Affordable waterview homes in Whatcom and Skagit Counties

 “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” Diane Ackerman

 According to the National Association of Realtors  (NAR)’s 2013 Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences found that the feature that had the highest dollar value buyers were willing to pay more for was waterfront.

For some of us waterfront is just outside our budget so the next best thing in my opinion is to look for homes or land to buy that are affordable waterview homes in Whatcom and Skagit Counties

Not a surprise for many. Waterview properties can come in different shapes and sizes. Locally, the views of Lake Whatcom, Lake Samish, views of the harbor, Bay, Sound, Ocean, or looking out toward the islands.

I am so excited. I have an opportunity for you to either add some waterview property to your portfolio as a first home or a rental or for you to have a great lot to build your dream home. In the past, people often went to water for vacation homes. First let’s look at a good location for a primary residence. This property, along Lake Samish, is minutes via a freeway to the city of Bellingham for work or shopping. It feels rural and peaceful near Chuckanut Mountain.

Lake Samish, once a childhood home to Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, is actually 6.5 miles southeast of Bellingham. It has two basins connected by a narrow strait with a small bridge over it at the north end. This small 140-foot deep area has a county-maintained park, trails, and a privately-owned camp. The larger section, visible from I-5, is around 65 feet deep, has public and private access area for recreational boats and jet skis.

A few things to consider:  

  • Calm and peaceful
  • Breathtaking views
  • Water sports
  • A great investment

A glimpse of Whatcom County: Samish Park – this 26-acre park between I-5 and the Chuckanut Mountains is at the north end of Lake Samish and is a bit deceptive as it has more than what first meets the eye including a day lodge, swimming area (no lifeguard), and a moderate .7 mile loop trail that starts lakeside and proceeds up the mountain for a more strenuous 1.3 mile loop. In the past members of the Samish tribe lived along the lake. Now much of the shoreline has home sites. The Lake Samish Association, managed by volunteers, promotes the health and quality of the life around the lake. It has sponsored a History of Lake Samish project. The resulting books is available for $30, depending on availability, by contacting the association at The group also has a Facebook page.

Another very affordable lake to consider is Big Lake.  As of today I have a 3 bedroom home that has beautiful views of the water priced at $280,000.  This would make a great first time home purchase or a good rental property to buy and hold.

Please stay in touch, follow my blog and call me as soon as possible to see this parcel or to see the 3 bedroom home in Big Lake.  They both have beautiful views.  I’m available at 360-223-9050 or