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Cascade Medical Foundation Garden and Art Tour

By on July 26, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Cascade Medical Foundation Garden and Art Tour

Editor’s note: Uncertain how possible COVID restrictions might affect the annual Home and Garden Tour, the Cascade Medical Foundation pivoted to a Garden and Art Tour this, the 25th year, of the fundraiser. Here is a story of one couple’s … Continue reading

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The house at 30 Miller Street

By on June 26, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
The house at 30 Miller Street

Built by a monied fruit broker in 1930 and maintained proudly ever since By Susan Lagsdin “How can we be so lucky to live here?” Mario and Connie Fry still ask themselves after 32 years in their stately brick house … Continue reading

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Movin’ on out

By on May 23, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Movin’ on out

Wenatchee couple heads east for more of their western lifestyle By Susan Lagsdin Dawn Davies and Phil Heideman are ready to make a big move. The sale of their home is complete — signed, sealed, and almost delivered.  Fourteen strong … Continue reading

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Therapy for a restless nature

By on May 23, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Therapy for a restless nature

‘Miserable failures at relaxing,’ couple completes remodel of Arizona house By Lief Carlsen In the May 2020 issue of The Good Life, I wrote about how my wife and I had refurbished a modest house in Ajo, Arizona (Vanquishing the … Continue reading

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Zero lot line homes, lots of options

By on April 25, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Zero lot line homes, lots of options

East Haven subdivision offers a new choice in a crowded marketplace By Susan Lagsdin Downsizing? Snowbirding? Investing? First-timing? Want a garden/tired of gardening? Got a dog? Heaps of sports gear? Single? Kids?  Buyers in this year’s hot and hotter Wenatchee … Continue reading

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Rejuvenation!

By on March 27, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Rejuvenation!

Contractor who stumbled during housing crash, now has an eye for taking the old  and making it fresh Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin In this healthy building boom, it may be hard to remember how quickly and … Continue reading

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A house with history

By on February 22, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A house with history

And it shows in style and craftsmanship Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin The early 1990s was a time of transition for Jody Downes after her life hit a sad, rough patch.  Widowed and a mother of six … Continue reading

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Peshastin home is a promise fulfilled, and filled with promise

By on January 25, 2021 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Peshastin home is a promise fulfilled, and filled with promise

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin Tom and Shannon Reichert, her toddler in tow, each moved their accumulated adult-life possessions from two large homes and squeezed into an air-force base basic, 1,074 square-foot ranch in Tucson. That was … Continue reading

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Upgrading by downsizing

By on December 28, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Upgrading by downsizing

Builder believes tiny homes have large variety of  uses By Susan Lagsdin If 2020 was the year of staying home more than we ever intended, then 2021 might be the year of more intentionally choosing what we want our home … Continue reading

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Leavenworth mountain house had a home team advantage

By on October 25, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Leavenworth mountain house had a home team advantage

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Travis Knoop Just a few miles off the Chumstick Highway northeast of Leavenworth, this one-year-old Northwest Mountain style beauty directly faces the peaks and folds of Cascade foothills.  Backed by timber but open to … Continue reading

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Just for the LOVE of it: A tiny challenge

By on September 28, 2020 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Just for the LOVE of it: A tiny challenge

By Lief Carlsen The last thing I needed was another house — even if it was just a tiny house.  I have a full-size house in Chelan, a house in Arizona, two guest cabins and a motorhome. No, another roof … Continue reading

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New home: An Industrial Craftsman

By on August 24, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
New home: An Industrial Craftsman

With a salute to the family’s racing passion Veteran Wenatchee Valley builder Mike Roberts likes to be known for his custom touches and ability to think a little differently style-wise when it comes to his homes. So, perhaps it’s no … Continue reading

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Endless remodels on Lake Chelan cabin

By on July 25, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Endless remodels on Lake Chelan cabin

By Phil Roddy In the early ’80s, I was a builder/contractor and my wife Julie was a banker. We made a great team as her job provided us with all-important medical benefits and I remodeled and flipped houses.  Three years … Continue reading

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It’s a project house

By on June 22, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
It’s a  project house

When house hunting intentions were upset by love, these new owners got to work By Jaana Hatton We went on a house hunt in the fall of 2019. This was the criteria for the new home: small, one-level, move-in ready. … Continue reading

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Industrial chic

By on May 25, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Industrial chic

Photos by Travis Knoop John Sirmon had been building custom and spec homes for better than 15 years when he got his chance to go all in on his own home in Sunnyslope. A friend later defined it as “industrial … Continue reading

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Don’t crush trailer, it has good bones!

By on April 27, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Don’t crush trailer, it has good bones!

