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The Washington Waterfront Home Tour: 10 homes worth seeing

10 of our favorites from more than 100 waterfront properties

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It’s the season for dreaming of a home on the water, with the summer now fully upon us. It’s also the season for touring some homes on the water, with Windermere’s annual waterfront home tour this weekend, June 24 and 25.

The homes are located throughout Western Washington, from the San Juans to Fox Island—so while you could try visiting them all in two days, it might be hard without a teleporter. But for planning purposes, most of the homes that are having open houses are doing so from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, or both. Some are still by appointment though—especially those extra-luxurious or harder-to-reach getaways.

Our picks range from the tour’s cheapest, $299,000 for a tiny cabin on Cypress Island, to $4.8 million for a 1922 home on 225 feet of Bainbridge Island waterfront. They also range from right in the city to, again, a tiny, remote cabin on Cypress Island.

(The most expensive home on the tour go up to a whopping 20 million for a nearly hundred-acre estate with a runway in the San Juans—formerly owned by an Amazon executive.)

Don’t like our picks? There are plenty more homes where these came from.

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1. 4015 Beach Drive Southwest

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4015 Beach Dr SW
Seattle, WA 98116

This hillside West Seattle home near Alki fits a pool, hot tub, and cabana on small decks on the patio leading down to the beach below. Upstairs, a second deck gives easy access to Elliott Bay views.

Inside, two living rooms feature two fireplaces. One of two bedrooms is a master suite, and an office provides extra space.

It’s listed for $1.6 million; open houses are both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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2. 1134 Lakeside Avenue South

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1134 Lakeside Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

This brand-new, four-bedroom Leschi contemporary on a third of an acre is tall to take in maximum views, but a well-manicured yard is right on the water, leading straight to a dock. The outdoor space is enhanced by a small kitchenette on the patio, accessible from an upper deck by a spiral staircase. Inside, hardwood floors, built-in shelves, and a stone fireplace give it a classic look, and floor-to-ceiling windows take in the view.

It’s listed for $4.8 million and open both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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3. 5425 Crystal Springs Drive Northeast

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5425 Crystal Springs Dr NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

A network of decks, porches, and patios create multiple, unique pockets of outdoor spaces in this three-bedroom home on Bainbridge Island. It’s listed for $1.5 million and open by appointment only.

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4. 9052 Olympus Beach Road Northeast

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9052 Olympus Beach Rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

This 2005 contemporary on Bainbridge Island makes stunning use of the natural light and water views with floor-to-cathedral-ceiling windows in the main living room. With interior windows and railed walkways instead of hallways, that light and view extends to the second floor.

It’s listed for $2.2 million; viewings are by appointment.

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5. 14070 Sandy Hook Road Northeast

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14070 Sandy Hook Rd NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370

This 2006 hybrid between a modern and contemporary uses cathedral and drop ceilings to create cozy pockets inside grand, airy spaces. The multiple view decks and 313 feet of waterfront don’t hurt, either. It’s listed for $1.9 million; viewings are by appointment only.

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6. 16310 Euclid Avenue Northeast

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16310 Euclid Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

This appropriately-beachy, four-bedroom, shingled home from 1922 has been pristinely maintained, with bold cased openings, polished wood wainscoting, and elaborate, exposed beams. It sits on more than a third of an acre, including 225 feet of low-bank waterfront with a deepwater dock. It’s listed for $4.8 million.

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7. 15369 Broom Street Northeast, Bainbridge Island

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15369 Broom St NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

This Bainbridge Island northwest contemporary places emphasis on the cabin-inspired elements of the style, with wide swaths of exposed wood grain and brick throughout. Here’s something that most cabins don’t have, though: an indoor pool, with the same peaked, exposed-beam ceilings that look so gorgeous in the main house.

It’s listed for 3.3 million; viewings are by appointment.

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8. 15830 Euclid Ave Northeast, Bainbridge Island

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15830 Euclid Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

This Bainbridge Island home was built in 2006, and while it has many modern touches, much of the home’s design nods to earlier craftsmans and Cape Cods, too. It all meshes well together in a house that’s full of built-ins, bright paned windows, and water views. (It has a great little library, too.)

It’s listed for $2.7 million; viewings are by appointment only.

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9. 35120 Bodine Road Northeast, Kingston

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35120 Bodine Rd NE
Kingston, WA 98346

This early-‘70s northwest contemporary in Kingston is full of dynamic, open spaces topped by vaulted ceilings and skylights. Bonus: It has a few stained glass windows thrown in.

