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Beautiful Mini House - Magazine and TV Profiled

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Last updated: 06/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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
$630 $2,300
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • cleaning $80 + tax
  • Tax Rate 9.5%



Check-in time is at 4:00 pm. Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Early check-ins or late check outs can be arranged if there are no other guests checking out on your arrival day.


If cancellation notice is given one month or more prior to your arrival date, your deposit/rental fee will be refunded. If notice is given less than 30 days prior to arrival, half of your entire rental fee will be refunded. If you cancel within one week of your arrival date, you will be charged for the entire stay. Early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.


• Check in is at 4PM – Please call Michelle at 206 240-8828 when you arrive at the property to get the keys and check in.

• Check out is at 11AM – Please lock the door and return your keys to the designated spot outside.

PARKING: Please park on the street. There is almost always parking directly in front of the property. There is a long term tenant in the main house (left side of property) who uses the driveway, so please do not park there.

Wifi: The computer wifi network: artisanoasis. The pass word is: evergreen

Smoking is allowed outside. Please dispose of evidence in an outside trash facility.

Wood burning stove: The wood burning stove can only be used during the months of October – March. No exceptions.

Use only manufactured fire logs in the wood stove. Manufactured fire logs are a recycled product that create much less emissions and are less of a fire hazard than cord wood. They can be purchased at McLendon’s hardware down the road, and at most grocery stores.

It is important not to let smoke escape from the stove as it will set off the fire alarm.

Do not put anything on the surface of the wood burning stove – it gets extremely hot and anything touching it will burn and catch fire. This is a serious fire hazard.

PLUMBING and TOILET: Do not flush anything but toilet paper and human waste down the toilet. This house has a sewer sump p

Cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 06/24/2015
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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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Speaks: english



  • 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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