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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.
AMENITIES INCLUDE: • 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
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
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
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Coffee table doubles as eating surface as well as charming outdoor patio with wrought iron table and chairs....moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$59
cleaning$80 + tax
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.