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‘Iconic’ one-time home of Boise philanthropist again on the market as hoops player decides to sell

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A nearly 15,000 square foot home with sweeping views of the Boise front and Ann Morrison Park went on the market last month. The asking price? $4.9 million.

Velma V. Morrison was the second wife of Harry W. Morrison, who founded Boise engineering firm Morrison-Knudsen. His first wife, Ann Daly Morrison is the namesake for Ann Morrison Park. Daly Morrison died in 1957, and Harry Morrison remarried Velma V. Shannon two years later. Her name adorns the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, which she helped fund in the 1970s and 80s after Harry Morrison’s death.

Velma Morrison built the large home on Crescent Rim Dr. in central Boise in 1992. It includes four bedrooms, ten bathrooms, three fireplaces, two garages, a large basement and more.

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Morrison owned the home until her death at the age of 92 in 2013. It was held in a family trust until 2016, when the property was conveyed to the Boise YMCA according to property records.

The next year, former hoops player Bill Wendlandt and his now-ex-wife Calie bought the house from the YMCA – netting a then-high $2-million, according to KTVB reporting at the time. City of Boise building permits show Wendlandt undertook extensive upgrades on the home, including a “three-season powder bath,” rooftop patio, and a media room.

The Velma V. Morrison house in Boise, being sold by NBA star Bill Wendlandt. Via Group One Sotheby’s/Intermountain MLS

The interior also got a significant overhaul. The home was well known for its pink interior tones, which the Idaho Statesman dubbed a “pink palace.”

Photos attached to the listing today show a modern interior with granite, wood tones — and the same sweeping view of Boise. A video tour shows scenes that could be right at home in an episode of Fixer Upper, with gray cabinets, an open floorplan, and barn doors (though no shiplap). But the views of Boise out the window, grand piano, elevator, and seemingly endless number of rooms make it clear it’s not a small reno project for TV in Waco, Texas.

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Here’s how the amped-up language of the real estate listing describes the property: “The grand scale of this legendary home… make it one of the largest and few landmark buildings in Boise. Intentionally perched on scenic Crescent Rim Drive, the architectural design is instantly recognizable. The striking lines and forms combine stone, wood, and glass, with spaces that were thoughtfully crafted to maximize the incomparable views of Ann Morrison Park, the Downtown Boise Skyline, the foothills, and beyond.”

The house, described as Camelotview, is one of the most expensive listings on the Multiple Listing Service in Ada County currently.

Michelle Heart at Lite FM first spotted the sale listing.

Correction: Updates the name of Calie Wendlandt, and that she is Bill Wendlandt’s ex-wife. Also corrects that Wendlandt did not play for the Denver Nuggets.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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