Moving from Seattle to a rural island changes how you think about privacy and the extent to which you are visible to others. In that contrast, being surrounded by trees instead of people feels really good.
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An embarrassing story about arriving at a potluck full of strangers in Westsound, WA, on Orcas Island.
One of biggest reasons we chose the property we did was the view and the ability to feel like we’re a part of the Salish Sea and its wildlife.
We dreamed of having a second place in the form of a house on Orcas Island. And it was a luxury in many ways. But it also came with costs, both financial and personal.
The fence around our house was not really a fence, but a trap we unknowingly set for deer.
We bought a yurt-shaped house on Orcas Island and have never looked back. This is what we were thnking at the time…
In 2017, we bought a house on Orcas Island that had 15 sides and was circular like a yurt. What it lacked in quality, it made up for in shabby charm.