1,748 sq. ft.: 3 BD, 2 BA
.29 acre lot
Built in 1977
Keller Williams: Lisa Shackelford, 208-890-3339, www.lisashackelford.com
Mostly sunny weather accompanied me up to Warm Springs Mesa. I was grateful to have a powerful engine up the steep hill, but the views were worth the climb. The Mesa is an established Boise neighborhood with many beautiful homes.
This house is a tri-level '70s home with diagonal gray siding and dark gray accents. The two-car garage is tucked under one level of the house, and the roof is a big sweeping slope. A few stairs lead to sturdy double-divided light doors. In front of a wall of windows is a wide porch protected by the house overhang. What a great place to sit and enjoy the views.
The parquet-floor entryway is a step above the vaulted living room and beyond that is another vaulted room. Most of the house is carpeted in off-white Berber. Floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed dark wood beams and a light brown wood plank ceiling lend a cozy feeling to the living room. A striking fireplace with a rustic mantel sits above a raised tile hearth, which extends the width of the room.
A step through a wide opening leads to the comfortable eating area near a window. The adjoining kitchen has a breakfast bar, a new golden bamboo floor and counters topped in 6-inch tan tile. The cabinets are painted white, the double sink sits under two windows, and appliances include a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and a Jenn-Air stove.
A second door leads to the dramatic vaulted family room. The bedroom or den above has a window that opens into the family room and a built-in bookcase with TV stand. Back at the end of the entry and up a few stairs, is the top floor of the house with three good-sized vaulted bedrooms. The one with the interior window has shutters for privacy. The master bedroom is very large, and its windows face the view. One entire wall of this room is covered in mirrors.
The adjoining bathroom has double sinks set in tile, a shower and a closet with a built-in dresser. Off the corridor is the second bathroom with a tub/shower combination and a single sink. All the tile in here is black (ah, the '70s) but is well maintained.
A few stairs from the entry lead down to a big utility and mud room and then to the garage, which has three storage rooms and a big alcove off the side.
Returning to the family room, the sliding glass doors lead to the yard. A large deck has a built-in cedar hot tub. These houses are built into the hillside so after a tiny bit of grass, stairs lead to terraces. On one terrace is a dog run.
Further up is a round platform that affords an amazing view of the valley. Below the platform is a shed. Part of the property line is planted in arborvitae, a Russian olive, and other trees and bushes. Lawn covers the side and front yards, and the property is very private. Flower beds with a willow tree, roses, yuccas and other perennials dress up the front yard.
Pros: This house has a cozy, yet spacious feel and flow to it and would be lovely for entertaining. I love the living room with its attractive fireplace and wall of windows. The kitchen has many new features. The family room is charming. All the light carpet is new, as is lots of the kitchen, and the wood between the exposed beams is wonderful. I like the back deck and spa, and who wouldn't like their own viewing tower?
Cons: Some of the house still looks '70s like the black tile in the bathroom and the dark beams in the vaults but I think it's still attractive.