2 Bed/2 Bath, 2,076 Square Feet, Built in 1959, .35 Acre
Group One, Kim Metez, 208-871-9059, groupone.com
Lined with turn-of-the-century mansions, Warm Springs Avenue is known for its historic structures.
Behind the understated facade of simple gray brick on this week's house hides a modernist home equally as distinctive as its glamorous neighbors. Art Troutner, renowned architect and co-founder of Trus-Joist Corporation, created a home that feels like an open courtyard with a geothermal indoor pool as its centerpiece.
Built for Sandy Klein, once executive editor of the Idaho Statesman, and his wife Edith, the Klein House uses natural materials like honey-tinted woods, Oakley stone and stainless steel to create a timeless palette that juxtaposes cool and warm elements. The dwelling is situated on a one-third-acre lot, and the back yard is a sprawling lawn punctuated by evergreen trees.
Not many people have a 100-degree indoor pool sitting a dozen steps from their bed. Talk about a water feature--pivoting panes of clear glass form three transparent walls between the pool and the master bedroom, living room and dining area.
Overhead, a skylight runs through the center of the house like a softly glowing spine, which along with two sets of textured glass exterior walls means lights aren't necessary until the sun sets.
The rest of the house bears other modernist features. Stacks of rectangular cabinets laid horizontally form a built-in wall unit in the living room. The same shapes are used for open shelving in the kitchen, which is outfitted with cork flooring and original stainless steel countertops and appliances. Troutner's Klein House has a distinct character that has proven to be just as timeless.
Pros: Modernist home with indoor pool designed by Art Troutner.
Cons: Back yard needs character.