This is your grown-up, waterfront treehouse. Nestled in the woods, near the end of a dead-end gravel road, you’ll find this simple, elegant high-end home. No expense was spared during the 2010 complete renovation.
Inside there is an open floor plan and most of the home is on one level and fully handicap accessible. Natural light floods through near full-length windows and skylights and the beautiful wood beams and floors fit in perfectly with the surrounding trees. The main bedroom is at the end of the house and has a king-size bed, while the upstairs loft has a queen-size couch/futon. The bathroom features a simple pocket door, steam shower with multiple shower heads, and a heated stone floor. Heating and cooling are quietly managed by two Mitsubishi ductless units.
In addition, unlike most rentals, the house is thoughtfully furnished with special pieces like a Saarinen Womb chair. Click here to see a scale floorplan.
While here, you’re only a mile from downtown, but you’re very unlikely to run into anyone else unless you count hawks and eagles and sea-otters.
Within a stone’s throw of Seattle, Vashon Island is like a trip through the way-back machine.
It’s about the size of Manhattan, though home to only 10,000 full-time residents.
Much of the island is zoned for agriculture and to limit future growth, and people here are proud of their farming and self-sufficient heritage.
It’s amazing that one moment you can be in Seattle, with all of its hustle and bustle, and then 30 minutes later be immersed in this pastoral, artistic, rural landscape.
The separation of getting on the ferry and leaving the mainland is palpable. You can finally exhale and know that time really does slow down on the island.
With that first bit of the drive off the ferry, when you turn left and go up the big hill, the busyness of life on the mainland just melts away. And then presto, you're in the middle of nowhere, driving past green fields and along forested roads and a dazzling array of farm animals - from horses, to alpacas to beef cattle to miniature ponies. It’s like hobbit-land, and just seeing this incredibly different way of life is wondrous.
To get to this little gem by car, one can take a WA State Ferry from either Fauntleroy (West Seattle), or Point Defiance (just outside of Tacoma). For foot traffic only, there is also the King County Water Taxi operating from Pier 50 in Seattle.
The house is a 10-minute drive from either the north or south end of the island, and only 1 mile East of downtown Vashon.