Shannon Allen, 208-283-4173
This house was built the same year television was first broadcast in Idaho. At that time, the boob tube was not yet a household mainstay but a technological fledgling (invented in part by a Rigby High School student named Philo Farnsworth). The home seems to throw its arms open to family and guests, inviting folks to come in and chat over hot coffee and freshly baked apple pie. Its emphasis lies in the main living spaces, which are oriented to take in picturesque views of a well-tended back yard containing a variety of mature trees and ornamental foliage.
The home's exterior is faced with tan vertical siding and accented with slender, rust-colored brick that comes halfway up the front walls. The same bricks are also used as wainscoting in the living room and family room.
Inside, the layout places the kitchen, living room, dining room and family room on one side of the house, and three bedrooms and the main bathroom on the other. A timeless Better Homes and Gardens sense of efficiency permeates the structure in the form of space-saving pocket doors on the front hall closet and two bedrooms, an abundance of closets and built-in cabinetry throughout the house (especially in the garage), and a floor plan that seems ready to withstand the rigors of raising a family. Also, the verdant back yard appears to be a natural extension of the living room, visible through a wall of plate glass windows.
Refinished oak floors flow from the living room and informal dining room, through a hallway and into the three bedrooms. Most of the interior walls and trim are painted white and doors are stained the color of honey. Splashes of color are found in the kitchen, main bathroom and family room. The kitchen has yellow floral wallpaper and dark brown hardwood cabinetry. In the main bathroom, you'll find pink tile on the walls behind the porcelain bathtub (there is no shower, only a handheld sprayer) and on the vanity countertop. The family room has rust-colored carpet that matches the brick wainscoting.
The kitchen has a breakfast nook and an L-shaped layout that places the work triangle (sink, stove and refrigerator) in the bend of the "L." There are white laminate counters and appliances and sheet vinyl flooring with a medium brown tile pattern. A built-in desk behind the kitchen looks like the perfect place for paying bills or doing homework. It would accommodate a laptop computer and a compact printer. A half-bathroom and a separate laundry closet are tucked back there as well.
Near the desk, is a single step down to the family room. There you'll find a stand-alone Olympic wood stove on a flagstone hearth, a built-in window seat with storage and a small entertainment center with space for a medium-size television. From the family room, you can access the patio where there is plenty of room for an old-school Weber kettle and a big, round picnic table with curved bench seating.
It's hard to believe that this peaceful setting is one-third of a mile from strip malls on Fairview Ave., and less than one mile from the I-184 onramp at Curtis Road.
Pros: This well-kept home has a family friendly soul and abundant storage space.
Cons: Bathtub would probably need to be converted to a shower/tub combo. Outdated carpet and wallpaper.
Open House: Saturday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m.