The Chambers have come to Lake Chelan with their family on summer vacations for 13 years. Their dream was to build their own home in Chelan with room for everyone, so in 2015, the Chambers sold their farm in Nebraska and bought seven acres of property in Manson. They built this handsome Dutch Colonial-style home to accommodate their guests and growing family.
This house is designed for entertaining and family gatherings. Guests are welcomed into the great room with lofty ceilings capped by custom trusses and a stone fireplace 17 feet high. Large windows flood the area with light, and you can enjoy fabulous views from every angle. The kitchen is a hostess’s dream, with a large eat-in marble island, two dishwashers, and a farmhouse sink. Note the butcherblock counters in the walk-in pantry.
The master suite on the main floor accesses an expansive deck overlooking the swimming pool and Lake Chelan. Each of the other bedrooms commands lake views as well. Visitors enjoy the hot tub and the pool house in the warm Chelan summer.
The lower level features a large bar with White Nevada counters, televisions, and shuffle board for a resort-like feeling. Upstairs, the kids’ room with eight built-in bunks has one of the best views in the house. Sleep-over, anyone?
This historic home was built in 1930 and bought by the current owners 20 years ago as a summer home. They have lived here full time since 2002. Throughout the house, look for the original art created for the home by architect/designer Milan Heger and fine interior finishes by Lukas Prochazka who remodeled the home.
The spacious open-plan great room faces the lake, with a wall of windows looking out to the spectacular view. One end of the room is a seating area with fireplace and a high mantelpiece, the other is the dining area with a table for eight to ten and a six-feet long antique bench with spindle back. A gracious deck with comfortable chairs is the perfect spot to watch a sunset over the lake.
The kitchen, separated from the dining room by a half-wall counter, is modern with a commercial gas stove, farm sink, white cabinets, and a backsplash of white subway tile. The “theater room” has built-in sound speakers, artwork by Heger, and a glass door leading to the side yard. Upstairs, the master bedroom features a reading nook, crystal chandelier, and a large iron four-poster bed. The windows overlook the lake. At the opposite end of the staircase, the cozy guest room is brightened by more artwork and a fine view. The guest house accommodates additional visitors.
The atmosphere throughout this beautifully remodeled home is one of rustic elegance. Each room displays a sure sense of style and fine design. With its beautiful lakeside setting, the home is indeed an historic treasure.
Turn of the Lake
With its hillside location off Summit Boulevard, this home commands a sweeping view of Lake Chelan as it turns north on its way to Stehekin.
The heart of the home is its open-plan living area. The living room, looking out over the deck and the lake, is lined with handsome built-in cabinetry, and a gas fireplace with mantle keeps it cozy in cooler weather. The dining area has its own built-in shelves and cabinets. It is spacious enough for a variety of table configurations. The kitchen features custom wood finishes, modern appliances, and a decorative backsplash behind the stove. The pretty powder room is just around the corner.
The master suite is airy and comfortable, with the laundry easily accessible. The guest room and bath, along with a cozy den, are at the other end of the house. Note the built-in office area in the den overlooking the lake.
Taking full advantage of the panoramic lake views, the wide deck extends along the full length of the house. A new pool, complete with hot tub and gazebo, has been deftly sited to optimize the view and include lush foliage within the pool enclosure.
This home, with its one-level design and easy flow is ideally suited to gracious retirement living at the turn of the lake.
House on the Hill
“The best feature of the house is the view,” says Sherry Weitzel of her home perched on the hill overlooking the lake. No one could argue! As you enter, note the artwork to the right. Its neutral shades of slate and dove, chalk and straw are carried throughout the home.
Sherry and Dave began coming to Lake Chelan in the 1970s, and bought a condominium here in 1990. As their family grew, they needed more space, and so began “years of searching” until just the right lot became available. Sherry describes the home as “Texas hill country-inspired.” The open concept main area, serene and elegant with modern, clean lines, frames but does not distract from the view. The seating area features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and a play of different textures: stone, wood, metal, glass, with accents of lime green. The long dining table, with its sinuous curves, was cut from a single tree. Step out on the deck and the swimming pool on the level below is added to the vista of orchards, gardens, and the lake.
Downstairs, a central family room with large-screen TV has a wet bar complete with dishwasher, icemaker, and wine cooler. Three spacious guest suites with easy access to outdoor seating areas and the pool lend the home the feeling of a resort. “My favorite area,” says Sherry, “is the bunk room with its rustic barn door.”