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Less than a half-hour commute from the big city sits a delightful oasis for both humans and animals.
  • Michelle Kerbs

    Michelle Kerbs is an accomplished horsewoman who shows and competes in the hunter jumper class on the West Coast.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The Kerbs family

    Michelle and Rick Kerbs, and daughter Madeline, 4, love the menagerie of pets that share their 11-acre homestead in Issaquah, Washington. Both Rick and Michelle grew up in southern Idaho. They have an affinity for the country life, and Michelle is an accomplished horsewoman who shows and competes in the hunter jumper class on the West Coast.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The Kerbs home

    The Kerbs home, built in the early 1940s, is a large Georgian colonial that now features five bedrooms and four baths. An original cookhouse, built around 1900, is now a mossy garden shed.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • The Kerbs acreage occupants

    The Kerbs acreage is home to four dogs, four cats, two llamas (shown here in front of the barn), one rabbit, three chickens, and a constantly shifting number of horses.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • A beautiful approach

    The property features a tree-lined driveway, fenced areas for the horses, a beautiful new horse barn, a sport court, large grassy areas, and a quaint old garden shed.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • A suspension bridge

    A suspension bridge over the creek opens the property up to hiking trails. Issaquah Creek runs through the backyard. On sunny days, paragliders sail off Tiger Mountain as colorful reminders of just how close the property is to Seattle.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
  • My friend the hen

    Madeline, 4, loves to play with the hens that roam the acreage. She often invites her friends and their parents to parties at the homestead.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 23, 2012
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