While sipping morning coffee, the residents of this home can watch herds of elk graze on the grassy hillsides that rise just beyond the covered patio. Ring-necked pheasants dart about the property, which is located on 36 acres of open range land regularly freckled with meandering cattle.
Situated 22 miles north of Eagle and an hour's drive from McCall, the two-story structure's traditional facade hides a cozy, main great room that has vaulted tongue-and-groove ceilings and a bonus room above the garage with views of golden hills and blue sky.
Textured glass cabinet door fronts on the built-in knotty alder hutch create a focal point for displaying colorful tableware in the informal breakfast area next to the kitchen. Privacy doors on the formal dining room allow it to be used as an office. Exterior doors in two of the bedrooms open to a small patio and hot tub.
Anglers may hone their trout-catching skills on the Payette River three miles away. Throughout the area, trails for hiking and horseback riding abound, and a short ATV ride leads to the Boise National Forest. This 3-year-old residence is like a neighborhood home in a rural setting where services like cell phone, wireless Internet and satellite television are available.
Pros: Horseshoe Bend hideout with hunting and fishing close by.
Cons: Sidestepping cow patties while hiking the open range.