It’s difficult to think anyone who has seen The San Juan Islands and Orcas Island specifically would need even one more reason to call Orcas home, or at the very least, their home away from the millisecond pace of a Mainland America Home. And, without further ado for those in need I present a few reasons to get on the next ferry to change your zip code and call Orcas Island Home!
I will go deeper into each reason on my top five over my next blog posts, but for now a few notes to mull over while stuck in traffic.
#1 – COMMUNITY
Orcas Island is a community like no other. Reminiscent of the Mayberry friendliness of the Midwest paired with culture rivaling the sophistication of many micro-neighborhoods of metropolitan cities. Think SoHo, Silver Lake, the Mission District or Wicker Park surrounded by the Pacific Northwest’s finest troposphere, organic farms, the crystal clear Salish Sea all at a pace that tops out at 45 mph on island thoroughfares. Savoring the flavor of life, its bounty and beauty is at the top of any good Islander’s to do list.
#2 – REAL ESTATE OPPORTUNITY
The opportunities and nuances of Orcas Island Real Estate is something as a second-generation island realtor I know a bit about. Our market is as unique as they come. Buyers can choose from waterfront cabins poised on breathtaking shorelines for as little as $400,000, majestic cottages or homes tucked into our beautiful island starting at $150k or if you’re in the market for luxury, choose from one of our exquisite multi-million or million dollar island retreats bringing to mind the finest art or architecture and comforts with one thing in common: Excellence.
#3 – QUALITY OF LIFE
For those who dream of slowing life to an organic 45mph pace with nature from concrete cookie cutter surroundings there is no better oasis than Orcas Island to indulge this call. Lapped by the iridescent Salish Sea and views of the snowcapped peaks of Mt Baker, Rainer and the Olympic Mountain Range and shaped of tranquil pastures, organic farmlands and mountaintops boasting marine and mountain views painted in fir, pine, madrona, ash and birch with ferns and moss accents finished with natural ponds and springs to frame. Orcas Island is the most diverse topographies in the San Juan Islands with truly something for every taste.
#4 – EDUCATION
Education is important to families, retirees as well as young or young at heart adults alike and Orcas Island offers one of the finest educational solutions in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to an award winning public school system grades Pre-K through 12, Orcas has a wide variety of private options. From an eclectic array of retreats, seminars, workshops and independent higher-education offerings, aspirations and educational passions are limited only by time. Many find there is simply not enough time to explore all the fascinating subjects available made possible through the amazing population of famous authors, Oscar winning directors, master gardeners and chefs, world-renowned artists and spiritual guides that call Orcas Island home and keep us happy, active, healthy and fulfilled.
#5 – EMPLOYMENT
Working on island time has many advantages that cannot be found in the Mainland America workforce. Beyond the most enjoyable commute time imaginable, many who call Orcas home come to retire, but still fill their internal need to keep busy and contribute by volunteering with one of our many nonprofits to create the island and world they wish to live. Others still, continue in their chosen fields downgrading their workweek to a part-time schedule or sharing their wisdom as community mentors or in local government.
Having a wealth of exceptionally talented industry leaders and creatives as your community gives rise to exceptional opportunities to build a resume. Folks normally overlooked in a sea of applicants often find the small community experience a chance to intern, learn or work with amazing mentors. We get to know each other at the post office, the grocery or hiking the beaches – We learn of each other’s dreams, goals as well as character. An opportunity you rarely enjoy racing through big box stores. Though I will add, we do run into fellow islanders at those Mainland big box stores, where we wish each other a quick “Hello, yes I made the trip over today… me too, cant wait to get home and I will see you on the ferry.”
As I said it’s truly difficult to imagine anyone after seeing photos of beautiful Orcas Island would need another reason to call Orcas home and it has been my pleasure to provide a quick overview of my top five reasons I call Orcas home. As promised over the next few blogs I will explore deeper the top reasons I feel Orcas is an optimal place to live and I look forward to helping you indulge your inner voice telling you Orcas Island is your new zip code.
Please also know I am here to directly answer any questions you have about life on Orcas, buying, selling or upgrading an Orcas Island home.
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