About Washington

Washington

Washington State offers rugged coastline, deserts, forests, mountains, volcanoes, and hundreds of coastal islands to explore. The Cascade Mountains divide the state, with the damp forested coastal areas to the west, and pine forests, deserts and irrigated farmland of the Columbia River Plateau to the east. It is the adjacent to Canada.

The 2010 United States Census recorded the State's population at 6,724,540. Approximately 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, industry along the Puget Sound.  Washington's climate varies greatly from west to east. An Oceanic climate (also called "west coast marine climate") predominates in western Washington, and a much drier climate prevails east of the Cascade Range.

The state's nickname "Evergreen" was proposed in 1890 by Charles T. Conover of Seattle. The name proved popular as the forests were full of evergreen trees and the abundance of rain keeps the shrubbery and grasses green throughout the year.

Washington State is an aquatic wonderland of coastal waters, tide pools, saltwater inlets, glacier-fed rivers, low country and alpine lakes, reservoirs, protected wetlands and estuaries teeming with fish, birds and all sorts of watchable wildlife. It is also home to thousands of waterfalls, including some as dramatic and spectacular as Palouse Falls and Snoqualmie Falls. Washington has over 1,000 dams, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.

Washington's Pacific coast offers a wealth of beaches; some you can drive on (Long Beach) and some are so wild you can't get a car within 20 miles of them (stretches of protected shoreline in Olympic National Park). Even most Washingtonians don't know that the state's 170 miles of Pacific coast is only a small fraction of its total saltwater coastline. When you take into account Washington's numerous bays and tidal inlets, the perimeters of its coastal islands, the San Juan Islands, and the islands of Puget Sound, and then add in the shorelines of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, Hood Canal and Puget Sound, Washington has an astounding 3,036 miles of saltwater coastline. If you stretched out the States' meandering coastline into one straight line, it would more than cover the distance from Seattle to Washington, D.C.

Washington is also home to many beautiful rivers, none more majestic than the mighty Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and the largest hydroelectric power-producing river in North America. Along the way, it flows through the Grand Coulee Dam, which is the largest single producer of hydroelectricity in the United States. The Columbia River Gorge is famous for its vast panoramas of spectacularly dramatic scenery. Its strong winds also make it a world-famous windsurfing destination.

Many of Washington's waters, mountains and forests are protected by the State's three National Parks, some 120 State parks, numerous wilderness areas, recreation areas and preserves. It's no surprise then that Washington is a haven for watchable wildlife: whales and other sea mammals, migratory and native birds, deer, bears, cougars, otters, foxes and much more.

 

 
$899,000
Packwood Estate

Randle, Lewis County, Washington


Ideally located for those outdoor enthusiasts, close to White Pass Ski Resort, and situated on the Cowlitz River is this 5-acre private Packwood estate with incredible amenities. This wonderful Northwest Contemporary on a immaculately landscaped 5 acres has 5 bedrooms (or 4 + Den/Office) with 4 bathrooms. This amazing home offers unsurpassed captivating mountain and river views and is just 3 miles from downtown Packwood. The Home This truly unique hideaway offers an expansive master suite with views of Johnson Creek and a 5-piece bath and walk-in closet, a huge recreation room, den/office, a gym, an indoor pool, Two 2-car garages, and a 2 bedroom, 2 bath caretakers cottage. It's custom built with intimate outdoor spaces and over 6000 sqft. It has a gourmet kitchen with custom birds-eye maple cabinets & granite countertops. The Grounds The grounds are beautifully landscaped and include an engineered berm that surrounds the property protecting it from flooding. Location Terrific location just minutes to downtown Packwood, this property is 20 miles from world class winter sports at White Pass Ski Resort. The area offers hiking, hunting, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and camping. Rarity The home is situated between Johnson & Hall creeks as they enter into the Cowlitz river. The location and lot size alone make this a rare property. The build quality and design put it on a level all its own. This property is truly unmatched in the current market place.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