It’s open both Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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10. 0 Department of Natural Resources Road, Cypress Island

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We’re more than a little intrigued by this listing, which, visually, is a little mysterious. But here’s what we know: It’s a 221-square-foot log cabin with a 91-square-foot porch on more than five acres of waterfront property on Cypress Island. For the right off-the-grid type, that alone means it’s worth checking out. It should go without saying that this one is by appointment only.

Note: Map location is only for Cypress Island, not for the cabin itself.

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1. 4015 Beach Drive Southwest

4015 Beach Dr SW, Seattle, WA 98116
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This hillside West Seattle home near Alki fits a pool, hot tub, and cabana on small decks on the patio leading down to the beach below. Upstairs, a second deck gives easy access to Elliott Bay views.

Inside, two living rooms feature two fireplaces. One of two bedrooms is a master suite, and an office provides extra space.

It’s listed for $1.6 million; open houses are both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

4015 Beach Dr SW
Seattle, WA 98116

2. 1134 Lakeside Avenue South

1134 Lakeside Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
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This brand-new, four-bedroom Leschi contemporary on a third of an acre is tall to take in maximum views, but a well-manicured yard is right on the water, leading straight to a dock. The outdoor space is enhanced by a small kitchenette on the patio, accessible from an upper deck by a spiral staircase. Inside, hardwood floors, built-in shelves, and a stone fireplace give it a classic look, and floor-to-ceiling windows take in the view.

It’s listed for $4.8 million and open both Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

1134 Lakeside Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

3. 5425 Crystal Springs Drive Northeast

5425 Crystal Springs Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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A network of decks, porches, and patios create multiple, unique pockets of outdoor spaces in this three-bedroom home on Bainbridge Island. It’s listed for $1.5 million and open by appointment only.

5425 Crystal Springs Dr NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

4. 9052 Olympus Beach Road Northeast

9052 Olympus Beach Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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This 2005 contemporary on Bainbridge Island makes stunning use of the natural light and water views with floor-to-cathedral-ceiling windows in the main living room. With interior windows and railed walkways instead of hallways, that light and view extends to the second floor.

It’s listed for $2.2 million; viewings are by appointment.

9052 Olympus Beach Rd NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

5. 14070 Sandy Hook Road Northeast

14070 Sandy Hook Rd NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
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This 2006 hybrid between a modern and contemporary uses cathedral and drop ceilings to create cozy pockets inside grand, airy spaces. The multiple view decks and 313 feet of waterfront don’t hurt, either. It’s listed for $1.9 million; viewings are by appointment only.

14070 Sandy Hook Rd NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370

6. 16310 Euclid Avenue Northeast

16310 Euclid Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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This appropriately-beachy, four-bedroom, shingled home from 1922 has been pristinely maintained, with bold cased openings, polished wood wainscoting, and elaborate, exposed beams. It sits on more than a third of an acre, including 225 feet of low-bank waterfront with a deepwater dock. It’s listed for $4.8 million.

16310 Euclid Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

7. 15369 Broom Street Northeast, Bainbridge Island

15369 Broom St NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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This Bainbridge Island northwest contemporary places emphasis on the cabin-inspired elements of the style, with wide swaths of exposed wood grain and brick throughout. Here’s something that most cabins don’t have, though: an indoor pool, with the same peaked, exposed-beam ceilings that look so gorgeous in the main house.

It’s listed for 3.3 million; viewings are by appointment.

15369 Broom St NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

8. 15830 Euclid Ave Northeast, Bainbridge Island

15830 Euclid Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
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This Bainbridge Island home was built in 2006, and while it has many modern touches, much of the home’s design nods to earlier craftsmans and Cape Cods, too. It all meshes well together in a house that’s full of built-ins, bright paned windows, and water views. (It has a great little library, too.)

It’s listed for $2.7 million; viewings are by appointment only.

15830 Euclid Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

9. 35120 Bodine Road Northeast, Kingston

35120 Bodine Rd NE, Kingston, WA 98346
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This early-‘70s northwest contemporary in Kingston is full of dynamic, open spaces topped by vaulted ceilings and skylights. Bonus: It has a few stained glass windows thrown in.

It’s open both Friday and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

35120 Bodine Rd NE
Kingston, WA 98346

10. 0 Department of Natural Resources Road, Cypress Island

Anacortes, WA
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We’re more than a little intrigued by this listing, which, visually, is a little mysterious. But here’s what we know: It’s a 221-square-foot log cabin with a 91-square-foot porch on more than five acres of waterfront property on Cypress Island. For the right off-the-grid type, that alone means it’s worth checking out. It should go without saying that this one is by appointment only.

Note: Map location is only for Cypress Island, not for the cabin itself.