Windermere/Richard B. Smith
Nancy Ward, 208-861-8640
Have you ever fantasized about living on a golf course? Does the idea of being able to step off the green, mid-round, to fetch a couple of cold beers from your home fridge before striding over to the next tee with your buddies make you feel all hot to swing your Ping? Then, lookie here: This week's dwelling is a freshly updated townhouse with a back yard a few steps from the eighth tee of the Eagle Hills Golf Course. To sweeten your daydreams a bit, the fourth tee is located right across the street.
And to sweeten the reality of living in this two-story townhouse on the links, the interior has been freshly painted and carpeted with a comfortably neutral palette of beige and tan. But the updates don't stop there. The kitchen was recently outfitted with Corian countertops in a speckled beige, and the cabinets have been painted an ivory hue in French-country style. A window above the new Corian extra-deep double sink looks out at rolling fairways and mature shade trees. The kitchen appliances are white, and the cozy room feels light and bright.
New windows have been installed throughout the home, too. A trio of picture windows in the formal living room offers a view of the tidy front lawn and the fourth tee across the street. A pair of clerestory windows above the foyer draws natural light into the front hallway and gently illuminates the home's oak staircase. And a number of windows on the back of the house provide unbeatable views of duffers paired up in electric carts as they quietly putter through this corner of Eagle's scenic, 43-year-old public course.
The main level contains a formal living room, formal dining room and a family room with a fireplace set into a curved brick wall. Instead of a mantle, there is a display space where a painting or large mirror would be right at home. The kitchen, a breakfast bar, a small casual dining nook, one bedroom and a full bathroom are also on the first floor. The master bedroom, a bathroom and a second bedroom comprise the second story.
Not only do the many windows bring the lush green landscape inside, but two outdoor decks beckon the owner and guests to slow down and enjoy the panoramic setting as well. The two upper bedrooms share a private balcony with space for a pair of oversized rattan chairs with pillowy seat cushions, matching footrests and a side table. A covered patio awaits just outside the informal dining nook in the kitchen. It is easy to imagine grilling burgers and sharing a table for four while enjoying the verdant views and watching ducks glide across a large pond nearby that is rimmed with cattails.
With a price tag that breaks down to less than $90 per square foot, this townhouse looks like one heck of a deal, especially considering the golf course location in this comfortably upscale community. You'll definitely want to let go of your Ping long enough to walk to Eagle's charming old downtown district. At just 2.4 miles round trip, the Saturday farmers' market on State Street is sure to become a regular destination on summer mornings, as will Zen Bento for salmon rice bowls and Rembrandt's Coffee House for quiche and pastries.
Pros: Freshly painted and updated townhome right on Eagle Hills Golf Course.
Cons: Second-floor master suite.