The Hostetter House – 241 Boarman Street

The Hostetter House at 241 Boarman Street is an instant charmer.  The first impression is “whimsical Southwest with a touch of salsa.”   The home has been transformed from a modest midcentury home into a fun southwestern style rancher. Built in 1951, current owners, Kristin and Eric Hostetter, bought the home in September 2017 from Ron and Terry Hall, who were largely responsible for its transformation.

The cheery pumpkin-colored exterior leads the visitor to an inviting front porch. A pair of red Adirondack chairs sit on a colorful outdoor rug, amid southwestern accessories. It is a welcoming setting, making you want to see inside.

The interior does not disappoint. The entry has a striking American flag stained glass window beside an impressive antique coat rack. The adjacent living room has much to capture your eye. A saddle is Kristin’s, from her days packing mules for the U.S. Forest Service. Memorabilia from Glacier National Park are from Kristin’s days as a Red Bus Driver in the park. Other western and vintage pieces create a pleasing blend of Southwest and antique decor.

The kitchen helps define the style of the home. The focal point is a large and impressive red southwestern kitchen cabinet. The flooring is terra cotta tile. Cabinets are open shelving displaying cheerful Fiesta Ware.

This home has only two bedrooms and one bath, but a small house can have such character and a big impact. One bedroom is a music room and office, showcasing an extensive guitar collection, a sanctuary for work and play. The nearby bathroom has been renovated and now has a large glass-enclosed shower with natural stone tile and blue tile accents.

The backyard is a surprise. The porch is a tin-covered outdoor party space. Multi-colored lights and neon signs create a festive setting. On the second level is a paved patio with a fountain.  On the third level is the final surprise: a swimming pool and a rustic miner’s cabin. The tiny cabin is an outdoor get-away retreat and guest room, with views of Mokelumne Peak and Kennedy Mine. In the end, the Hostetter home is a great example of how a small home can live big in a fun way.