Orcas Island. This two-bedroom home designed by Indigo Architecture sits on 10.6 acres and looks out onto other islands and the Salish Sea. The house is cantilevered 28 feet in both directions from its base, giving the illusion that it is floating.

The interior features retractable glass walls, vaulted ceilings, and concrete floors. $2,495,000. Mariah Buck, Windermere Real Estate, (360) 317-7426.


San Juan Island. Built in 1988, this 8,400-square-foot, two-bedroom house has views of Haro Strait. The interior features a fireplace in the master bedroom, French doors, hardwood and concrete floors, and vaulted ceilings.

The 11-acre property includes a two-bedroom guesthouse, stone walking paths, and extensive decking. $6,495,000. Maryellen Foster, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, (360) 378-7825.


San Juan Island. Designed by architect Tom Kundig, this two-bedroom house lies at the mouth of False Bay. Details include an 18-foot-high steel front door, vaulted ceilings, a loft area, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a wet bar.

The 3.8-acre property features extensive gardens, large patios, and a guesthouse with decks that turn into walls. $3,500,000. Sam Buck, Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, (360) 378-2101.


Shaw Island. This two-bedroom house sits on 54 acres overlooking the Salish Sea. The interior has a chef's kitchen, high ceilings, and bamboo, cork, and slate flooring.

The property includes two private beaches, an artist's studio, and 2,100 feet of waterfront. $5,900,000. Angela Pepka and Peter Phillips, Realogics/Sotheby's International Realty, (425) 442-6203.


Orcas Island. Set on 12 acres, this two-bedroom house is close to the ferry and shopping area. Built in 1969, the home features hardwood floors, a fireplace, and views of the Salish Sea.

The property includes a fenced garden area, a gazebo, 250 feet of waterfront, and a one-bedroom guest apartment above a detached garage. $1,995,000. Wallace Gudgell, Windermere Real Estate, (360) 507-5443.


San Juan Island. This four-bedroom house has views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca; Victoria, British Columbia; and the Olympic Mountains. Built in 1978, the home features hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen with custom walnut cabinets, and vaulted ceilings with skylights.

Outdoor amenities include a hot tub and a sauna, mahogany decks, and a guest studio with a kitchen. $899,000. Jim Carroll, Better Properties, Better Properties Real Estate, (360) 298-5034.


Orcas Island. This "Steal of the Week" was built in the late 1880s and was originally known as Rock Lawn. The five-bedroom house includes features such as exposed-beam ceilings, hardwood floors, and views of Buck Bay and Lopez Island. The property has a guesthouse, a deck, and beach and community dock access. $475,000. Meg Burkett, Realogics/Sotheby's International Realty, (360) 271-7426.

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