If you're going to go small, go really small, like this 240 square foot cabin on Vashon. There's just enough room for the basics, done right. Then, there's a bonus, an even tinier guest cottage for those times when someone wants to see how you manage to live that way. Another bonus, 100 feet of salt water waterfront, and all the wildlife traffic that provides.
Status: Listed at $275,000. Sold for $350,000.
From tiny to not so tiny, and actually quite large, relatively. A 1,980 square foot log cabin with 9.57 acres and a view of Mt. Rainier, it was built in 1991, so it only looks old. With that much room to roam, and a pragmatic house to live in, there may not be much reason to leave the property. Be prepared, though. Front row seats to The Mountain also mean the possibility of front row seats to ash clouds, at least.
Status: Active at $525,000.
Okay, so you can probably tell that I like small houses, especially ones that are by the water. Tinies are easier to tend, and are one way to make beach access affordable. This one is much larger than the first house, at 540 square feet, which provides enough room for 2 bedrooms, or a bedroom and an office. Working remotely from the waterfront has its advantages, especially when you need a break.
Status: Pending Sale
To really get access to the water, live on it. Houseboats have that appeal. Step outside and the lake is all around you. No lawn to mow. Cool water close by. Great views, and a much easier time launching the kayak. Getting to live that life in a 1915 version that has 865 square feet and has been renovated is particularly appealing, especially the deck off the dining room.
It's tiny at 620 square feet. It's waterfront, on Vashon, again. It even has a large 10,145 square foot lot. What is also has is that uncommon character that comes from an uncommon neighborhood. There's no room for roads. You have to walk to get to this house. The road's above it. The shore's below it. There's privacy and neighbors who necessarily also aren't tied to cars. It is even within walking distance of the ferry, so it isn't as remote as it sounds, but can act as remote as you want it to.
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