Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
Mark Goss, 208-514-8516
This week, I wanted to go bargain hunting in Eagle's exclusive Two Rivers subdivision, where spacious executive homes are nestled along winding inlets fed by the Boise River.
Scrolling through the area's 49 homes currently for sale, I came across this 5,800-square-foot dwelling. Its price per square foot, at $109.93, is the second-lowest in the neighborhood, and is not bad for current market conditions.
The list also revealed that across the street from this week's property is a 5,200-square-foot house priced at $898,000. Driving out to Two Rivers, I wondered why the slightly smaller home would cost $255,000 more than the larger one. When I arrived, I decided to look at both.
This week's home, located at 1223 S. Lake Pointe Way, bears an impressive stone facade. As you approach the dwelling, the first thing you'll notice is a pair of oversized iron wall lights flanking the front entrance, and a massive lantern hanging above the front door. Oversized light fixtures appear inside the house, too, like the crystal chandelier hanging in the formal dining room, and the jumbo three-light fixture above the snack bar in the kitchen. Throughout, a rustic-Italian-farmhouse influence is suggested through the presence of stone-lined archways and fireplaces and the use of decorative brick work on several interior walls.
The floor plan places a formal dining room, a formal living room, the master suite and a kitchen with family room and breakfast nook on the main level. The kitchen features gorgeous rainforest marble slab countertops, tumbled travertine tile flooring and hardwood cabinetry washed in a medium-brown tint. An office with French doors and a built-in credenza is found halfway up the stairs to the second floor. Upstairs, you'll find three bedrooms, a spacious bonus room and a second office with a large balcony overlooking the back yard.
The back yard features a lush lawn and an outdoor kitchen gazebo, but you'll need to bring your own built-in gas grill and compact refrigerator to fill the structure's unfinished cabinet boxes. Also, the textured concrete patio looks like it still needs stain and sealant, and the patio cover support columns need their finishing treatment.
I peeked across the street to see what an extra quarter-million dollars would buy. The second home (MLS #98377288) looks like it was airlifted from a posh, woodsy Ketchum neighborhood and placed at 1222 S. Lake Pointe.
A lovely water feature flows from near the front door, under a rock bridge and into a pond near the sidewalk. Inside, you'll find the main living spaces, the master suite and a private office on the first floor.
The kitchen features a massive work island topped with an enormous slab of granite that has a thick, rough-hewn edge. Throughout the home, heavy doors and thick trim are stained brown then painted black for a faux-aged look.
Upstairs are three bedroom suites and a media room with a balcony overlooking a neighborhood waterway that has low, rock waterfalls and views of slender blue herons poking their way along the water's edge.
From one glance, the main differences appear to be setting and completion. While this week's listing has a backyard view of a nearby inlet, the picturesque waterway is an integral part of the more expensive listing's exquisite setting. Also, this week's property requires some finish work.
Pros: Those in the market for an executive home may find a bargain.
Cons: The bargain may require finishing an uncompleted project or two.