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A pair of houses with a pair of views on Lopez Island

Two houses for two generations?


Two houses, both with sweeping water views, sit on a high bluff overlooking Obstruction Pass. A package with a pair of two bedroom, two bathroom houses on more than four acres of waterfront has come on the market at $1,470,000.

The style for such a classic setting is naturally northwest contemporary. One house distinguishes itself with cathedral ceilings, wood throughout, and a brick wood-burning fireplace. It may be wood almost everywhere inside, but there are contrasts in the type and finishes that give depth to the room.

Cooks may never come out of the kitchen that has an enormous overhead pot rack above a butcher-block cooking and work island. It doesn’t lack for views, either.

One of the more modern touches is the master bathroom that has a jetted tub set behind glass doors and a window that provides that magnificent view. Nearby, a pocket stove on a pedestal take the chill off the rest of the room.

The second house has more conventional ceilings, but still includes walls of windows, wood throughout, and a large rock fireplace.

Its great room extends back to a kitchen that is retro enough to include appliances that have knobs. If they’re functional, they can suffice; but a remodel or replacement is inevitable.

Both houses are set far enough out over the bluff that their decks require tall supports. All the better for pulling in the view.

Outside, there’s enough room for five vehicles, plus an RV, plus a workshop. A bonus: two more parcels to build on, almost making it its own neighborhood.

The location is the draw, remote, private, comfortable, and a great site for watching the sights like the ferries and whales as they cruise by. Bring a friend for the other house, or be glad that two generations can be close without having to be too close.