This private, waterfront retreat is just 90 minutes from Seattle on picturesque Camano Island, Washington. The property rests on nearly eight acres, with a main house, guest house, post-and-beam barn, chicken coop, apartment and original owner's house. It features views of Mt. Baker, the Cascades and, occasionally, gray whales leaping in the water that borders the property.
The house's main level centers around an open air living and dining room that seamlessly joins with patios and the gorgeous infinity pool. On either side of this space is a bedroom; the master suite perches on the floor above.
Cozy Country Cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
This beautiful country cottage has been renovated to include a warm color palette that plays on the warm, California sunshine let in by skylights and expansive multi-pane windows and French doors. The ceilings are high pitched and feature exposed beams, creating the cozy cottage feel in this just over 2000 square foot home.
Even though it’s less expensive, manufactured stone veneer no longer looks like the cheap cousin of the real thing. Modern versions are durable, beautiful and natural-looking. Adding veneer around the bottom third of your home’s exterior will return nearly your entire investment, and because it’s lightweight and easy to work with, you can even do it yourself.