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2049 Roanoke Drive, Boise


3 Bed/2 Bath
1,788 Square Feet
Built in 1977
.21 Acre
Group One
Jan Stewart, 208-890-4870
group-one.comMLS #98400205

This house is located in an established neighborhood in Boise's northeast Foothills. Nestled into a hillside on a winding street, it is surrounded by multi-level homes with balconies that jut out like private roosts where residents pause to watch the colors of a pink and orange sunset intensify until they dim over the city.

The asymmetrical roofline of this mid-century house seems to peer out from its hillside perch. An angled wall of windows along the facade, which is partially hidden by sculpted evergreen shrubbery in the sloped front yard, allows occupants a sweeping view of rolling hills and Bogus Basin to the north.

Inside the home an updated palette of warm woods and golden-hued walls sets a comfortably earthy tone for the new owner. Outside, the back yard feels like a private, shaded retreat that is suitable for patio barbecues and playful somersaults.

The home's two-story floor plan places open living spaces on the main level beneath a high, tongue-and-groove ceiling with exposed beams. Upstairs you'll find the master suite and two bedrooms with verdant garden views. Skylights in the kitchen and family room bring more natural light into the home and help reduce the need to flip on a light switch during the day.

Steps ascending the sloped front yard lead to a wide front porch shaded by the angled roof's deep overhang. A pair of Adirondack chairs invites occupants to admire the view over a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Entering the house through double doors, you step into a living room dominated by the angled wall of windows overlooking the front yard. Another prominent feature is a fireplace on one side of the room that is completely surrounded by Rocky Mountain quartzite--better known as Oakley stone--quarried about 190 miles southeast of Boise. The simple fireplace mantle is painted metallic silver, which makes it disappear into the floor-to-ceiling back drop of irregularly shaped gray and tan stones.

The cook's kitchen was recently upgraded with stainless steel appliances and handsome hardwood cabinetry that suits the home's retro appeal. Contemporary frameless cabinets with smooth slab doors are accented with slender metal rods that act as door handles and drawer pulls. In the center of the kitchen a work island with a sink is topped by a gleaming slab of black granite. A baking center situated next to double convection ovens provides ample space for a stand mixer, spices and dry goods that are all concealed behind a pair of tall cabinet doors. A custom corner banquette with an amoeba-shaped table looks like a good spot for sipping java while catching up on morning headlines as they are emitted from the small television that sits just across the kitchen above a built-in computer desk.

A glass door in the family room opens to the rear deck and a sloped back yard shaded by the feathery foliage of Russian olive and honey locust trees. Next to the deck a lush, terraced perennial garden is stocked with hostas, irises and day lilies. Green lawn covers the upper terrace and a short decline where laughing children can roll like logs toward the house. Both the rear deck and the front porch are like private perches that are perfect for winding down when the summer sun sets over Boise.

Pros: Updated home on landscaped Foothills lot.

Cons: Second-story master suite.

Open House: Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m.