Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group
Tina Rice, 208-866-4262
In an industry where the word "unique" has been overused to the point of meaninglessness, I'd bet 20 bucks that you've not seen a piece of real estate like this before. What could be more inimitable than an authentic Art Moderne home on a majestic view lot that overlooks the Foothills in Boise freakin' Idaho? Pay up, toots.
Constructed in the same year that Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers glided across the silver screen in Shall We Dance, architect David Dickover designed the home in the Streamline Art Moderne vernacular. Instead of the flat roof that is typical of the style, the original blueprints call for a hipped roof, possibly in an attempt to blend in with the four other large, more traditionally styled homes located on the same shaded, hideaway street off of Federal Way.
The home's sole owner has left the architectural form of the main house untouched. Its smooth white stucco exterior, a curved glass wall, the liberal use of glass blocks and a stripped-down lack of ornamentation define the two-level structure. The dwelling's original light fixtures evoke futuristic images of Flash Gordon and reflect the period's industrially influenced design.
At ground level in the main house you'll find the primary living quarters, the family room and two bedrooms. What used to be a garage was, at some point, converted into the family room. It connects to a bedroom suite that used to be a doctor's office. In the basement there is one bedroom, a spacious laundry area and a seriously masculine library/poker room.
Dramatically rounded vertical corners border the front door, which has a porthole detail typical of the Streamline style. More rounded corners are found inside the entry hall and a tray ceiling. The hallway leads to the living room, where a north-facing plate glass wall provides one of the best panoramas of the Boise Foothills you'll ever gaze upon.
In the dining room, a dramatically curved bay juts out toward the lush front lawn. The floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows in the bay's center are flanked by tall stacks of glass block lit from within to create a seductive mood at night. A pair of built-in cabinets and display cases is on the opposite wall, and if you listen carefully you can almost hear the whisper of a satin gown brushing against a tuxedo during a dinner party from an era gone by.
There is an abundance of built-in cabinetry throughout the home, as in the master bedroom, where there are two built-in wardrobe closets equipped with large, hidden compartments that can be locked. Another set of built-ins made from African mahogany grace the family room. Two entire walls in the poker room downstairs are outfitted with features like library shelving, a gun cabinet and another secret compartment for stashing your collection of The Little Rascals comedies. Hand-crafted paneling lines the entire room, and there are hand-hewn beams overhead. The room's dark woodwork is coated in several layers of glossy varnish, and the manly vibe is completed by a massive wooden latch on the inside of the door that seems to indicate you are actually inside the hallowed He-Man Women-Hater's Club. Spanky and Alfalfa would be envious.
Pros: Authentic Art Moderne home with Foothill views. Too many details to list.
Cons: The wrong buyer and the wrong updates might suck the soul from this gem.
Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11 and 12, 1-3 p.m.