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$3.2M Fletcher Bay sand spit also comes with two houses

Be prepared for plenty of puns if you buy this place. Ah, spit.

Be prepared for plenty of puns if you buy the spit that protects Fletcher Bay on Bainbridge.

While it may be noble to buy the sand spit to protect the houses and boats of Fletcher Bay, the main reason to spend $3,200,000 is to buy the two houses that anchor the sand. One is an Arts and Crafts house with 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and 2,382 square feet. The other is a guest house with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, and 900 square feet. Both are beautifully sited with plenty of water views nearby. There's none of this peaking through the trees to see a spot of the sea.

At least one of the houses was built in 1961, and the style has carried remarkably well. Check to see if there was a major remodel somewhere in the past fifty years or so. Expanses of windows are a natural. Wood paneling fits well with a marine locale. Vaulted ceilings open the interior space so you don't feel closed in when the weather closes in.

Outside is the key, though. The lot is about 3/4 of an acre, which is nice enough, but the shape is different than most. The spit almost closes the bay and may count for many of the 830 feet of waterfront. The protection means a safer moorage at the deepwater dock, a bonus most waterfront properties don't enjoy. Wait for the tides and get access to deeded oysterlands and clam beds. You like shellfish, don't you?

With views of the sunsets over the Olympics, everything you need for a BBQ on the beach, and a protected place for people to play, this really is a unique place. You might want to check about the channel into the bay. In addition to everything else, you may have a front row seat to regular dredging operations; if not, even better.

· 5370 NE Fletcher Landing, Bainbridge Island [Windermere]