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Property Watch: A Pretty Cedar A-Frame near Mount Baker

This cute-as-a-button cabin, constructed from old-growth cedar, has all the comforts of home in a little rustic package—and enviable proximity to the slopes.

By Sarah Anne Lloyd December 7, 2022

 

Less than 30 minutes from Mount Baker Ski Area, this adorable, rustic A-frame in the Snowline community is ready for year-round adventuring. Unlike many of its triangular peers, this cabin is more quaint than lodge-like, with gingerbread trim and a steep pitch, but that’s just appearances. This place was constructed entirely from old-growth cedar in 1970, which you can still see very clearly on every interior wall, ceiling, and beam. It’s a natural and varied mix of grain and tone, not glossy, uniform, or even refinished—a classic Northwest look.

 

The loft has a pretty wide footprint, making most of the first floor trapezoidal, outlined by cedar walls and ceiling beams. It even has a little built-in coat rack. This lower-level great room has, of course, a wood stove for both warming up and making some après-ski tea. The front wall has French doors opening to a large porch, with a view of Church Mountain. While the place isn’t big, the room’s open enough to set up distinct living and dining areas, along with a bed.

 

You’re not roughing it here—there’s a full kitchen stashed away in one corner. It’s small, but efficient, with very recent upgrades, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage, including a spice rack on top of the range hood. A small three-quarter bath just off the kitchen also has most of the comforts of home; some ski cabin bathroom situations can be a little wild, but this one is, thankfully, pretty boring.

 

The loft is up a ladder, and, since it runs the length of the house, has more privacy than most second floors of A-frames usually have. Because of that steep pitch, it’s narrow but quite long—right now, it comfortably fits a full bed on each end, with a spare open space in the middle for lounging around the TV.

 

The yard is relatively big for the neighborhood, and similarly triangular, although the cabin itself is tucked up against the trees. If that’s not enough space, Snowline residents enjoy a playground, sports courts, play fields, picnic areas, a fishing pond, and hiking and biking trails. The area even has an outdoor pool, although you’re probably not jumping in right after a day on the slopes. Year-round caretakers mind the property, too.

 

The location is pretty choice for those who like the quiet, nature-filled cabin experience but don’t want to cut themselves off from civilization entirely. There’s a pizza restaurant within easy walking distance, and it’s just a few minutes away by car to the closest thing Glacier, Washington, has to a downtown: restaurants, a bakery, ski and snowboard shops, and a convenience store.

The 17-mile distance to the ski area is, of course, a major draw, but it’s around many year-round North Cascades delights, too, like hiking trails. You barely even need to leave the cabin to find the north fork of the Nooksack River—it’s around half a mile away.

Listing Fast Facts

6972 Mount Baker Circle, Glacier
Size: 732 square feet, 0 beds/.75 bath
List Date: 11/19/2022
List Price: $425,000
Listing Agents: Nick Berard, Keller Williams

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