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Ready to start a commune in the San Juan Islands? This property on Blakely Island sleeps 12 people across four buildings—each a stunning Northwest Contemporary by renowned Seattle architect Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, and each designed around jaw-dropping views of Lopez Island and Lopez Sound.

The main house is built as an airy central gathering place. A stately, open great room gathers around a stone fireplace, with vaulted ceilings and exposed timber. A loft above—under a still-higher ceiling—features two sleeping areas open to the room below, giving them the same view from a wall of windows. Built-in benches line a large deck to the side for nicer days.

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Three smaller buildings add a little more privacy, but all drink in the setting. One small studio is very nearly a glass box, with a fold-out bed facing the water and a seamless bay window. Another has a cozy lounge area with built-ins around the hearth, perched high on the bluff. Each of the buildings stands on its own as a retreat with private decks and patios for taking in the sea air—along with practical considerations like kitchens. Cabin-like wood-grain walls and ceilings continue throughout each home, even extending to the bathrooms and closets. 

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The property's along 1,300 feet of waterfront, and like most homes in the San Juan Islands, it's on a bluff. The beach is easier to access than most, though: A not-too-steep staircase descends from one of its lower banks. There’s plenty of room for play and relaxation in the woodsy 20 acres above, too.

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There’s no public ferry to Blakely Island, so visitors and residents either have to take a private boat or float plane, although just never leaving is also an option. The home comes with a private mooring buoy and dock access to ease things along. If you’re extra-fancy, there’s a shared airstrip.

Blakely is populated enough (a whole 56 people) to have electricity, which is more than you can say about a lot of the islands, but amenities are few. Passers-by typically stick to the seasonal marina, deli, and store at the north end of the island unless they're lucky enough to be invited guests at a residence. Living on Blakely full-time requires either a very impressive self-sufficient lifestyle or the occasional grocery run via kayak over to Lopez, but it does make the island truly remote: No bustle, no tourists, no fuss.

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Listing Fast Facts

5614 Spencer Road, Blakely Island
Size: 3,652 square feet on 19.66 acres, 5 bedroom/5 bath
List Date:
 12/14/20
List Price: $2,550,000
Listing Agent: Beth Bylund, Windermere

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