Brinnon is a small city (population 907) on the northwest shores of the Hood Canal, wrapping around the edge of Olympic National Park. It’s far enough off the beaten path for traditional amenities, but it’s rich in natural wonders: Pleasant Harbor and Dosewallips State Park, the latter a 425-acre park along both freshwater and saltwater shorelines. Some trailheads in the mountains are only 10 or 15 minutes away.
This cabin-like abode, with an adjacent guest house, makes full use of its setting, with Hood Canal views from a hilltop perch. A log cabin exterior helps it blend in with its natural surroundings, and its quirky wood plank interior offers the comforts of home while maintaining the aesthetic.
An open concept floor plan makes room for a large kitchen with a combination of new stainless steel appliances and repurposed materials. In the center is a kitchen island consisting of a chest of drawers with a formidable wood slab on top and additional storage in medicine cabinets on either side. Acacia countertops line two walls, providing an abundance of workspace.
The living room and dining room have their own unique touches. A small wood-burning stove is brand new and has built-in firewood storage underneath. A tray ceiling, lined with smaller wooden planks, adds visual interest and height to the room. On the east wall, a set of concertina folding glass doors open onto the large covered porch, allowing you to decide how much indoor-outdoor connection you want today.
A lot of work has been done since the last sale, including replacing the vinyl floors with bamboo and adding both new appliances and a major personality to the kitchen. Some changes are more dramatic – the entire plateau ceiling, for example, has appeared in recent years. Other changes are more subtle, like a new carpet in both bedrooms (and the office!) and a new cabinet in the bathroom.
Connected by a small bridge between the porches, a small guest house or studio nestled in the trees is, in fact, a library. Shelves, built-in or not, line the walls, some of which are hung between classic columns. Wood plank walls and a vaulted ceiling complete the woodsy hideaway look.
The sunny backyard offers plenty of space to work, relax and play. Both structures have their own large view porches, but the one in the main house is more room-like; it is completely covered, with an open and airy connection to the living room. A hot tub provides an extra-luxurious lounging space and has its own view of the water. Below, a large raised garden has a new deer fence, needed for the parade of passing wildlife.
Although the property is not directly on the waterfront, it shares a private community beach with tides and plenty of opportunities for clam and oyster harvesting, and even salmon fishing.
List of fast facts
220 Seamount Drive, Brinnon
Cut: 1,795 square feet/0.3 acres2 bedrooms/1 bathroom
List date: 04/28/2022
List of prices: $569,000
Listing agents: Andreas Andreadis, Canal Windermere Hood