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Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands located in the Salish Sea between the Washington State mainland and Canada’s Vancouver Island, encompasses some of the most extraordinarily beautiful real estate in the world. Unspoiled and uncrowded, it offers a quality of life difficult to find in today’s world.
Orcas, the largest of the San Juans, with 57 square miles of surface carved by nature into the shape of a horseshoe, is roughly twice the size of New York’s Manhattan Island. With its roughly 4,500 year-round residents, however, it is a bit less densely populated. The hilly topography, cut by deep sounds and bays, offers marine views and shoreline exceptional even for the Northwest.
Much of the Island is forested in stands of Douglas fir, Cedar and Madrona. Its many moss-covered rock outcroppings offer contrasts with the forest and provide wonderful views of the water and surrounding islands.
The Olympic Mountains, to the south, cast a natural “rain shadow” across the San Juan Islands, moderating local rainfall. Orcas typically averages only 26 – 28 inches of rain each year, significantly less than the surrounding mainland areas. In fact, the San Juan Islands average 247 days of sunshine yearly, compared to Seattle’s 58 days. The prevailing wind during the summer is typically from the north and seldom exceeds 20 mph during this time of year.
With excellent schools and community facilities, plus thousands of acres of protected parkland, numerous lakes and a thriving business community Orcas offers a well-rounded living environment. The fact that Orcas can only be accessed by Washington State ferries or by air ensures it has a very different culture from the nearby mainland.
The Island’s 4,500 year-round residents tend to be well educated, independent, and environmentally concerned people who have come from all walks of life and locations around the Country. For many, moving to Orcas is part of a dramatic shift in how they want to live their life. The beautiful surroundings, wonderful community-minded neighbors, excellent climate and location far from the “maddening crowds” is why we have chosen to live here.
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