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A $1M NW Contemporary watches the waters of Orcas Island

Retreat from the city, and from chores


From on top of Buck Mountain enjoy the view of forests on Orcas Island and the waters north of the San Juan Islands. A 2008 Northwest Contemporary sits up there, waiting for a new resident who can meet the $995,000 price and who wants to be comfortably relaxed and remote.


The house is designed for single floor living, but the soaring ceilings are a hint at a loft above. In classic form, the living room fits into the prow of a tall windows that bring in the long view. Continue the form with a wood slat ceiling, hardwood floors, an extensive deck, and a place for a telescope for spotting whales and ships.


The kitchen enjoys the same view, with a partial solarium covering the dining space. Granite tiles for the counters and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and traditional wood cabinets topped with display cupboards hit that balance between modern and country.

Buck Mountain is remote enough that a walk-in pantry and utility room help store enough supplies for long gaps between trips to the store.


Remote doesn’t have to mean cut off. High speed internet service means the various places for plunking a desk can be work spaces. Beware of the distracting views, though.

Relaxing in the two bedroom, two bathroom, 2,587 square-foot home is made easier by a low-maintenance design. Why burden a retreat with chores?


A separate building holds a shop, a garage, and an apartment. Artists can appreciate the arrangement. Owners who want additional income can appreciate having renters and privacy.

Head outside for the 5.82 acre lot. Deer fencing is already up around the gardens. The rest of the property is left natural, so the deer should have enough to keep them busy.