About 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.



Ocean Park, Pacific County, Washington

This stylish, contemporary home features clean lines & warm wood. Expansive westward windows showcasing beautiful views from the kitchen, living and dining areas. Custom kitchen with walk-in pantry, office nook, 5 burner Jenn-air range & south facing gardening area. Master suite features walk in closet, LP fireplace, jetted tub, dual vanity and walk in shower. Huge media room with built in entertainment center. The partially finished basement features a separate insulated,heated storage area. The attached garage also features a separate shop with a 3/4 bath.

Joni Pitts, Anchor Realty

1.25 ACRES
2872 SQ FT

Lynnwood, Snohomish County, Washington

{EXTRAORDINARY AND INCOMPARABLY IMPRESSIVE} Describes this spectacular Waterfront Estate on the Tranquil banks of Martha Lake, just minutes from Seattle, the Eastside/Kirkand/Bellevue & North Snohomish County. Lodge inspired w/open beam ceilings, floor to ceiling windows and great room design off the gourmet kitchen. Extended Living intention design w/ living quarters on every level. 7 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 3 kitchens and 2 laundry rooms w/ every room on the lower level a en suite. M-I-L apartment.

Natalee Thurston, Windermere Real Estate / Js

0.46 ACRES
5155 SQ FT
Spectacular Views from this Custom Waterfront Home

Port Ludlow, Jefferson County, Washington

Amazing Puget Sound views offer a spectacular backdrop for this custom waterfront home set on a private large lot. Enjoy many entertainment options with both formal & informal spaces. Master suite offers an adjoining office, balcony spaces and is separate from guest bedrooms. The 3-bay garage, large enough to for 6 cars, features a service pit with room for a workbench + storage. Lower level is engineered for a swim spa, plumbed and wired for hot tub plus great spaces for hobbies, and more.

Karen Best, Coldwell Banker Best Homes

3.73 ACRES
5208 SQ FT
Amazing Views from this Quality Custom Northwest Home

Port Ludlow, Jefferson County, Washington

Classic, quality custom Northwest home with unobstructed water views of Admiralty Inlet across to Whidbey Island to Mount Baker overlooking three holes of the Port Ludlow Golf Course. Enjoy views from each room with floor to ceiling windows, a custom kitchen and adjoining sun room, a view guest suite and two offices - one that can be an additional bedroom. A luxurious Master Suite with his and her bathrooms. Included is a 2nd lot with the feel of a mini Butchart Garden, all with no grass to mow!

Karen Best, Coldwell Banker Best Homes

0.88 ACRES
3668 SQ FT
Amazing Property with Multiple Lakes and Borders Cowlitz River

Toledo, Lewis County, Washington

This amazing Residential, Recreational property is priced with 9 tax lots. Acreage offers a rare opportunity for the outdoor enthusiast with future plans for personal or investment goals. Numerous lakes sit on the entire acreage. Possibility of numerous home sites developed or recreational sites, with the right type of planning. Cowlitz River borders the group of tax lots. Sellers will entertain all or partial purchases.

Tom And Cathy Rowe, Equity Nw Properties

119.60 ACRES
Mineral Resource Land

Toledo, Lewis County, Washington

Property zoned Mineral Resource Land in Lewis County. Two tax lots combined to make 70+ acres is prime for state grade sand and able to produce financial opportunity for the right buyer. Seller has tested and documented initial findings. This property, with the right plan, could utilize the resources, and with a reclamation plan in place, rezone property after extracting minerals.

Tom And Cathy Rowe, Equity Nw Properties

76.00 ACRES
Center Island Waterfront Home

Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington

Center Island west-facing waterfront home with 1824+/- sf, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room with vaulted ceiling, master bedroom loft, beautiful stained wood interior walls & ceiling, decks on both levels, a newer metal roof, utilities (power, telephone & water) and has been very well maintained, on 0.52+/- acres with 120'+/- shoreline including some rocky beach to explore. Center Island has a clubhouse, marina, gravel airstrip, boat launch, boat storage, and beachfront. MLS #1168859

Sam Buck, Coldwell Banker/san Juan Islands, Inc.

0.50 ACRES
1824 SQ FT
Waterfront Home with Private Dock

Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington

Cobblestones, recovered warehouse beams, and extensive masonry are the hallmarks of this beautifully appointed 3900+/- sf, 3 bed/3 bath, south-facing waterfront home with a private and protected deep water dock including a 65'+/- float. This is a high-end home in walk-in condition with a wonderful patio about 15’ above the water just perfect for admiring your vessel. Located in the Roche Harbor area just one lot in from the eastern tip of Davison Head.

Sam Buck, Coldwell Banker/san Juan Islands, Inc.

0.30 ACRES
3900 SQ FT
Harstine Island Waterfront & Acreage

Shelton, Mason County, Washington

Enjoy the ultimate waterfront lifestyle. Situated on 2.5 acres, your gated retreat features easy steps to 100' of low-medium bank waterfront with clams and oyster, even a kayak ramp. The home has been perfectly renovated to ensure your beach life is carefree. You'll love the new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, soft close cabinetry and CoreTec wide panel flooring that runs through to the open concept dining and great room. The lower level, with full bath and utility room, is the ideal family or bunk room. Or perhaps you'd prefer to turn it into a huge master suite?

Bonnie Daybell, Windermere Real Estate Gig Harbor

2.50 ACRES
2300 SQ FT
Modern Luxury on Lake Washington

Kirkland, King County, Washington

Opulent new construction with sweeping Lake Washington views that take you in from every vantage point in the home. Built for luxurious living, entertaining and beauty. High-end stone and wood finishes throughout echo the natural surroundings. This masterpiece is situated on the shores of Lake Washington with 75 feet of waterfront and full sunset views. Enter into a vaulted entry way and your eyes are immediately drawn to the views ahead. Straight ahead is the open living space with more than 20 feet of La Cantina windows, a warm living room with granite slab built-ins and a cozy fireplace. The kitchen has state of the art Miele appliances, granite slab counters, a larger island and a walk-in pantry. The dining area and outdoor entertaining area provide ample space for large dinner parties at sunset. The main floor also includes a bedroom and bath and the master bedroom. The master has vaulted ceilings, a see-through gas fireplace and deck access. The master bathroom is lined with resplendent marble tile and includes a standalone soaking tub, walk-in shower, double vanity and fireplace. There are radiant heated floors and the wlak-in closet features lighted shelving and built-ins. The lower floor is where the party happens! A climate controlled and insulated wine cellar for your wine collection is located across from the in-home theatre. Entertain at the wet bar, watch a movie and then movie your party into the great room or lower deck. The lower floor also has three bedrooms, one of which is a bedroom ensuite. The upper floor is a guest suite with a lofted bonus room, stylish barn doors and a full bath. Exit the lower floor to enjoy the great outdoors! This home features a large, flat lawn, a rare feature for Lake Washington. The home includes a private dock with deep water moorage and a boat lift! Imagine the fun of living on the water with a variety of entertaining options!

Eric Reese, Coldwell Banker Bain

0.56 ACRES
5320 SQ FT

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