I've often wanted to peek over the tan stucco wall that blocks this house from view as I've driven past it on Hill Road. Behind the wall, I discovered a three-level brick-and-stucco home surrounded by a beautiful wooded setting.
Inside, the spacious dwelling feels like it was crafted to integrate modern efficiencies like radiant floor heat and on-demand water heating with the 90-year-old structure's soulful character.
The sunlight-filled master suite and a second bedroom are located upstairs. In the basement you'll find laundry space and a studio apartment with its own exterior entrance. The main floor contains the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, a terrific south-facing sunroom and two bedrooms.
Doors in the rear bedroom open to the first of two patios. A short pathway leads to the second, where a trio of Adirondack chairs sits perched just above what's left of Sand Creek, which is the tail end of a Boise River tributary that roughly parallels the .32-acre parcel's wooded southern lot line. Head downstream a few yards and you'll cross a bridge that takes you to a cozy stick-framed artist's studio.
The house bears original elements like coved ceilings, hardwood floors and arched doorways. It has a quality-minded found-object aesthetic that appears thoughtful and proportionate.
Pros: Updated retreat-like home on large North End lot with stream.
Cons: Second-story master.
Open House: Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-4 p.m.