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.

 

 
$489,000
Architecturally designed, custom home w / sweeping views of the bay and mountains!

Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Washington


Unique, 3 level, architecturally designed, custom home w/sweeping views of Grays Harbor, Olympic Mountains to Mt Rainier! Main floor entrance opens into the LR w/2 story vaulted ceiling & high windows to bring in the natural light, the bay facing dining room is to the right. Kitchen has upgraded appliances, granite counter tops & custom cabinets. Top floor features the master, full bath and landing that leads to the "Eagle's Nest office" w/amazing views! Ground level has 1 bdrm, bonus space, 3/4 bath, kitchenette & laundry. Rent monthly as a separate apartment or in-law suite w/private entrance. Wrap around deck, fenced back yard & newer 812 sq. ft. garage/shop w/ 9' bays, wired for 220. Walk to the Community Club, Damon Point, marina, fresh water canal that connects to 23 miles of fresh water canal and lakes, wildlife refuge and & walk on access to "secret Beach" and Protection Island!

Marjorie Whitney-Bean , Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores

0.19 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
2.75 BATHROOMS
1692 SQ FT
 
$1,125,000
Exceptional ocean view home overlooking Boundary Bay and Vancouver BC

Point Roberts, Whatcom County, Washington


Spectacular ocean view home overlooking Boundary Bay and beyond to the city of Vancouver and mountains. Exceptional floor plan and high end finishing including oak plank floors and deluxe bathrooms. Quiet dead-end road in Boundary View Estates with underground servicing and exceptional homes. High vaulted ceilings in the great room and expansive windows throughout. Tank-less hot water hearter, heat pump, plus air conditioning. A perfectly laid out Chef's styled kitchen with large island makes for fabulous entertaining. All of the main rooms including great room, master bedroom, office, kitchen, dining area and all lower level rooms have ocean views. A large workshop/flex space with exterior access, plus lots of extra storage. The home is also a short stroll to Maple Beach for exploring and boating.

Wayne Lyle , Remax Whatcom County

0.52 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3910 SQ FT
 
$1,395,000
Spectacular view home

Point Roberts, Whatcom County, Washington


Behind a discrete, tasteful exterior is a dramatic home with 6 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths. This spectacular home has magnificent views of Boundary Bay, BC shoreline & mountains from expansive windows and decks. $500K+ spent on renovations. Vaulted ceilings, 7 skylights, a designer Chef's dine-in kitchen with granite counters, upscale appliances and separate pantry, large dining room, two family rooms, three fire places and generator. On the lower floor, a fully-equipped gym offers a bonus 500 square foot (equipment and sauna included). Expansive decks and patios provide fabulous outdoor living and even a Bocce Court lit for night play! The lower level is perfect for home office/schooling or large guest suite. This home is irreplaceable at this price!

Wayne Lyle , Remax Whatcom County

0.57 ACRES
6 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
5828 SQ FT
 
$2,500,000
FANTASTIC VIEWS ~ Exquisite Luxury Home on 2 - Acres with Pool & Guest House

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington


Iron gates open to a magical setting where breathtaking views pair superbly with an intimate, estate-type feel. Beyond an entry courtyard with a pool & casita guesthouse, beveled glass doors open to 24’ ceilings & wide views framed in several levels of windows. Custom built, stylishly presented & sited along the Tacoma Narrows, this waterfront gem showcases views from the Sound to the Cascades. Comfort abounds in both formal & informal rooms. The main level hosts the living & dining rooms, a chef’s kitchen, office & the primary bedroom suite. The upper level has 3 bedrooms, full bath, extra room & storage. The decks, patio & landscaped yard add space to escape & enjoy views of passing boats & sea life. Come home & savor an intimate view of life.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain of Gig Harbor

0.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$995,000
Fox Island WA View Home on 1.27 Acre, 2nd Living Area, Sound & Olympic Views

Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington


Serene views, dramatic sunsets & beach access wait for you in this 1.27-acre Fox Island oasis. Views of the Sound & Olympics add a soft touch throughout this unique, versatile home. Beneath dramatic cathedral ceilings, the upper floor offers an open kitchen, family room, large living spaces & expansive master suite. The ground floor has a 2nd kitchen, bedroom & bath, adding options for multi-generation or shared living needs. Savor Nature’s splendor on decks & balconies that overlook a yard adorned with an array of mature plants. The garage & a huge work room add space for work or hobbies. A location with a far-away feel that is close to the Fox Island post office, store & bridge.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain of Gig Harbor

