Country cottage for rent on North Kitsap Peninsula, WA ~ $1500

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Poulsbo, WA 98370 Lovely country cottage on 2.5 organic acres for rent ~ $1500/month

Description: Lovely, country cottage, built in 1999, and 2.5 acres, quiet, secure, Olympic mountain view. Very clean. No dust. 2 Bedroom + office, 1.5 bathrooms/house for people suffering from MOLD and MCS (MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES). Owner with MCS lives in adjoining studio apartment. Hardwood floors throughout, electric furnace, air-conditioning, separate electric meter. Meter does not attach to living section of house. 20 minutes from Kingston/Edmonds ferry, 30 minutes to Bainbridge Island ferry, 2.7 miles to Poulsbo, Washington and organic produce and naturopathic physicians. Surrounded by acreages with llamas, horses, Christmas tree farms. Organic soil, great for gardening. On flat top of hill with good air movement. Perfect for anyone with allergies- no car exhaust, no smoking, owner uses no perfumes, plug-ins, dryer sheets or fragrances of any kind. 6 month lease, first-last month and damage deposit. $1500/month. Welcome to try it first at $60/night. Good MCS COMMUNITY on Peninsula. Call (360) 697-6168 with any questions.

Bedrooms: 2.5
Bathrooms: 1.5
Square footage: 1,700
Lot size: 2.5 acres
Date available: immediately

Price: $1500 – will sell half ownership in property at later date if interested.

Contact info: Joan Walz (360) 697-6168

Building Materials/Indoor Air Quality
Year built: 1999
Construction: Standard construction.
Passive solar design features: Good south exposure – on sunny flat top of a hill.
Moisture barrier installed over the slab: Yes.
Exterior building materials: Wood.
Roofing materials: Asphalt shingles.
Insulation materials: Unknown.
Are the walls foiled?: No. You can seal whatever you want to.
Wood detailing: Unknown, but no scents.
Wood sealants used: Unknown, but no scents.
Flooring: All hardwood floors.
Carpet: None.
HVAC: Electric furnace; filters changed regularly.
Whole house air filter: No.
Whole house vacuum: No.
Sauna? No.
Dates of past repairs/renovations: No VOCs – owner is extremely reactive.

Utilities and Major Appliances
Heating system: Electric furnace.
Cooling system: Air conditioner.
Appliances: All electric.

Electromagnetic Fields
Unshielded electrical wiring: n/a
Dimmers and 3-way switches: n/a
Power lines: Underground power lines.
Neighbors with WiFi: There are no close neighbors.
WiMax installed or planned for area in near future: No.
Smart Meter on site or planned in near future: Meter does not attach to living portion of the house.
Cell/microwave towers nearby and/or planned for near future: Nearest cell tower is 2 miles south.
Other wireless technology being used nearby or planned for near future: No.
Located under an airport flight path: No.
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities healed in this house? n/a
Have others with electromagnetic sensitivities done poorly in this house? No.

Is the property graded, are French drains, swales or other features used to wick away rainwater? Yes.
Are there plantings or berms around the perimeter of the home? No.
On-slab foundation, crawlspace or basement? Crawl space.
Exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchen, and other high-humidity locations? Yes.
Whole house dehumidifier? No.
Other mold-reducing features: High and dry, good air movement.
Is there a history of water damage of any kind? No.
Have there ever been roof or plumbing leaks? No.
Was mold remediation ever completed in your home? No.
To the best of your knowledge, is there currently high levels of mold or existence of allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic molds in the home? No.

Pets that have lived in the house: None.
Known vermin infestations: None.
Homestead animals: None.
Local flora that might be a problem (e.g., juniper, pine, cedar, etc.) and worst times of year for pollen counts: None.

Other potential toxic exposures
Were pesticides ever used in the house, or outside the house and around the property, by you or by former owners? Never any pesticides used. I have lived here 8 years, and there was only one previous owner, who was organic.
Has a pet that was treated with Frontline, wore a flea collar, or had other pesticides applied to it ever lived or entered the home? No.
Has the home site been checked for radon and other potentially hazardous elements? No.
Is the house currently fragrance free, and has it always been? Yes. Owner has acute MCS – never any fragrances.
Is the house currently smoke free, and has it always been? Always smoke-free.
Has the house or any neighbors’ homes in a three block radius ever been used as a methamphetamine (“meth”) lab? No.
Has ozone every been used in the home to try to remove odors/chemicals/mold? No.
Garage: Attached garage, but never used as a garage.

