Maritime Madness

Property Watch: Lighthouse-Inspired Splendor in Shelton

All the most adorable aspects of the nautical life. None of the nausea.

By Haley Shapley March 8, 2023

Get all the charm of living a lighthouse keeper’s life without any of those boring, lonely, dangerous aspects (mad respect to the OG lighthouse keepers) with this luxurious home on Hammersley Inlet. You’ll see the nautical details from the jump, starting with the ship’s wheel that hangs from the covered portico, greeting all who cruise up to the circular driveway.

The entrance acts like a siren song to the sea, offering a direct sightline to Puget Sound. Off to the right, a stone fireplace runs straight to the top of the 20-foot ceilings, adding drama in a very PNW kind of way. Above, a catwalk with exposed wood takes its inspiration from a ship.

On the other side of the see-through propane fireplace, the living room sports a 240-gallon aquarium—which can be peeped through portholes in the hallway behind it. A custom spiral staircase from Camano Island leads up to a small reading balcony.

This home was designed to be a bed-and-breakfast that took the “breakfast” part seriously, so the kitchen is primed to feed a whole crew. Two large islands and two Viking ovens (one 36 inches with a six-burner cooktop, one 24 inches with a griddle top) make it easy for sous chefs to get involved. Nosh at the eating bar, covered in typhoon-green granite, or take your food to the adjacent sunroom or dining room, accentuated by brass porthole windows from World War II.

Up the grand staircase is a lovely little light-filled nook, plus three of the five bedrooms. In the primary suite, there are some more WWII portholes (you can never get enough of those), a jetted jacuzzi tub, a kitchenette, and a stackable washer/dryer.

Each bedroom has water views and its own deck, along with an en-suite bathroom and the ability to control the heating and cooling. There’s also a basement with a game room, a surround-sound theater, a wet bar, a fitness/massage room, and plenty of storage space.

The property comes with a private boat launch and tidelands that can be harvested for clams and oysters. There’s a nine-hole mini golf course, a gazebo, and a greenhouse—and if you feel like it’s missing, the wiring is here for a future hot tub. A three-car garage currently has one stall set up as a shop.

Last but not least for this lighthouse-inspired abode, an antique Coast Guard buoy light—programmed to turn on at dusk and off at dawn—adorns the lantern room to illuminate the way for all who voyage nearby.

Listing Fast Facts

292 E Libby Rd, Shelton
Size: 7,328 square feet, 5 bedrooms/6 baths
List Date: 2/2/2023
List Price: $2,790,000
Listing Agent: Shelly Dunnington, RE/MAX

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