1.27 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3948 SQ FT
 
$925,000
Sweeping Willapa Bay View and 10 acres

South Bend, Pacific County, Washington


Welcome to the city of South Bend! The gateway to Willapa Bay. Location, location, location. First time on the market for this custom built home in a setting you won't want to miss with a gorgeous view of Willapa Bay. 3 levels of comfort and includes 2 tax parcels totaling 10 acres. Relax and enjoy the best sunsets from the deck overlooking the water. Plenty of room on the main floor for entertaining plus an office/den that could be used as 4th bedroom. Loft area is master bedroom and bath with walk in closet. The finished basement has 2 bedrooms, a 3/4 bath and an infrared sauna that stays! All appliances are also included. Heat pump and central vacuum system. There is a detached 24x36 garage with 2 yr old metal roof. Large pump house offers lots of storage. Greenhouse stays. Fishing, razor clam digging and hunting are renowned throughout this incredible area and the oysters from Willapa Bay are world famous. One of the most pristine estuaries in the nation, Willapa Bay offers you an incredible opportunity to view nature at its best. From bald eagles to hawks and egrets, coyotes to deer and majestic Roosevelt elk, hemlock trees to alder, pine or fir, South Bend is your doorstep to adventure.

Sally Elsdon , Professional Realty Services International, Inc.

10.00 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.75 BATHROOMS
3090 SQ FT
 
$1,250,000
Stunning Puget Sound Water - Front Retreat

Olympia, Thurston County, Washington


Relaxed water-front living is paired with glorious views on this gorgeous 1+ acre retreat on Boston Harbor’s Henderson Inlet. Here is where you’re greeted with spectacular sunrises & Mount Rainier views, and where casual elegance meets discerning features such as radiant floor heat, Chef’s kitchen, luxurious master bath, skylights, vaulted ceilings, French doors, etc. The lower level could be used as autonomous living quarters for guests or family. This boating, kayaking & bird-watching paradise near Woodard Bay Conservation Area features 100' of private beach-front, bulkhead, tidelands & dock, as well as a fruit orchard, pavilion, 3 decks & patio, fenced yard, and more. Top it all off with a 3-car garage and huge shop for boats, cars, toys or RV.

Sandy Nelson , Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.

1.02 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
3225 SQ FT
 
$850,000
Steilacoom View Home

Steilacoom, Pierce County, Washington


This hidden gem in the Historical City of Steilacoom has been meticulously maintained and loved it's whole life by one owner! Room for everyone w/4 generous sized bedrooms, 3 full baths, dining room and eating space off the kitchen also have a view perfect for entertaining. The amazing views of the Puget Sound are breath taking, have been published and are protected with a height restriction within the development. The grounds have a tranquil park like setting and the area is super peaceful. Complete w/large two car garage with lots of storage. Walking distance to schools, shopping, restaurants, parks, freeways, JBLM and Dupont. This home is a real must see.

Brandie Hassing , Morrison House Sotheby's Intl Realty

0.26 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
2.75 BATHROOMS
3072 SQ FT
 
$199,000
Bay front with incredible views of the Olympic Mountain Range & Mt Rainier!

Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Washington


Absolutely stunning, unobstructed, panoramic views of the bay, Mt. Rainier & Olympics from this true bay front property. This is the last buildable waterfront lot in this small, secluded neighborhood of finer homes. There is truly no other property like this on the market today. Imagine years of watching spectacular sunrises with morning coffee. Build your perfect beach home or camp up to 90 days per year. Close to the Community Club, Damon Point and all the amenities at the Village at Oyhut Bay! In the Community Club, Road LID is paid. Take a drive to the beach, stand on the lot and see for yourself! All utilities are at the street.

