John L. Scott Real Estate
Jill Beaman, 208-484-1074
This gem sits tucked in an established neighborhood of tidy, single-family homes. Lush landscaping, a contemporary interior palette and French country touches throughout the house make it feel more like a private retreat than your average three-bedroom/two-bathroom starter.
The appeal begins at the curb where professional landscaping hints at a level of quality you'll find throughout a property that is above what the average do-it-yourselfer can accomplish.
The exterior is painted an unassuming khaki color with white trim and a reddish front door. The home is laid out with one bedroom at the front of the house, the main living spaces placed in the center, and the second bedroom, a full bathroom, laundry room and the master suite toward the rear.
Light oak floors flow from the entry hall, through the kitchen and casual dining space, and into a short hallway where the rear bedrooms are located. A calm sense of classiness is conveyed through an attractive interior palette that includes muted sage green, warm sand and buttery ivory. The trim throughout is painted white, while the casual dining space bears wainscoting in an aged brick-red tone with a subtle crackle finish.
The first bedroom sits near the front door and is hidden behind double doors. The entry hall leads to the living room, which features a pair of wide, oak wall units flanking a gas fireplace that has a tastefully embellished mantle. The living room's plush, sculpted carpeting has a hue that echoes the light wood flooring. From here, the back yard is accessed though a glass door.
The perimeter of the show-stopping back yard bursts with an appealing array of colorful flora and textured foliage. Tiger lilies and peony bushes mingle with Japanese maples, roses and tidy lilacs. A pocket of pink hydrangeas hides on the shady northern side yard, while a trim tangle of raspberry canes soaks up the sun on the southern side. Back inside, past the living room, you come to the kitchen which is decked out with oak cabinets, beige Corian counters and a tumbled tile backsplash with a random fruit motif. A pair of lazy susans hides beneath two lower corner cabinets, so you don't have to empty an entire cabinet to get at that one dish you need. The informal dining space that sits next to the kitchen has plenty of space for a buffet and hutch to store and display prized tableware.
The walls of the second bedroom are glazed with pale tints of camel and beige. A window at the rear of the room overlooks the lush back yard. A full bathroom with French country-inspired cabinetry and a white tiled shower/bathtub combo sits next to the bedroom. At the end of the short hallway is the master suite. Its windows also overlook the verdant back yard, its vaulted ceiling has a ceiling fan, and its walls have been glazed with ivory tints. The vanity cabinets in the master bathroom have an ivory crackle finish that evokes a casual elegance. The walk-in shower has a built-in seat and four spray jets to make you feel pampered and squeaky clean. Both bathrooms and the laundry room have ceramic tile flooring. Overall, this 16-year-old home is immaculate, attractive and updated. It appears the new owner can move in with few worries.
Pros: Professionally updated interior and gorgeous landscaping combine to create an oasis in the city.
Cons: Probably over-upgraded for the neighborhood. But can you really ever have too much of a good thing?