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.



Blakely Island, San Juan County, Washington

Once in a while a property comes along that is so special you have to let it speak to you. You’ll enjoy the dazzling unobstructed marine view and lush mature landscaping that enhances this enchanting cottage . You’ll marvel at the wide open marine view from the great room and multi level deck with built-in seating, planters and fire pit. The cottage was taken down to the studs and totally rebuilt with the highest quality materials. Wonderful custom finished walls have crown moldings. There are beautiful hardwood floors throughout the cottage except for the striking slate in the bathroom. The great room is warm and cozy. The kitchen has high-end stainless appliances, granite countertops, and custom cabinets. Striking stone surrounds the propane fireplace in the great room. The bath has a beautiful live edge countertop, granite vessel sinks and custom slate shower. The cottage has two bedrooms plus a den. Rocky Mountain hardware is found throughout the cottage. All high-end furnishings are included – totally TURN KEY. All the decking has lighted stone steps. The stone patio at the rear of the cottage is shaded by a huge majestic maple. There’s room to build 2-bedroom guest quarters. There’s a four bedroom pressure distribution septic system installed. This fine property backs up to the HOA 600' deep greenbelt. Blakely Island Maintenance Commission owner's enjoy perpetual easement rights to access two 70ac lakes offering swimming, fishing, and boating plus exploring the back roads in the 3000+/-acre forest preserve. Pilots, tie down your plane in grass area with 3-point ties, between this home and the runway.

Judy Tompkins , Flying Island Realty

0.46 ACRES
864 SQ FT
Quintessential Waterfront in the North West!

Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington

Remarkable waterfront retreat! Arrive at your new home by following this tree-lined lane which leads you to this stunning masterpiece featuring Coastal Living style design. Expansive covered deck with 180 degree views of waterfront affords western exposure & stunning sunsets. Open concept design with exposed beams, warm woods and walls of windows. Spacious gourmet kitchen filled with amenities including wine fridge, espresso machine, and entertainment breakfast bar. Master suite and adjoining den rounds out the main floor. Upper level includes second master bedroom, guest rooms, plus media room with a private balcony. Your guests may never leave as they enjoy the detached cozy apartment above the 2-car garage. Just shy 3 acres with tennis court and batting cage. All of this and more sits on 122 feet of medium-bank waterfront property with easy stair access to your private beach.

Leslye Stewart , John L Scott Real Estate

2.87 ACRES
4052 SQ FT
Downtown Olympia 7 story New Construction Waterfront Condominium

Olympia, Thurston County, Washington

The Percival Condominiums will be downtown Olympia’s only upscale condominium community. Located in the heart of the city near Percival Landing Park, this contemporary, 28-home building will feature five floors of homes, two floors of parking and infinite views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and the Capitol. Prices start at $725,000. One and two bedroom units available. More information and floorplans available at www.percivalcondos.com.

Patrick Rants , The Rants Group

0.33 ACRES
1323 SQ FT
Kitsap Lake Waterfront Fully Remodeled with Dock

Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington

Beautifully Renovated & ready for You! Custom features can be seen throughout this wonderful property. Enjoy the long summer days ahead out on the lake or soaking up the sun in the large back yard. The open kitchen flows into the dining room & is accessible to the lower deck for those summer BBQ's. The master bedroom features dual closets, & a lrg bathroom with oversized walk in shower. Vaulted ceilings in the family room & two upstairs bedrooms make the spaces feel welcome, light, & airy.

Charity Hill , Dale Walters REal Estate

0.34 ACRES
3012 SQ FT
120 Acre Riverfront Retreat

Elma, Grays Harbor County, Washington

120 acre riverfront retreat wrapped in the Chehalis River. Amazing views from this custom, high-end home: granite countertops, custom cabinetry, hardwood floors, picture windows, wrap around deck, and hot tub. Open floorplan with large master suite. Oversized attached garage, large shop with room for RV, garden space, ample parking, dock and private lake. Cross fenced pasture, working barn with corral, large equipment/hay barn. Over a mile of river frontage for trail riding, boating and fishing.

Allison Trimble , Coastal Realty

120.85 ACRES
2244 SQ FT

Ocean Park, Pacific County, Washington

QUALITY BUILT & custom designed Ocean Front Home with 150' to Mean High Tide. Paved & lighted drive invites, as you approach this home's coastal inspired vaulted entry, white-water views from your main level master, guest bedrooms, dining & living areas--expansive windows filling your rooms with light & stunning views. Seller has updated the home constantly during ownership, creating beautiful warm environment, the huge west-facing decks includes relaxing spa hot tub. Ask for amenities list.

Leslie Brophy , Pacific Realty

3.44 ACRES
3284 SQ FT
Columbia River Waterfront Beauty

Longview, Cowlitz County, Washington

Watch the ships go by from this beautiful custom built waterfront home on the Columbia River. Designed for entertaining with open great room, entertainers kitchen, grand master suite, family room with wet bar and more!Relax in the swim spa and hot tub on the wind protected deck. Over 2000 sq. ft. of garage/rec space and elevator for access to all!

Susan Lantz , Windermere Real Estate/Kelso/Longview

0.66 ACRES
3591 SQ FT
Customized Waterfront Home

Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington

Rare opportunity to own a fabulous waterfront home customized to your tastes; Includes Granite, Hardwood floors, high end finishes! Evenings on the deck overlooking Bainbridge Island & Port Orchard Narrows as Mt Rainer glows in the sunset.. Mornings taking in a glorious sunrise as you prepare for the day.. This is the life you've been dreaming of & working hard for. Central location, quiet dead-end street, yet minutes to the Seattle Ferry, Silverdale, Brownsville Marina & more. Stop dreaming and start planning!

Balduf Group , John L Scott

0.71 ACRES
3508 SQ FT
Sparkling Marine Views from Runway Home on Blakely Island in San Juan Islands

Blakely Island, San Juan County, Washington

Enjoy the sparkling marine view & all runway activity from this contemporary 2-bedroom westerly facing runway home with nearby beach access. Pilots tie down your plane in the grass area between the home and private paved lighted runway. The main deck, living room, dining area, and kitchen all have great marine and runway views. The floors, walls & kitchen counters are unfinished. Choose your wall finishes & countertops. Boxes of Hardwood flooring are stored in 1200+sqft. shop with 3/4 bath. Most furniture included. Backs up to 200' deep greenbelt. Off-site Airplane Hangar available for $75,000 at the time of purchase of this home. Owners in San Juan Aviation Estates have perpetual easement rights to use the back roads and two 70 acre freshwater lakes, offering swimming, boating, and fishing, located in 3000+/- acres of protected forestland on this 4300 acre private island. Blakely is the largest of the non-ferry served islands in the San Juan Islands. Water and air taxi service from the mainland.

Judy Tompkins , Flying Island Realty

0.46 ACRES
1284 SQ FT
Luxury Waterfront Stunning Views Custom Designed

Point Roberts, Whatcom County, Washington

Absolutely stunning custom Maurice Pez design right on the ocean looking due West! Perched on an extra wide waterfront lot the views from every room, must be seen to be truly appreciated. No expense spared from the foundation to the metal roof (and the elevator) this house will not disappoint even the most discerning buyer. Please call to schedule your private showing at your convenience. 100'+ Water Front!!!

Chris Hughes , ReMax Whatcom County, Inc.

0.00 ACRES
2975 SQ FT

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