5.37 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
6353 SQ FT
 
$3,675,000
Goodman Drive

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


One of a kind unique design newer construction home with impeccable finishing and detail. Main floor provides great room concept living with open and flowing floor plan. The kitchen overlooks a great room, dining and living area, in turn that all flow onto an outdoor deck through a wall of glass. The master bedroom and an a second Jr. Suite all are located on the main floor, both with access to outdoor living spaces. Discerning choices of tile and materials deliver the ultimate experience every day. The master provides soaring and beamed ceilings, custom built ins and tiled gas fireplace. The Jr. Suite provides a custom tiled en suite bath, and French doors to a deck and soothing water feature. Lower Level The lower level feels like a true get away home. Complete with stone flooring and open concept kitchen and second family room. The folding glass wall adds additional entertaining areas, perfect for year round use with over head heaters. Also in the lower level you will find two more bedrooms an even a flex media room that doubles as a "bunk" room. The lower level is perfect kayak storage, wine room and clean and tidy mechanical rooms. The storage room area opens to a convenient outdoor wash and shower area. The Dock The dock is a newer dock by Marine Floats, a leader in area dock construction. Deep water moorage allows for docking a large about 60-70' boat. The harbor gives you the benefit of deep water moorage and in just seconds you are out on the Puget Sound.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.86 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
5262 SQ FT
 
$1,395,000
Live At Eagle Mountain

Olympia, Thurston County, Washington


Perched atop Eagle Mountain with 180 degree views of Eld Inlet, majestic Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountain range you'll find 6700 sq ft of Mediterranean Style grandeur. Situated on over 7 private acres with 4 bedrooms, 4.25 baths, 4 fireplaces and incredible views from every room all within minutes of JBLM and I-5.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

6.43 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
6731 SQ FT
 
$2,985,000
9428 Kopachuck

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


Rare waterfront equestrian estate on 5+ acres with 316' low bank waterfront overlooking Raft Island. Incredible opportunity to own this Equestrian Waterfront Estate,4.75 acres on 316' of low bank waterfront. Home is 6000+ sq ft w/main level master, fireplace, jetted tub, walk-in closet & deck access. 2 story living area with wall of windows. Eat-in kitchen boasts high end appliances, walk-in pantry & french doors to deck. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths up & bonus room. Lower level has office, billiards room, wet bar with wine cooler, sauna & tons of storage. Private. Gated. Brand New deep water dock has 4 ft of water at -3 tide. Fenced pasture & 4 stall barn.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

4.76 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4.75 BATHROOMS
6023 SQ FT
 
$1,050,000
2720 Garfield

Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington


Incredible views, location and Old World Charm. Sweeping Sound views & location are key to this classic brick home w/oversized living areas, granite kit, stainless steel appliances & breakfast bar. Grand entry, hardwood floors, original trim work, bay windows & high ceilings add old world charm. Upper level Master w/ensuite & walk-in w/built-ins, 2 add'l bedrooms & 2nd full bath, huge viewing deck maximizes Sound views. Finished basement w/bonus room & fireplace, huge utility room & add'l storage. Private fenced yard. Enjoy Annie Wright District, Old Town & Ruston Waterfront lifestyle.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.32 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
3864 SQ FT
 
$2,488,000
Wollochet Bay

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


Unique Saltwater Home with Plenty of Room A terrific saltwater home that delivers a wonderful place for you to create some everlasting memories. A meandering treed drive leads to you an unmatched home with unsurpassed views along its shoreline. A newer and private dock accomodates about a 50' yacht. The pilings are about 150' out from the bulk head and allow for a low rise steel ramp to the floating dock. The floats of the dock itself are designed to never sit directly on the bottom. The approximate 115' of waterfront is in the protected waters of Wollochet Bay. This part of the bay is ideal since it is extremely wide, provides protected moorage, and provides water even in at some of the lowest tides of the year. The waterfront provides the home with incredible views. Sights of the most unique yachts coming and going from the club, the wildlife and changes of the weather all work together to make the waterfront your entertainment. This property is ideally located within minutes to Highway 16 and the historic waterfront of Gig Harbor. Also nearby you fill find easy access to all the ammenities for shopping and dining at Gig Harbor North and the Gig Harbor Uptown retail centers. Also in close proximity are the golf course of Canterwood and Chambers Bay along with the Narrows Airport for landing private aircraft

