Small Living on Private Island

by Rachael Greenfield

Small cabin (12′ x 16″) and outhouse/shower on secluded island in Puget Sound. Ideal for aperson who is looking to live lightly on the land as it can be hooked to solar or wind energy, your choice!

Cabin has a loft (12′ x 8′) which lends to a roomy main floor. Interior is almost finished with insulation installed and canvas wall coverings. The outhouse has a sawdust toilet and the beginnings of a shower room that is currently used as storage. Very livable for a hardy soul.

cabin

Property is .26 acre with only one visible neighbor. Island teams with deer and raccoons, but no major predators. The ferry allows access to mainland daily. Current set-up includes all furniture and appliances such as: a propane heater, stove, lantern, bed(s), dishes, 2 kayaks, etc. Owner will have the ability to tap into island well and power lines, or simply harvest rain and go solar/wind energy. Island residents are helpful, but not intrusive. Showings can be arranged, but please be advised that you’ll spend about 5 hours on the island between ferries.

View on the posting on Zillow: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11218-W-Vancouver-Ave-Steilacoom-WA-98388/2110110754_zpid/

interior of cabin

firepit

exterior storage

cabin view

 

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