That Fairy Tale Home You've Been Dreaming Of Is On The Market


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Categories: Homes / Dwellings, Inspiration

OLALLA — Evonne Bess was looking for Prince Charming, so she bought a fairy tale house.

The prince never showed, but Bess still loves living in her "Snow White" cottage, a surreal masterpiece hidden away at the end of a long dirt road in Olalla.

Her visitors enter the grounds through an ornate metal gate, follow the driveway across a stone arch bridge, pass a hollow stump fitted with a window and a water wheel, and finally climb a hill to reach the cobbled entrance to the cottage itself. There they are met with a fantastic sight.

The cottage's stucco walls and shingled roof eschew modern building design and instead flow through a wild series of waves and peaks. Rounded doorways lead to a cavelike interior, where "stalactites" hang from arched ceilings. The kitchen is accessed through an opening in a tree trunk rooted in the tile floor.

The strange home entranced Bess, who bought the property in 2005, looking for a fresh start after losing her husband to cancer in 2000.

"It's been a joy to be here," Bess said Monday, with a touch of sadness.

The 67-year-old is turning the page on her storybook home, preparing to move into a larger house with her son and his family. The Hidden Valley Lane cottage is up for sale, with an asking price of $825,000.

"It breaks my heart to go away," Bess said, "because I know I'll never find another one like it."

Bess' unique home was created by Richey and Karen Morgan, who spent decades laboring on the house and grounds beginning in the late 1970s. Richey said he was motivated to build a house more in keeping with nature than the typical square-sided dwelling. The cottage's undulating walls and rooflines felt more organic to him.

"Mother nature doesn't build things in squares," Morgan said. "That's the feeling the house had, more in tune with the natural world."

Of course, constructing a house with no straight lines takes tremendous work..... (on to page 2)

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