SPECIAL NOTE: RESIDENCE AND SHOP EXTERIORS FRESHLY AND PROFESSIONALLY PAINTED IN SEPTEMBER 2023.
OVERVIEW: Distinguished Country Homes, designed, crafted and placed with thoughtful attention to detail on good earth are testimony of dreams achieved. Such is this Single-Owner Beauty on 7.8 acres custom-built in 1997 upon the owner’s retirement from a lifetime of ranching. Located a half-mile north of Cambridge on a paved, dead-end road, the landscaped 3,000+ sq. ft., two-story, 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with attached double-car garage and finished detached 1600 sq. ft. shop are nestled back on the acreage. The floor plan, quality construction and plethora of amenities insure convenience, comfort and style. . .with just the right touch of country elegance. The living room’s elevated cathedral ceiling, arched east facing picture window, open-staircase with solid-oak banister, designer-tiled, centerpiece fireplace flanked by banks of built-in solid honey-oak finished custom cabinets make it one-of-a-kind beautiful. The theme of quality and design is consistent throughout the home around every corner and in every room with 9’ ceilings, a Cook’s Kitchen, formal dining, informal dining area, private master-suite with a touch of grand. Not to mention: the attached, finished 644 sq. ft. finished garage and 1600 sq. ft. frame-constructed shop that is wired, insulated, heated and divided into two sections to accommodate multiple use. Established landscaping includes a beautiful lawn and landscaped circle drive to the home’s formal front entry. The drive is lined by a variety of flowering ornamental, shade and evergreen trees, perennial flowers and strawberries(!) All landscaping, including garden areas is irrigated by an automatic sprinkling system. The property is perimeter fenced with cross-fencing to separate yard, garden areas and pasture.
AREA OVERVIEW: The Higgins Property is located in Washington County. Washington County has a population of approximately 10,128 and encompasses 2,947 sq. miles. The county seat is Weiser, a town of approximately 5,400 that is a strong agricultural community complemented b a well-established business district. Recognized for its tree-lined streets, civic pride and history-rich architecture, Weiser is famous for the National Old Time Fiddle Festival held each year in June.
Cambridge, a small town with a big sense of community, is the northernmost municipality in Washington County and the close-by service and social center within a half mile of the Higgins Property. Cambridge is a pretty town nestled along the Weiser River and at the junction of State Highways 95 and 71 thereby securing recognition as the Gateway to Hell’s Canyon. A variety of shops and services are available in Cambridge including lodging, eateries, groceries, museum, fuel, professional and medical services, churches, senior center and a K-12 school system. Cambridge hosts several civic events throughout the year including Hell’s Canyon Days in early June and the Washington County Fair and Rodeo the first week in August.
The scenic 80 mile-long Weiser River Recreation Trail passes through Cambridge and within close, convenient access to the Higgins property enroute from Weiser to New Meadows inviting year-round, non-motorized access for hiking, bicycling and horse-back riding along the river. And cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing during winter months!
From Cambridge, Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River is a 30 mile drive; Hell’s Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge is an additional 20 mile drive. With more pioneer and Native American history sites than any other river in the region and a celebrated reputation for fishing, boating, white water rafting, hiking and hunting, the Snake River Canyon is a paradise of awe-inspiring natural beauty and a Mecca of recreational opportunity. Additionally, Cambridge is surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges and millions of acres of national forest, BLM Lands and State of Idaho Lands. Hitt, Cuddy and the West Mountains are in view from the Higgins property!
McCall on Payette Lake and minutes from Brundage Mtn. Ski Resort is one of Idaho’s most popular summer and winter resort and recreational areas, is approximately 50 miles north. Idaho’s capitol city of Boise and Boise International Airport are about a two-hour drive from the property via state and interstate highways.
THE HOME: The 2,240 sq. ft. of the home in includes the Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Kitchen and Dining Area, Pantry, Laundry Room, Powder Room, Private Master Suite, Two Guest Bedrooms and a Full Bath. Exterior access is from the covered formal front entry porch, sliding glass doors from the kitchen area to the covered back patio and an exterior person door into the attached garage and then conveniently another opens into the kitchen area. The flow from one room to another is noticeably well-envisioned. With the exception of the Living Room’s dramatic cathedral ceiling, all rooms have 9’ ceilings adding a sense of spaciousness. The custom cabinetry throughout is solid oak with a warm honey-oak finish. Counter-tops are attractive, beautifully maintained laminate. Windows are Double-pane vinyl with arched view capturing picture windows in the living room, formal dining room and a guest bedroom/den/office.
The is a “touch of grand” large bedroom area and adjoining master bath with two big walk-in closets, separate double oak vanities, soaker tub and a walk-in shower.
The 819 sq. ft. of the home includes a spacious family room with a skylight at the top of the open staircase and a door into a separate large bedroom/sewing/den/office with full bath. Lots of extra accommodations for guests!
The home is all 2” X 6” Construction. .
is a Forced Air Propane Furnace with Central Air Conditioning. For a cold winter evening and on special occasions, the living room gas fireplace is beautiful and irresistibly cozy. Reversible ceiling fans above the living room circulate air quietly and efficiently according to the season.
ATTACHED GARAGE: The attached 644 sf double car is completely finished, equipped with two auto overhead doors, a person door to the outside and another from the garage into the home: well-designed, convenient access! The garage houses the furnace, hot water and well-pressure system and extra built in storage with plenty of room for two full size vehicles.
SHOP: The 1600 sq. ft. (32’ X 50’) is a wired, insulated 2” X 6” framed structure, with concrete floors, 12’ ceiling, two person doors and a 12’ high/18’ wide automatic overhead door. The back section of the building (20’ X 32’) has been the owner’s heated woodworking shop equipped with 220 outlets, propane heat, fluorescent lighting and built in shelving. The woodworking shop (or other use) area is partitioned from the front general portion (28’ X 32’) with wide swinging interior doors. Exterior siding is Masonite to match the residence. Roof is metal.
WATER: Domestic, yard, garden, stock water is provided by a 43’ drilled well capable of producing an estimated 35 gallons per minute.
THE LAND: 7.8 Acres Deeded. The acreage is divided into one main pasture with fencing for livestock, the home site and garden area. Soils are fertile and well suited for growing grass-legume hay, alfalfa and pasture. Vegetable gardens and fruit orchards produce well.
CLIMATE: The Cambridge Area enjoys a distinct 4 season climate. Wonderful year ‘round living! Elevation is approximately 2,650’. Average precipitation is between 18 and 22 inches a year, considered semi-arid and benefiting from the proximity of the surrounding mountains.