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April 25, 2014

Featured homes offer traditional design styles

The 1,328-square-foot Beach House model at San Juan Passage includes hardwood floors, crown molding and wainscoting.

San Juan Passage

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

ANACORTES — Perched on a hillside 2 miles from downtown Anacortes, San Juan Passage has earned a reputation for its island lifestyle and maritime vistas.

The 24-acre community overlooks Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands, which presents a parade of commercial vessels and pleasure craft against a backdrop of seabirds, dolphins, coastal seals and migrating orcas, says Bob Gilbane, chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development Company, creators of San Juan Passage.

"This amazing coastal setting and its proximity to Seattle, the San Juan Islands and the Cascade Mountains spoke to us," he says. "We knew our passion for building traditional-style homes built ship-tight from high-quality, sustainable materials would work here."

Gilbane says that the sales success at San Juan Passage, where more than 50 percent of the homes have been sold, and architectural awards it has received are testimony to the development team's vision and execution.

"It is fitting that two of the community's most popular [Seacoast Collection] designs — the Beach House and the Island House — are being featured this weekend," he says. "Both employ an architectural style that strikes familiar, time-tested notes. Exterior hallmarks include welcoming covered porches, glistening white trim, exposed rafters and thick shingle siding — all elements that are right at home on the beach."

Interiors include hardwood floors, crown molding and wainscoting. Kitchens are accented with natural tile and granite, and the master suites have walk-in closets.

"These homes are perfect for those seeking a coastal getaway as a second home, or as a permanent residence that features easy main-floor living," says Sandi Davidson, the sales manager at San Juan Passage. "[The Beach House and the Island House] are smartly planned homes that focus on detail, not expanse. People are amazed at how much livability, enduring quality and energy efficiency has been designed into these homes."

At 1,328 square feet, the Beach House is the smaller of the two plans. The one-level home has a peaked ceiling, which allows natural light to fill the living, dining and kitchen spaces.

The master suite includes a bathroom that is finished with granite and tile. It is set in the rear of the home to maximize privacy. Across the hall is a second bedroom that adjoins a full guest bath. The home is priced at $465,000.

Davidson says the 1,742-square-foot Island House is among the most popular plans in the Seacoast Classics collection.

"It's a home that fits so many aspirations and needs, and the high-pitched, two-story profile it presents is uniquely suited to this wonderful setting," she says.

The design features a main-level master suite and adjoining laundry room that are steps away from the kitchen. The dining and living areas are grouped in a great-room format that opens to a covered porch. Off the dining room is a half-bath and mudroom area.

Upstairs, the Island House has two guest bedrooms that adjoin a full bath. One of the bedrooms has its own sundeck. A flexible bonus room can be used as a media center, studio, crafts room or additional bedroom. The home is priced at $560,000.

Visitors this weekend are encouraged to visit the four parks in the San Juan Passage community. Along the water's edge, residents can access the Guemes Channel Trail, which stretches along the shoreline for approximately three-quarters of a mile toward downtown Anacortes.

A community facility recently opened at San Juan Passage. It includes an outdoor fireplace, picnic shelter and pickleball court.

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