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A Thousand Days In, Orcas Island Modern Still Up For Sale

Some houses are snapped up in days. Others take years. The sellers should be commended for their patience.

The 2 bedrooms, 2.75 baths, and 2,400 square feet could sound like the stats for a small bit of suburbia, but this $2,495,000 house is much more than that. But first, has anyone lived in it? It was finished about the same time it went on the market. What's that story? After a thousand days they've knocked the price down by $400,000. It was featured in Pacific Northwest magazine, for good reason, it is PNW modern, eco-conscious, and situated high on a hill on Orcas Island. The house is cantilevered. The wings stick out 28 feet from the foundation (using something called a Vierendeel frame), leaving very little of the house touching the hill. Indigo Architecture & Interiors did the work, keeping to modern materials of concrete, steel, and glass (including folding glass doors - assuming the doors fold, not the glass.) It should be easy to keep and clean. It certainly looks uncluttered. Glass doors slide open to turn the living room into a breezeway, a fine idea for the banana belt that is the island. Why hasn't it sold in over a thousand days? Go take a tour and find out. That's as good an excuse as any for a trip to the islands.

· 236 Mooney Lane, Orcas Island [Windermere]
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Written by Tom Trimbath