Editor’s note: We received two stories this month about local couples who vacationing in the southland found remodeling projects they just couldn’t keep their idle hands off of.  Here’s the first story from Kelly Rollen about redoing a tired trailer.  … Continue reading

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Vanquishing the restlessness by rehabbing a house

By on April 27, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Vanquishing the restlessness by rehabbing a house

By Lief Carlsen This is not a story about a magnificent new house with gorgeous views and impressive landscaping — you know, the kind The Good Life regularly features.  It centers around a house, to be sure, but the house … Continue reading

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BIG but comfortable

By on March 23, 2020 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
BIG  but comfortable

When a builder builds a home he is going  to stay in, where are the limits? Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin Here’s a puzzler: How much house could a builder build if a builder could build his … Continue reading

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A twist on a B&B succession story

By on February 25, 2020 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
A twist on a B&B succession story

Older buyers get a new adventure with nicest guests, and younger sellers now free to roam Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin Grandma and grandpa, you guys are on a new adventure and I am very proud of … Continue reading

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New home options in walkable Early American Cashmere

By on January 27, 2020 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
New home options in walkable Early American Cashmere

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin Even if your current home is comfortable and nicely situated and you’ve become accustomed to its individual quirks, you probably experience “house lust” occasionally.  Maybe it’s reading about movie-star mansions (“dropped to … Continue reading

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A family’s 2020 vision

By on December 22, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
A family’s  2020 vision

Clearly it’s a good year for change By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin and Shannon Lone Four years ago, beginning to feel cramped in their East Wenatchee condo, Greg and Shannon Lone and their young daughter Hali searched for a larger … Continue reading

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Getting new home just right doesn’t end with driving of the last nail

By on November 24, 2019 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
Getting new home just right doesn’t end with driving of the last nail

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin As a loan officer for North Cascades Bank, Randi Burchett is familiar not only with the financial intricacies of home ownership but also with home construction.  She’s come away from her and … Continue reading

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Not just another pretty lake view

By on October 28, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Not just another pretty lake view

 These 1965 condominiums perfectly suit two owners with changing needs Story By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Irwin The play of sun and clouds over Stormy Mountain and Bear Mountain, the crystalline blue span of water, dark sculpted horizons, hillside … Continue reading

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Cashmere Tudor feels like home

By on September 23, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Cashmere Tudor feels like home

Story By Susan Lagsdin Photos by Terry Wadkins Photography Jennifer Burleson had admired the tall, brick and handsome house in Cashmere for a long time.  “We used to drive by just to look at it. I’ve always loved this house, … Continue reading

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Closer to the alpacas: Couple moves down the mountain, with help of family builder friends

By on August 24, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Closer to the alpacas: Couple moves down the mountain, with help of family builder friends

This is one of the homes on the Building North Central Washington’s 2019 Home Tour and Remodeling Expo.  Tour dates are Sept. 13 – 15, with 11 homes. Visit: www.buildingncw.org/events for more information and to buy tickets for Chefs on … Continue reading

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Patience in paradise: Nurturing a “sometimes” haven ‘til retirement kicks in

By on July 29, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Patience in paradise: Nurturing a “sometimes” haven ‘til retirement kicks in

By Susan Lagsdin Photos by sara johnson Meraki Resort, the lakeview beauty featured here, is just one of four privately-owned view homes you can visit in September as part of the 2019 Lake Chelan Home Tour and Art Show, a … Continue reading

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Better than original: Former dryland wheat farmer — along with his interior designing wife — restore a farmhouse that outshines its past

By on June 25, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Better than original:  Former dryland wheat farmer — along with his interior designing wife —  restore a farmhouse that outshines its past

Story by  Susan Lagsdin Photos by  Travis Knoop You have to be a little bit fearless and pretty sure of your bearings when you make big life choices like the ones Greg and Julia Scott have made.  First, the couple … Continue reading

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On the eve of destruction, couple stepped in to restore a former beauty in a pear orchard

By on May 28, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
On the eve of destruction, couple stepped in to restore a former beauty in a pear orchard

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Every old house holds memories — historic, sentimental, comical and commonplace. You can experience the lives, past and present, of six of them on the self-guided Cashmere Historic Home Tour on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Making the most out of a lot by creating easy fit homes

By on April 22, 2019 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Making the most out of a lot by creating easy fit homes

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy Garn Christensen likes to say, “I’m just an educated redneck.”  The educated part we know about — he’s a Washington State University professor and has been superintendent of Eastmont Schools for 12 … Continue reading

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ALEK RINI: Builder, remodeler and a proud flipper

By on March 31, 2019 in Featured Homes with 1 Comment
ALEK RINI: Builder,     remodeler and a proud flipper

ALEK RINI: Builder,     remodeler and a proud flipper Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy “When you’re building new houses in a development, there’s a pretty similar process. But on a remodel, every single house I work … Continue reading

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