Serenity Real Estate Group
Okhee Chang, 208-440-1049
This week's home was built the same year Boise State's football team won the Western Athletic Conference championship with an undefeated 12-0 regular-season record, which led to the Broncos' unbelievable victory at the Fiesta Bowl. At the same time, the local real estate market was experiencing its final months of unprecedented growth before tumbling into its current freefall.
This house is located in a large new subdivision in an area of Meridian that used to be wide open agricultural land before the Treasure Valley's real estate boom. The two-story neo-traditional exterior is painted a light mocha with medium cocoa accents on the upper level. A small front lawn is edged with a 4-foot-wide planter running the length of a short driveway and leading the eye to a pair of arched openings defining the front entrance.
Inside, a two-story ceiling soars above the foyer, making the home feel spacious. The floor plan places an office with French doors, a powder room, master suite, living room and a kitchen with an informal dining space on the main level. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a full bathroom. A monochromatic color scheme covers the interior walls and trim in a light camel color, and carpeting is a medium tone of the same hue.
A stacked stone fireplace with a raised hearth and a large mantle punctuates the cozy living room at the rear of the house. The living room's other notable feature is a large, arched-topped window providing views of the small back yard and a sizable common lawn immediately behind it. The community swimming pool, which is one block over, is also clearly visible from the living room window. The nearly unobstructed view across the open space makes the small lot appear much larger than it actually is. An added bonus for the new owner is that he or she will only have to maintain a narrow strip of lawn to keep the view tidy.
The kitchen is outfitted with maple flooring, alder cabinetry in a light golden tint, black appliances and a handsome work island. Countertops have been created using thick slabs of chiseled-edge granite, giving the room a solid, impressive appearance. A mudroom between the kitchen and garage contains a built-in bench evoking a Pottery Barn catalog with shoe nooks, coat hooks and overhead cubbies that are perfect for school back packs.
The main-level master bedroom has views of the common area behind the house. The master bathroom has a separate soaking tub and tile shower stall and a double vanity.
Upstairs, each of the three bedrooms provides ample closet space for budding clothes horses. In fact, there are closets aplenty tucked into bathrooms and hallways throughout the home. Two of the upper bedrooms are positioned at the rear of the house and overlook the common lawn. The third bedroom is located at the front of the house and the view includes a glimpse of the Boise Foothills in the distance.
This property is located off of McMillan Road near Linder Road in the Cobblefield Crossing subdivision in Meridian. A spiffy new Walgreens is an easy five minute walk from the residence. Rocky Mountain High School is three-quarters of a mile away, where you can bet the infamous Statue of Liberty play that won the Fiesta Bowl is practiced by up-and-coming grid iron warriors.
Pros: Upgraded finishes and an open floor plan.
Cons: Small living room.
Open House: Wednesday, March 25, 3-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 28, noon-5 p.m.