Do You Hear That? It's Mansion Global Revealing the "Secret of the San Juans"

On May 19th, Mansion Global shared the “Secret of the San Juans” with its readers, celebrating the beloved archipelago for its “remoteness and simplicity,” and highlighting its most recent achievement as “the hottest luxury real-estate market in the country.” As Nancy Keates writes, the growth in the area “has been fueled in recent years by an influx of high-tech companies to Seattle, where soaring home prices make the San Juans look like a bargain,” and for its allure as an idyllic retreat.

The article features a number of luxury estates in the area including Madroneagle, listed by Realogics Sotheby's International Realty (RSIR).  Of Madroneagle, Keates writes that “it took three years and about $12 million for Kathleen Dickinson and her late husband Ron McDowell to build their house, which was finished in 2007. On 41 acres on Orcas, it is filled with reclaimed wood and intricate architectural details. It first went on to the market in April, 2016 for $11.6 million, and was reduced last year to $10 million, a price she says is under the cost of construction.” In the property feature video below, Dickinson can be seen in her state-of-the-art kitchen putting the finishing touches on a culinary creation.

This article appeared in the May 19th, 2017 print edition of Mansion Global and is available to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal at