Hill Real Estate Agency
Mary Edith Hill, 208-344-0663
This week's home sits below the Table Rock mesa in Northeast Boise. More than a century ago, the mesa was a sandstone quarry. Boulders from it were cut into blocks and used to construct early downtown landmarks like the Assay Office, the Union Block, Boise High School and the Idaho State Capitol.
Today, the old quarry roads are popular with hikers and mountain bikers as part of the Ridge to Rivers Trail System. This house sits two miles from the trailhead below Table Rock.
A winding, uphill road leads to 2062 Travertine, nestled in the Warm Springs Mesa subdivision. Although you'll pass through a partially developed pocket of bloated McMansions on your way up, the streets surrounding this home are lined with nicely maintained mid-century split-level and ranch-style houses on spacious lots with views of the city below.
This single-story family home sits atop a gently sloped corner lot just more than one-quarter-acre in size. The front yard contains lawn areas surrounded by large landscaped plots. The long front walkway is highlighted on both sides with low clumps of wild grass and clusters of paper birch trees with attractive peeling bark.
The dwelling bears a rust-colored brick facade with a front wall of tinted glass and a low sloped roofline that makes the residence appear to be stealthily peering across the city from its perch atop the mounded property.
Inside, the home has an open, sensible floor plan that provides space for entertaining as well as private quarters. The main living spaces are placed on one side of the house, while three bedrooms and two bathrooms are on the other. The living room and a large informal dining area are partially separated by a three-sided floor-to-ceiling fireplace and chimney. It has a stucco-like finish painted a bright tomato red color and a raised, tiled hearth that could double as seating during large gatherings. The living room is light tan and features a wall of windows that look westward across the front yard and out at the city lights twinkling below.
The vibrant hue of the fireplace continues in the dining room and kitchen, where one long, red wall connects the two spaces. The kitchen has smooth gray laminate cabinets and countertops that are accented with subtle olive drab touches below the breakfast bar and above the built-in pantry cabinet. Kitchen appliances are black, and the window above the sink looks out at the big covered patio and modestly sized back lawn.
A door tucked discretely behind the kitchen opens to a long, narrow three-quarter bathroom with a shower stall. The bathroom is also accessible from the master bedroom, where the closet is enclosed by the original oversized plywood sliding doors. All three bedrooms have oak floors. The second bedroom has the oversized closet doors also, and the third has a built-in bureau flanked by a pair of closets. The original plywood bedroom doors and linen cabinets still remain in the hallway.
Outside, there is a generous carport with lockable storage compartments. The carport could be enclosed to create a garage without disturbing the home's low-slung roofline.
In addition to being proximate to Foothills trails, Travertine is located one-half mile up the hill from the 23-mile-long Greenbelt on the Boise River. Warm Springs Golf Course is also less than one mile away.
Pros: Mid-century home with open floor plan and city views.
Cons: Carport parking means chilly buns on wintry mornings.
Open House: Saturday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, 2-4 p.m.