A Tale of 2 Coastal Homes: Which do you prefer?
Classic Cottage or NW Contemporary?
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A Tale Of Two Coastal Homes: Classic Lake View Cottage vs. Northwest Contemporary

John Iwamura

Trusted Real Estate Broker John Iwamura possesses a track record shared by only a handful of real estate professionals state/nationwide and has earned...

Trusted Real Estate Broker John Iwamura possesses a track record shared by only a handful of real estate professionals state/nationwide and has earned...

Oct 30 5 minutes read

Part of what makes house hunting on the Oregon Coast so fun (and sometimes frustrating!) is that every home is unique and has its own special features that make it stand out—or, let’s face it, make it a place you’d never, ever want to live. Although some house hunters know exactly what they want, right down to the location, view, wainscoting and type of bathroom tile, others may not know what their ideal home looks like until they start perusing listings online, or actually touring homes in person.

When you’re trying to narrow down what kind of coastal home is right for you, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is what area or setting you prefer - whether you love ocean front, ocean view, lake front, lake view, or a more serene forest setting.  In addition, there are classic cottage layouts and more modern contemporary plans.  The Oregon coast is particularly known for offering a dramatic dichotomy in both setting and home style - something for everyone!

Fans of the classic coastal cottage tout their quaint, charming details, which can include built-in bookcases, original brick or stone fireplaces, and cozy nooks that you typically won’t find in a modern build. But those features can come along with renovation costs if, for example, the electrical or plumbing isn’t up to date. That can be a bit of a turnoff for home buyers who don’t want to spend more money or want a low-maintenance home.

Buyers looking for more contemporary coastal homes are often drawn to them for their move-in-ready convenience and sleek, modern, open design, which is conducive to easy entertaining and large pieces of furniture. On the flip side, contemporary homes can sometimes feel a little cold of character, and they sometimes don’t have the level of detailed craftsmanship that a more classic home might have. 

Check out these two Oregon Coast options and see what details and aesthetics you like best!

The gorgeous, sun-drenched interior of this one level lake cottage features huge windows to enjoy beautiful lake and mountain vistas. You will love the charming board & batten siding throughout, the pebble fireplace featured as the heart of the living area, the many clever storage nooks, including the discreet murphy bed in the rear garden view room and the crisp color scheme.  In addition, there have been many lovely updates including a remodeled new kitchen & bathroom along with new electrical & plumbing.  Despite being petite, this home is big in character, from the rustic lake view porch with the original stone retaining wall to the locally sourced Western red cedar shake siding.  Built to be enjoyed year-round this home is ready for you to make memories with family and friends.  Set on nearly 3/4 of an acre with a quaint shed and flagstone patio with firepit.  Bonus perk - 7 ADDITIONAL LOTS INCLUDED IN PRICE!  Great lake for water skiing, kayaking, fishing.  Golf, casino, beach & town amenities just minutes away...

For those seeking a bit more luxury in their lifestyle this custom beach home, just completed in 2019, offers a contemporary open plan layout with beautifully hand finished antiqued wood floors throughout. The sun drenched great room accesses a welcoming patio with a forest setting at one end and a designer kitchen with top notch appliances, large island, pantry & oodles of cabinet space on the other. The spacious bedrooms boast deluxe built-in closet storage and bright, beautiful forest views. Sought after upgrades include: Ductless heat/AC, slab granite & quartz counters, SS appliances, large concrete parking pad and finished garage. The landscaping is mature & minimal with low maintenance upkeep for those of us with active, busy lives.  Great location for town amenities, close to beach, lake, casino and golf. 

Interested in viewing more coastal options? 

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