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San Juan Islands Real Estate: San Juan and Friday Harbor, Orcas and Eastsound, Lopez Island, Shaw Island and the Outer San Juan Islands

About the San Juan Islands

A calm afternoon overlooking the port of Friday Harbor Marina, San Juan Island.The San Juan Islands are a group of islands located in the Pacific Northwest of Washington state. They are located just southwest of Vancouver Island Canada. The islands are surrounded by Vancouver Island Canada to the west, the Olympic Mountains to the south, the Gulf Islands to the north, and the Cascade Mountains to the east.

Because of their close proximity to cities like Seattle, Vancouver British Columbia, Bellingham, and Victoria British Columbia they enjoy a healthy tourism industry. The natural beauty, temperate climate, and relaxed pace of life attracts visitors, retirees, boaters, artists, and many others from all walks of life.

With a healthy population of around 15,000 people spread out over the four major islands they manage to provide a comfortable lifestyle with all of the services you might find on the mainland but with a lot less stress.

Looking through the San Juan Islands to the east... Mount Baker in the distance.A healthy younger generation works in the tourism industry, and local working families find work in construction, real estate, or telecommute to high tech jobs somewhere else in the world.

Large grocery stores, fitness centers, airports, community theaters, healthcare providers, and great libraries can be found on both San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and Orcas Island.

The San Juan Islands are considered a boaters paradise because of the abundance of picturesque and comfortable anchorages. Several marinas can be found scattered around and islands.

Orca whales can be viewed feeding off of the West coast of San Juan Island.There are no bridges to the San Juan Islands... and this is something that helps to keep a magical quality in the islands. To get to the islands you need to walk on or drive on the Washington State ferry system. The ferry ride to and from the mainland is like a portal back and forth to the real world. The ride lasts about an hour depending on which island you are leaving. The time on board the ferry is spent upstairs talking with friends, making a shopping list, enjoying a clam chowder or a hot chocolate, sleeping, or gazing out at the constantly changing view of the islands.

A Washington State ferry pulls into the ferry landing on Orcas Island.Technically there are hundreds of islands in the San Juan Islands however only four of the islands are served by the Washington State ferry system. Several other smaller outer islands are inhabited by residents who have private aircraft or watercraft.

Select an island to learn more: Lopez Island, Orcas Island, San Juan Island.


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