MLS #954481

The drive through peaceful mature forest opens dramatically to a gracious and grand lodge-style home. A dazzling setting, gazing over beach & lagoon, the sea & ships, to the majestic Olympics beyond. An elegant home with welcoming kitchen, relaxing conservatory & tasteful master suite. This estate promises an amazing adventure for those who wish for the privacy, quiet, space and spectacular stage to realize their dreams. Also nestled in the landscape: a studio, guesthouse & garage with office.

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Key Home & Property Features
246+/- Feet of Waterfront
21.44+/- Acres on two Tax Parcels
Gorgeous, Ever-Changing Views of Admiralty Inlet & the Olympic Mountains
Lovely Path to Beach through Tree Tunnel
Driftwood-Filled Lagoon
Fantastic Salmon Fishing
Property-Wide Security System with Fire Sensors & Battery Back-up
Garage with Car Lift, Rec Area, Equipment Storage & Private Office
Private 1-Bedroom Cottage
Studio with Cozy Wood Stove
Walled Garden with Fruit Trees & Raised Garden Beds for Flowers & Vegetables
Lush Landscaping & Level Lawns
Meditation Pond & Stone Paths
Gated Entry & Paved Drive
Close to South Whidbey State Park
Main Home
5,336 Square Feet
3 Bedrooms and 3.75 Baths
Expansive Patio with Seating Wall
Custom Mill Work & Hardwood Floors
Antique Stained Glass Windows from San Diego
Hand-Stenciled Artwork
Recently Updated Video & Sound System
Built-in 10K Generator
Living Room:
Wood-Burning Stone Fireplace with a Heatilator, Propane Starter & Built-in Wood Storage
Beamed Ceiling
Built-in Media Storage
French Doors to Patio
Kitchen:
Custom Koa Cabinets
Built-in Breakfast Nook
Enormous Island with Seating & Veggie Sink
Dacor Double Ovens – 1 Convection, 1 Regular
Dacor 4-Burner Stove Top with Griddle
New Sub-Zero Refrigerator/Freezer
Spacious Desk Area
Hot Water Tap in Main Sink
Dining Room:
Open to Kitchen & Living Room
French Doors to Patio
Master Suite:
Entire Second Floor of Home
Stunning Water & Mountain Views
Sitting Room / Office
2 Walk-in Closets with Built-ins and Laundry Chutes
En Suite Bath
Private Shower Room
Water Closet
Decadent Soaking Tub with Jets & View
2 Guest Bedrooms:
Private En Suite Baths
Spacious with Sweet Garden Views
Library:
Wood-Burning Fireplace with Unhoned Marble Surround & Propane Starter
Built-in Shelves Encompass Room
3 Window Seats
Conservatory:
Skylights & Walls of Windows
Beautiful Water & Garden Views
French Doors to Lawns & Gardens
Detached Garage
Car Lift
Covered Porch & Finished Concrete Floors
Rec Area Perfect for Pool Table
Private Wood-Paneled Office with ½ Bath
Tool Storage & Equipment Room
Built-in Shelves, Storage, & Work Bench
1-Bedroom Guest Cottage
Wood-Burning Stove
Full Kitchen & Laundry Hook-ups
Large Bedroom & ¾ Bath
Private Deck & Stained Glass
Studio
Built-in Corner Desk
Wood Stove & 1/2 Bath
Charming Surrounding Landscape

Where Land Meets the Sea
As Told by the Seller

In 1992, we began a search of Puget Sound, seeking a place to settle. We looked at communities and properties from Olympia to Bellingham. When we came to Whidbey Island, we knew we had found our place – a lively and welcoming community that balanced the opportunities for many activities with the availability of space, peace and quiet, and stunning natural beauty. And when we first came to this land, and walked down the dirt lane from the road to the edge of the woods overlooking the lagoon, the Sound and the Olympics beyond, we knew we had found the land where we would build our future.

Our initial sense of discovery proved correct – the land we were then able to purchase was in fact a treasure, special in so many ways that we did not realize when we first counted its ‘pluses’: to be out on the point, with a gentle, graded road down to our own beach. Near-level land, a stable hill rather than a sheer bluff, protected by a beautiful lagoon.

