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 Friday Harbor Estate and Madroneagle, listed by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR). Jennifer Johnsen Cameron, the Listing Agent and Vice President of Brand Development for RSIR tells Mansion Global that with Friday Harbor Estate, there is relative value in the unique home, as “the replacement cost of the house is ‘significantly higher’ than the price.” The property, which is listed for $14.8 million and owned by rock legend Steve Miller, “has an 11,686-square-foot, stone-and-wood home on a total of about 40 acres. It also has a dock with deep-water moorage.”
Miller says the appeal for the property was convenience, “For a guy like me, who does 70 cities a year, I needed to be somewhere I could get in and out of.”
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.
“I am thrilled to have had an opportunity to share these truly unparalleled properties with the world,” Cameron reflects. “Each home is an amazing retreat and I look forward to aligning both with their next stewards.”
This article appeared in the May 19th, 2017 print edition of Mansion Global and is available to subscribers of The Wall Street Journal at WSJ.com
Want to know more about the Pacific Northwest’s best kept secret? Explore Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty’s Legacy Home Report, which retells the history of the San Juan Islands, discusses what it means to be a legacy home, and compares the retreats found in the San Juans to the most desirable estates found in Long Island, New York.