“If you know anything about construction, this just breaks all the rules,” says salesman Richard Ellis about this cottage. And even if you don’t, it’s obvious this house is not like any house you have ever seen. That being said, it is a wonder to behold.
If you ended up on 3395 Hidden Valley Way in Olalla, Washington State, you would be excused for thinking you have entered a parallel universe. After all, this is a house that was not complete even after thirty years of construction since the late-1970s.
It was built by DIY builders Richey and Karen Morgan but it only got its final appearance after its second owner completed it in 2005. The Morgans spent three decades crafting the personalized fantasy house. It was only half finished when they sold it to the current owner.
In the little town of Olalla, it is affectionately known as the Storybook House or Snow White’s cottage. Richey and Karen’s design is an obvious nod to Walt Disney’s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The tale which was inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White, published in 1812.
What is undeniable is the love and dedication that has gone into this lifelong project of passion. Whether it’s the unreal roof or the kitchen accessible only by climbing over a tree trunk, it’s definitely unique, to say the least.
The property spreads over 7,5 acres and its salesman believes it would be a perfect bed and breakfast or an event venue. Kids Birthday party at Snow White’s house? I’m in!
The property is currently valued at $925,000. It’s ready to move in; the only modern objects in the house are the kitchen appliances.
The quirkiness of Snow White’s cottage is accentuated by the fact that it was built by non-professionals: not a single square corner exists in the whole property, nothing is built to a standard size, doors are oval-shaped and the interior charmingly eccentric.
Even the tree-house is unique!
The current owner has marketed the place as a wedding venue, but it could end up being a home for the elderly as a retirement home has expressed interest in purchasing it.
Can you imagine a better way to spend your retirement?