The main house’s upper level is devoted to casual relaxation and recreation. It comprises a massive game room and a full bonus suite, along with numerous ingeniously organized storage areas and a naturally lit landing that affords dramatic views over the great room and architectural structure.
The lower level is devoted to three purposes: dedicated home office space, integrated storage, and the enjoyment of wine. Two huge offices, one an anti-chamber to the other, and a filing area dominate this floor, and provide a high performance command center from which world-wide business can easily and efficiently be conducted by an individual or a full staff. Global access is provided by broadband telecommunications sufficient for even the most aggressive day trader.
The barn is a highly finished architectural gem in its own right, offering three spacious and staggered bays arranged under one roof along a dramatic view bluff and opening onto their own deck. These areas are set up to be used as equipment, Recreational Vehicle and/or boat storage, and contain multiple shop areas, suitable for the most accomplished craftsperson, with vent hoods, a cabinet shop and substantial wood storage.
Down a gently meandering path from the main house, sits a perfectly proportioned and moveable tea house, beautifully sited above the beach and surrounded by a natural stone patio. It can be opened to nature by four sets of doors, one of which is a vintage pair that is beautifully adorned by an octopus motif. This is the ideal spot from which to take advantage of the estate’s absolute tranquility – a daily respite for meditation.
The gardens that surround the main house and connect it to the other structures on the property offer a delightful series of meandering pathways, streams and a pond with water wheel that combine to create a spiritual refuge mixing natural habitat with carefully placed foliage – effectively an exterior gallery of plantings and outdoor vignettes, ideal for contemplative strolls.
A relatively level and groomed clearing surrounded by trees affords great space for outdoor recreation and could serve as the future home for farm animals or equestrian pursuits. This sunny pasture opens gracefully onto a cliffside picnic perch overlooking a dramatic coastline and western sunsets, defined by fieldstone and split rail fences reminiscent of those found in National Parks.
Unspoiled private beach that stretches for over 1000’, surrounded by a natural sanctuary with bright and sunny southern exposures. Warm rocks, bleached driftwood, salty lagoons and tidal flats provide hours of discovery and endless opportunities for water-born recreation including kayaking and paddleboarding. A mooring buoy is included for visiting boats and tenders while more permanent moorage.
Orcas Island offers a four-season island lifestyle with a robust cultural scene, charming village life with a hardware store, numerous artisanal purveyors, boutiques, galleries, and organic grocers, and all of the medical facilities and residential conveniences necessary for comfortable and engaged year-round living. The island’s gorgeous surroundings and idyllic lifestyle makes it a magnet for people of great talent.
For the engaged globalist, the Orcas Island community is surprisingly accessible. It is within a one-hour seaplane flight, door to door, from downtown Seattle, and daily commercial service is scheduled throughout the year. Routine ferry service is available for island hopping from Anacortes to Victoria, BC. The San Juan Archipelago is the gateway to the Pacific Ocean, and the international metropolis of Vancouver, BC is readily accessible for work or play.