Elizabeth Hume, 208-860-5451
Who says you can't have a cabin in the city? This house was constructed by Irish Quality Builders, a company that has built homes in Tamarack and Sun Valley, which explains the distinct vacation-home flair inside.
From the outside, the house blends nicely with the well-maintained collection of modest single family dwellings surrounding it.
It looks like a normal two-story home with a large gabled dormer above the garage where the master suite looks out over the street below. The house is painted white, and the front door and fascia boards are black. Near the front door the facade is faced with a wide vertical stripe of authentic river rock that continues horizontally below a row of tall, narrow living room windows. The natural rock accents are partially obscured by a set of large, neatly clipped evergreen hedges.
The floor plan places the living room, kitchen, an informal dining space and a half bathroom on the main level. Upstairs, you'll find the master suite, two bedrooms and a full bathroom with a closet for the washer and dryer.
As soon as you step inside, the influence of the mountains becomes apparent. In the cozy living room, a tapered fireplace chimney with a stucco-like texture reaches gracefully to the two-story ceiling. Golden pine cabinet doors with beaded panels continue the cabin theme in the kitchen, and a pine handrail on the staircase carries the theme to the second floor.
The hallway upstairs has a loft-like appearance because it is open to the living room below. An abundance of windows allows natural light to illuminate the interior during the day.
An earthy palette has been created using light camel paint on walls, medium brown carpet underfoot and golden stain on solid pine baseboards and trim. An olive green half bathroom, a red wall in the kitchen and a bold pumpkin hue on one wall in the dining area provide interesting pops of color. Slate tile flooring in the kitchen, dining area and bathroom provides a lovely multi-shaded foil to the colorful backdrops.
The back yard beckons family and friends to hang out on benches built into the redwood deck just outside the dining area. A kidney-shaped patio outlined with stamped concrete is large enough to accommodate three full dining sets for a lively al fresco dinner party. There is also a long gravel driveway for RV parking visible from the kitchen sink. If you're more of a cabin camper than a camper-camper, the driveway could be turned into a spacious vegetable garden or a spot for a pair of pine trees with a bed of wild strawberries underneath to complement the home's mountain hideaway personality.
In a sea of vanilla real estate, especially among homes of similar size and price, 548 Criterion is like a dish of coffee ice cream with chunks of Heath Bar candy mixed in.
Downtown Meridian is less than a mile away, so it's an easy bike ride to breakfast at the corner coffee shop, lunch at a Mexican restaurant, or beers at a handful of pubs along Main Street. Home Depot, WinCo and the freeway onramp at Meridian Road are about two miles to the south, while grocery stores, restaurants and other shops along Cherry Lane are about a mile to the north.
Pros: Vacation home vibe is as refreshing as a mountain breeze.
Cons: Front hedges could be trimmed to reveal more river rock.
Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9, 2-4 p.m.