Coldwell Banker Aspen Realty
Sharon Germain, 208-939-9962
The original Banbury subdivision in Eagle is defined by generous 1-acre estates and houses that range from about 3,000 square feet to a whopping 10,000 square feet. Not to be confused with Banbury Meadows and Golf Course on Eagle Road, construction began on Banbury near Chinden Boulevard in the late 1980s and continued through the mid-1990s. There are nine homes for sale here, ranging in price from $495,000 to $1.6 million.
Mature trees and deep front lawns surround each spacious home along the community's quiet, winding streets. Privately owned tennis courts dot the neighborhood. The telltale sounds of splashing and laughter give away the fact that several homes have private pools.
The symmetrical Cape Cod exterior of 3068 Bradford Way in Banbury is painted white with black accent shutters and a black front door. A wide covered front porch and a wraparound porch on the back of the house both seem to beg for oversized rattan chairs and sips of freshly squeezed lemonade on a summery day.
Plenty of natural light enters the house through large French windows throughout the house. Vaulted ceilings add to the open aura of the two-story home. The main living spaces are on the first floor, while upstairs you'll find the private quarters, a laundry room and an office.
Downstairs, foot traffic flows in a big loop from living room to dining room, kitchen and family room. The sunken formal living room has a fireplace, and the formal dining room has a pair of built-in corner cabinets that flank a sliding door that leads to the back porch. The cramped kitchen bears a French country theme with a Sub-Zero refrigerator sheathed in paneling that matches the painted kitchen cabinetry. An ornate hood vent hangs above an oversized island with a built-in gas stove.
Hardwood flooring flows from the dining room through the kitchen and into a large family room, which has built-in wall units and library shelving. A mud room with shoe cubbies and coat hooks sits between the family room and the interior entrance to a three-car garage. The interior color scheme is a mishmash that includes taupe, khaki, deep pumpkin, peach, gray and mint green. For some people, a paint job would be necessary.
Two bedrooms are upstairs, as well as an office and the master suite. The bedrooms have window seats and vaulted ceilings, and share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a dual vanity and a tiled bathtub/shower combo. The office overlooks the back yard and has built-in hardwood cabinets, work spaces and drawers. The master bedroom has Foothill views and vaulted ceilings. The master bathroom features a dual vanity and soaking tub. Its double-sized walk-in shower has two opposing shower heads that seem to illustrate the adage: "Save water, shower with a friend."
The back yard—one of the home's best features—is divided into four distinct spaces. The first space is defined by the rear porch, an in-ground pool and a hot tub. Mature trees, shrubs and flowering plants provide boundaries and texture. A secret outdoor "room" enclosed by tall green shrubbery forms the second space. The third is an expansive lawn at the rear of the property that could accommodate either a game of tag football or a wedding reception. Thirteen separate raised garden beds behind the three-car garage form the fourth space.
Pros: Family-ready floor plan. Spacious landscaped yard and private pool.
Cons: Interior color scheme needs updating. Oversized kitchen island makes room feel cramped.