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Nature calls from this Vashon NW contemporary asking $599K

Since when did chicken coops become a sales feature? There's that and more with this NW Contemporary on Vashon Island

What some call a cabin, others call a NW Contemporary. We label things, but what really matters is what it is like to live there. Two dormers, a bit of a porch, and land filled with trees and gardens can go by many names; but, this 4 bedroom, 1.75 bath, 1,810 square foot house on Vashon has style touches that make it unique. Of course, it is on Vashon, so that's normal.

Aside from one vividly painted bedroom, the interior is a very nicely executed design that works well in the Northwest. It was built in 1990, which makes it somewhat contemporary. The wood stove, exposed beams, planked wood ceiling, and wood-framed windows definitely mean lots of trees were involved in the construction and maintenance of the place. Considering the wooded setting, that's a good match.

They're asking $599,000 for the property. While many will focus on the house, the 1.73 acres hold the more distinctive touches. Fruit trees are always nice. A fenced garden is welcoming to gardeners and a frustration to deer. Some artist also took the opportunity to decorate the fence and the land so it isn't just a long stand of lumber. (Maybe that has something to do with the brightly colored bedroom and the studio on the property.) Bamboo can be graceful, useful, and invasive; so, take care of that.

Has anyone kept track of when chicken coops became a selling point? Maybe we should start quoting listing data on their size, capacity, and style. A separate deck for the hot tub out amongst the trees is a relaxing indulgence surrounded by nature, and improved with a small shelter that is either a shower, changing room - but probably not an outhouse. For people who appreciate nature, even the parts they can't build in, there's a ravine that's a reminder that land isn't always flat.

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