SelEquity Real Estate
Jan Stanley, 208-407-9521
Meridian's first creamery opened in 1897. Soon after, the growing rural town became the dairy center of Idaho, and the Meridian Dairy Days festival was created in 1929 to honor the local tradition that continues today.
During the last two decades, however, the vast dairies that defined this community a century ago have been turned into subdivisions and shopping centers. The sleepy cow town is now the state's third-largest and fastest-growing city. Fortunately, sections of Meridian's original downtown center have been preserved and the recent growth has spurred revitalization along Main Street.
This home sits one mile from Main Street, where rural storefronts and quaint, vintage homes still stand alongside spiffy new retail centers. The Old Town sector is an easy 15-minute walk from this dwelling's cul-de-sac location in a 15-year-old subdivision.
The two-story house provides open spaces for family gatherings and entertaining. The private quarters feel just that—private—due to a split-bedroom floor plan. The master suite is located off to one side of the main level next to the kitchen and a casual dining area. Two smaller bedrooms are situated on the home's other side, just off of the living room. Upstairs, you'll find two more bedrooms tucked alongside a spacious bonus room that has views of Bogus Basin.
A neutral taupe hue covers the exterior, and white trim highlights windows and fascia boards. Inside, a variety of colors creates a segmented sense of space. The home's main palette consists of yellow hues in butter and soft lemon tones in the living room, master suite, in two bedrooms and the bonus room upstairs. A variety of other colors pop up in various rooms. Caribbean blue is used in the main level bathroom, while royal blue pops up in one of the second-story bedrooms. And a two-tone lavender-and-yellow color scheme is used in one of the lower bedrooms.
The rear wall that connects the living room and dining area is painted cinnamon brown. The rich color wraps around the dining space and flows into a nicely upgraded kitchen. A ceiling medallion dresses up the dining room chandelier, and white crown molding helps tie the main living spaces together.
The U-shaped kitchen has lovely slab granite counters in a mottled tan and black hue, and a tan-colored ceramic tile floor with two square mosaic inserts that add interest to the attractive space. The hardwood cabinets have been painted white. White wainscoting highlights the long breakfast bar, where there is enough room for three cushy bar stools. Overall, the kitchen appears clean and comfortably contemporary.
The spacious bonus room upstairs has a pool table that stays with the house. There is still plenty of room for a sofa, love seat, coffee table and big wall unit to house the television. A big window placed toward the front of the house provides views of Bogus Basin, while windows at the rear of the room overlook the back yard and rooftops of neighboring homes within the subdivision.
A large, west-facing deck in the wide back yard provides space to sip coffee on chaise lounges on a bright morning before biking just more than one mile to Storey Park.
Pros: Upgraded family home located one mile from Meridian's Old Town.
Cons: Color scheme could be more cohesive.
Open House: Saturday, April 18, noon-2 p.m.