Island Lifestyle

COME LIVE THE WHIDBEY LIFE If you live here now, congratulations! This will remind you of some of the special things that we have here on this island. 1) ANNUAL FESTIVALS such as the Penn Cove Mussel Festival,The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade, and Langley’s Mystery weekend (which is coming up in late February) and […]

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SEVEN GREAT REASONS TO VISIT FIRST, and THEN COME LIVE THE WHIDBEY LIFE If you live here now, congratulations! This will remind you of some of the special things that we have here on this island. ANNUAL FESTIVALS such as the Penn Cove Mussel Festival, The Maxwelton 4th of July Parade, and Langley’s Mystery weekend […]

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FEMA flood zone maps are a subject of vital importance to every owner and resident of beach property on Whidbey Island. In April 2016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue new Flood Zone Maps for Whidbey Island. Those new maps may have a significant impact on you if you live in a beach […]

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Sand between your toes and the sound of water gently lapping on the rocks may make you want to jump into the deep end and grab your own little piece of paradise. Islands are the state of Washington’s middle name. What is the science behind our pleasure of the waterfront?

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A bountiful harvest is your reward for being on Whidbey Island this fall. Produce, fruit, cheese, beef, lamb, and chicken can all be part of your day and the bounty you take home. Map out these great farms for a wonderful way to spend a fall weekend.

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This Report presents the most recent and relevant data that is available for the Districts of the 113th Congress as related to housing. The 2012 data should be published soon and we will have a comparable. I am looking forward to the 2013 data early next year because I am sure it is going to […]

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My Dad and Mom both sold real estate when I was young and lived at home. It was a very different business then. One page contracts, with short and to the point conditions written in agreements, such as;  “John Brown agrees to purchase Mary Blue’s home at xxxx Elm Street for $ 100,000 on or […]

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In my recent blog post about the Whidbey Island Farm Tour, I mentioned how important it is to support our local farmers.   One way you can do that is to visit the new 3 Sisters Beef retail store located at the old Juan de Fuca fire station on Highway 20.  They just opened in early […]

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I am one of four lucky women  on South Whidbey who over a year ago had an idea to start a Salon. I think the idea originated with Susie Barnett (co- owner of Whidbey Home Watch ) The other three of us just knew it was something worth doing. Successful? Yes, beyond any of our […]

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  Remember the Jetsons? I do. They were on the television for about a year starting in 1962. I was fascinated by their home and lifestyle as I was soon to be a teen, and it seemed like their children had a great life. Judy,their teenage daughter seemed to be so cool.

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Sometimes the magic of moment can steal your breath away.  One such time was a couple of nights ago when the sky was clear and the moon almost full.  From my deck looking east was the most beautiful moon and reflection on the water.  It was one of those nights when you just felt like […]

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I met Karen and Jack Krug, the owners of the Spoiled Dog Winery, in September  2002.  They were visiting Whidbey Island, and were at that time living in Colorado.  They had spent vacations on Whidbey in the past, and felt it might be the place to make their permanent home.  A fortunate thing for me, […]

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I must disclose that I have known Susie Barnett and Helen Shields for a number of years. Helen was one of the best Realtors on Whidbey Island for years and working with her was a privilege. I have gotten to know Susie in just the past few years. She and I are part of a […]

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Visit Whidbey Island Farmers Markets for some of the best the island has to offer. Farmers Markets from Oak Harbor to Langley

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    Well I must admit to being a bit biased since I have been living on islands in the Pacific NW for over 20 years.  And of course, every island I have lived on has been the greatest place to live and had the greatest views, especially when I lived there. Recently Islands.com ranked […]

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For the past year, I have been the happy recipient of the weekly Grange Food News email from Chris Williams, who is an officer of the Deer Lagoon Grange. Chris’ official title is Pomona, and like her Roman Goddess namesake, she dispenses tantalizing tidbits of information about the gardens, fruits, vegetables and local foods of […]

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You are the source. What does this mean? It means that your knowledge, your emotions, your photos are what create the personality of the home you have lived in and are selling. Sharing these brings your home to life. So tell me your story. We have the time, and it does make a difference. All […]

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If you live on Whidbey Island you really have it good when it comes to garden fresh produce from Spring through fall. Think baked bread, herbs, free range chicken, eggs, and so many other things you just can’t get enough of. Which is the reason why you REALLY have it good. From one end to […]

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Enjoy walking on the trails of the old growth forest on Whidbey Island, learn how Islanders are working to buy the Trillium property which has more old growth forest.

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If it’s spring, it is the beginning of salmon season in the Pacific NW. Wild salmon is an iconic symbol of our region, and every spring we are reminded about how fortunate we are to be able to enjoy this wonderful fish. It is a symbol of the the natural beauty and bounty of the […]

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What makes a good Windermere Realtor? It is a person who can cheerfully sort huge piles of miscellaneous clothing in different sizes, price them, and ready them for sale. He is a person who can work all day in rain or hot sun in a big garden without complaining. She is a person who can […]

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No, I am not talking about grouchy people. Whidbey Island has many popular crabbing spots, but many crabbers like to keep their special spots secret. One of the best spots is off of Bells Beach, along Saratoga Passage, and the location of one of my great beachfront listings. Row your boat out to your crab […]

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I am a foodie. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to share that passion. Doesn’t it just make you feel welcome when you walk into a house and there are wonderful food aromas coming from the kitchen? One of the older “tricks of the trade” in real estate is to […]

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The 21st annual Penn Cove Coupeville Mussel Festival is being held over the weekend of March 5-7 2010  on the waterfront. Come enjoy briny mussels fresh from the sea in chowder and off the grill. This is a fitting place to hold an event like this, as the famous Penn Cove mussels are farmed here. […]

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Try to sneak a quick trip to an island grocery store without meeting someone you know.  No way. You are stranded, and out of gas on the road. Not for long.  Someone will stop and help you in a matter of minutes. Guaranteed.

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