History

We learned that this property has a long history. At one time it served as a transit point for Chinese immigrants heading for Seattle, but wanting to avoid the immigration station at Pt. Townsend. They were brought ashore here on the point and up a trail that would lead them across the Island, to then reach the mainland by another boat. The point was named ‘China Spit’ by the locals, and where the trail tops our hill, this well-worn path is still plainly visible just below our living room. (See pg 259, South Whidbey and Its People, Volume II, by Lorna Cherry.)

The land was logged by a company called Pope & Talbot in the late 1920s or early ’30s, and sold to UW professor Bayard Wheeler about a decade later. He sold it to Don Thomas, who sold it to us, but we were introduced to Mr. Wheeler, then in his 90s, and he came back our new home to reminisce and share stories of his days here. He had found an immense pile of clam shells at the top of the China Spit trail, and surmised the immigrants were being fed at this point. Bayard had graded the road to the beach in the 1940s. He gave us some great mementos, including a tracing of a salmon caught here in 1943: 45 pounds! The Wheelers had built a cabin here, which is now behind the gated vegetable and flower garden.

We set about to design our new home. We agreed we wanted a park-like feeling, a peaceful feeling of trees and open lawns, and that we were not willing to do maintenance on 20+ cultivated acres. Nor did we want to deal with an irrigation system. Having been to Bloedel Reserve, and impressed by Stanley Park, we set out to open up small sections for lawn, add more native shrubs and trees, and inter-plant with non-natives, to find those that would thrive on the land with no supplemental water, and little-to-no attention.

The first site plan was done on a napkin. The curving drive we laid out followed the old logging road, which revealed itself because very little sprouted where the soil had been compacted by the heavy equipment. In the summer of 1993 the well was drilled, and the initial construction was a well house, followed by the reflecting pond at the circle’s center. The first drawing we did of our future home is still pinned on the bulletin board in our kitchen.

We were determined to build a home that was sensitive to the site, and blended quietly with the land. So we turned to the Craftsman style, a Pacific Northwest tradition, with its low-slung, sheltering roofs and sense of strength. And then we applied materials and colors that were married to the land – cedar, fir and stone, and took our palette from the trunks and canopies of the trees.

With a wonderful crew led by builder/designer Bob Arndt, we began construction of the buildings in October of ’93. We enjoyed a great collaboration, and we moved in July of ‘94. We knew we had found a special place, but it turned out to be so much more than we had dreamed.

Gatherings

There have been so many happy times with friends and family here. For some years we hosted a large Christmas Party, for more than 100 guests, complete with a visit from Santa. Thanksgiving is a favorite time, always room for a couple more, a tradition of great friends, happy kitchen chaos and amazing cuisine. We have hosted garden parties, fundraisers, so many house guests, garden tours, and this last summer a wedding party for a young relative. The house, patio and grounds have worked wonderfully for a big crowd or an intimate dinner party, in all seasons.

Life on the Point

Living here, we have discovered that special moments occur daily, and there is always something going on. A whale breaching off the point, quail swarming across the patio, the patient heron that stands in the shallows for what seems like hours. A river otter taking her babies for a swim in the lagoon. And the songs of the eagles.

The sweep of weather down Admiralty Inlet, gorgeous light, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, changing seasons. Tracking the swing of the sun as it sets beyond the mountains, through equinox and solstice. The beauty of the occasional blanket of snow. Fog caught in the treetops beyond the lawn.

And the Sound, ever-changing and engaging. Virtually all ship traffic in and out of Puget Sound passes by our windows. Freighters, tugs and barges, submarines and aircraft carriers, cruise ships to sailboats, yachts to kayaks. In the summer there are sailboat races, the boats tacking off the point, colorful spinnakers raised.

Many summer fishing parties over the years, casting for and catching salmon from our beach. Uncounted walks along the shore, searching for treasures.

It is a magical place. There is something here that our visitors always comment on, a feeling when they turn in the drive and exhale. A private, unique world.

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