4263 Saratoga Road
Langley, WA 98260
MLS #1105390

Truly an amazing and rare opportunity to own almost quarter mile of waterfront and 9.9+/- acres of meadows and forest located a couple of miles from the village of Langley by the Sea. Delight in the magical trail with waterfalls leading to your own private sandy beachfront. The home is a classic Robert Stern (AIA) inspired jewel with a unique captain’s loft and turret while the waterfront side boasts a 1500+/- sqft entertainment deck. Guest house potential on property. IC Planning confirmed property can be split into (2) tax parcels.

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Key Home & Property Features
9.97+/- Acres
1265+/- Feet of Waterfront
Spectacular Views of Saratoga Passage & Cascade Mountains
Dazzling Sunrises over the Cascades
Meandering Path to Beach through Evergreens & Waterfalls
Sandy Beach Great for Strolling – All the Way into Langley at Low Tide
Landscaped Paths and Quiet Nooks
Vegetable Garden and Orchard
Blooming Flower & Berry Gardens
2+ Acres of Level Lawn with Sprinkler System
1500+/- Feet of Wrap-Around Decks
Updated Barn from Original Bosshard Homestead
Private Well and Septic System
Attached Garage with Insulated Storage
Gated Entry
Oversized Electrical Box with Enough Capacity for Guest Home
American Shingle Style Architecture
Bob Arndt, Architect/Builder
Covered Front Porch
Entry with Beveled Glass Door
Open Concept Kitchen, Dining, & Living Areas
Recessed Lighting on Dimmers Throughout the Home
Powder Room & Mud/Utility Room on First Floor
All Electricals & Systems in Basement
Living & Dining Areas:
Cherry Floors with Space-Defining In-Lays
Cathedral Ceilings
Outstanding, Beautiful Millwork
Elliptical Windows
Custom Wood-Burning Stone Fireplace with Propane Starter
Dining Area with Door to Deck
Cherry Eating Bar
Custom Koa Wood Cabinets & Cork Floors
High-End Appliances include a Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Dacor Cooktop, & Bosch Dishwasher
Wine Storage & Built-in Desk
Granite Counters & Backsplash with Wood Trim
Delicate, Custom Wall Mural
Master Suite:
Main Floor with French Doors to Deck
Beautiful Views & Morning Light
Bath with Mahogany & Fiddleback Maple Cabinetry
Extra-large Soaking Tub & Dressing Table
Two Sinks & Separate Shower with Travertine Tile
Two Walk-in Closets
Guest Suite:
Rounded Wall of Windows – Located in Ground Floor of Turret
Private with Lovely Territorial Views
En Suite Bath with Tiled Shower
2nd Floor:
Loft with Built-in Captain’s Bed
Turret Room with Enchanting Wood & Iron Work and 270-Degree Views

