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Vashon Island modern lists at $2.1M

Enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoors


On the Maury Island shore of Quartermaster Harbor sits a custom modern home that breaks with convention. The house appears to split into two segments, and convention continues to break throughout the house.

A stunning walkway leads to a single entry that connects mirrored buildings. Each has the same wood siding and metal roofing, but subtle distinctions suggest each is different.

Window layouts aren’t exactly the same. A chimney rises from one but not the other. And one building leads off to yet another.

A chimney rises from the wood-burning fireplace in the very modern living room. A wall of windows is required considering the view of the harbor. Breaking up the view with a fireplace may seem odd, but the fireplace provides a focal point for the evenings after sunset.

The long great room flows along the windows, next encountering a dining room that’s situated well for the view, but also for the better weather when double doors open to a separate dining area on the broad deck. Why assume every meal is eaten indoors?

In the kitchen, the emphasis is on the chef and cooking, not in showing off appliances. The workspace is tight and efficient. The range is set in black counters and backsplash. Easier to clean up, and less distracting if there’s a mess after making dinner.

Three different kinds of countertops mean a cook can find the surface they need: a place to chop, a place for a hot pot, and a place that’s easier to clean than the other three. Within the 2,730 square feet at a main house and guest house. Enjoy the high ceilings and a few angular accent windows.

Outside is the 2.91 acre lot that a collection of decks, sitting areas, a hot tub, ponds and access to the beach, assuming that’s where those stairs go.

The $2,100,000 house was built in 2002, but it looks like some even more modern touches have been added to continue the break with convention by leading new trends, like the car charging station.

UPDATE: A previous version of this article stated that the home was designed by James Cutler, which was incorrect.It also listed an incorrect number of bathrooms.