Converting an old barn into a modern residence is a far-fetched fantasy for most homeowners. The massive timbered monuments to agriculture and architecture are often demolished and the land subdivided as the countryside surrenders to suburban development.
But transforming a barn into a house became reality for one such homeowner, who bought the converted red barn adjacent to the famed Glen Tana farm dairy on N. Waikiki Road in North Spokane two years ago.
The unique property still serves as a touchstone, of sorts, for area residents. “Everybody knows where the old red barn along the Little Spokane was,” said the homeowners. “The property has always been one of a kind.”
Nearly every element of the converted home — from its storied history, prime location and miraculous transformation — serves as an enchanting reminder that this is a once-in-a-lifetime piece of property.
The homeowner is selling their 5-bedroom home to move for a job transfer. “We hate to leave,” he said. “It’s a tough choice to sell. We know we will never find anything like it again.”
It’s difficult to convey just how quaint the site is. The old-barn-turned-modern-farmhouse sits on a lush, level meadow abutting rows of grassy wetland fauna along the banks of the Little Spokane River. Looming large in the distance are rolling hills dotted with evergreens and the bluffs of Rattlesnake Hill, cupping the views like ancient stone fingers.
Nestled at the foot of Rattlesnake Hill are the charming Glen Tana dairy buildings. No longer in operation, the turn-of-the-century dairy was once considered the best and most progressive in the Inland Empire, providing milk for babies produced from 300 Jersey cows. It’s little wonder that nearly every window, deck and balcony of the rural retreat’s main floor orients to this magical sight.
“It reminds us of Italy,” the homeowner said. “We practically live on the main deck.”
To protect the wetlands environment, the house stayed true to the original footprint of the old barn. But the bright red color was swapped out for more modern and natural earth tones. The ground floor features a den with a wet bar and sliding glass doors that spill guests out onto an outdoor patio with a built-in grill surrounded by a stone countertop, a hot tub, and a cobbled fire ring for crisp evening parties on the patio.
Heading upstairs brings visitors to the main floor, with soaring cathedral ceilings and walls of windows capturing killer views of the surrounding wilderness and bluffs. After the leaves have dropped in the fall, the Little Spokane River becomes the star of Mother Nature’s show. Inside, an enormous antler chandelier and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace make for a rustic feel. The weathered oak floors, neutral cream-colored walls, and contrasting dark wood trim and moldings add to the authentic farmhouse look.
But behind the signature farmhouse style is a modern-day attention to detail. The galvanized steel railings inside and decks leading to outside living lend an industrial feel to what was once a quintessential gambrel-roofed barn. Oversized light fixtures combine high-style with down-home farm elements like dangling mason jars and lantern-like shapes.
The kitchen, on the other hand, is anything but old-fashioned. An open floor plan with an impressive seven-seat island, the kitchen boasts high-end stainless steel appliances fit for the discerning chef; a deep, apron-front sink; and a wine fridge. Traditional elements still dominate, however, such as the backsplash with its glossy subway tiles and the kitchen island topped with marble.
The rural retreat feels like it’s way out in the country, but it’s close to important North Side amenities. Just a stone’s throw away is St. George’s School, one of the finest private academies in the region, as well as a put-in point to launch canoes on the Little Spokane. For golf lovers, the Kalispel Golf and Country Club is less than a mile down the road.
It’s hard to believe that this chic farmhouse near town used to be a rustic barn. But one thing is certain. With its spectacular location, modern living, and high-end appointments, this ain’t your grandma’s farm.
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