7033 Ambleside, Boise 

4 Bed/2 Bath
2,665 Square Feet
Built in 1976
1.1 Acres
Market Pro Real Estate Services
Wilson Roberts, 208-863-5247marketproidaho.comMLS #98403141

This ranch-style home is located on the edge of South Boise. It would suit a family looking to live in a country setting that's also close to the bustle of the city. The 1-acre parcel features garden space, fruit trees and two detached shops, while the brightly lit dwelling provides plenty of room for living and entertaining.

The neighborhood surrounding this residence is composed of split-level and ranch-style homes on spacious, open lots that are at least 1 acre in size. The quiet setting is just 1.5 miles from the continual craze of consumerism at Costco on Cole Road. Downtown Boise and the city of Nampa are both readily accessible from the I-84 onramp located near the buy-in-bulk emporium.

A white brick exterior gives the home's appearance a solid quality. Solid oak interior doors and a family room fireplace surrounded by more white brick help to enhance the perception of sturdiness. A large blue spruce tree and several evergreen shrubs punctuate the front yard.

Dotting the back lawn are plants and trees grown to provide nourishment for the homeowner while creating a verdant landscape. A vegetable bed contains watermelon and a couple different kinds of squash. Strawberries provide ground cover beneath the lacy foliage of a false cypress tree. Mature grape vines snake up and over a sturdy trellis tall enough for an adult to stand up inside, like a fort with a ceiling made of dangling grape clusters. A peach tree in the yard still bears ripening fruit, while three cherry trees have dropped their bounty onto the ground below. A thick jumble of thornless blackberry canes offer reddish berries that will soon be deeply colored and just sweet enough to be made into jam.

The edible landscaping is visible from windows in the kitchen and informal dining space, as well as from a wide sunroom on the back of the house. Inside, the main living areas stretch across one side of the house. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms and an enclosed hot tub room are clustered on the other side. You'll find plenty of space for entertaining in the formal living room, two family rooms and the sizable sunroom.

Throughout the house, a variety of mismatched wall papers, decorative borders and hand-painted stenciling give the dwelling a disjointed feel. Most of the wall paper patterns are relatively subtle, but a unified color scheme would make the interior feel more harmonious.

The interior is bright and well lit during the day. Skylights in both bathrooms and the front family room draw natural light indoors. Mirrors in the entry hallway, living room, dining area and both family rooms help to reflect daylight as it filters in through the house's many windows.

That sturdy quality is evident once more in the two big workshops located at the end of the property's driveway. Both shops are outfitted with work benches, shelves and storage cabinets. The first shop also contains a large, cedar-lined closet for storing winter clothing, while the second shop has an RV bay.

Pros: Country setting proximate to the city.

Cons: Interior palette could use a harmonious touch.

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