3030 N. 26th, Boise 

I've often wanted to peek over the tan stucco wall that blocks this house from view as I've driven past it on Hill Road. Behind the wall, I discovered a three-level brick-and-stucco home surrounded by a beautiful wooded setting.

Inside, the spacious dwelling feels like it was crafted to integrate modern efficiencies like radiant floor heat and on-demand water heating with the 90-year-old structure's soulful character.

The sunlight-filled master suite and a second bedroom are located upstairs. In the basement you'll find laundry space and a studio apartment with its own exterior entrance. The main floor contains the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, a terrific south-facing sunroom and two bedrooms.

Doors in the rear bedroom open to the first of two patios. A short pathway leads to the second, where a trio of Adirondack chairs sits perched just above what's left of Sand Creek, which is the tail end of a Boise River tributary that roughly parallels the .32-acre parcel's wooded southern lot line. Head downstream a few yards and you'll cross a bridge that takes you to a cozy stick-framed artist's studio.

The house bears original elements like coved ceilings, hardwood floors and arched doorways. It has a quality-minded found-object aesthetic that appears thoughtful and proportionate.

Pros: Updated retreat-like home on large North End lot with stream.

Cons: Second-story master.

Open House: Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-4 p.m.

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