A uniquely designed home in Leavenworth, WA, comes with 10.5 acres of privacy.
The angular, three-bedroom home offered for $500,000 is nestled among the trees 2 miles east of Chumstick in the Cascade Mountains, but it is still close to skiing and wineries.
“The house has a little pond and a lot of acreage, so it would be ideal for someone who wants to be out in the country,” says listing agent Michal Mock, of Keller Williams Realty NCW.
“There are a lot of acres for hiking, so the new buyer would be an outdoor person for sure. I envision it to be a primary residence because the house has year-round access,” Mock says.
“Leavenworth is an alpine village, and the home is close to downtown. It’s just two hours west of Seattle,” he continues. “Leavenworth is smack dab in the middle of Washington state. It’s an incredible vacation destination year-round.”
Built in 1997, the 1,405-square-foot home has a great room and kitchen on the primary level. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms designed with sharp angles.
‘Build something that would last’
“I have an engineering background and moved to the mountains where I built my first house, so I had the knowledge and experience when it came to building this one,” says Steven Raymond, the homeowner.
“I built it by myself from trees from a nearby mountain range. I assembled it as post-and-beam construction, which is more of an art form than stick frame. My whole idea was to build something that would last.”
Raymond admits the property has an unusual structure and believes the next buyer will be in search of such a unique property.
“They will also have to be a character,” he says with a laugh.
Designed with mountains in mind
“I wanted to design a roof that would reflect the mountain peaks,” he says of the sharp angles.
Raymond incorporated exposed structural beams on the interior.
“I did this for two reasons: so the structural components are easily visual for inspection, and it would last 200 years,” he says. “It also gives it visual appeal. The home features round-log construction, which is difficult to do and you don’t see very often because it is more time-consuming.”
The property includes a workshop and a stable.
Because it’s located in the Wildland Urban Interface, Raymond says, “One of the dangers of that is the property is susceptible to wildfires.
“The exterior of this house is stucco, and the walls are open, not load bearing, and filled with Styrofoam,” he adds. “It also has a metal roof, so a wildfire would not impinge on the structure and it would not get ignited. If you eliminate the combustibles, the structure is survivable.”