The Story of 4263 Saratoga Road
As Told by the Sellers

     The journey began in November 1992. We thought we would buy a “small” cabin on Whidbey Island and instead purchased an E-Ticket ride and the adventure of a lifetime. We were swept away with the beauty of God’s hand and the opportunity to be stewards of this unique property.
Flying Dog Ranch, as we named the property after our Springer Spaniels, was homesteaded by the Bosshard Family around the turn of the century. The Reverend Bosshard took to his buckboard and travelled the island spreading the Word of God. The 1911 barn is part of the original homestead, albeit with added windows, a new roof, new doors, and a new lean-to. The windows were salvaged by us from the old cabin on-site and the doors are old barn wood bought in Edison, Washington and tied to the top of our jeep for transport to our Ranch.
At the time of purchase, the property had a 1950’s era two bedroom house painted red, yellow and turquoise (charming colors), a one bedroom cabin with “free-flowing plumbing”, i.e. no drains under the structure, and a birthing pen for livestock.
Robert Arndt, a local builder, commenced construction on a new home for us in the winter of 1994. The house was influenced by the architecture of Robert Stern, an East Coast architect, known for his American Shingle Style homes. The cabin and shed/pen were demolished, the berries were cleared, the land was scraped and levelled, and we began the construction dream. A turret, elliptical windows, cherry floors, straight grain fir, koa wood, fiddleback maple, mahogany, cork and much, much, more. The 1950’s house was sold and moved up to Freeland, Washington, rather than being demolished. In September 1995 we moved into our home and sat on paint cans in front of the fireplace while our guests assembled their bed.
Along the way the land kept calling for attention. Holly Hill was scraped and re-planted, the fields were levelled and de-rocked (a job with never-ending sifting and a mattress spring attached to the Kubota tractor), a full irrigation system was installed, various islands of bushes were planted, and the lawn was seeded. Being that the property was a holly farm, for commercial production, at one time, we were constantly removing unlimited shoots of the Christmas berry. The rough palette was evolving into a diamond. The alders, firs, cedars, maples, dawn redwoods, oaks, fruit trees, peonies, salal, etc. arrived via untold numbers of trips to wholesale nurseries on the mainland. With the rental of Penske trucks, backhoes, ditch witches, etc. and strong backs, the task of creating a paradise of primarily native plants took shape.
What has evolved is Holly Hill with oaks, salal hedges, and trails, the South 40 with a stone patio and views down the serpentine coast, the peony and Rose of Sharon island, the fenced field garden with wonderful summer produce, berries and flowers, the waterside islands with bearded irises, maples, and service berries, the hydrangea gardens, the kitchen spice boxes, the alder forest, the North 40 with trails, old maples, and a bridge, Eagle Point ( a favorite picnic spot to view Mt. Baker), and the Cedar Loop, to mention a few of the highlights. The North 40 is accessed by a bridge that we built over the seasonal stream. Getting to the bridge you pass the serene Cedar Loop with the remnants of old growth trees.
And now, one of the real highlights of this property . . . . 1265 feet of pristine waterfront (perhaps one of the largest pieces of waterfrontage available on Whidbey Island) accessed via an incredibly beautiful and magical trail through ferns, firs, cedars, huckleberries, salmonberries and more. We have attempted to keep all areas void of manmade additions and listened to nature. Along the path to the beach is a seasonal stream with breathtaking waterfalls. And finally the beach opens up and it is truly AWESOME!!! An ever-changing beach with unique finds brought in and out by the tides. Eagles, loons, and cranes call it their home and the whales consider it a restaurant stop for shrimp. The beach has not only beautiful rocks, shells and driftwood, but also fine sand patches. Low tides often bring a surprise spit of land 200-300 feet out in the passage where you can find starfish, clams and mussels. Those of us that are nimble can walk out to the spit, journey all the way to town, or wander up to Bells Beach.
Having only one contiguous neighbor and over 100 acres of trails across the road, that are owned in the Whidbey Land Trust, allows us to enjoy the Great Pacific Northwest right on our property and beyond. We enjoy hiking the trails, which connect with other trails throughout the island, setting up our archery range in the field, hitting off golf balls toward Holly Hill, playing croquet while looking out at the passage, throwing bocce balls on the lawn, biking the island, boating, fishing, crabbing, and kayaking. Where else can one be so fortunate and be surrounded by all the beauty of nature?
At times, however, there is nothing more enjoyable than listening to the rain on the skylights and snuggling up with a good book in front of the big, warm, stone fireplace or sitting outside in the Adirondack chairs, which are located in various spots on the over 1500 feet of decking, and taking in the peace and serenity of the madrones, firs, cedars and, of course, Saratoga Passage.
The house is a haven from the world, with privacy for us and our guests, wrap-around decks, large windows in every room, skylights, two and one half acres of green lawn sloping down to the waterside and the ever-changing views of the water and the mountains. Cap all this with truly unbelievable sunrises over the Cascades and the evening lights of Langley, Camano Island, and Everett and you have a precious one-of-a-kind property.
      It is, without a doubt, a touch of heaven on 9.2 acres with every imaginable feature, proximity to the quaint village of Langley, privacy, and access, when desired, to the urban draw of Seattle.


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