749 W. Steeple View Dr., Eagle 

2,784 sq. ft.: 4 BD, 3 BA

Built in 1973

$379,000

1 acre lot

Jagen Realty, Jodi Archer, 208-870-9575, JagenRealty.com

What was once a pasture in the boonies near Floating Feather Road west of Eagle Road was transformed into the Downing Downs subdivision in the early 1970s. Today, it is still comprised of large but understated homes on roomy one-acre lots, giving the area a charming country appeal. Driving past the mature trees and generous horse properties that punctuate this neighborhood, it is tough to believe that the bustling commercial hub of Eagle is just three minutes away. This home is situated in the back of the subdivision on a fully fenced one-acre lot zoned for two horses. Three-rail pole fencing defines the perimeter of the property, a variety of mature trees adorn the landscape, and a row of tall rose bushes lines the driveway. The ranch-style home's exterior is painted taupe and accented with maroon shutters. Brick trim, painted white, covers the lower half of the exterior and goes as far as the bottom window sills.

The front door is solid wood with a '70s-era carved medallion detail. A floor-to-ceiling plate glass sidelight stands in for a peephole. Inside, the wide, welcoming foyer has a coat closet to the right. The formal living room sits to the left. Wide hallways and south-facing windows characterize this home, making it feel open, bright and spacious. The main level has the kitchen, master suite, a bedroom and a full bathroom. In the main hallway, a wrought iron rail with a lockable gate prevents anyone from accidentally tumbling down the stairway. From the foyer, the kitchen is located at 12 o'clock and is partially visible as you enter the house. The kitchen work space is small but seems efficient, and includes a newer, white Maytag range with a white Kenmore Elite microwave above it. Next to the kitchen is a dining area that is easily twice, if not three times, as large as the kitchen proper. There is the potential to reconfigure the kitchen layout and double the size of the work area while still maintaining a generous breakfast area, which currently overlooks the huge, picturesque back yard. A door in the kitchen leads to a screened-in back porch, which leads to a bi-level redwood deck that could use a good sanding and a coat of stain. The back yard is huge. It features a vegetable garden, a large storage shed and plenty of space for two horses, dogs, kids, a swing set, a backyard wedding, you name it.

From the back yard, you can enter the daylight basement through an enclosed room that could be used as an office or modest guest room. French doors separate the office from a bright, roomy family room that features a pellet stove, a closet and separate bathroom with shower. There is also a small, brightly lit library with floor to ceiling shelves on three walls. Heading back down a wide hallway toward the stairs that lead to the main floor, there are two utility rooms. The smaller one holds the water softener and a water heater, while the larger one houses a second water heater, an oil furnace, a utility sink and space for a washer and dryer. Two small bedrooms complete the downstairs.

Pros: The huge yard and the peaceful country setting are a refreshing find. There is plenty of space to grow a bounty of vegetables in the summer. Wide hallways and south-facing windows make the home feel bright and open. It also appears to be clean and well-maintained.

Cons: The home seems functional but could use some updating. You'll need a riding lawn mower for the gigantic one-acre lawn.

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