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Seattle Foreclosures: A Million-Dollar Piece of Camano Island

Foreclosures happen, and sometimes they are expensive; but maybe they're a good deal. Grand dreams available at discount prices.


Sad to see foreclosures happen, but look at this house. First, take a look at that view. Saratoga Passage, the arm of the Salish Sea that is known for grey whales, orcas, and none of the noisy commercial shipping. From this 6,929 square foot house that with a price of $995,000, you see the water, the life, Whidbey Island, and the Olympics. Unobstructed sunsets. And, either those 3 bedrooms and 4.75 baths are enormous, or there are lots of other rooms to wander through.

Million-dollar island homes can come with waterfront and acreage, but not this time. The lot is less than 10,000 square feet. There's another lot between the house and the water. The listing data makes it sound like there's very little lawn, because a 1 story that is almost 7,000 square feet on such a lot wouldn't leave much room; but the photo from the back looks a lot like a 3 story, or at least a 2 story with a basement. So, gardens can happen.

The style is the Pacific Northwest version of Contemporary Craftsman. A team of craftsmen may have built this house, but the name conjures images of houses they historically built for themselves; solid, high quality, and unpretentious. Scale that up, and the appeal remains:the details in the wrought iron railings inside and out, the long marble counters dividing the expansive eating area, the fans, the painting, and the trim work are used to much greater extent.

There are more bathrooms than bedrooms. One of the showers is big enough that you won't bump your elbows. One of the baths is set on a rise in corner set of windows with that amazing view. There's enough room to waltz around the tub. With more bathrooms than bedrooms though, maybe the surplus means one for every floor and one for every bedroom. A house for very clean people.

Oh, to know the story. This house was built in 2008 and has been on the market for almost 4 years. Built just as the market peaked, then fell, then 2 years of, what, hope? The interior looks so pristine that you can wonder if anyone ever lived there. Maybe there are no curtains because there was no way for anyone to see in. Maybe it is a house that is waiting to be lived in.
· 3824 Palm Ln, Camano [Zillow]
Written by Tom Trimbath