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201 Sandpiper Road
Freeland, WA
MLS #1137654

A waterfront home is a great luxury for so many reasons. The seaside breeze that fills the air with hints of salt and seaweed, the sound of waves gently brushing against the shoreline and the occasional seagulls caw that awakens you on summer morning.  This two bedroom 2 bath home offers a magnificent view with a wall of windows to the Sound and a soft sunny interior to relax and take it in. Designed with a thought toward simple pleasures at home, and plenty of room to make memories.

Key Home & Property Features
WHOLE PROPERTY
74+/- Feet of Waterfront
.413+/- Acres
Stunning Water & Mountain Views
Freeland & Greenbank Restaurants, Parks, Shops, & Services a Short Drive Away
HOME
1,939+/- Square Feet
3 Bedrooms and 2.5 Baths
Deck Perfect for Relaxing or Entertaining
Walls of Windows
Open Concept Great Room
Recessed Lighting
Slate-Tiled Entry
Living Room
Oversized Windows Bring in the View
Propane Fireplace with Stone Hearth
Doors to Deck for Indoor-Outdoor Living
Kitchen
Custom Glass-Fronted Cabinets
Island with Veggie Sink and Wine Storage
Eating Bar & Built-in Desk
Glass-Fronted Cabinets
Stainless Amana Appliances
Access to Utility Room and Garage
Dining Room
Open to Kitchen & Living Room
Fronted by Windows & Stunning Views
Doors to Deck
Sweet Chandelier
Master Bedroom
Vaulted Ceilings & Huge Windows
French Doors to Private Balcony
Propane Fireplace between Bedroom & Bath
En Suite Bath
2 Sinks & Lovely Tile
Deep Soaking Tub
Fully Tiled Walk-in Shower
Separate Toilet Room
2 Guest Bedrooms
One with Water Views
One can accommodate Multiple Beds
Full Guest Bath + Half Bath
Utility Room
GROUNDS
Deck
Short Path to Beach
Flat Lawn
Partially Fenced
1-Car/Boat Garage
Gorgeous Views
Private Community Beach

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951 Port Susan Terrace Road
Camano Island, WA
MLS #1104201

For sale for the 2nd time in 100 years. No ferry and 90 minutes from Seattle. There are about 8 acres and 250 feet of waterfront with nine buildings. The main house and guest house were built in the 80’s and with the lighthouse sleep 20. The main kitchen is gourmet. The barn is post and beam without a nail in it and currently houses a wood shop. The tennis court is shared by five families. It is lush with flowers, vegetables and fruit trees. It has seen weddings for 200 and dinners for 50.

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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
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
Kitchen:
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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5073 Bercot Road
Freeland, WA
MLS #969483

This graciously remodeled home brings style and character to a lovely waterfront location overlooking quiet Holmes Harbor. With 250+/- feet of waterfront, paved path leading down to the flat, bulkhead lawn, 150’ pier and deep water dock, this property is the epitome of the relaxed heritage and lifestyle of Whidbey Island. Add 5 bedrooms and 4 baths, including an adorable detached bunk room, 5000+/-  square foot barn, potting shed, and new 2-car garage with office, this home represents memories waiting to be made.

Key Home & Property Features
246+/- Feet of Waterfront
7.4+/- Acres
Deep Water Dock with Floating Moorage Pad (Jet Dock)
Path to Dock Cut into Hillside
5,000+/- square foot Barn/Workshop
Detached Bunkroom
2-Car Detached Garage with Office
Comprehensive Irrigation Systems
New, High-Tech Emitter Septic System
3 Rinnai On-Demand Hot Water Systems
Fenced Orchard with Fruit Trees
Lush Landscaping includes Mature Trees, Bushes, and Shrubs
Mature Holly Trees
Secluded, Private Home Site with Room for Expansion
Gorgeous Water Views
Dig for Mussels & Go Crabbing
Main Home
3,173+/- Square Feet
Plans Available to Expand Footprint to Approximately 4,000 Square Feet
Great Room with 2-Story Ceilings
Wall of Windows brings in the View
Recessed Lighting & Ceiling Fans
Living Room:
Wood-Burning Fireplace with Raised Brick Hearth & Built-ins
French Doors to Deck & 2 Chandeliers
Kitchen:
Brick Floors & Generous Counter Space
Maytag Propane Stove & Oven
Dacor Electric Wall Oven
Dining:
Open to Kitchen & Living Room
Formal Dining Area + Informal Bar in Kitchen
French Doors to Wrap-Around Deck
Master Suite:
Added in 2013
Hickory Floors, Skylights, and Vaulted Ceilings
Propane Fireplace
French Doors to Private, Covered Deck
Master Bath:
Corsite Counters with 2 Sinks
Travertine Floors
Water Closet
Walk-in Shower & Separate Step-in Tub
Perfect Walk-in Closet with Island and Built-ins
Sitting Area:
Propane Fireplace & Built-in Shelves
Door to Private Deck
Office:
Built-in Desk & Shelves
Door to Back Patio & Garden
Guest Suite:
En Suite Bath with Step-in Shower
Door to Back Patio & Garden
Built-ins
Half Guest Bath
Deck:
Wraps Around Home in L-Shape
Partially Covered
Expansive for Easy Entertaining
Fenced Yard off of Deck Keeps Pets Close
Upper Floor
Guest Bedroom #2:
View of Patio & Gardens
Guest Bedroom #3:
Private Balcony with Dutch Door
Guest Bath #2:
Step-in Shower with Bench
Deep-Water Dock
150+/- Foot Pier & 70+/- Foot Ramp
Deep Water under Keel at Low Tide
Floating Moorage Pad / Jet Dock
Dock House for Small Gear Storage
Built-in Seating & Electricity
Flat Lawn with Fire Pit
Bulkhead with Beach Access
Barn/Workshop
5,000+/- Square Feet
Upgraded in 2013
3 Extra-Tall Bay Doors
Attached Office
Insulated with a Refrigerated Room
Loft Space & Half Bath
Gravel Parking Area
Red Cottage
Surrounded by Gardens, Trees, & Lawn
Private Bunkroom for Guest Overflow
Utility Room with Deep Double Sink
Plans Available for 1,000 square foot Remodel
Garage
2 Bays with Automatic Door Openers
Finished Concrete Floors & Built-in Shelves
Office with Hardwood Floors & Built-ins
Grounds
Boat Shed, Wood Shed, and Potting Shed
Chicken Coop / Dog Run
Fully Fenced
Patio with Stone Walls, & Terraced Garden
Expansive Lawn with Gentle Slope
Fenced Orchard
Vegetable Garden within Orchard
Fruit, Madrone, & Evergreen Trees
Acreage dotted with Holly Trees
Lovely Flower Plantings
Mature Shrubs & Bushes
Beach with Abundant Mussels

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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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