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You Can Watch Whales From This San Juan Island Cottage With a Living Roof

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    Can you spot the house?

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    The exterior

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    The living roof

Artistic types eager for inspiration will find nothing better than this romantic tiny home on the western coast of Washington's San Juan Island. Tucked away on 5.3 grassy acres next to water, this 598-square-foot home uses its simplicity of design to highlight the stunning views outside.

And priced at $1.65 million, this seaside escape is a whale of a deal.

With an exterior of rough-hewn wood and a living roof covered in grass, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home blends neatly into the landscape -- intentionally so, considering it was "basically hand-built" following designs from legendary Seattle architect (and San Juan Island native) Geoff Prentiss, says listing agent Jane Sawyer of Coldwell Banker.

Blond wood and ceramic tile flooring create a neutral backdrop for the home, underscoring the jaw-dropping views throughout -- including in the bedroom, where windows stretching from floor to ceiling envelop you in nature.

But even though the windowed home is wide open to nature, there's no danger neighbors will peer in.

"The house is completely private, which is unusual on that side of the island," Sawyer says.

That sense of isolation comes from the property's real jewel: its remote location, buffeted by expansive acreage. On the water, you can find your own cove for exploration and whale watching.

Because the property is directly adjacent to a deep-water feeding ground, you'll see endless schools of whales, both humpback and orca. Pull up a chair and kick back with a drink while watching whales swim and feed -- and invite your friends, who are sure to enjoy the show.

With more than enough room to expand, don't skip this property even if you're burned out on the tiny-home concept. Prentiss has already developed plans for a larger home on the property.

"It's great for a young couple looking for a weekend home," Sawyer says.

What better way to relax than with the sea at your side -- and a few whales to keep you company?