is where the main entrance is located, as well as the living room, a spacious kitchen with custom oak cabinets and floors and the uppermost deck. A wide, arched opening separates kitchen and living room, where several plate glass windows with diamond-pattern grilles add a classy touch to natural daylight. An oak work island with a double sink and room for three bar stools punctuates the spacious kitchen. A second sink is situated in a corner with more Foothill views. Outside, the balcony deck provides ample space for sipping morning coffee, grilling burgers for dinner, or watching a purple tint wash over the Foothills just before sunset with a dozen friends.
The master suite and the third bedroom are located on the fourth floor. The spacious master suite features dual closets concealed behind a wall of sliding mirrors. Another wide, arched opening stands between the bedroom and bathing area, where there is a jetted corner bathtub, a separate shower stall and a private water closet.
You might expect a home from the 1980s to be loaded with dated details, but the homeowners kept things simple and classic. While the new owner may want to update a few light fixtures and some wall paper, the dwelling's functional floor plan has a timeless quality to it.
Pros: Ample room for working, entertaining and privacy on one mounded green acre.
Cons: A few dated fixtures.
Open House: Saturday and Sunday, May 23--24, 1--5 p.m.