Spanish Revival houses were a craze in the '20s and '30s. I've always thought this house was built then, but, in fact, it was designed by architect Rudolf A. Matern and erected in 1982. It is in an area of Shoshone between Overland Road and Kootenai Street where several houses are set back very far from the street. A gate leads to a circular driveway that opens up to the two-story light-coral-colored stucco house with a red tile roof, a huge chimney and dark brown accents. The two-car garage has arched brown doors and another arch leads through a wrought-iron gate to the tiled front porch. Two massive wooden doors lead into the house.
The entryway is floored with a geometric-patterned, bright-colored tile. There's a coat closet and a door to the garage. Up three stairs is a great room with stunning, dark hardwood floors, a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. The fireplace is Spanish style with large windows next to it that extend high into the arch--all the windows in the house are Andersen windows. At the other end of the long room is a formal dining room. Behind the dining room is a room that used to be the kitchen and now offers additional seating with a built-in bench under bay windows, and also includes cabinets, a wet bar and a wine cooler. The room opens up to the huge kitchen, which was added to the house around 2005 and is a dream come true for any chef. A dark granite-covered, U-shaped island sits in the center, and a wall of windows allows light to pour into the room, illuminating the warm tones of the orange tile floor and sunset yellow walls. Two double sinks, stainless steel appliances, a six-burner gas stove, two ovens and French doors that open out onto the back patio complete the room.
Back at the front of the house, there's a full bathroom liberally decorated in tile and corian. The next room is a family room floored in red tile. There are exposed beams in this room also, and there are also French doors leading to the patio.
A beautiful open staircase leads from the great room to an upper hall with an open wooden railing. The master bedroom at the back of the house is quite large and has French doors leading out to a second-floor balcony with wrought iron rails that extend to two sides of the house. There is an outdoor spiral staircase leading down to the back patio. Off the master bedroom is another beautiful bathroom with lots of tile, two sculpted copper sinks and a walk-in shower with two heads. A few steps lead up to a dressing area with huge closets and a glass door leading out to another balcony. The second room off the upstairs hall is another beautiful bathroom. Next is a utility room, and finally there is a second bedroom. Several of these rooms have doors leading to the balcony.
From the family room is another set of stairs that lead down to the basement, which has a cozy second family room with a nice woodstove. Off this room is a third bedroom. Both rooms have egress windows.
Outside the French doors of the kitchen is a massive brick patio surrounded by a short wall. A path leads to a second building that could be a guesthouse, a studio, a mother-in-law's apartment, etc. This smaller house has a garage and a front porch. On the first floor is a carpeted living room, and upstairs is a big, vaulted loft with a full bathroom. There's a balcony over the first floor porch.
This big, completely private property is landscaped with mature trees, a variety of bushes, vines and some lawn in the backyard. A graveled driveway leads to the backyard and the guesthouse's garage.
Pros: The intricate Spanish detail inside and out, all the varieties of tile and stone, the ceiling beams, the second floor balcony, the new kitchen and the landscaping. This house is beautiful, and though it's huge, it's somehow cozy as well.
Cons: The basement needs at least a half bath.