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Beautiful Mini House - Magazine and TV Profiled

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Last updated: 12/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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This beautiful Mini House is a 285 sq. ft. guest cottage with a sleeping loft. It is an open, light, peaceful and private retreat perfect for up to 3 people. Guests experience a peaceful feeling of comfort, simplicity and beauty, and consistently feel that they are having a true retreat in their own private oasis. This is a peaceful and relaxing place that delights the senses. The house is designed to stay cool in the mild Seattle summers, and cozy and warm in the winters. It is tucked away toward the back portion of the property with it's own private back patio and yard space. During the day the space fills with light. The windows are strategically placed to keep the space feeling open, but provide privacy from the main house that is located in the front portion of the property.
The Mini House is conveniently located just 6.5 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle.
The house features a cozy sleeping loft that is reached by an old ship ladder (indoor slippers are provided for climbing the ladder for guests with extra tender feet), with windows that let in the fresh air and look out onto a sunrise over the Cascade Mountain Range. French doors that open out onto a private back patio with a garden, fruit trees and a beautiful red Japanese Maple tree, outdoor cafe table and chairs, and a soaking tub with a hand held shower in a large, stylish bathroom.
The Mini House was originally a little shack of a garage that Seattle artist, welder and designer Michelle de la Vega designed and built in 2006 and lived in for 5 years. The result was a personal and unique environment made with many found elements, custom made fixtures and salvaged industrial materials.
The house has been featured in the New York Times, MORE Magazine, Western Australian magazine Scoop Homes and Art, several high profile design blogs, to televisions shows, as well as Terrance Conran’s book How to Live in Small Spaces and Joanne Palmisano's book Salvage Secrets. It will also be featured in the April 2013 issue of L'Uomo Vogue.

4 days minimum stay

Check in is at 4PM
Check out is at 11AM
(special check in and out times can be arranged)

Just 6.5 miles from the heart of downtown Seattle and 6.3 miles from the Airport.

• Free wifi
• Sleeping loft with 1 double bed: **indoor slippers provided for climbing the ladder for those with tender feet
• 1 single day bed on ground floor
• Studio kitchen with all dining and cooking necessaries provided
• Free standing wood fireplace
• All linens provided
• Bamboo and stone floors
• Large bathroom with sky light, soaking tub and hand held shower
• Vaulted ceiling
• Books
• Outdoor patio with vintage cafe table and chairs
• Back yard garden with raised vegetable garden beds
• Fruit trees and raspberries


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 285 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

              • Bedroom 2: 1 twin/ single

                Daybed on ground floor with comfortable mattress...moreless

              • Bedroom 1: 1 double

                Sleeping loft...moreless

              • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

                Large bathroom with soaking tub and handheld shower...moreless

              • The bathroom is very comfortable and large. It has a soaking tub with handheld shower that sits under a skylight. A great place to relax with a glass of wine!...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Custom built home and property, private patio area, relaxing yard, organic vegetable garden, fruit trees, raspberries, trees, equipped studio kitchen, outdoor dining area and lounge furniture, rustic modern, clean, written about in the New York Times, MORE Magazine, Scoop Homes and Art among others, and featured in several design books....moreless


                      • Books


                      • Away From It All
                      • Budget
                      • Family
                      • Romantic


                      • Cinemas
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Zoo

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Antiquing
                      • Boating
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking

                      Location Type

                          • Mountain View

                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                          • Basketball Court
                          • Cycling
                          • Fishing
                          • Golf
                          • Hiking
                          • Kayaking
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Parasailing
                          • Sailing
                          • Swimming
                          • Tennis


                          • Dining:

                            Coffee table doubles as eating surface as well as charming outdoor patio with wrought iron table and chairs....moreless

                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 3 people


                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating:

                            Gas heater...moreless

                          • Linens Provided
                          • Living Room
                          • Parking:

                            Ample street parking in front of the house...moreless

                          • Parking Off Street:

                            Ample street parking in front of the house...moreless

                          • Towels Provided
                          • Wireless Internet:

                            Free wireless internet....moreless

                          • Wood Fireplace
                          • Wood Stove:

