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1896 Shaw Mountain Road, Boise

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When I moved to Boise from a big city nearly two decades ago I dreamed of settling into a big ranch style home with natural views on the edge of town and so much open space around me that I could look out on Boise's sage-dotted Foothills. This 41-year-old, .51-acre property would have fit the bill.

Located only two miles from the downtown core, this two-level ranch home feels much farther outside of town. From the street you barely notice the dwelling's hunched facade or the fact that its single-story silhouette hides a walkout basement.

Inside the main level, a three-sided fireplace made of pink stone separates the living room and formal dining room. A Dutch door in the dining room opens to a covered balcony just large enough to contain two cushy loveseats and a pair of side chairs.

The private perch allows a prime view of hikers tackling a local trail. Cottonwood Creek cuts through the ravine that separates this hillside property from the foot traffic on the opposite hill.

Every room on the back of the house, including living, dining and family rooms, as well as two bedrooms, shares the same serene view of uncluttered hillside.

Pros: Secluded two-level ranch home tucked amid Foothills.

Cons: Needs a bigger balcony.

Open House: Saturday, July 17, 1-4 p.m.