Spring Ferry Schedule Begins April 2

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On Sunday, April 2, the Washington State Ferries will begin its Spring 2017 schedule and the MV Chelan ferry will return to its regular Anacortes/Friday Harbor/Sidney schedule.

Hosted by the Sidney International Ferry Terminal, a 40-minute welcoming ceremony will take place in Sidney where passengers from Anacortes and Friday Harbor will come ashore to celebrate. Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere will be in attendance as well as State and local council members, in addition to Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore and Sidney Mayor Steve Price and other dignitaries.

Following the ceremony the ferry will return to Anacortes. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

For additional ferry information, please visit WSDOT.WA.GOV/FERRIES.

Community Profile: San Juan Islands

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The San Juan Islands are a chain of 172 islands scattered in the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the northwest tip of Washington State.  Although easily accessible from Seattle, the San Juan Islands enjoy a far different weather pattern with sunny weather and low rainfall created by the Olympic Mountain rain shadow.

Fidalgo Island (Anacortes, WA) and Whidbey Island (Oak Harbor and home of Whidbey NAS) are the most populated islands. Whidbey Island is connected by Fidalgo Island by the Deception Pass Bridge, as well as being serviced from the southern end by the Washington State Ferry. In addition to being connected to Whidbey Island, Fidalgo Island is connected to the mainland by two other Bridges. Because these two islands are so easily accessed by car, they are often not considered part of the San Juan Islands although geologically they are part of the island chain.

Most of the other San Juan Islands are sparsely populated by humans, but fish, whales, eagles, and other wildlife are abundant. The most accessible islands are San Juan Island, Shaw Island, Lopez Island, and Orcas Island – the islands serviced by the Washington State Ferry system. The ferry system carries both foot passengers and cars and the main ferry terminal is in Anacortes, WA which is just 80 miles north of Seattle.

The most populated Island not connected by bridge is San Juan Island with the town of Friday Harbor. The options for transportation to the island include scheduled land planes out of Seattle, Bellingham or Anacortes, WA. State Ferry service out of Sidney B.C. or Anacortes, WA; float planes out of Seattle, WA, charter planes, tour boats, water taxi, private boats, charter boats, private planes, private boats, or catch a ride with a friend. You can take your car, motorcycle, or bicycle aboard the ferry. If you walk on board you can rent a car, bicycle, moped, or take a bus or taxi once you reach San Juan Island.

Each San Juan Island has a very different culture and lifestyle. For example, Blakely Island is a private island which has a paved airstrip, water taxi service, a marina, a small seasonal store, and fuel, and has only a few year round residents. The smallest ferry served island is Shaw with only about 200 permanent residents. Portions of Decateur Island are serviced by a boat owned by residents; however there is also water taxi and an air field. Guemes Island and Lummi Island are service by a Skagit County Ferry.

Almost all of the islands inhabited have an air strip, some paved and some a little on the rustic side. The less populated the island the slower the lifestyle and island time takes on a new meaning from island to island.

At Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC we often have clients that want a vacation home or are looking for a place to live a slower lifestyle but they do not know which island that they want, and since each island boasts to be the best the options can be confusing. Our full time professional REALTORS¬ģ have been very successful in helping our clients chose the island with the lifestyle that is the best match. We have sold waterfront and water view estates from Hood Canal to San Juan Island, and would love to help you through the decision making process of finding your dream vacation home or next destination.

We can be reached daily at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or at (360) 941-3734.

Oak Harbor Makes List of Wealthiest Small Towns in America

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Did you know that Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. proudly serves clients in Oak Harbor and also throughout Whidbey Island? Bloomberg recently reported that Oak Harbor ranks number 17 of 20 on its “Wealthiest Small Towns in America” list, based upon information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Click here to view the complete article.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.¬†Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982 (pictured above), is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest!

For additional information about the services Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. provides, or if you are considering buying or selling a property, please contact us today! Our team of full-time brokers is available daily for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 and Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com, or stop by our Anacortes office located in Old Town at 809 7th St. We look forward to working for you!

JUST LISTED: 1418 Georgia Ave. in Anacortes

MLS #1097041 Р$389,500 РOpen House 1-3 p.m. Sat.,  April 1, and Sun., April 2

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Just steps from Cranberry Lake, 1418 Georgia Ave. in Anacortes is a beautifully rebuilt one-level home with a filtered view of Guemes Channel.

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Taken down to the studs in 2015, the home has all new electrical, plumbing, insulation, windows, skylights, water heater, driveway, solid doors and light fixtures! The kitchen and both baths were elegantly refinished in 2016.

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This clean home has an efficient and open floor plan, designer finishes, refinished hardwood floors, low maintenance landscaping, RV parking and a fully fenced yard, contact us today to schedule a showing!

Team Groesbeck is available daily for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734, and join us from 1-3 p.m. on Sat., April 1, and Sun., April 2, for an open house at the home!

Beautifully Refurbished Victorian in Old Town Anacortes

MLS #1041088 – $739,000

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Built in 1910, this beautifully refurbished Queen Anne Victorian style home in Old Town  Anacortes is an absolute must see.

Set on a large corner lot, imagine coming home through your gated front yard with pristine landscaping, planter boxes and flag stone ornamentation.  Enter through the front door, which was salvaged from the Anacortes Masonic Temple, into a spacious and naturally lighted hallway.  You will notice a unique vintage phone booth under the staircase, perfect for a private conversation. The grand staircase, built from reclaimed Oregon timbers, leads to the grand first master suite.

