4482 N. Arrow Crest Way 

I drove to Arrowhead Ridge in the Foothills at the end of North 36th Street and found a showcase of expensive examples of architectural styles: craftsman bungalow, mountain cabin and English cottage, to name a few.

I was drawn to this Italianate house by the striking contrast between the black trim and the warm tan stucco. This home also suits the geography and climate of Boise's foothills very well—better than the other styles.

Tinted concrete steps lead to an east-facing gated courtyard where the sound of the fountain's water echoes off the walls. Massive black columns lead to the front door. The entrance hall is floored in four-inch wide cinnamon-colored cherry planks, and all the ceilings are at least 10-feet high. To the left is a carpeted den; to the right through an archway framed in pillars is the formal dining room.

A hall behind the den leads to a carpeted bedroom and a large bathroom. Off the dining room is a great room with a gas fireplace made of stone, flanked by built-in cabinets in knotty alder. Sliders lead to the back deck. The earthy and calming colors of the exterior are carried inside this house: soft browns and black and even a rare dark red wall and ceiling just for fun!

Next to the great room is the kitchen where the counter tops are darker granite; the cabinets are thick, medium brown, knotty alder, and the backsplashes are travertine. There is a six-burner gas stove, an island and a big, walk-in pantry. Windows and a glass door lead to the back deck. Next to the kitchen is a "keeping room." I've always wondered what that meant so I looked it up. In colonial homes, the family ate, worked and slept in one room. The fire from the fireplace kept them warm during the very cold nights. Nowadays, the phrase refers to a cozy room with a fireplace located near the kitchen.

On the other side of the house is a palatial master bedroom with another glass door to the deck. Its bathroom floor is tiled in brown, and it includes a garden tub and a big shower with two shower heads.

The closet in the master bedroom is enormous and lit with sun tunnels as well as lights. The closet includes hookups for a washer and dryer in case a first-floor laundry would be needed. A generous-sized mud room and a half bathroom leads to the three-car, finished garage.

On the lower level is a big room with a wet bar, a media room and a large laundry. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom complete the floor. A glass door leads from the family room to a covered patio which extends the width of the house.

The spacious back yard is fully fenced in black wrought iron and is professionally landscaped with extensive beds. There are two pergolas, a waterfall and a stream. A lot of the property is covered in native grass beyond the back fence. This ensures privacy, provides drainage and maintains wildlife habitat. Stairs lead to the upper deck, where the views are more dramatic: the grass-covered canyons and the foothills.

Pros: People will do a lot for a view, and it's hard to argue with that. This is an exquisite home built with the finest materials by a builder for his family and the attention to details really shows. I love the courtyard and fountain, the deck and patio, the waterfalls, the wrought iron fence, the flower beds and the views. Having a master bedroom on the first floor is an advantage for an owner who cannot climb stairs. There is an astounding amount of storage in the kitchen, mudroom, garage and laundry.

Cons: Houses built on ridges displace wildlife and flatten the ridges. Hopefully ACHD arrives quickly on snowy days to sand the very hilly streets.

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