Hillway Drive, Boise, Idaho

Can a house that was built in 1972 be considered mid-century modern? The real estate listing calls this hillside house in Boise, Idaho a mid-century masterpiece.  I think a better way to describe this house is just plain "groovy."

It does have some masterpiece-making elements, with a lot of updated features and a crisp black and white color scheme.

The living area's fireplace wall can be considered a work of art:

The kitchen is especially eye-catching. The way the marble tile wall meets the floor to ceiling windows is a nice visual balance with the fireplace wall.

With so much natural light and a wrap-around back deck, the house definitely makes the most of its setting.

There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms in 3,986 square feet.

The lower level has the same attention to detail that's on the main floor.

It was nice of them to leave a couple of rooms ready for me to decorate:

The house's color scheme reminded me of this room:

To get to the second blank canvas of a room, we have to go outside...

and over to the room below the garage. (Part of me wants to ask my dad if that log stair railing is up to code, but we'll just assume that it is.)

This large and bright space would be perfect for just about any kind of home office or studio:

If it were mine, it would be an arts and crafts studio (and a place to hide the good candy where my family couldn't find it). 

My painting ability is only about up to the level of putting blue circles on a canvas, but I would still have a fun time in here.

An art studio would come in handy at this house, because it's surrounded by inspiring natural beauty. The house overlooks Hillside to Hollow Reserve, a 260 acre nature and wildlife habitat. Those are the Owyhee mountains in the background.

The reserve offers a lot of different trail options:

I like that some of those trail names -- Down and Out, Hippie Shake, and Who Now Loop sound like Little Richard (or Beatles) songs.

By the way, I found an earlier picture of the house where it was painted tan instead of black:

It's also before they installed the wood siding around the front door. Which color scheme do you think suits it better?

The house is a little too young to have been featured in one of Boise's mid-century Parade of Homes, but it's definitely groovy enough to deserve a cover story of its own.


The listing is here.

The listing is here.

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