Slideshow: Seamless Transition

Issaquah home is one with nature

Photos by Dane Gregory Meyer

This 3,500-square-foot Northwest Contemporary-style home has one clear focus — function. The Coulter family of Issaquah wanted a home that was easy, open, and versatile. “It feels like we live in the woods,” said mom Cathie Coulter. “We can open the windows and the NanaWalls to bring in the fresh air or close them and enjoy sitting in the outdoor room watching the wild and windy … stormy weather.”

The home has three bedrooms and 2½ baths. It also has smart features like a playroom that can function as a guest room thanks to a smart in-wall bed, an office that also has a crafting area and built-in sewing machine table. The large kitchen-dining-living room area connects to the outdoor living space and it makes intimate family dinners or grand get-togethers simple. They also have a climate-controlled wine room where a large collection of Australian red wines are housed.

About their Area

The Issaquah Highlands is a newer, green community on the Eastside. The Coulters chose to move to the area to be closer to family, good schools for their daughter, Nicole, the community and the nearby job opportunities.

“(Issaquah) is a very inclusive community with people from all over the world who enjoy opening up homes to get families together,” Cathie Coulter said. “We live close to everything — the mountains, the city, hiking trails, Issaquah and Bellevue retail, family and friends.”

The Highlands has pedestrian-and bike-friendly trails, a resident-published newspaper, its own fiber-optic network, a 7,000-square-foot community center, parks and more.

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