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How Others Live: Part 2

Posted by Johnine Larsen on October 1, 2015
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We all know what a home looks like in Seattle. But what about elsewhere?

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Survival Bunkers

Survival bunkers are a surprisingly booming industry (pun intended). Some people live in bunkers for fear of nuclear war; others, fear of neighbors. Some people live in them just because they’re cheap and unique.

There are as almost as many types of survival bunkers as there are normal homes, from giant underground luxury facilities to homemade pits dug in the woods. One thing they all have in common, though: self-sustainability. People who live in survival bunkers keep months and months of nonperishable food and water with them. They have air scrubbers and waste disposal systems set up. These survival bunkers might be claustrophobic, but at least there aren’t any windows to wash!


Photo from Atlas Survival Shelters

Tiny Homes

The tiny home craze has swept across the country, inspiring people to build smaller and smaller. Those who live in tiny homes often espouse simple living, and many look like living Instagram promotions. A tiny home, according to the official classification, measures less than 400 sq. ft. And you thought your house was too small!


Sometimes tiny homes are practical. Depending on the region, if you build a home beneath a certain square footage and/or equip it with wheels, you don’t need a building permit. Other times, tiny homes serve financial reasons. They can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, not the hundreds of thousands. Other times, they’re just cute and novel.

Photo by FireManWoman



They aren’t just for the Inuit anymore. Many winter hikers build temporary igloos instead of sleeping in a thin tent. They follow guides like this 1949 short film (talk about a throwback!). These hiking igloos aren’t meant to be lived in long-term, but a few new luxury igloos are built for just that.


Ice hotels, some larger than 2,000 square meters (meters, not feet), are drawing tourists to northern countries. These hotels are only open during the winter, and they require regular rebuilding. But they’re worth it. These things are cool–so cool you’ll need gloves and a good jacket. The ice hotel shown here is Sorrisniva Iglo Hotel in Alta, Norway. Click that link for a full tour!

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How Others Live: Part 1

  • Sarah Donaldson
    Sarah Donaldson
    18:44 18 Jul 19
    Darcie was such a joy to work with. She felt like family during the sale of our house and the search for our new home. We may have found our forever home, but if we ever need a Realtor in future, Darcie from Real Estate Gals will be our first call.
    Brian Heagler
    Brian Heagler
    16:55 02 Jun 19
    I have worked with Johnine and her team for 19 years and have always received personal, knowledgeable and professional service and attention! There is never and pressure and they will guide you away from a property when appropriate, which is always appreciated when a market is hot and the tendency is to move quickly. I trust them and have never been let down!
    Anne Slater
    Anne Slater
    18:03 25 May 19
    Johnine Larsen is fabulous! She listened and came up with ways we could get what we wanted in a house and stay within our limited budget. When we found the house we wanted, she moved super fast to get the house inspected and implemented creative ideas to make our offer appealing. And out of 13 offers, we were selected and got our house. I recommend her to anyone buying a home.
    Amy Burdick
    Amy Burdick
    19:13 24 May 19
    Real Estate Gals made sure we found our perfect house! Then, when we were up against other bidders, Johnine worked tirelessly to ensure we were tops! Her extensive real estate experience combined with exceptional character and integrity provided peace of mind throughout the process. She also made sure we received the right value as a seller and got the transaction done quickly and efficiently. Simply stated: there is nobody better to help you find your dream home.
    Bill Hollman
    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
    I'd give Real Estate Gals 6 stars if I could. We have used them multiple times, both in selling and buying homes in Seattle and the surrounding area. I can't say enough about the professionalism, knowledge, and patience they bring to the task of buying a new home, or selling your current residence. And they know the Seattle area so well, they'll offer valuable insights into the pros and cons of any location you may be to considering. Look no further, call Johnine at Real Estate Gals. You will be glad you did!
    Beth Guerra
    Beth Guerra
    01:14 18 May 19
    Johnine was a breath of fresh air in the real estate market. She listened intently to our wishes and goals, and was tireless in her search for our perfect house. She is well versed in both Seattle and the surrounding areas. She made sure all the details were taken care of after the inspection, and made the closing process seamless. She even gifted us with a housewarming present. Nearly 7 years later, we still receive holiday cards and well wishes. I highly recommend Real Estate Gals and will look no further in the future.
    Aidan Key
    Aidan Key
    15:44 17 May 19
    Johnine and the Real Estate Gals brilliantly took us through the home buying process two different times. Their willingness to educate (I was new), hear our home hopes, and support us through the process are a few of the reasons that I highly recommend this team. Speaking of a team, I love their collaborative business model - it meant that we--the home buyers--always had a returned phone call and an ability to look at a house on OUR schedule. Truly felt like they place the customer first!
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