2,930 Square Feet
4 Bed/2 Bath
$349,500Keller Williams Realty Boise
Gene Strate, 208-377-8850
kwboise.yourkwoffice.com MLS #98396060
Like other out-of-state natives, I came to Boise with visions of finding a good-sized house on a large lot just outside of the city where I could raise a few chickens and let my kids run free. Longing to escape the congestion that comes with living in a crowded city suburb, I wanted enough room between neighbors that if I cartwheeled across my back yard in my birthday suit, no one would be near enough to notice. Like others who are unimpressed by a bloated McMansion, I wouldn't mind a mid-century tri-level or understated ranch house oriented to its land to provide good views of Bogus Basin and plenty of natural light during the day.
This property is exactly what I used to daydream about: a roomy tri-level with a finished basement to provide four levels of living space on two acres. The home's clean lines, efficient layout and understated character are typical of this style of mid-century residence. Located in Ada County, barely outside Boise city limits, the two-acre lot provides more than enough room for horses, chickens, cartwheels and a big vegetable garden.
A semi-circular driveway arcs toward the front of the home, which is painted sky blue and trimmed with red brick. An American flag waves proudly on a tall pole in the front yard. The house is set far back from the street, but you still get a rear yard that is ample for a weekend of riding-lawnmower races around hay bale stacks and down long straightaways with a pack of hollering friends. A two-horse barn and a fenced corral beckon the horseshoed buddies to stay awhile, too.
Stepping through the home's front door, you enter the living room, where a big plate glass window allows occupants a panoramic view of Bogus Basin and the Boise Front. The remodeled kitchen and a casual dining nook with a sliding door that opens to the covered back patio are placed at the rear of the main level.
There are two more levels downstairs, and one level upstairs. On the top floor, there are three bedrooms and a nicely remodeled bathroom with a dual-sink countertop and a combination bathtub/shower. The two front bedrooms have mountain views, while the master bedroom overlooks the rear pasture through a bay window.
Heading to the third level, you'll find a fourth bedroom with pasture views, a three-quarter bathroom with a shower stall and a family room with a handsome stacked-stone fireplace and several built-in cabinets. In fact, there are more closets and cabinets built into the home than I have space to talk about.
On the lowest level, there is the best (private) neighborhood bar in town. A long wet bar constructed of glossy knotty pine provides room for five barstools, and a blackjack table easily seats six more. A concrete-lined storage room behind the bar provides plentiful storage for Christmas decorations, seasonal bedding and even a sizable wine rack.
It's tough to believe that this slice of Ada County heaven sits two miles from the busy Costco on Cole Road. After a day spent mowing the yard, gathering eggs from the hen house and turning a few cartwheels, it would be convenient to catch a film and a bite just two and a half miles away at the Boise Spectrum on Overland, where Edwards movie theaters and a number of restaurants are located.
Pros: Big family home on two acres just outside city limits.
Cons: Ginormous lawn to mow.
Open House: Saturday, June 6, 1-4 p.m.