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5 of our favorite Seattle-area homes from October

Unique homes happen, which is why real estate isn’t boring

We sifted through a month of posts to find our five favorites for October. There’s so much diversity and creativity that it’s rarely a simple task.

It’s a houseboat that looks more like a boat than a house, is called Seaweed, is full of artistic and creative solutions to living in a tiny, 452 square foot space, and is listed at $349,000. With one bedroom and one bathroom, they manage to fit in a jacuzzi and an office. Cap it with a rooftop deck and a fun sense of style, and you may have more fun living there than in some monster of a mansion.

Status: Active

Roof top deck? Bah! How about a climb onto the roof where a swinging bed hangs from another roof while being open to the forest breezes? Welcome to Vashon Island where a multi-story 2,100 square foot house is filled with art and practicality, has over fourteen acres that is mostly forest, with trust lands as neighbors. Want to make more art for the three bedroom, one and three-quarter bathroom Contemporary? There’s a 900 square foot studio for that, too. An interesting combination for $619,000.

Status: Pending

Seattle’s history includes some impressive homes. The houses on Officer’s Row were nice enough and in a prime location; but the house for a senior officer was understandably nicer. That may be why it came to market at $2,800,000. It is a four level, six bedroom, four and a quarter bathroom, 6,278 square foot example of masterful, and expensive, renovation. It sits on a 0.39-acre lot with unobstructed views of the Olympics and Puget Sound from the wraparound veranda.

Status: Active

Thanks to the shoji aesthetic and some remodeling by George Suyama, AIA & interior designer Jean Jongeward, a First Hill condo has been made current, including Asian influences. The space is now a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with 1,411 square feet inside. They’re asking $825,000 for a place that enjoys skyline views and modern amenities and some very urban history.

Status: Pending

It is a dream for many, a home far from civilization - without being uncivilized about it. Fawn Island listed at $3,480,000. That may sound like a lot for two acres, and for one bedroom and two and a quarter bathrooms; but they sit in a marvelous 3,514 square foot space that defines luxury rustic. On your own island. You’re buying privacy that feels remote, yet is located at the mouth of Deer Harbor and access to Orcas Island’s civilization. With a pier, private dock, and mooring buoy you've got yourself a 35-minute ride directly to Seattle, just in case you want to visit The Big City. Oh yeah, and it was owned by Gene Hackman, so there’s that, too.

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