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Dream Vacation Homes

What to Consider when Buying Your Dream Summer Home

If you find yourself returning again and again to your favorite destination, a second vacation home might be for you. While there are many important questions to consider before purchasing a vacation home, one of the most trendy is will your second home be purely for pleasure or also for profit? It is estimated that by 2020, vacation rentals will outdo the hotel industry, representing an innovative new lifestyle that blurs the line between business and pleasure. All this opportunity is made even easier with our digital age, and the dream of owning a vacation home might be closer then you think. With vacation rental sites like HomeAway, Airbnb and VRBO, turning your vacation home into an investment is simple and quick. Bellevue Lifestyle asked expert luxury realtor Mark von der Burg of VDB Compass to feature two classic vacation home options in the PNW. From the water to the mountains, here are the two gorgeous homes to consider whether your purchase is for pleasure or profit. 

For more information call Mark von der Burg at 425.882.8821 or visit

Artisan Sanctuary Mountain Home

Snoqualmie, Wa.

—Main estate house: three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a three-car garage

—Guest farm house: potentially three-plus bedrooms, two bathrooms and a one-car garage

—Workshop: more than 4,000 square feet of space

This home is a recent custom-build that will last through the ages. Thoughtfully constructed alongside the foothills of Mount Si and the Cascade Mountain range, this authentic craftsman home was handcrafted and customized with locally sourced, quality materials by skilled artisans. It was designed by a renowned Seattle artist who lovingly utilized every detail to create a meaningful place of inspiration, entertainment and relaxation. Its native canvas is composed of an estate residence with private entry living quarters, a quaint guest farmhouse, an expansive workshop/studio, a free-range chicken yard and coop, garage space for four cars and storage sheds. With spectacular scenic views and a story to tell at each turn, this awe-inspiring property is an amazing place to retreat and relax.

Bernie Baker Waterfront

Edmonds, Wa.

—Home: Four bedrooms, five-plus bathrooms and a three-car garage

—View: Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains

This home has an amazing level of craftsmanship and architectural interest with no expense spared. The masterwork has taken over ten years in the making. So delightfully unexpected, it’s the answer for “living the dream” or vacation relaxation. Let the rush of your day melt into the sunlit waters of Puget Sound—the views are glorious. The home lives al fresco with well-planned adjoining courtyards extending to fresh air and stunning sound and mountain vistas. Eight fireplaces create a romantic ambiance on every level. Invite your friends for crab season and pick up dinner from your own back yard. This home can entertain big celebrations or intimate gatherings with equal aplomb. There is simply nothing like this Bernie Baker design.