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.62 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
4562 SQ FT
 
$1,025,000
On Eagle Summit

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


Fox Island home with Mt Rainier and Sound views. Mt. Rainier & Sound views from this custom home on Fox Island. Spacious granite kitchen w/Cherry cabinets, 13' island, Viking appliances, open to family room with cozy fireplace. Covered outdoor living area with fireplace & views. 4+ bedrooms up, spacious master suite, oversized walk-in, jetted tub, rainhead shower & heated tile floors. Bonus/media room with tons of natural light. Partially finished basement with workout/flex room. Separate office/guest suite above shop. 3 car garage. Private setting. Location Fox Island is located in the Puget Sound that's easily accessible by bridge makes it perfect for year round living with an 'away from it all' feel. Year round community events create a tight knit community feel. Close in to Gig Harbor for shopping & entertainment, nearby golf & easy access to Tacoma and the I-5 corridor.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.84 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4.25 BATHROOMS
5720 SQ FT
 
$2,195,000
Eagle Fly Way

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


For the connoisseur of life, an ideal home is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Grand. Majestic. Unique. Regionally inspired and thoughtfully placed, with glorious sea and sky scapes over Dalco/The Narrows Passage to snow capped Mt. Rainier, this light and bright quintessential Northwest waterfront home boasts a warm, lofty & well designed open concept w/the emphasis on simplicity, warmth and casual elegance-executed w/great precision and impeccably maintained. Trail to great walking beach. Extraordinary opportunity for a rare blend of privacy and all the fun of Gig Harbor! Definitely Unique. Premier Location This signature property is ideally located in a quiet neighborhood at the edge of Gig Harbor proper overlooking Dalco/The Narrows Passage-North of the head of the spit just outside the approach to the harbor by water. The historic maritime village of Gig Harbor is a picturesque hub of activity along the shoreline of the harbor. Maintaining a small town atmosphere while enjoying an abundance of fine dining, boutiques galleries, noteworthy shops and lodging with more commercial amenities located just up the hill and inland a short distance. A free boat ramp less than 1 mile North provides launches directly into the Harbor. Gig Harbor boast excellent schools, a great library, first class air strip, parks and dog parks, golf and country club, and a well developed sense of community.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.72 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
4.25 BATHROOMS
4567 SQ FT
 
$1,195,000
Henderson Bay Living

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


Unique saltwater escape in Gig Harbor. Mediterranean style home with terraces, indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces on over 200 feet of prominent waterfront. Massive views of water, mountains and sunsets. Unique location--ultra quiet even w/a boat launch. 2nd kitchen in lower level--perfect for guest quarters. Main level open areas and an island kitchen overlooking the waterfront. Upstairs master suite w/ sitting area & even its own washer & dryer. Unique waterfront never goes out of style.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.45 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3.5 BATHROOMS
4060 SQ FT
 
$2,100,000
NEW OFFERING: New Luxury Watefront Home With Dock & Low Bank Frontage

Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington


Discover waterfront luxury wrapped in an ageless French Country style. Grand in character & sited on 100 feet of prime frontage, this inspired new home blends fine design, superb finishes & tranquil views throughout. Below high ceilings with reclaimed beams, a chef’s kitchen, open great room, main floor master, office & media room await. A large covered outdoor living room has built-ins & adds year-round enjoyment. The home includes a new shared dock (pending final approval). Dock your dreams here -- this is the Home Port of Extraordinary!

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain

0.70 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.75 BATHROOMS
4148 SQ FT

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