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

SOLD

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
 
$1,195,000

SOLD

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
 
$1,898,000

SOLD

NEW HOME, NEW DOCK: Fox Island WA Waterfront 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 built in August 2018. Dock your dreams here -- this is the Home Port of Extraordinary!

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain of Gig Harbor

0.70 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.75 BATHROOMS
4148 SQ FT
 
$639,000

SOLD

Spectacular Lakebay Waterfront

Lakebay, Pierce County, Washington


OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, August 20th from 1-4pm Sweeping, spectacular view of the Puget Sound & Olympics. Walk, swim & beachcomb on your own 165' +/- of pebble beach w/deck at the water's edge. Built to take advantage of the view from almost every room. Newer quartz/stainless steel kitchen. Spacious living room w/large picture windows & skylights. Dining area w/water view. Generous master w/private bath, large deck & space for sitting area. Small, cute cabin for the writer, artist...you decide. Large garden area already planted for summer.

Tova Uddenberg , RE/MAX Professionals

6.17 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2.5 BATHROOMS
2923 SQ FT
 
$395,000

SOLD

ARCHITECT DESIGNED RUNWAY HOME w / SPECTACULAR MARINE VIEW & NEARBY BEACH ACCESS

Blakely Island, San Juan County, Washington


PRICE REDUCED FROM $465,000 TO $395,000 ON 6/19/18. This contemporary architect designed 2-bedroom, 2-bath home is sited near the north end of the runway. If you are a pilot, taxi your plane to your yard or tie down across the road along in the runway tie down area. The great room is the center of this home. French doors open to two levels of expansive decking for enjoying the runway and marine views. The great room window wall looks out over the decking to the runway and superb marine view. Built-in bookshelves line the wall under the windows. A television on a lift rises out of the top of the central bookcase. Vaulted ceilings in the great room have a custom beam design. The soapstone wood stove warms the great room along with electric wall heaters. The kitchen with its custom cabinetry spans the rear wall of the great room and has a large movable island with lots of storage. The view from the kitchen is through two levels of windows and another set of French doors opening to another deck and the serene forested rear yard. The master bedroom is up a few steps from the great room. It has marine and runway views and a newly remodeled master bath. There is also a full bath next to the guest bedroom. An unfinished partial basement for storage is reached from an outside stairway. A cabinet door opens to this basement from the living room to easily bring small items into the house - like your favorite wine you have stored there. There are also two metal roof covered outdoor storage areas attached to the home, one of which is used as a carport. Quality furnishings, Jeep and two Honda ATVs are included. This is a true Turn Key opportunity. Beach access is a few 100' from this property.

Judy Tompkins , Flying Island Realty

0.41 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
1.75 BATHROOMS
1190 SQ FT

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