I was driving east on Warm Springs Avenue just past the turnoff to the Idaho Botanical Gardens when I noticed an open house sign. I turned into the Falling Brook subdivision, a new development of attractive houses tucked between the Foothills and the Warm Springs Golf Course.
The sign pointed to a big two-story home on a corner of a street filled with nice-looking homes of different architectural styles, several of which back up against the golf course. This particular house is brown stucco with red shingle and brown stone accents. A covered stoop leads to a fancy brown door with a glass inset and sidelights.
The entry has a hardwood floor, as do the hallway, kitchen and dining room. Off to the left is a wide, arched opening leading to a parlor with four windows. From there, a door leads to a den. The kitchen is a definite high-end centerpiece of this house: The cabinets are topped with crown molding, the counters have tile backsplashes, the countertops are dark granite, there's a gas stove with a built-in microwave above, a dishwasher, a pantry, an island, a breakfast bar, a double under-counter sink set under two big windows, and plant shelves above the cabinets.
The dining room, with a brushed-nickel hanging lamp, two windows and French doors leading out to the patio, is just beyond the breakfast bar. Another door leads to the three-car garage and yet another leads to a half-bath with a granite countertop and beautiful clear glass basin over-counter sink.
Between the kitchen and family room is a two-way fireplace sided in colored tile and topped with a white mantel. The carpeted family room has two windows, a ceiling fan and a large closet under the stairs.
The open stairway to the second floor is quite unusual. It's carpeted with a wood railing and very elaborate wrought-iron balusters and starts at the front end of the kitchen. At the top of the stairs, there are two big windows which offer a view of the foothills and a landing large enough to accommodate bookcases, a desk or a comfortable reading chair. A bedroom faces the front of the house to the left. A door leads to a full bathroom with a tub and shower, a tile floor, granite countertops and some lovely decorative tile set in the backsplash. A second door leads to the hallway and the second bedroom at the front of the house. The master bedroom is at the back of the house. It has two big corner windows with views, a ceiling fan, a vaulted ceiling and a walk-in closet. The adjoining bathroom is spectacular with a Jacuzzi tub, tile floor, large separate shower surrounded by tile with a regular showerhead plus a rain showerhead and double sinks set in a granite countertop. The last room off the upstairs landing is a huge bonus room which extends the entire length of the three-car garage below. It has a dormer window and two windows at the gable end of the room. The ceilings are nine feet high throughout the house.
The patio that's off the dining room is covered and leads to a small back yard, and one side of the yard is fenced. There are views of the foothills from the yard. The front and side of the house have sidewalks; trees are planted; bushes and perennials fill attractive flower beds, and there is a lovely new lawn.
Pros: I like the archway to the parlor, and I love the finishes: tile, tumbled marble and decorative tile. The bonus room would be great as a playroom for the kids. The views and proximity to the foothills and to the Warm Springs Golf Course are a big advantage.
Cons: Only that the back yard is rather small.