This sprawling house nestled into a private wooded hilltop above Lake Coeur d’Alene, asking $30 million, is currently the most expensive house for sale in Idaho. Repped by Greg Rowley at Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty, this five-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bath residence, set on 7.15 pristine acres, is in the exclusive, guard-gated Golf Club At Black Rock community some 15 or so miles outside Coeur d’Alene.
The single-story house was built in 2010 for retired Florida couple Kathy and Rodney Woods, whose paramount goal was to make the most of the gorgeous lake views as well as to include plenty of space for visiting family and friends. Though they faced no height restrictions, the couple’s 7,766-square-foot main house and the semi-detached 2,200-square-foot guesthouse are wide, long and set into broad terraces.
Natural materials used to build and adorn the house combine well with the landscape and include Telluride graystone, zinc panels, and zebrawood siding. The nearby lake is echoed by numerous reflecting pools that surround the house, and the many horizontal terraces are lined with hardy plants, specimen trees and sculpted shrubbery. The natural materials continue indoors, while the simple and upscale contemporary styling is an ideal foil for the couple’s collection of Western art.
Sited so that most rooms face southeast, with a birds-eye view over Lake Coeur d’Alene, the positioning ensures the house is bright and sunny during the afternoon, while the deep eaves keep the sun from glaring into the huge windows. In the enormous living room, low profile furniture was chosen so as not to block views over the lake, and textured fabrics and carpets soften the wood and stone.
The main house contains just three bedrooms — two guest suites in a wing of their own and a sprawling homeowner’s retreat — along with several living rooms, a professional grade kitchen, a gym, and home offices for both the husband and wife. With dual baths and two deluxe dressing rooms, the multi-room main suite is accessed through a glass bridge that spans one of the mosaic-tiled reflecting pools and can be illuminated at night. The self-contained guesthouse comprises a great room with full kitchen, a children’s playroom and a couple of bedrooms, plus a bunk room for all the kids.
Great walls of steel-trimmed windows open to the many patios and decks that make the most of the outdoors, which is one of the primary reasons people live and vacation in Idaho. In addition to the mosaic-tiled swimming pool and numerous terraces, the grounds include a raised bed garden for growing herbs and veggies, thick stands of trees amid rolling lawns, and a sunken pickle ball court. Ownership includes use of a private waterfront beach club, and a private boat slip is included with the sale.
This area of Idaho is dry, so there are few bugs to worry about even during a hot summer. And on a chilly evening, there are five stainless-steel fire pits to keep warm — and for breaking out the s’mores.