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September 21, 2012

New designs available soon at coastal community

The 2,900-square-foot Westcott Bay home includes wrap-around decks on two levels.

San Juan Passage

Open 11 a.m.–4 p.m. daily and by appointment at 4520 Schooner Drive, Anacortes

ANACORTES -- September is a wonderful time to visit San Juan Passage, says Kathy Clarke, sales director for the community that overlooks Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands.

In recent months, hundreds of new-home shoppers have toured the community, created by Gilbane Development Company, a renowned Rhode Island construction group specializing in coastal design.

"We are thrilled by the growing, positive reputation that San Juan Passage has earned," Clarke says. "While the widespread real-estate downturn put a damper on prior sales activity, it is clear that buyer confidence has returned -- especially for unique, high-quality projects created around so many lifestyle amenities."

The four community parks at San Juan Passage are complete, Clarke says, and 28 homes have been sold. When complete, the community will have 100 homes.

More than 25 finished lots and a variety of new floor plans are expected to be released soon, she says.

The homes' signature architecture is reflective of historic seacoast designs. Features include high-pitched roofs, exposed rafter tails and covered porch areas.

"We wanted to capture the perfect blend of Nantucket charm and Northwest sensibilities," says Bob Gilbane, chairman of Gilbane Development Company. "[The designs offer] the warmth and character of a beach home finished with delightful touches of elegance, color and thoughtful detail."

Floor plans at San Juan Passage range in size from 1,328 to 2,910 square feet and were designed to maximize light and water views. Architectural angles create nooks for bookshelves and window seats.

Interior features include hardwood floors, mantled gas fireplaces, stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Craftsman-style molding, wainscoting and trim are included in living and bedroom areas, and bathrooms have ceramic and natural stone tiles and Kohler fixtures.

Gilbane says the builder is responsive to requests from buyers to add personal touches to their homes.

"A large percentage of San Juan Passage sales have been build-to-suit projects, meaning that after the customers choose their ideal site within the community, we typically work to define what base plan works best for them," he says. "Once that is achieved, there is a lot of personalization that goes into the finished product. This is not the easiest way to build, but we believe it results in better design solutions and, in the end, happier customers."

To facilitate this effort, Gilbane employs two full-time site supervisors with substantial design, engineering and construction experience.

Clarke says the sales staff is facilitating construction requests for delivery in the spring and summer of 2013.

"It's really a fun time for us, because there is so much enthusiasm for the future of this project," she says.

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