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Waterfront Sanctuary in Whidbey's Coupeville Lists for $2.2M

Do you really love waterfront? Then don't settle for 100 feet at the end of a long skinny slice

Most waterfront lots are long skinny things that boast acreage but narrow to a few dozen feet squeezed between neighbors living the same way. Up on Whidbey Island is a 28.5 acre lot that is defined by 1,477 feet of Saratoga Passage shoreline. That's a quarter mile of beach (at low tide), plenty of room for beach-combing. Got $2,200,000?

The property is more than just land; there's a house, too. It is a surprisingly modern 1987, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath house that contains 3,188 square feet. Have fun counting the beds in the photos. In the full listing there are about ten of them, so don't feel constrained by the number of rooms. The house was remodeled in 2001, which may be why it looks fairly modern. Of course, modern done well can last, and these classic lines could be original.

Just like with the bedrooms, don't be misled by conventional thinking. There's a studio outside. Typically that conjures images of tiny spaces. This studio is big enough to be a barn at 1,600 square feet; but it is equipped with glass doors behind the old wooden ones, and is furnished with flooring, HVAC, and lighting that is obviously for people instead of pets.

Surrounding the house are lawns, an extensive garden, and an orchard that is far more than just a few trees. As if all that salt water waterfront wasn't enough, there is also a freshwater pond. The diversity in wildlife is probably impressive. There is a lot of it. Maintaining 28.5 acres is a big job, but you end up with a unique property, room for privacy, and a lot of quiet.

· 1306 Willow Pond Lane, Coupeville [Estately]