Saratoga Stunner

Property Watch: An Upgraded A-Frame Cabin on Whidbey Island

Once a modest cabin, this home evolved into an indoor/outdoor complex with a view from everywhere—including the soaking tub.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd February 23, 2022

This Whidbey Island bluffside home started life in 1972 as a humble A-frame with jaw-dropping views of Saratoga Passage, Mount Baker, and the Cascades. It’s all still there—it’s pretty easy to make out the home’s original shape if you look at it—but around 2010, it was reshaped into a more luxurious home with treehouse looks, serene landscaping, a network of decks, and even a guest house connected via bridge.

Through the front gate, a courtyard is almost an outdoor foyer, with open-air hallways branching out in either direction. French doors connect the patio and the kitchen, but you can veer off down the wraparound porch for an outdoor hallway connecting to the dining area (the closest it has to a main entrance), the living room, and the massive water-facing deck that’s bigger than the other two combined.

Even with the doors closed and the curtains drawn, the interior brings nature inside with an exposed-beam ceiling, wood grain trim, a cozy brick fireplace, and shelves and railings made from branches. In the kitchen, a cottagecore aesthetic blends with high-end stainless steel appliances. A large pantry and storage area tucked in the back has its own utility sink and exterior door, making it easy to clean up after some gardening.

Upstairs, nestled in the original A-frame roof, an open suite includes a relaxing bathtub, and, by the cozy sleeping area, an upper balcony with an even bigger view. An adjoined den connects back out to the outdoor hall network—a little bridge over the courtyard links it to the guest house, with its own bedroom, sitting area, bathroom, and kitchenette. Another set of stairs leads right back down to the central courtyard.

If this tidy take on the Swiss Family Robinson house doesn’t bring you enough seaside magic, take a stroll through the half-acre property’s low-maintenance landscaping and native plants. Slightly downhill, find a small temple and a recessed ofuro-like soaking tub, both with unobstructed water views.

The home is located near the midpoint of Whidbey Island, just south of Coupeville and near several outdoor attractions: It's about a 10-minute drive from the half-acre Ledgewood Beach, less than 15 minutes to Fort Casey State Park, and just five minutes down North Bluff Road to Greenbank Farm.

Listing Fast Facts

888 Seabluff Terrace, Coupeville
Size: 2,382 square feet/.46 acres, 2 bed, 2 bath
List Date: 2/17/2022
List Price: $1,795,000
Listing Agents:
Louis Muniz, Windermere South Whidbey

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