Vashon Island has its appeal. Waterfront is always in demand. Putting those together with an uncommon 1965 style is rare, and valuable enough for a listing price of $899,000.
The typical response to a great room with a great view is to have a soaring peak of a ceiling, which is also a place to collect heat and spiderwebs. Here, they built three smaller peaks instead of one large one. Less glass to clean, a space that’s more intimate than intimidating, and a way to divide a room without breaking up the traffic patterns.
One peak defines the kitchen, a white-on-white aisle that stretches along one wall and along a long island that is a combination of work space and serving area. A little color will go a long way, but maybe letting the eating area hide the rest of the day is a good idea.
Two peaks cover the dining area. That may be more than is needed for everyday meals. Move the table aside and have a place for projects, or a place for people to play and dance.
The living room lives under a flat ceiling that changes the character without losing the view thanks to a set of windows in the corner. A traditional brick fireplace looks too tidy to burn wood, but check to see what kind of flame gets to add to the ambiance.
Almost as if it was a separate house, there’s a second section that does have the soaring roof, but it holds two stories. The upper story is an open space that can act as an art of yoga studio with a view.
The land’s important, and so is the water. An acre holds the house. One border is ninety feet of waterfront that includes a long dock. The setting may be the main draw, especially for someone who wants a view across to the mainland and a short drive to the ferry.
Put it all together, add some rooms below, and the 2,560 square-foot house also holds three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a detail that shouldn’t be overlooked.
- 9909 SW 123rd Pl, Vashon [Windermere]