Take a tour through some of Western Washington’s wine country, and maybe drop into a house tour or two. There’s plenty to pick from. Wine cellars not included. Maybe that’s the first project.
There may be no wine cellar, but a solarium that’s equipped with a hot tub and a wood stove suggests a decadent retreat during our inevitable winter storms. This four bedroom, three bathroom, 2,200-square-foot northwest contemporary house was built in 1982 with the typical soaring roof line. It sits on more than two acres, room enough for the detached garage, lots of projects, and probably a lot of firewood. The asking price is $420,000.
Over by Cottage Lake is a 1968 rambler with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Inside, find 1,100 square feet. Outside, find almost ten times as much space, 10,349 square feet. That’s one way to maximize outdoor opportunities. The $450,000 place has been updated with granite and tile, with original oak flooring left intact. Outside, a fully fenced yard may keep the deer out or the pets in. Maybe both.
Another Cottage Lake rambler is listed at $489,950. A suite of updates on this 1968 home includes Shaker cabinets, quartz counters, tile backsplash, and the inevitable stainless steel appliances. At almost the same size and the previous one, 1,160 square feet, it also includes three bedrooms, but only one bathroom. The bonus for this package is a quarter-acre lot. The landscaping is large trees and open lawn, relatively low maintenance.
Welcome to the 1970s with a split level entry from 1976. Main rooms upstairs, more rooms downstairs. A double-door entry makes it easier to move in, welcome guests, and let some air in. The 1,840-square-foot house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the largest of the five. The $504,000 price includes the third-acre lot that’s trees and lawn out back and established perennials in front. A suburban classic.
How about a horse estate? For $550,000 there’s a home for horses. Fences and stalls already in place on a nearly three-acre property. The circular drive is a nice country manor touch. There’s also a home for people, a 2007 rambler that could be called a ranch with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,800 square feet. Folks with horses may care less about the white picket fence and may be more excited about a place to park the horse trailer.