229 Skylark Drive, Boise; Built in 1976; 2,566 Square Feet; 4 Bed/2 Bath 

.45 Acre

$385,000

The Firm Real Estate Corporation

Britney Mills, 208-371-1113

The Firm Real Estate Corporation.com

MLS #98391192

This week's home is a dated tri-level perched on a hillside above the North End. Situated on a sloped, nearly half-acre lot, the residence features three roomy decks and plenty of west-facing windows providing spectacular views of downtown Boise's skyline and the Foothills.

At first glance, the residence appears to require some tender loving care. Oak flooring on the main and upper levels could use a new finish, and the mostly white interior color scheme and plain wood trim are underwhelming. But if you visit the property, it's really all about the marvelous view.

A long driveway ascends to a large asphalt parking area and a two-car garage. The exterior bears wood siding painted the color of redwood, trimmed with medium green fascia boards and accents.

The first of three decks forms the front walkway and provides a spot for a trio of chairs and a pair of side tables that would come in handy during a large gathering, allowing guests to grab a smoke and private conversation while gazing at the city below.

Stepping inside, the main level is simply an extra-large foyer with a fireplace trimmed in gray tile. There is oak flooring underfoot and a tall ceiling overhead. The space could be outfitted with bookcases to create an informal library.

The foyer also provides access to the sizable second deck and a scruffy but private back yard partially surrounded by evergreen hedges. This would be a good spot to install a hot tub as it is enclosed yet offers a great view of the valley. From the foyer, two short staircases lead either to the lower level's three bedrooms and full bathroom, or to the upper floor, where the living room, a casual dining space, kitchen and master suite are situated.

The two smallest bedrooms downstairs are just large enough for a twin bed and a dresser, while the third is more spacious. Bedroom windows provide eye-level views of the second deck, but with so many Foothills trails right outside the front door in need of exploration, I can't imagine any child who'd want to spend much time indoors.

The upper level is where the hillside setting really hums. From the carpeted living room, you can see the city lights twinkling below. A spacious wraparound deck just outside the living room enlarges the vista further, giving an unbelievable 180-degree panorama of Boise's downtown skyline and the Owyhee Mountains in the distance.

The kitchen appears functional, but the original cabinets and dated appliances could use a contemporary touch. The master suite features the only bathroom on the upper floor, which has a single vanity with long countertop and a tiled shower stall. Although there are two windows in the sizable master bedroom, they don't take full advantage of the property's best feature. I can easily imagine popping a big picture window into the middle of the west wall in order to wake up and watch the sunrise gently illuminate the city below.

Yes, you'll find a few faults with this property. But anyone with half a vision can see the potential to personalize and create something truly incredible with this diamond in the rough.

Pros: It's all about the view.

Cons: Home could use TLC.

Open House: Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8, 1-3 p.m.

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