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5 of our favorite Seattle-area homes from April

Fairy tales come in all sizes

April showered the market with enough homes that picking five favorites wasn’t easy. Here are five that range from sweeping estates to impressively efficient tinies.

Via Windermere

Spring is the time for gardens, and this French estate on the shores of Puget Sound has formal gardens front and back, a tree-lined drive behind an iron gate, and patios from which to enjoy the well-tended scene. Inside is a French country kitchen large enough for crowds, a wine cellar to serve them all, and fixtures and decor that could sit in art galleries. The price for living in a fairy tale: $2,650,000.

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Amaryllis Lockhart

This hillside estate in Laurelhurst looks Spanish Revival from a distance, but up close has some distinctly modern touches. Built in 1920, the biggest remodels came in the 1970s, with the addition of the solarium, which was formerly an office; the sprawling, Mediterranean-style deck structure; and the grand, covered front entrance. It and its four stories of views of Lake Washington are listed at $3,250,000.

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This floating home was originally built in 1910, but it was remodeled from the float up in 2014 by Franzen Renovations. Now it’s listed for $1,000,000. The design by Marilyn Deering features a main living area with cathedral ceilings and large windows to take in the ocean air. The previous owners even fit a piano—a luxury for a life on the water. A door leads back into a large balcony for sunbathing, barbecues, or just enjoying the view.

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Via Windermere

A tiny timber house lives much larger thanks to good design, plenty of outbuildings, and more than nine acres of land. Put everything together for $410,000. The timeless, tiny cabin was built in 1975. It has all the basics, including pieces frequently lost to compromise in a tiny house. There is room for a feast outdoors, with tons of activated living space not confined to indoor walls. Beside a broad, covered deck there’s an even larger covered patio with an enormous river rock fireplace.

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Courtesy of Orcas Island Realty

A tiny house on wheels is parked on Orcas Island acreage. It sits high on a hill looking to the northeast with views across the water of the Salish Sea. Instead of the standard, boxy design, it has a whimsical custom job by Oregon-based Shibui Woodworking. A rounded roof seems like a nod in equal parts to its nautical setting and a traveling caravan. Listed at $349,000, it is like buying a piece of art to live in.

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