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ROLLIE’S CABIN: What 3 old guys (and a kid for muscle) did when they were looking for something to do

By on November 27, 2018 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
ROLLIE’S  CABIN:  What 3 old guys (and a kid for muscle) did when they were looking for something to do

By Rollie Schmitten photos by Donna Cassidy Two old guys (ages 72 and 82) were discussing retirement and what to do with their spare time. Ski season had passed. They didn’t golf, fishing was closed, and both were worn out … Continue reading

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As people return to living in downtown Wenatchee, the spaces get a chic makeover

By on October 29, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
As people return to living in downtown Wenatchee, the spaces get a chic makeover

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy A growing stack of boxes, bins and bundles lines the broad hallway upstairs in the Rosvold Building on Wenatchee Avenue, and there’s a flurry of deep cleaning inside an almost-empty apartment #2. … Continue reading

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The Lookout looks back to the future

By on September 24, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The Lookout looks back to the future

By Susan Lagsdin Sometimes a house is more than just a home. Chelan’s north shore development, The Lookout, also reminds us that a house can represent a philosophical construct, a sociological trend or an economic reality. Guy Evans is extremely … Continue reading

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2018 Home Tour: Family finds all the comforts between the river and the railroad

By on August 28, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
2018 Home Tour: Family finds all the comforts between the river and the railroad

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Mike Mills was beaming, standing there in the light-filled living area. “Hey — just like we said. The 10:03 Amtrak just went by, and nobody heard it!” He’s not a train spotter … Continue reading

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Hard-to-love lot makes a perfect hillside homesite with Lake Chelan view

By on July 23, 2018 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Hard-to-love lot makes a perfect hillside homesite with Lake Chelan view

                          Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Featured on the Chelan Tour of Homes this summer is a contemporary view house near the golf course that … Continue reading

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Shipping container house revisited now that it’s finished

By on June 27, 2018 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Shipping container house revisited now that it’s finished

                        Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Greg Carter’s labor relations work puts him on the Seattle docks, so he’s intimately familiar with shipping containers. When builder … Continue reading

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A Wenatchee classic feels the patter of tiny feet again

By on May 30, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A Wenatchee classic feels the  patter of tiny feet again

Story By Susan Lagsdin House photos by Kris Connor Synchronicity is “the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.” In this case, an old and much-loved house, the one pictured here, stands in … Continue reading

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And now for something a little different

By on April 23, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
And now for  something a little different

By Susan Lagsdin Home builder Ken Stevenson said of his newly-constructed house, its modern lines easily distinguishable from its surrounding Craftsmen-inspired neighbors, “I figured if somebody was buying a place here in Wenatchee they might have looked at 10 that … Continue reading

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Two guys with a tiny (house) dream

By on March 29, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Two guys with a  tiny (house) dream

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Cassidy Tiny houses, like miniscule shops and pocket parks, little dogs and little children, are definitely cute. At their best, they are also energy-efficient, easily moveable, relatively spacious, durable, attractive and affordable. East … Continue reading

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Up from the ashes, with a twist

By on March 1, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Up from the ashes, with a twist

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy The occasion was not so much solemn as it was respectful. Mike and Donna Cassidy, owners of The Good Life, both with cameras in hand, took their first official walkabout in the … Continue reading

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Big house / little house

By on January 31, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Big house / little house

This stylish little house gives parents plenty of privacy with their big family vacationing close at hand   Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy For half a year a big family composed of two retired elders, their adult … Continue reading

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‘The entire house pieces together like a form of artwork’

By on December 28, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
‘The entire house pieces together like a form of  artwork’

              Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop It was kind of a Dream Team from the very start. As successful collaborators, home design consultant Lauren Bennett and architect Dan Pence have created … Continue reading

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Hidden finds Whether snuggling in close to the river or sleeping above a working brewery, these Niche vacation properties offer unusual ‘Eureka! I found it!’ moments

By on November 29, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Hidden finds  Whether snuggling in close to the river or sleeping above a working brewery, these Niche vacation properties offer unusual ‘Eureka! I found it!’ moments

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy You may well be a savvy traveler, but unless you’ve hunted for holiday-overflow rooms or were hoping for a nearby weekend away from kids, it’s possible you’ve never searched the internet, specifically … Continue reading

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Graceful house rose from an awkward lot

By on October 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Graceful house rose from an awkward lot

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Flint and Jamie Hartwig knew they wanted to build a house for themselves in 2007, and their drives around the Wenatchee area finally yielded the perfect, imperfect property. The more-or-less half-acre triangle … Continue reading

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Home made from shipping containers

By on September 27, 2017 in Featured Homes with 3 Comments
Home made from shipping containers

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy It seems simple in theory. Buy some shipping containers, stack ’em on top of one another, stick ’em together, cut some holes and Voila! You have a super-sturdy, affordable low-maintenance home. And … Continue reading

