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Jessica Wambach

7516 E. Columbia Dr., Spokane

Tim and Karen Carson feel fortunate to have found a home so perfect for them, their grandchildren and their parrots.

Formerly a bird breeder, Karen now has five parrots that live in their own section of the two-story berm house.

“It’s downstairs and the whole wall is sliders, so they have all the natural light coming in. They just love it. They’ve really thrived since we moved here,” says Karen, who is at home during the day. Her husband works for the Postal Service and has an air and water purification business.

It’s been four years since Tim and Karen moved into the nearly 4,500-square-ft home that sits in a neighborhood they’ve always wanted to live in.

With its solar paneling and unique architecture, the house won the home tour in 1981, the year it was built.

“It’s the perfect house for us,” Karen says. “It has everything that we need.”

Their three grandchildren visit often and Tim put a gate in the backyard fence that leads straight into a community park.

Not having to worry about the home frees up time for Karen to spend with her favorite parrot, an African Gray whose new favorite phrase is “Here, kitty, kitty.”

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