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Complete with touches to the past, the first master suite features a cast iron bathtub from an old Seattle mansion, a lovely dresser from the Wally Funk family.  A lovely Juliette balcony overlooks Causland Park providing an oasis unlike any other.

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Designed to accommodate three chefs, the kitchen features ample prep space.  South American Ipe hardwood is used on the counter tops and island. The flooring is Marmoleum, a one of a kind environmentally friendly material made of linseed oil, resins, cork flour, limestone and wood that is adhered to a nontoxic jute backing.

Relax in the living room lounge with your guests, natural light and immaculate South American Ipe hardwood floors equipped with a hydronic circulating heating system, or perhaps entertain in the formal dining room.  Allowing for additional space for guests, off the dining room is an office space that can double as a bonus reading room.

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Additional features of this home include a large detached garage and a music room.  The owner used only environmentally friendly and re-purposed materials that do not emit harmful fumes when restoring this masterpiece home.

Located at 1118 7th St. in the heart of downtown Anacortes, this gorgeous residence is a must see!

Please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC for additional information or to schedule a private showing and click here to view additional photos (no subscription required).

Stunning Mt. Vernon Estate on Nearly 5 Acres

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13854 Marihugh Rd. (MLS #1094358) in Mount Vernon is a stunning custom timber frame home on a level lot, just shy of 5 acres with approximately 2 acres of private trails on the property!

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Featuring extraordinary design and natural materials including birch wood and fir, the home has soaring ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, concrete floors, light-filled rooms and main level living and picturesque views.

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Outside there are multiple decks and room to entertain, in addition to a 3 car attached garage, multiple outbuildings, covered RV parking and a huge shop ‚Äď all within quick access to I-5.

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For more information about this property, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC daily at (360) 941-3734.

Darling Remodeled Anacortes Bugalow – 1115 11th St.

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1115 11th St. in Anacortes (MLS #1063568) is a darling remodeled bungalow just one block from town center listed for $225,000.

Move-in ready with plenty of room to add on, this home feels larger than its square footage due to the back covered porch and no space is wasted.

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Featuring a huge fenced backyard and alley access for RV or boat parking, building a garage could also be possible, or add a second story for a water view!

For additional information about this home or to schedule a showing, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for all of your real estate needs!

New Listing: 3902 W. 6th St., Anacortes

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3902 W. 6th St. (MLS #1093293) in Anacortes is an immaculate 2 story home with a fabulous fenced backyard in a great neighborhood!

Listed for $380,000, the main level offers living and dining rooms, an eat-in kitchen, family room with gas fireplace, laundry closet and a powder room.

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All bedrooms are located in the upper level, including the master suite with full bath and walk-in closet.

A brand new roof was installed in March 2017, as well as new siding, new exterior paint and new carpet! The 2 car garage features ample parking or storage space and the home is situated on a leveled lot with filtered views of the Guemes Channel, and is close to downtown, parks and schools.

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For additional information about this home or to schedule a showing, please contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  We are available daily for your real estate needs!

Anacortes Vintage Market April 28-29

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Sassy Frass Company presents April in Paris Vintage and Gift Show Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at the Port Transit Event Center located at 100 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes.

Tickets are available now and are limited for Friday’s Sip and Shop from 6 to 9 p.m. for $20.

Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the entrance fee is $7.

All vendors will be fully stocked with home décor, garden goodies, antiques, repurposed, upcycled items ready to find a new home with you.

A canned good drive will also take place both days, and more information about the event can be found online HERE.

Community Profile: Whidbey Island

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Deception Pass Bridge, a National Historic Monument since 1982, is actually two spans that link Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island (Anacortes) over Canoe Pass and Deception Pass. The bridge is one of the scenic wonders and destinations of the Pacific Northwest.

With a population of nearly 72,000 people, Whidbey Island is the largest island in Washington State, sitting between Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Whidbey is home to the cities and towns of Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, Freeland, Greenbank, Clinton, and Bayview; all of which fit snugly into Island County.

Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island’s largest incorporated city and home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Named for the Garry Oak trees which grace its skyline, the city’s growth coincided with two major events: the building of Deception Pass Bridge on July 31, 1935, and the completion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on September 21, 1942.

Whidbey Island’s popularity stems from the amazing views of Puget Sound and the plethora of tourist activities available. Explore the waters of Puget Sound on a scuba diving adventure, glide across the sea in silence on a kayak trip to visit the orca and gray whales, sea lions and seals, starfish and crab, and eagles and the porpoises!

For thousands of years, the only people who occupied Whidbey Island were the four Pacific Northwest Indian Tribes. In the spring of 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the area and named every mountain, island, and waterway he could find. Whidbey Island was named on June 10, 1792 after Joseph Whidbey who proved it was an island when he discovered Deception Pass.

Aside from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the island has a strong military history. In 1890, the construction of Fort Casey began. The three-fort defense system was built by the US Army to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Along with this fort, Fort Flagler and Fort Worden, which are located on the Olympic Peninsula, make up the “Triangle of Fire.” Twenty years after Fort Casey was built, it became the fourth largest military post and was no doubt the most beautiful. Fort Casey is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb on the ladders to inspect the guns, walk along bluff-side bunkers, and through the dark tunnels of the past.