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Luxury living condensed in new home

By on August 29, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Luxury living condensed in new home

Home Tour house aims at downsizing owners who want the finer things and all the ‘now’ tech Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Accomplished veteran builders work long seasons every year to house Wenatchee’s growing population, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Warm Springs Inn and Winery: A labor of love and a peaceful haven

By on July 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Warm Springs Inn and Winery:  A labor of love and a peaceful haven

            By Susan Lagsdin Warm Springs Inn and Winery is easy to like, hard to forget. A traveler seeking respite from city stresses feels immediate peace after turning on Lower Sunnyslope’s Love Lane, then driving … Continue reading

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BIG house, big IDEAS

By on June 28, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
BIG house, big IDEAS

Story By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Nathan Coons Kelly Chambers anticipates delighting her sibling’s several kids (she calls them “the littles”): keep ’em in the top-floor bunkhouse together and feed them well — mascarpone-stuffed French toast with blackberry syrup, anyone? … Continue reading

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Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

By on May 31, 2017 in Featured Homes with 5 Comments
Building Gypsy wagons in Plain

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy OK. Ground rules. When describing tiny houses in general, and these featured ones specifically, it is illegal to use the word “cute” more than once OR to proclaim, “I could totally live … Continue reading

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The grand old Wells House hosts a grand new beginning — thanks to hard working volunteers

By on April 26, 2017 in Featured Homes with 2 Comments
The grand old Wells House hosts a grand new  beginning — thanks to hard working volunteers

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Overheard in the Wells House foyer, April 5, 4 p.m.: Project manager Kris Bassett: “Um… it’s been raining pretty hard for a few days. I was there yesterday, but…” Volunteer Bob Otis, … Continue reading

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‘Relatively’ speaking, this retirement spot is paradise

By on March 28, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
‘Relatively’ speaking, this retirement spot is paradise

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Bob and April Adamson love to tell the story of a critical friend who looked askance at the big prow front window wall of their new house. “But why? Why would you … Continue reading

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Couple’s new home embodies their sensible earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

By on February 22, 2017 in Featured Homes with 3 Comments
Couple’s new home embodies their sensible  earth-friendly ethic of re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Tom and Jean Lehecka know how to live small. Numerous Air Force postings together in their long marriage — and Jean herself has moved 29 times — taught them to discard the … Continue reading

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The get-away ski cabin that became a home

By on January 25, 2017 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The get-away ski cabin that became a home

Story by Susan Lagsdin • Photos by Donna Cassidy Brian and Teresa Platt’s place is not a “ski house” just because it’s five minutes from the chair lift. Or because it’s got the iconic beams and slanty snow roof of … Continue reading

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A dream, an old pick-up truck and plenty of grit built house without a mortgage

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A dream, an old pick-up truck and plenty of grit built house without a mortgage

Story By Lief Carlsen Photos by donna cassidy A few people are fortunate enough to inherit a house. Most homeowners, however, acquire their homes the hard way — they take out a 20- or 30-year mortgage and, payment-by-payment, buy their … Continue reading

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Real mountain dreams and a faux log cabin

By on September 28, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Real mountain dreams and a faux log cabin

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy When Mike Mallory retired from Southwest Airlines after flying for 36 years and sought the perfect site for his permanent home, he exhibited the focused precision that made him a safe pilot … Continue reading

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The Whaley Mansion redo

By on July 27, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The Whaley  Mansion redo

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Last July, the crew doing repairs on Diane Wainhouse’s newly-purchased B&B hastily watered down the roof with garden hoses as flames raced up the steep hillside about a quarter mile to the … Continue reading

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Home with a view — and a place for the grand piano

By on April 27, 2016 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Home with a  view  — and a place for the  grand piano

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Brian and Sara Bowe, who happily settled into their new East Wenatchee home last December, didn’t have too many extraordinary requests of their construction team: lots of light in every room, plenty … Continue reading

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High, wide and handsome house on the hill

By on January 27, 2016 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
High, wide and handsome house on the hill

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop With all the hillsides, ridges and cliffs throughout the greater Wenatchee Valley, there are lots of view properties. But it takes some serious altitude to claim you have a really panoramic vista. … Continue reading

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Do-it-yourselfer builds a KIT HOME

By on September 30, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments

By Susan Lagsdin Jason Hess is a full-time Seattle firefighter, not a builder. But while his wife Joanna and three children lived in a rental in a Wenatchee neighborhood, he constructed their 1,900-square-foot house, five miles up Squilchuck Canyon on … Continue reading

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Chelan d’Azur house

By on July 29, 2015 in Articles, Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Chelan d’Azur house

Story by Susan Lagsdin The image of Chris Gurke sitting alone at a French café table has influenced this family’s home life more than she and her husband Jim ever dreamed. Six years ago, on a brief jaunt to Provence … Continue reading

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