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605 1st Street
Langley, WA
MLS #1105636

A rare find in Langley village, this classic home includes two guest/rental cottages, stunning gardens and a panoramic water view from the Tower Room & Widows Walk. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the peaceful Japanese-style pond. With 2 separate tax parcels, this multi-residence property can easily serve as your primary home or island retreat. The main house offers 4 Br & 3-1/4 Ba; the guest cottage a living area, kitchen, bed/bath & office, and second residence/cottage (615 1st St) a kitchen, living room, 2 Bedrooms and 1 Bath with deck.

Key Home & Property Features

Whole Property
.367 +/- Acres
Main Residence + 2 Guest/Rental Cottages
Downtown Langley Location
Saratoga Passage Views
Stunning Flower & Vegetable Gardens
Light-Filled & Airy
Main Home

2396+/- Square Feet
Unique Widows Walk
Many Large, Original Windows
Gorgeous Architectural Skylights
Recessed Lighting & Sconces
Entry with Built-in Bench & Tile Floors
Living Room
French Doors to Balcony & Water View Beyond
Oak Floors
Under-Stairs Media Area & Storage
Dining Room
Gorgeous Chandelier
Original Batten Wood Walls
Original Fir Floors
Cabinet with Special Hidden Silver Drawer
Built-in Dining Nook with Under-Bench Storage
Tile & Butcher Block Counters
AEG Double Ovens
5-Burner Propane Dacor Cooktop
Miele Dishwasher
2 Under-Counter Refrigerated Drawers
Bloomberg Refrigerator/Freezer
Custom Glass-Fronted Cabinets & Specialized Drawers
Island with Power & Storage
Underfloor Heat
Double Sink with Water Filter
Mud Room/Pantry
Bosch Stackable Washer/Dryer
Custom Fir Cabinets with Wine Rack
Recycling & Laundry Bins
Door to Outside & Door to Greenhouse
Study with Built-in Desk & Shelves
Wood-Burning, Airtight Yodel Fireplace with Brick Hearth
Built-in, Wrap-Around Seating
French Doors to Outside Deck & Yard
Guest Bedroom #1
French Doors to Balcony
Custom Lofted Bed with Bookshelves
En Suite Bathroom with Shower
Guest Bedroom #2
Built-in Shelves
Guest Bathroom
Handmade Tiles
Soaking Tub with Shower
Built-in Seating & Storage
Master Suite
Hand-Plastered Walls
Built-in Bed with Book Nooks
Walk-in Closet with Built-in Drawers & Shelves
Attic Pull-Down to Rooftop Widows Walk
En Suite Bath with Shower & Underfloor Heat
Office with View to Garden
Extra Dry Storage under Eaves
Meditation Room
270-Degree Views & Lovely Woodwork
Underfloor Heat
Lower Level
Separate French Door Entry
Sitting Room/Guest Overflow
Spacious Bedroom & Bathroom with Shower
Private & Quiet
Gorgeous Lawn, Raised Beds, & In-Ground Beds
Greenhouse / Sunroom with Drain & Built-in Shelves
Irrigation System
Tigerwood Deck with Storage
Brick Courtyard
Charming Pond with Fish & Recirculating Pump
Tool Shed & Covered Storage Spaces
Wood Storage & Compost Bins
Studio/1-Bedroom Guest Cottage
Covered Porch & Private Back Patio
Original Fir Floors
Living Area with Built-in Shelves
Kitchen with Cute Tile Backsplash
Office with Skylight
Bedroom with Walk-in Closet
Full Bath
2-Bedroom Guest House/Rental
Generous Deck with Views
Living Room with French Doors to Deck
Full Kitchen
2 Bedrooms with a Full Bathroom
Utility Closet with Washer & Dryer

Thoughts and Memories of our Private Little Paradise

As Written by the Sellers

From a simple one-story house built about a hundred years ago when Langley was in its beginning years, a house on a single largely barren lot, through its organic growth over our thirty-five years, it was transformed into a wonderfully comfortable, welcoming two-and-a-half-story home. A home for our growing family, for teeming Christmas parties, for summer dancing parties, a band on the deck, dancers on the basketball court, a marquee on the lawn.

A welcoming home for many friends from all over the world. To have the studio and cottage as a part of our compound, now on two lots, has been a godsend. Tenants, extended family, friends, helpers  right here with us

During those bountiful years, around us grew the miraculous private paradise it has become. Scrubby grass and sparse trees made way for the beautiful established garden it now is. Private patios, decks, walkways, a pair of small Japanese-style ponds tinkling in the background by the sun deck. The dozens of trees and shrubs we planted. Pear and apple trees—delicious old-world varieties, hard to buy—the English walnut, planted in honor of our youngest son’s birth.  The sweetest greengage, the weeping birch and beech, the styrax tree from the Middle East, the two magnificently flowering pink and white dogwoods, the small empress tree, the remarkable corkscrew hazelnut at the entrance. The exuberant much admired English flower gardens. The berry fruits—raspberries, blueberries, strawberries. The containers for vegetable gardening.

All surrounded by the panorama of Mount Baker, the Cascades, the sea, cattle grazing, forests, our Langley community—a panorama from our Tower Room and our Widows Walk.

And this very quiet little paradise is just up the street from delightful Langley. Its wine bar, its restaurants, its friendly grocery store, its theater. The whale bell overlooking Saratoga Passage—you gong it when you sight a gray whale cruising by. The parades, the fairs, the hilarious Soupbox Derby every September. All there, a short walk from our home.


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
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
Wood-Burning Fireplace with Unhoned Marble Surround & Propane Starter
Built-in Shelves Encompass Room
3 Window Seats
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
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.


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.


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.