Cozy Cottage Built for Two

Washington homeowners Brian and Colleen Ducey not only have found the right place, but they’ve also adjusted their daily routines accordingly. It took some settling in for them—and lots of decluttering—to make their new location an ideal choice. “Before moving here, Brian and I were living in a 2,400-square-foot home in Seattle,” Colleen explains, “and although we had talked about downsizing many times, our options seemed limited.” Because their children are grown and out on their own, the couple felt like they were spending all their time maintaining the house and yard. Also, since they weren’t exactly thrilled to relocate into an apartment, townhouse, or condominium unit, the Duceys were willing to try something new.

As fate would have it, one Sunday they saw an ad in the local newspaper about a cottage community in nearby Shoreline, Washington. Known as the Greenwood Avenue Cottages, the development was hosting an open house with cottages for sale. As they toured the site, the Duceys met the designer of the community and asked which cottage he would buy if he was in their shoes. “He pointed out a tranquil, peach-colored [cottage] that was roughly 980 square feet—less than half the size of our present house!” Colleen says. After looking the place over, the couple was smitten. Five weeks later, they were bona fide cottage dwellers.