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New home options in walkable Early American Cashmere

By on January 27, 2020 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
The detached single-family homes are each on small (around .15 acre) lots, which, with built-in sprinklers as well as drought-resistant landscaping, offer a condo’s ease without the fees.

Story by Susan Lagsdin

Photos by Mike Irwin

Even if your current home is comfortable and nicely situated and you’ve become accustomed to its individual quirks, you probably experience “house lust” occasionally. 

Maybe it’s reading about movie-star mansions (“dropped to $3.5 million!”) or driving down a favorite street with sidewalks, trees and history in your own town that does it. 

This view of the neighborhood looking toward hills across the river shows respect for tradition in the roof lines and porches and respect for privacy in the careful juxtaposition of small-lot homes.

A high-up view lot sets your mind to blueprints. Or, for retirees, it may be the region’s bloom of easy-care condominium or patio homes to match turn-key travel.

No one can predict who will want to live where, but buyers are looking closely at houses in a new-built, old-look neighborhood in Cashmere. 

Riverside Meadow consists of 10 two-level homes on short cul-de-sacs bordered by the city park and tucked away between Cottage Avenue and the Wenatchee River. 

Three local individuals have poured their efforts into it. Initially, landowner Craig Hess platted and permitted the acreage, then developer Flint Hartwig employed LexarHomes as builder, and now Chris Silver with RE/MAX Landmark is the listing broker.

A unique feature they are proud of is the location… location… location. Riverside Meadow is a level stroll to shops and restaurants, library and community center through Cashmere’s historic residential district, or “cross-country” on the wide asphalt walking trail along the bank of the Wenatchee River. 

A few of the homes, recently fenced for privacy but with views intact, are a stroll away from the playground and skateboard facility at the south end of Cashmere’s city park.

A playground, a skate park and wide playing fields adjoin the fenced neighborhood. 

Chris and Flint, both with family roots here and years of experience in the building trades, are enthusiastic about the development’s wide appeal. Listening to them talk about Riverside Meadow is a happy version of “the blind men and the elephant.” Each brings a personal perspective. 

Chris has five kids and played in the Cashmere park as a child. Standing at one of the kitchen islands, he said, “I think families are going to love this… look straight out there — you can be standing here cooking and the kids are right outside across the fence, with the whole park to play in ’til dark. You can call them in with a whistle.”

Flint, married without children and consequently a little more footloose, said, “It’d be a great vacation place. This spot is only two and a half hours from the Seattle area. You could be here by dark on a Friday, walk to town for dinner and spend the next two days skiing, hiking, kayaking, whatever you want. Then you just lock it up and go.”

Turns out they’re both right.

Built in 2019, the detached single-family homes are each on small (around .15 acre) lots, which, with built-in sprinklers as well as drought-resistant landscaping, offer a condo’s ease without the fees. 

Spacious and with well-thought-out counters and cabinetry, this first-floor kitchen in of one of the larger homes opens on to a living and dining area and deck.

The traditional look — peaked roof lines, front porches, two stories on narrow streets — contributes a first impression of comfortable permanence. No rentals are allowed; it’s in the covenants.

Four of the homes are already occupied. 

There are two options among the six that are still available. Each one features three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, but they are distinctly different. 

Option one, at 2,283 square feet, offers a full master suite and office on the entry floor leading to a spacious living room, kitchen/dining area and deck. Upstairs, a second family area, a big carpeted multi-use loft space, leads to two bedrooms with a hallway bath.

The second option is more compact, at only 1,733 square feet, with a functional twist on the floorplan. The front porch, and the garage entry, open to a carpeted first-level hallway leading directly back to two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The master sinks are a full bathroom size for two, a friendly amenity. This new-look soaking tub has a companion walk-in shower, glassed and in woodgrain tile. Photo by the Multiple Listing Service

Wide stairs lead up to the second floor living area, bright white kitchen and master suite. The top floor is the size of a spacious apartment, and the position of the two downstairs rooms suggests either bedrooms or other expanded craft, TV or office space.

Colors are earth tone, double garages and laundry rooms are standard, fencing is in, and rows of street side trees will soon complete the neighborhood. 

Materials and fixtures, Flint said, are conscientiously upscaled from builder grade including flooring, soft-close cabinetry, Whirlpool appliances, LED pulse lights, quartz counters and high efficiency HVAC systems.

The Riverside Meadow team hopes to accommodate kids playing near the house, locals downsizing, couples easily driving to work, weekenders enjoying respite from westside weather and traffic and anything else you might want — in a downtown neighborhood with a mix of view, price, size and design. 

Out there somewhere is your next best house. Maybe it’s on a view ridge, maybe it’s a city-buzz apartment, or maybe it’s simple with a sense of place, close in but peaceful. 

A good choice of real estate can’t guarantee happiness, but it could certainly give you a dandy place in which to be happy.

Developer Flint Hartwig and realtor Chris Silver believe the homes on small lots at Riverside Meadow can appeal to both families and people looking for second homes in a recreational area.

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  1. Christopher Silver says:

    Thank you Susan and Mike for the wonderful article and photos. Truly a great place to live. Love to give people tours if they are interested! csilver@remax.net!

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