                            Wood burning stove - for use ONLY in winter....moreless


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen:

                            Kitchenette with gas stove, cookware, dishes and all amenities needed for creating meals....moreless

                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator:

                            Mini fridge...moreless

                          • Stove:

                            Gas stove and large toaster oven that is large enough to roast a chicken etc....moreless

                          • Toaster


                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Outdoor Grill

                          House Cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included


                              Write a review 4.8
                              from 13 traveler reviews
                              Rental basis: Per property
                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              My Standard Rate
                              5 night min stay
                              $609 $1,980
                              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                              Additional information about rental rates

                              Fees and Rental Conditions:

                              • cleaning $80 + tax
                              • Pet Fee $35
                              • Property Damage Protection $49
                              • Tax Rate 9.5%

                              Cancellation policy:

                              100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                              Last updated: 12/17/2014
                              Check availability
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                              21 Unavailable
                              22 Today
                              23 Selected dates


                              6.5 Miles
                              Nearest Airport

                              Car: Necessary


                              Owner info

                              Year Purchased: 2005

                              About the owner: Michelle is a Seattle artist, designer and welder. She moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts and has been actively involved in the Seattle artist community for the past 20 years. In 2005 she bought this property with the goal of renting out the Main Cottage and turning the tiny shack of a garage into a Mini House for herself to live in. Happily she realized her vision 8 months later. Since then the Mini House has had a plethora of design recognition including an exclusive 3 page article in the New York Times, two notable design books and an appearance on HGTV in 2013. After building the Mini House she set her sights on extensively remodeling the Main Cottage as well, opening up the floor plan and creating a space reflecting the same aesthetic values of reuse, custom built features, and rustic yet clean lines. Michelle has a penchant for re-purposing fixtures and materials, and creating environments that have a unique, personal and peaceful feel. Her current adventure is refurbishing a vintage 1955 Silver Streak Jet trailer. Michelle works out of a welding shop in Seattle's industrial SODO district where she makes sculpture and furniture.

                              Why the Owner Chose Other Seattle Properties:
                              This was my home for many years. The neighborhood attracts a lot of artists and artisans like me because of it's cultural diversity, urban charm and close proximity to downtown. It's a very down do earth area. I like living around working families and being part of a diverse community. I have been so contented in the neighborhood that I bought a second property here last year that I remodeled as I did this one. I feel very lucky to live in Seattle and it is really fun to host visitors to our beautiful city.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              The property provides very easy access to down town Seattle and is also not far from the airport which makes traveling easy. The house has a rustic modern aesthetic and the yard with vegetable garden and fruit trees is very relaxing. The property has a sunny feeling and a lot of open sky. People feel like they are at a private retreat with everything needed. I designed the hosue and property with the values of simple streamlined functionality and beauty.

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                              • Living area

                                Living area

                              • Kitchenette


                              • Wood stove

                                Wood stove

                              • Locker closets

                                Locker closets

                              • Soaking tub with skylight and hand held shower

                                Soaking tub with skylight and hand held shower

                              • Towel hooks made from old industrial latches

                                Towel hooks made from old industrial latches

                              • Private patio

                                Private patio

                              • Back yard and garden boxes

                                Back yard and garden boxes

                              • Living area looking out french doors onto patio and yard

                                Living area looking out french doors onto patio and yard

                              • Kitchenette


                              • Sleeping loft

                                Sleeping loft

                              • Old ship's ladder that goes up to the sleeping loft. Bookshelves.

                                Old ship's ladder that goes up to the sleeping loft. Bookshelves.

                              • bathroom sink

                                bathroom sink

                              • Big organic raspberry patch and garden

                                Big organic raspberry patch and garden

                              • French doors opening to private patio

                                French doors opening to private patio

                              • Chaise lounge chairs

                                Chaise lounge chairs

                              VRBO #411831

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                              This listing was first published here in 2012.

                              Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                              $95 per night (USD)

                              1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 3

                              View calendar: Updated 12/17/14
                              Minimum stay: 5 nights
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                              Member since: 2012
                              Speaks: english
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