Do you or your MCS partner tolerate the home yourself? Extremely well.
How long have you lived in the home? 8 years.
May I talk to a former tenant to see how they felt about living in the house? Yes.
Why are you renting the home? I’ve had MCS for 30 years – I have run out of money.
Are the neighbors MCS aware/compassionate/friendly and will they heed MCS safe requests with minimal resistance? I am buffered on all sides. It took me 10 solid years to find this property.

Due to the nature of the illness, potential MCS buyers/renters will need to stay in a home overnight, or for an extended period, before committing to a purchase or long-term lease. Doing so puts the homeowner at risk for potential contamination of the space. Are you willing to do this? Yes.

Potential MCS renter can stay overnight for a total of 1 month at $60/night.

Allowed personal care products, bedding materials, laundry products, etc.: No mold, scents, dust mites. No natural fragrances (e.g., tee-tree oil, passionflower, etc.)
House rules: Must take shower immediately after returning from any exposures, must remove shoes before entering home, etc. Turn on fans when cooking to air cooking scents outside. Your visitors must honor the MCS fragrance-free, non- smoking, etc. code.

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posted September 2, 2012

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  • Nancy Lulay

    July 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This was posted some time ago…is it available at this time? If so I have a 15 year old daughter and a shih tzu mix and myself in need of recoverying from mold exposure. We are well versed on the need for environmental safety for ourselves and others.

  • Rebecca Z

    January 5, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Greetings Joan!
    What an extraordinary home! Have you found a renter?
    I felt my entire being relax just by looking over your posting.
    Rebecca Z
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Jenny

    February 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    This is a rare find. Most places do not have a fellow MCS sufferer and owner living on the premises. And so many listings do not seem stringent enough. My symptoms are severe.
    Is renter responsible for lawn and landscape care? I used to love these activities but can no longer be outside once pollen and mold seasons begin.
    Thank you for the hope you’ve given me that such places and people exist…. that I’m not alone!

  • Shani

    March 30, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Is this place still available for rent? I’d definitely be interested. Thanks 🙂

  • Susan

    April 27, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I am emailing for my frien who is seeking safe housing with her husband and two young children. If still available, please write with your number or email and I will forward to Jason- the Dad.

    Thanks so much,

  • Karna Dawson

    April 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I would be very interested in renting your cottage. Please let me know the best way to contact you.

  • collins

    June 7, 2014 at 1:50 am

    i would like to know if your accommodation is available from august
    16th /Sep 13th get back with the total amount for the duration of the
    date for just 2adult . you can book me in with the following details
    below …

    Hillary Collins
    Gardner Street, Chattanooga, TN 37411

    get back to me with the total cost price for the date and incase the
    date is not available you can let me know other date you have
    available for 1week with the price . Reply :


  • Julie Collins

    May 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Are you renting this now ? I am severely ill right now from exposure from pesticides and constant laundry / room spray etc. smells at the apartment my husband and I live at .
    We live in Traverse City Michigan. There are no options here for mcs people.
    Thankyou., Julie

  • Laurel Piersol

    December 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Joan,

    Your house is beautiful and it looks like you’ve done a wonderful job making a non-toxic haven. I am recovering from mold illness from 15 years ago and can do pretty well if I am not re-exposed to mold or chemicals. I have been living a completely non-toxic/fragrance-free lifestyle for 15+ years. Is this home available the summer and fall of 2016?



  • andrea porter cook

    September 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    i am desperately looking for a place to live for myself and 2 children 15 and 17
    my son and i are chemically sensitive from extremely high level of black mold
    i am getting a divorce from an abusive man
    i am willing to move
    we live now in Seattle
    any good organic grocery stores or ND?
    thanks Andrea
    my children are very nice and quiet
    i am a wealth of information fun and friendly and kind
    i would like to help other mcs people and help us build a healthy living community and educate people about environmental toxins

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