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12613 W. View Ridge Dr., Boise; Built in 1995; 2,550 Square Feet; 4 Bed/3 Bath; .34 Acre



Jagen Realty

Jodi Archer, 208-870-9575


MLS #98377571

This two-story house was built the same year that the Boise City Aquatic Center was constructed at the West YMCA. Like the cavernous swimming pool enclosure, this home has soaring ceilings. It also has an open and bright floor plan.

A beautifully landscaped yard, highlighted with hydrangeas and roses, surrounds the dwelling, and views of foliage and colorful flora are visible from nearly every room. The white stucco exterior is topped with a half-hipped roofline and accented with a teal blue front door and fascia boards. The wide door is flanked by two full sidelights and topped by an archtop window.

On the main level, you'll find a formal living room with a high ceiling and two-story windows, a formal dining room, the kitchen and breakfast nook, the family room and a bedroom suite. The master suite, two bedrooms and a bonus room with picturesque views of the Foothills and Bogus Basin are upstairs. The bonus room could be used as a sizable fifth bedroom because of its closet.

The angular stairwell leading to the second floor is enclosed by a solid half wall punctuated by three art nooks, leading the eye upward and further emphasizing the height of the ceiling. The nooks offer a great place to display objects d'art that will be visible from the front door and formal living room. Another art nook on the back side of the second-story landing is visible from the family room.

An abundance of windows throughout the house brings enough natural light into the home that homeowners would probably never have to flip on a light switch during the day. The cathedral ceilings in the formal living room and family room have the potential to raise your heating bill in the winter, but ceiling fans in nearly every room may help to prevent heated air from settling in the tall peaks.

The home's interior is painted white and there is off-white carpeting throughout. The clean color scheme extends to the kitchen, which features white cabinets, appliances and laminate counters, as well as oak flooring and pastel blue and pink wall paper. The kitchen is open to the family room, where there is a fireplace covered in forest-green ceramic tile and topped with a simple oak mantle.

The back yard looks as though somebody had a terrific vision and a green thumb, creating three distinct spaces. A stamped-concrete pavement addition enlarges the original gray contractor's patio and makes a spacious, ideal place for lively al fresco dining with family and friends.

Over to the right, you'll find a sizable sandy terrace with a built-in fire pit for toasting marshmallows and telling stories after dark. A garden with a winding pathway, fruit trees and perennials separates the terrace from a long stretch of lawn perfect for playing games of fetch with the family pooch. Throughout the verdant back yard, there are roses in a rainbow of colors, as well as irises, lilacs, lavender, peonies and butterfly bushes.

This home is located on a one-third-acre corner lot in a quiet cul-de-sac just two miles from the I-84 onramp at Eagle Road, three miles from Boise Towne Square Mall, and four and a half miles from the Aquatic Center inside the West YMCA.

Pros: Bright, open floor plan on a nicely landscaped property.

Cons: Dated kitchen wallpaper and fireplace tile.

Open House: Saturday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m.