Whatcom County Wooded Nature Preserve put up for sale

A Whatcom County property famous for its historic land conservation and unique home design is up for sale.

Ask for a price? $1.9 million.

After decades of preservation, the executors of the 30.2-acre Nautilus Tree Farm are seeking new owners to carry on the property’s legacy.

“We want to find a curator — someone who would like to live on the land like my family did and who would see the forest as an asset and something they would also like to keep,” said executor Jeff Kronenberg. .

Kronenberg’s late parents, Phyllis and Nate Kronenberg, purchased the property in the 1970s in an effort to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

So, they built the custom house in the dirt. It is isolated by a berm, which means that soil and gravel are accumulated to surround the house and reduce energy costs.

The 2,676 square foot home is a 20-minute drive from Bellingham at 2351 E. Pole Road, just four miles from Everson.

It is shaped like a nautilus shell and features an open living concept.

“From the air, it looks like a big comma,” Kronenberg said.

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An interior view of the Nautilus House shows off its river stone flooring, multiple skylights, and open concept near Everson. Radley Muller Photography Courtesy of the Bellingham Herald

The master bedroom, kitchen, and living room are all in the main area of ​​the house, with no walls separating the spaces. River rock floors run throughout the house while large skylights and windows bring natural light inside.

But according to Kronenberg, the terrain itself is the biggest selling point. The property features a wide variety of trees, native plants and wildlife.

It is also home to a stream and a pond.

“You get privacy. You stop talking. There are no streetlights. You can see the moon. You can see the stars,” Kronenberg said.

Do you want to buy the property for development? You are unlucky.

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An aerial view shows the unique shape of the historic home at 2351 E. Pole Road near Everson. Radley Muller Photography Courtesy of the Bellingham Herald

The land is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement granted to the Whatcom Land Trust. Thus, the new owners can never operate, operate, or build subdivisions on the property. However, new owners could add to the house itself.

Kronenberg said the land is perfect for activities such as forest bathing, organic farming and birdwatching. The forest of the property is accessible by footpaths.

“It’s a beautiful property and we just hope it’s maintained and continues the legacy that my parents started,” Kronenberg said.

This story was originally published September 27, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Rachel Showalter graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2019 with a degree in journalism. She spent nearly four years working in radio, television and broadcast on California’s West Coast before joining the Bellingham Herald in August 2022.

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