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The 566 Square-Foot Whidbey Island Home That Costs $1.5M

One of these things is not like the others. That's the nature of houses, plans, and dreams. That's why a tiny house has a big price

In a neighborhood with lots of long, skinny, waterfront lots, most houses sit as close to the bulkhead as they can get. That's not the case with this 566-square-foot bit of new construction. It's about halfway between the shore and the road; but, there's a reason for that. They have plans that you'll have plans.

The property is a 10,000 square foot lot that includes 300 feet of Useless Bay's tidelands. Useless Bay is aptly named, at least in terms of big boats. It is, however, very useful for fishing, clamming, crabbing, and generally playing. The two story was built as a boat house for a powerboat that can fit on a trailer. That's one way to knock down the risk of corrosion while being close to the water.

The building is listed as 0 bedrooms but it also has 2 "sleeping areas." It is also listed as having a 0.75 bath, but it also has an outdoor shower for leaving the sand and seaweed outside. The style is decidedly beach inspired with ship lap siding and reclaimed oak floors. Weathering will happen, and it is ready to do so gracefully.

All of that is fine, but $1,495,000 could seem like a lot for a tiny house set back from the view. That's because the boat house was only one stage in the plan. The site is set for a dream house like on the other properties; it is simply that in the meantime you have a place to stay and play while the house is built. Who knows? Maybe you'll find that you like living in a tiny house, and that being back from the salt spray and storm surges is a good thing. You might want to check into the kitchen, though. There doesn't seem to be a mention of one. All the more reason to build the big house. Right?

· 1948 Shore Ave, Freeland [Windermere]