Dash Point beach house offers prime view for $475K

If you really want to be close to the water, but don’t want to live in a houseboat, this cabin might be right for you

Don’t trip. You might get wet. A 1,035 square foot cabin sits over the water down by Dash Point. At high tide, there is no beach, no bluff, no bank that separates you from the water, except for a bit of a drop into the wash. If you really want to be close to the water, but don’t want to live in a houseboat, this cabin might be right for you. Just takes $475,000.

Sit in the swing chairs on the deck that overlooks the water, but don’t swing too far. This 1946 cabin sits at the bottom of a steep, wooded, 0.77 acre lot that ends at 50 feet of waterfront. Nothing can get in the way of your view. The broad decks mean you can sit outside and watch nature and Tacoma’s shipping traffic go by. Climb down a broad ladder and launch yourself from a sandy beach, in case you want to do more than just look at the water. Fishing and crabbing are natural. The property includes tideland rights, so you own a bit more as the tide goes out. Check to see if the temporarily submerged parts are included in the acreage.

All of this is enabled by the cabin that has 2 stories, 2 bedrooms, and 1.5 bathrooms. Outside, the style is very Northwest: wood siding, metal roofing, and lots of windows. Inside, it is light and bright beach cottage with soft earth tones and very few shiny surfaces. No need to send glaring reflections around the rooms. Smooth flooring like hardwood, vinyl, and tile makes the inevitable sand easier to clean up.

Take care carrying in the groceries. It looks like a lot of steps from the car to the kitchen. That’s one price to pay for the steep slope; but the benefit is a bit more privacy, too. Though your new neighbors, the whales, will drift by regardless.

· 5324 SW 311th St, Federal Way [Estately]

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