It's a farm so the barn is going to be red. So is the farmhouse, the arena, the stables, and any outbuilding on the property. At least that much paint should qualify for a volume discount. Fortunately, they painted tastefully, with broad white trim on the doors and windows. Rustica Farm on Bainbridge is up for sale; so, if you really like red, or really want to farm, or really like both, check to see if you can really afford $1,995,000 for a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house with lots of other buildings spread across ~ 25 acres. There's a barn and an arena; so there's places for the horses (or whatever) to be private sometimes and public other times. Beside that is a pasture, naturally, though either the horses are amazing, or fencing just became a major play pen because the only things in it in the photos are a volleyball net, a trampoline, and maybe a basketball hoop. Between all of that and the house is a garden that looks big enough to feed a family, and colorful enough to be a destination. Inside, the style is rustic by design. Plank floors and beadboard cabinets look much more at home on a farm, but they're so clean it looks as if barnyard dirt never makes it into the house. There is a sunroom or two that may act as mudrooms as well. In any case, they're large and comfortable, partly because the house is 4,983 square feet, which provides a lot of room. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms (which come equipped with claw foot tubs), there is office space and a major library. Finally, a place for all the books - assuming you have time to read after working the land.
· 12600 Miller Rd NE, Bainbridge Island [Windermere]
Written by Tom Trimbath