1848 Buena Vista, Meridian 

$149,500
3 Bed/2 Bath
1,344 Square Feet
Built in 1996
.1 Acre
Pohley Richey, 208-724-2815Homeland Realty
zillow.comMLS #98383518

This week's home is located in a senior community just half a mile from the bustling heart of downtown Meridian. The single-story townhouse's simple floor plan and neutral color palette reflect the no-frills character of the tidy neighborhood surrounding it.

The attached unit that shares the dwelling's only common wall is also for sale. This presents a unique opportunity for two friendly families who want to live next door to each other, or for members of the same family who want to reside close enough to raid each other's freezers for a Fudgesicle.

Out front, a leafy oak tree partially shades the driveway, and a trim row of roses and shrubbery lines the front walkway.

Inside, the floor plan is laid out so the main living spaces are on one side of the house and the private quarters are arranged on the other. The common wall between the two townhomes runs along the kitchen and living room, helping to keep the bedroom side of the house peaceful.

As you step into the foyer, a bright kitchen opens to the right. White appliances, golden oak cabinets, light beige vinyl flooring and beige laminate countertops form a neutral backdrop in the sunlight-filled room. A bay window in the informal dining nook adjoining the kitchen provides views of the front yard.

Above the kitchen sink, a wide arched opening looks into the living room and out to the landscaped back yard. The living room features a vaulted ceiling and a simple fireplace with a lightly embellished mantle.

The back yard is a shallow, narrow affair with a covered patio, a verdant strip of lawn and beds planted with slender Norway spruce, rose of Sharon and lilacs. The property contains enough plants to require an occasional putter through the yard with clippers in hand to keep the landscape looking its best. A gate between the adjoining townhomes' patios makes it easy for the nextdoor neighbor to tiptoe in and sneak a bratwurst from your grill as you step inside to grab the Grey Poupon.

Back indoors, the master suite is at the rear of the house with a view of the concrete patio. The master bathroom has an acrylic bathtub/shower unit, a dual-sink vanity and a private water closet. Two more bedrooms are situated toward the front of the house. One overlooks the front lawn while the other has a view of the siding on the residence next door.

The small La Playa subdivision features a willow-shaded common area with sun-drenched horseshoe pits. An American flag flies proudly in front of the clubhouse, where the community holds a monthly birthday party for residents.

Homeowner's dues at La Playa includes pressurized irrigation and regular lawn maintenance in both front and back yards, which explains the neat grassy patches in front of every home in the neighborhood.

Half a mile away, Fudgesicles and bratwursts may be bought at Albertsons in the Cherry Plaza shopping center on Cherry Lane at Meridian Road. And when it's too hot outside for grilling, there are 43 beers on tap in a non-smoking pub setting at Kahootz Steak and Ale House on Main Street, just three-quarters of a mile away.

Pros: Bring your own neighbors to this clean townhome.

Cons: Small back yard.

Open House: Saturday, July 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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