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.
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.
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.
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.
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