San Juan Islands

Articles Hygge on Orcas Island How We Find Hygge on Orcas Island Hygge (pronounced “hooga”), is defined by the country of Denmark as “taking time away from the daily rush to be together with people you care about – or even by yourself – to relax and enjoy life’s quieter pleasures.” On an island where all four seasons are individually […]
Articles The Effect of Low Inventory on the Housing Market The Effect of Low Inventory on the Housing Market Across the country we have seen a gradual decrease of inventory in the housing market. Both small and large urban areas are seeing an almost 50% drop in inventory levels in comparison to their long-term averages. While it can be said that the real estate market […]
Articles Fall Events in the San Juan Islands Fall Events in the San Juan Islands One of the most beloved traits of the San Juan Islands is its celebration of all four unique seasons. While the summers are magical, the island’s swift transition into the colder months of Fall carries its own special magic. As the leaves begin to change, so do the […]
Articles September 2023 Detailed Market Report September 2023 Detailed Market Report Are you considering buying or selling a piece of real estate on Orcas Island in the near future? Whether you’re an investor, homebuyer, current property owner, or just curious about the local market trends, it always pays to be informed. Our September report on the Orcas Island real estate market […]
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Lifestyle Orcas Landing, Then and Now Orcas Landing Then & Now William Sutherland homesteaded approximately 60 acres at what today is the Orcas Landing. In the 1880’s he built a dock, warehouse, and store.  This was the first store at the Landing and one of five stores on Orcas Island at the turn of the century.    From 1900-1904, he built […]
Lifestyle The Lower Tavern, Then and Now The Lower Tavern Then & Now The Lower Tavern has been a beloved gathering place on Orcas Island for decades. From karaoke nights to Seahawk Sundays, and everything in between, it is a long-standing favorite for islanders and tourists alike. It has been in its current location for the past 30+ years, however, that is […]
Lifestyle Kangaroo House, Then and Now Kangaroo House Then & Now The year is 1907, a nickel buys you a double feature, wearing a bathing suit without a skirt will get a woman arrested for indecent exposure and there won’t be electricity in the San Juan Islands for another 30 years. On Orcas Island, on the site of a 160 acre […]
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Lifestyle A1 Drive-In, Then and Now A1 DRIVE-IN CAFE Then & Now In the late nineteen sixties Eastsound had the appearance of a town fallen on hard times. Abandoned cabins were slowly disintegrating under the relentless growth of blackberry canes. An open sewer ran along Prune Alley. There were more children playing in the streets than open storefronts. For a very […]
Lifestyle West Beach, Then and Now
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Articles Seattle Magazine Feature 3 Reasons to Check Out Orcas Island’s Burgeoning Wine Scene Private label Pét-Nat and irreverent wine temples lay just 100 miles north of Seattle. Orcas Island has always drawn visitors with its monumental views, lush parks, and utterly relaxing island vibe. Now, with new wine bars, tasting menus, and sommelier services, the ever-growing food and […]
Articles 2018 Housing Forcast There have been many forecasts published right now for 2018, for politics, the economy, the weather, and so much more. Here is what I expect to see in 2018.   Interest Rates: Interest rates continue to be a great topic of discussion, with most predicting a rise. While the rates may rise a bit, I […]
Financial Property Assessments– What do they mean?   Our office and brokers have received many calls with questions regarding the newly received property value assessments. According to the San Juan County Assessor’s website “State law requires that assessors appraise all taxable property within the county at 100% of its true and fair market value, according to the highest and best use of […]
Housing Market Real News – Article 4 AFFORDABLE HOUSING — WHAT COULD BE DONE This column is the second on the affordable housing issue.  We all know what is needed, but it seems we don’t have a clear vision of how to accomplish it. Last time I mentioned an affordable housing solution on San Juan Island that appears to have served that […]