Rancho Ventada, Estate of the Day
I know, I know, another Tuscan villa in a completely inappropriate location but the shots of this home in Bellevue, Idaho glowing warmly from snow-covered mountains won me over. The five-bedroom home sits on nearly 22 acres that include gardens, ponds and pastures. The kitchen island does double duty as a handsome table and its sort of nice to see one not done in granite or another type of stone. The outdoor covered space with is brick vaulted ceiling and heavy wooden bench is particularly winning. Exposed wood beams, tiled floors and plenty of fireplaces add to the studied charm. The current owner has filled the home with rather heavy-looking paintings which add to the home's pretensions of age. It is listed at $6.5 million.