1850 sq. ft.: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths
Lot size: 100-feet by 76-feet
Built in: 1967
Group One: Joan Roberts 208-631-6911, http://jroberts.group-one.com
The magazine Atomic Ranch: Midcentury Marvels focuses on renovating the ranch houses that were so popular in the '50s and '60s, when Americans lived in constant fear of the atomic bomb. This house at 3116 W. Hillway Dr.—a split-level ranch in the hills above Hill Road—is a complete, modern, explosive renovation.
The exterior of the home is pale blue with dark slate blue accents. Steps with modern railings lead to the front door, which is yet another beautiful contrasting blue. Opaque sidelights and a transom flood the tiled entry with light.
Straight ahead from the great room is a sleek, brand new kitchen, opened up by removing two old walls. Maple Euro-style cabinets are interspersed with black appliances. An island curves to present a semicircular breakfast bar lit by vermilion pendant lamps. The countertops are a Formica laminate that looks like washed concrete, and the floor is light gray tile.
An adjoining dining room sports brand new sliding doors to the back yard. The refinished original hardwood floors begin in this room and shine throughout the house. The focal point of the living room is a fireplace newly surrounded in gray tile topped with a maple mantel. A picture window faces lovely plantings, bushes, the trees of the neighborhood and a distant view of the Owyhees. Both rooms are painted peach, which may sound a bit off-putting, but the color glows.
Down the corridor are two bedrooms, one painted wasabi green and the other more of a mint. Mirrored closet doors add space and light. A full bathroom covered in small off-white and sage tiles and beautifully accented in royal blue mosaics is located off the hall. The tub/shower combination has an unusual curved shower rod that emphasizes the ranch style's sleek lines. The larger master bedroom is located in the back, on the quieter side of the house. It's painted azure, has two windows and is lit by a modern halogen light fixture. The attached bath has a big shower and is tiled in the same colors as the hall bath although the patterns are reversed.
On the lower level is a large, bright family room with two south-facing egress windows and another fireplace, though this one is equipped with an efficient wood stove insert. The floor is covered in off-white Berber carpet, and the room features a built-in floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet with glass doors and drawers. Behind this room is a music studio, which could be used as a den, office or ... a music studio!
Down the hall sits a big utility room/bathroom combination. Guests staying in the family room would have their own bathroom and easy access to the washer and dryer. A peek into the garage reveals room for two cars and plenty of storage.
Off the dining room, there's a covered patio and a glorious fully fenced back yard with a shed. These lots back up into the hillside and the hill here is beautifully terraced in stone. The current owners tore out the old junipers and filled the beds with different bushes and lovely perennials. At the top of the hill, they built a wooden fence to provide perfect privacy from the neighbors above. On the side and front of the house are evergreen trees, a young maple, a spiral willow, a happy bronze flowering plum, more bushes, perennials and a few remaining junipers. The entire yard is perfectly maintained and automatically watered by a sprinkler system.
Pros: I really like the exuberant colors, the remodeled kitchen and bathrooms and their curves and styles, the wood floors, the big inviting family room and the bathroom/utility room.
The yard is beautiful, and all that remains to do in it is to sit on the patio and relax.
Cons: Honestly? None.