French Country Home Offers Luxurious Living
Call me a romantic, but I’ve always thought the city of Eagle was a bit whimsical and just a touch outside of reality. The sprawl of the town, it’s reputation, the lifestyle it represents—all of these things contribute to an ideal location and way of life for many people, including myself.
Just south of State Street, tucked back behind Honalee Farms, off a cul-de-sac shared with just one other house in the private community of Rivervine sits 7049 W. Avignon Lane. To get to this sprawling estate, you have to cross a stone bridge with carriage lights that takes you over a manmade pond. With the pastel lights of dusk or dawn backlighting the French country home, you’re transported to that place just outside of reality that I knew existed in Eagle.
The home sits on an acre of land, with mature landscaping, an east-facing view and its own private water access to the lake behind. The heated pool sits on a slight incline above the small lake to create, what I like to call, an Idaho infinity pool.
A home like this was built to awe family and friends, with the ability to comfortably host any size and type of social event. The 6,064-square-foot interior is open and spacious with a formal dining room and open living area. Entertaining features include a game room, theater room, large covered back patio with stamped and colored concrete, an outdoor kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an impressive selection of covering and shade options, a heated and tiled pool, as well as a natural gas fire table. And let’s not forget the family of swans near the private beach.
Even with the amount of opulence it offers, there is an overwhelming sense of comfort, hominess and livability with the breathtaking ability to make anyone who steps inside feel instantly and completely at home; there is no wasted space in this six bedroom, four bath house.
Originally built by Tom Ahlquist as a personal residence (the same Tom Ahlquist, who with his son Tom Ahlquist Jr.—who will be running for governor—manage the Gardner & Co. in Boise which brought us the Zion’s Bank building and the Clearwater building downtown), no corners were cut and no expenses were spared as this home was built above and beyond the quality that’s normally done.
Careful thought was taken with every necessity, including the solid-core doors; instant hot water; true-dual, commercial-grade Carrier furnace and air conditioning units; interior wall insulation; slate tile roof and double wrapped stucco exterior finish. The finest of quality was selected in all the finishes from the expansive ceilings, custom built-ins, walnut floors, travertine and chef’s kitchen, to the slate stone accents. The four car garage is in itself extensive and has a storage shed not far off that can easily be wired for electricity.
The property is listed by Nick Schlekeway (Yes, that Nick Schlekeway—the one that helped bring home the Fiesta Bowl trophy in 2007), one of the founders of the cultured and affluent, Amherst Madison Legacy. Their passion is to create the experiences that set their clients’ future expectations as well as giving back to the community in which they live.
With a strong desire to use their blessings to benefit those who are less fortunate, specifically children with cancer, a portion of their profits are donated to various charity organizations and specific causes, and their compassion and enthusiasm for their clients and their community is evident in their name.
While volunteering for a children’s cancer organization during his time in college, one of the founders became extremely close to a boy and girl suffering from leukemia. He watched them struggle through the sickness and overcome it, growing into healthy adults. The boy’s name was Amherst and the girl’s was Madison.
There’s a quote on their website that sums up their philosophy rather well, and is a personal favorite of mine. It’s by Winston Churchill, and it goes like this, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
Interested in seeing more? Visit their listing online for a video tour and more than 100 photos. If you’d like more specific information and are serious about the house, Schlekeway and his team at Amherst will go above and beyond in taking care of you and any of your real estate needs.
Contact Nick Schlekeway at 208.870.5624 or Nick@AmherstLegacy.com or visit AmherstMadisonLegacy.com.