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Modern Guest House near Lake Washington and Columbia City

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Two story detached residence close to Lake Washington

We completed this guest house at the end of October, 2012. It is adjacent to a 1910 bungalow that I restored in the Mt. Baker neighborhood. You enter through a gated patio. There is one bedroom and bath on the ground floor that has radiant heat flooring and an exposed wood ceiling. Upstairs is a sitting area, leading out to a deck. A galley kitchen with vintage Spark stove and cozy breakfast nook is to the back.

Jake Ehlers
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Jake Ehlers

I have built houseboats similar to the one in Sleepless in Seattle and wanted this structure to have the functionality and clean lines of a boat. I'm a woodworker so I also wanted to build in much of the furniture so that the space was uncluttered and had its own personality.

Why Jake Ehlers chose Mount Baker

I've built houses for forty years and this is a jewel. Because of the radiant heat flooring, it is warm and comfortable. There are skylights that bring in light, and a great deal of attention has been paid to the lighting. Lake Washington is a short walk for a swim in the summer. It is extremely quiet neighborhood and yet it's only a twenty minute drive downtown or to the University.

What makes this house unique

If you ever wanted to stay in a house like you'd find in Dwell Magazine, this is it.



Mount Baker House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Ground floor. Queen bed. French doors opening onto patio. Radiant heat floor. Dresser and full closet.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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(15 traveler reviews)

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Modern Guest House near Lake Washington and Columbia City
average rating of 4.4 based on 15 reviews

Truly enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Jake's boathouse for a month while we were working at Harborview Medical Center. Jake and his wife were wonderful hosts, and we had the pleasure to have some nice conversations with them. The boathouse is extremely modern and well done. We had two cars; there was no problem finding parking. The apartment is very bright, so for light sleepers like me this can be a pro and a con. Con for when you are trying to sleep in, pro for when you have to be up early for work :) I found that the extra storage space available was a bonus as well. Overall, would recommend and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very attractive and comfortable place in a great neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently spent two weeks in Jake's place. The guest house is very well equipped and attractive. It is actually nicer than the photos. Jake was very helpful in answering questions. There is a supermarket nearby and the wonderful neighborhood of Columbia City is less than a mile away, with a great natural supermarket, weekly farmer's market and all kinds of good restaurants.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and quiet

  • 4 of 5

The purpose of coming to Seattle was for Seafair. The location of this property was extremely convenient as we could walk to the Seafair grounds. The guest house was clean and comfortable to stay in. It was also nice to have a kitchen so we could prepare our own food, thus making it a home away from home. It was nice and quiet and very easy to find. If given the opportunity I would definitely stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Base for a Seattle Stay

  • 4 of 5

Located in a safe neighborhood a few blocks from eating, drinking and groceries in the South Rainier area.. Not far from a cool gentrified district and Seward park. Handy to Downtown. Spartan, modern, funky unit with everything you need. Very Quiet area. Priced right with no add ons. Worked well for us.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Interesting design and convenient

  • 4 of 5

Jake Ehlers's vacation home is an interesting design, uncluttered and clean. The upper floor has numerous windows and a door to a small deck for good airflow. The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking.The location is in a nice, quiet neighborhood and convenient to major roads for sightseeing and driving to the airport. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the place!

  • 5 of 5

This is a cute, quirky rental home, which I loved. The owner built it in a some-what boat style, and the charm is all over it in the details.

We stayed with our 6 year old granddaughter who loved the galley look for the table. She slept upstairs on the built in couch which doubled as a twin bed.

We slept downstairs in the bedroom, which included a round light to give you a port hole feel to the room.

This is not for everyone. If you have difficulty with stairs you may not like going upstairs for the main living floor; i.e. Living room, kitchen, dining area. The bathroom is located downstairs. The rental is located in the back of their main home, and there isn't a wide path to bring your bags up from the street parking. I only mention this because I know it could be difficult for people who have mobility issues.

The kitchen has a cool, old stove that was fun to cook on. The kitchen is well stocked with pans, knives, dishes and cooking utensils. There is a grocery store 3 minutes from there. The backyard is lovely to look at from the rental. They kept plenty of linens for use upstairs or if you did get cold. I found the bed to be quite comfy. They have TV with the channel listings, which is helpful when traveling. Loved having a portable fan to sleep with at night. The shower was nice and wide and the water pressure was wonderful. They do have a dog who was perfectly well behaved and there were no dog messes in the backyard to worry about.

It did not take us long to get downtown to visit Pike's Market or the Space Needle. I loved being out of the hustle and bustle of downtown, yet close enough that it really wasn't difficult to get to at all. Plenty of restaurants nearby if you don't want to cook. (On our first night in we stopped at the grocery store and bought ready-made food there.)

The owners are lovely and easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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