Private Paradise Near Seattle

Retreat to a private 5+ acre estate, with 275 feet of mostly no-bank waterfront, on the sunny west-facing shore of inner Quartermaster Harbor near Seattle. This home offers exquisite craftsmanship, understatement, and the finest appliances, systems, and materials. Escape to rural serenity but remain right in King County, on charming Vashon Island, just a 15-minute ferry ride from West Seattle or a 22-minute passenger ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

The house sits back in a protected area with a commanding view, surrounded by gardens, streams, and towering old-growth grand firs. It is a gentle stroll to the waterfront, where there's driveway access to a boat ramp too. The air is fresh, the nights silent.

The handsome 6,560 sq. ft. main residence has wrap-around porches, and weds expansive views and rooms with adjacent cozy spaces--a book nook, a game bay, secluded seating areas, a handsome two-room office and library. There are three large bedrooms, plus abundant other rooms where guests can sleep.

A spacious guest cottage has one bedroom, two sleeping alcoves in its great room, plus a large deck, all upstairs. Below is a garage and a large art studio or workspace, or space for overflow guests. Each floor of the cottage has views, a separate entrance, and its own bathroom with shower.

The buildings are in superb condition, and have been extensively renovated with new rooms and materials plus behind-the-scenes upgrades such as state-of-the-art earthquake engineering, highly energy-efficient geothermal heating and air-conditioning, and extensive security infrastructure. There are a total of three garages, plus a place for an RV, boat trailer, or horse trailer.

All of this is nestled into park-like gardens featuring lush draught-tolerant Northwest plantings and extensive low-maintenance rock work and other hardscaping. Paths, leading to the beach and through the gardens, are illuminated at night with downward-facing LED fixtures that preserve the dark and starry night sky. There's a spa under a copper roof, sauna, waterside gazebo, orchard, bocce ball court, boat launch, and a small greenhouse, too.

The property is 275 feet wide where it meets Puget Sound. But the shoreline isn't a straight line. Instead, it wraps gracefully around a private bay and estuary, measuring about 475 feet overall, including a bulkhead that is about 335 feet long.

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