Marjorie Whitney-Bean , Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores

0.00 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
- SQ FT
 
$2,850,000
Honeymoon Bay Living

Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington


Unparalleled Location | Sophisticated Style About the Home The ultimate experience in a coastal rustic design for views and function. This completely updated home with attention to detail throughout is situated right on Honeymoon Bay. This rare 291' of waterfront with tideland rights delivers that fresh honeymoon escape daily. Main Level The functionality and design intertwine with an open flow living room, kitchen, formal dining with outdoor living spaces. The Entertainers' dream kitchen is complete with a baker’s leathered bluestone top island and butler’s pantry. The heart of the home is the unique one-of-a-kind kitchen, a combination of both contemporary and traditional features, even a traditional farm-style sink. A contemporary style blue range gives homage to the blue of the home. There are 4-oven units, range with warming drawer, wall oven, and convection microwave. The stove hood is industrial strength, meaning meal preparation and entertaining will never be easier. Convenience features like the pot filler match the butler's pantry sink faucet, The butler’s pantry even includes a wine fridge. The hand-fabricated floating shelves, two in the kitchen and one in the butler’s pantry were customized and made locally. They chose to give the blend of natural earth tones. The open flow living gives room to roam. A terrific space to relax is on the Trex deck attached to the main floor living room. The main floor library doors have triple-paned glass, made of mahogany sourced from a commercial building in Philadelphia. The unique coffered ceiling in the library with custom-built solid mahogany bookshelf, handmade in Indonesia gives additional warmth. Anderson multi-point locking doors create a seamless flow from the vast dining, kitchen, and living areas to the expansive deck, perfect for entertaining. Soaring ceilings, white walls fabricated with a board and batten millwork, and stained maple floors add a dramatic tone to the all-encompassing view. Details in the ceilings under the porch and underneath the deck were stained cedar with PVC trim inside and out to prevent swelling and rotting. Owners suite on the main level has direct access to the deck and beach. Feeling fresh and spa-like, this owner's retreat is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day's work. High tech features include multi-shower heads, body jets, zero-clearance ADA compliant entry, and quartz bench seating. The double vanity has matching mirrors and even a matching cabinet. The closet doors were handmade in Indonesia, crafted from Mahogany. To keep your main entry always show ready, step-in to the mudroom with a custom-built giant dog washing station, crafted with glass doors. This secondary main level entrance with direct beach access for your long days beachside digging clams, oysters, or geoduck. A custom distressed mahogany storage unit is also included with the purchase. A practical half-bath next to the mudroom, laundry room, and large storage closet. The dumb waiter doors were designed and fabricated from steel, with an elevator workings motif. Can be even further customized to suit your personal style. Passing through the main entryway you'll find a large coat closet with additional interior storage space. There truly is no space wasted in this unique home. There is an attached 2-car garage with new garage doors. The central vac is perfect for keeping your cars clean. You can also simultaneously charge two-electric cars/Teslas. Upper Level The upper-level bedroom with full bath access across from it has a large attached closet. Comfortable features like driftwood finish vanity and mirrors made of hand-crafted Indonesian Mahogany provide a calming effect. The upper-level owner's suite with triple-paned, double doors sourced from Philadelphia matches the library doors to give that cohesive design. This level provides custom views of Hales Passage and access to a private owners’ deck. The gas fireplace with cannonball stones matches the main level living room fireplace with custom-created tile surround, coffee station to the left, and restoration hardware cabinet to the right. Attached is a true spa-like bath retreat that includes a sculptural and inviting 66" contoured vessel tub. A true focal point. Enjoy the spacious 4X7' walk-in shower with multi-heads, shower bar, and body jets. An adjoining vanity, floor cabinets, unique light fixtures, and quartz seating area add to the elegant design. Relax in your tub, sip on your wine, and watch your favorite movie from your spa-like bath. Wine Cellar Head downstairs to the wine cellar, custom steel, and glass door. An innovative barrel arched ceiling in the wine cellar gives options for your very own beer taps. Here you will find a dedicated circuit for a wine cooler/fridge, massive wine racks, and a custom built-in 48" hand-crafted floating shelf. There are even lighting options to set your perfect ambiance, ideal for your entertaining nights. Lower Level A second kitchen is also on the lower level with a living area and access to the beach. The kitchen features a unique basalt backsplash, oven, induction cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, and sink, with a wood-burning stove. Here you will also find a yoga studio/dance studio/office space/fitness center/in-home classroom an all-around multi-purpose room depending on your needs. Practical Geothermal heating and cooling high-efficiency unit can also be found here. The theater room has racetrack LED blue lighting and direct beach access. It has french doors that are concealed with blackout curtains for an enjoyable experience. This room is wired for a projector and a large screen TV. This is the only room in the home with carpet to support sound quality. The lower level has an additional direct beach view bedroom and full bath. There is an additional set of French doors that lead to direct beach access from your secondary kitchen, ideal for a summer barbeque, and beachside entertaining. There is the opportunity to add additional living space or house kayaks and canoes, in the under-house storage space off of the Theater Room. This is where you will want to relax, work-from-home, entertain and spend your entire day. A perfect spot to hunt for clams, oysters, and goeduck. There is ample garden space with a magnolia tree, palm trees, and even an Italian Plum Tree. You could even plant additional trees in the front or back yard. The in-ground sprinkler system makes the grounds easier to keep lush. Other key features include RV and boat parking. 9-foot ceilings throughout each level of the home. A propane tank is used only for the generator, gas fireplaces, and gas stove in the main kitchen. Minimal spending on utilities thanks to the Geothermal system. An entryway rock garden with beautiful driftwood found on the beach, wired for your preferred light or water feature. This breathtaking resort-style home is sure to impress the most discerning buyer. Dock Even though the Fox Island Boat launch is nearby, you have options at your own waterfront oasis. One option is creating a joint-use dock with the adjoining property. Second, your own private dock. The current owners have had done a dock review drafted by Marine Floats. Click here for that document, Dock Information Link Fox Island Fox Island is a quaint island community located off of the southern end of Gig Harbor, WA. The island is home to approximately 3,000 residents who enjoy the quiet calm of island life, and depending on their location, Fox Island residents are even afforded beautiful views of Mt. Rainier to the east, Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the northeast, and beautiful sunsets over the Olympic Mountains to the west.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.95 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4.5 BATHROOMS
5126 SQ FT

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