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Interesting Homes in the Treasure Valley

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Interesting Homes in the Treasure Valley

Austin Callison

My experience goes as far back as my upbringing in a small ranching community in Northern California...

My experience goes as far back as my upbringing in a small ranching community in Northern California...

Nov 9 4 minutes read

Boise, Idaho and its surrounding communities are full of historic charm, inviting character, and entrepreneurial spirit. These attributes can be witnessed in the eclectic architecture you find throughout the city. Below are a few homes we found particularly extraordinary.


Boise Castle - 1700 E Warm Springs Ave, Boise, Idaho

A modern-day castle just minutes from downtown Boise! Fit for a king this luxury home showcases a rooftop patio, a home theatre, a wine cellar, and several medieval design elements. Check out www.boisecastle.com for more details.

Kuna Castle – 2050 N Meridian Rd, Kuna, Idaho  

If you would like your castle with some acreage, the Kuna Castle is another regal option.  This beautiful estate known as The Castle Gardens lies on 5.56 acres and has been used as a wedding event venue. The grounds highlight a garden, water feature, and a majestic 4,678 sq ft home with a ballroom.  If you wanted to make this majestic manor your home, it is currently for sale. If you are interested go to www.kunacastle.com for more details.

Hidden Springs Victorian Villa - 5243 W Hidden Springs, Boise, Idaho

Another real estate jewel currently on the market is this Victorian-inspired country home tucked away in the rural community of Hidden Springs in North Boise. Its features include an ornamental iron fence, a wrap around porch, coffered ceilings, painted woodwork, and copper cupola.

Boise Bomb Shelter - 600 W Curling Dr, Boise, Idaho

A true phenomenon, this underground 14,000 square foot structure was the first prototype for a community fallout shelter during the Cold War Era. Located in the foothills of Boise embedded into a hill, the emergency facility was designed with survival in mind with reinforced concrete, dormitories, decontamination showers, and a generator.

Kreder Overton House - 289 North Summit Ridge Rd, Boise, Idaho

An energy efficient artistic and contemporary residence embedded in Boise's North End neighborhood. Constructed with both modern style and functionality in mind. The home has a plethora of windows, a rock roof that gathers irrigation water for the garden, a pool and suspended cabinetry.

Art Troutner Home - 787 Troutner Way, Boise, Idaho

Another Boise foothills anomaly is the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architectural gem designed by the University of Idaho architecture graduate, Arthur Troutner. Troutner blended design elements from different eras to create this unique home built into a cliff rock. The home with 16 distinct sides was forged to integrate with its natural surroundings. To check out more architectural gems in the Boise area please go to http://idahoarchitectureproject.org/

Aldecoa House - 190 W Jefferson St, Boise, Idaho 83702

Boise, Idaho has one of the largest concentrations of Basque Americans. This Spanish style casita was remodeled by the Aldecoa family to homage to their Basque heritage. The home is reminiscent of Spain with its red terracotta roof, whitewashed walls, and a wrought iron balcony.

Shipping Container Homes - Remington St, Garden City, Idaho

There are plans for a very unique urban style subdivision to be built along the Boise River with access to the Boise Greenbelt in Garden City. The 3-story industrial row homes constructed from shipping containers are scheduled to have solar powered elements, balconies, garages, and 3 bedrooms. Watch the progress at http://www.remingtoncontainerhomes.com/

Tell us about one of your favorite unique homes in the area. What are some of its distinct characteristics that you find attractive?

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