Dreaming of a Waterfront Home?

Sunset in Anacortes, WA

Many of us dream of having the perfect home by the water either by a lake, river or ocean. Luckily, Skagit County has everything to offer; beautiful beach front, waterfront with private docks, lakefront, and even riverfront properties. Waterfront properties are amazing, but there are many considerations that need to be taken to make sure you get the right property for you. Here are some questions you need to answer before considering making a real estate offer for a waterfront home in Skagit County.

  1. How do you want to use your property?

Start by thinking which activities you enjoy most. This will determine which waterfront property you will want to look at. You will want to choose a home that allows you to enjoy all your favorite activities. Whether it is boating, fishing, crabbing or kayaking that you enjoy, the focus on the right property is crucial.

  1. Location?

Today, it is easy to look at a home online and even fall in love with it. But, as with any other real estate purchase, location is the most important consideration to make. It is very important that you visit the area and the neighborhood to make sure it is the right fit for you. As much as you love the home, the neighborhood plays an important role in your decision. After all, you want to make sure you are comfortable in your new home.

  1. Are they all the same?

Not all waterfronts are the same. The first thing to consider is the description of the type of waterfront. The 2 most common are beach front and waterfront. Beach front is a property with easy access to a beach. Waterfront is access to a water source like river, lake or ocean. Each can be a great choice depending on your needs and activities.

Here are some examples of different waterfront homes:

18005 Bow Lake Ln, Bow, WA

For sale: $2,900,000

18005 Bow Lake Ln

Create a lifetime of memories on your secluded 76¬Ī acre gated campus which includes: a private lake designed for competitive water-skiing/wakeboarding.

2420 Puget Wy, Anacortes, WA

For sale: $1,995,000

2420 Puget Way

Feel like you are boating from your living room! Surrounded by water on three sides, this home is situated to capture stunning views of ferries, freighters, yachts & stunning sunsets

2013 Cove Place, Anacortes, WA

For sale: $1,700,000

2013 Cove Place

Spacious one level custom waterfront home offers a rare 92’+/- DOUBLE SIDED PRIVATE deep water DOCK

818 Shoshone Dr, La Conner, WA

For sale: $450,000

818 Shoshone Dr

Enjoy a boat parade everyday! Situated on Swinomish Channel, this well maintained one level home is designed for easy living & entertaining.

With all these considerations in place, we recommend having a real estate agent that specializes in waterfront properties. Your agent can help you better understand the different waterfront descriptions and can guide you in the right direction when looking for the perfect waterfront home for you!

For more information on waterfront homes or if you are wondering how much your waterfront home is worth, please call or email Jean Groesbeck – (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Enjoy the Best of NW Waterfront Living!

Welcome to 15225 Deception Road, Anacortes!

Enjoy every aspect of ¬†Anacortes waterfront living! This home is located on .5¬Ī acres and one of the Premier NW beaches!

This 2,035¬Ī sf¬†mid-century has been meticulously preserved to maintain it’s original charm yet has been kept in like-new condition. New roof, fresh paint, newer trex-type deck & glass inserts, new windows in 2007, & sparkling clean! Large level yard, patio, fruit trees, attached garage + detached carport allows covered parking for 4 cars + RV parking. You will feel at home the minute you enter this slice of paradise!

Take a look inside this beautiful home!

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Driving Directions: From I-5 take Hwy 20 west. Left at Deception Rd. Left at Y. Home on Right.

For more information on this home, or other waterfront real estate in Anacortes, La Conner, or throughout Skagit County, please contact Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

The Point of Paradise

Welcome to 2420 Puget Way in Anacortes,The Point of Paradise!

This exquisite Anacortes waterfront home is nestled on a rocky outcropping with glorious sunsets, and panoramic views of the Sound, San Juan Islands, and Anacortes boat traffic!

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A gorgeous Anacortes home perched to capture the best of the stunning natural beauty of NW waterfront living. Two thirds of the 3,003¬Ī sf¬†property is surrounded by water with blue heron, eagles, and seals as your neighbors. The only traffic is ferries, freighters, and pleasure yachts cruising by. Remodeled to capture stunning views from each room, one of the decks will always have sun. Magnificent great room, Eastern White Cedar exterior, tight knot fir, & Siberian Oak add distinction.¬†Adjacent to Washington Park with boat ramp, camping, and beautiful beach.

If you are interested in learning more about this Anacortes property, please contact Jean Groesbeck at (360) 941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Coldwell Banker Expands Global Reach in France and Monaco


Coldwell Banker Expands Global Reach in France and Monaco


¬†Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC has¬†announced the signing of a master franchise agreement with Demeure S.A. ¬†to expand the Coldwell Banker¬ģ brand in France and into Monaco.¬† With the addition of Monaco, the Coldwell Banker network now extends to 50 countries and territories worldwide on a combined basis.

Led by Laurent Demeure, president and chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker France and Monaco is based in Paris.¬† Previously known as Demeure Immobilier¬†with a luxury homes department Demeure Prestige, Demeure S.A. was founded in 1920. The group played a major role in the development of real estate in France, notably with the creation of one of France’s premier networks of estate agents.

¬†‚ÄúWe are thrilled that Laurent and his talented team have joined the Coldwell Banker system to give us a renewed presence in France,‚ÄĚ said Jim Gillespie, chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.¬† ‚ÄúObviously gaining a presence in Monaco, one of the world‚Äôs most desired destinations, is a major addition to Coldwell Banker Previews International¬ģ, our luxury marketing division that caters to the affluent.¬† We believe Laurent‚Äôs firm aligns very well with the Coldwell Banker brand, combining a¬† rich history with outstanding core values.‚Ä̬†¬†

“We think the Coldwell Banker brand has great potential for growth in France and Monaco,‚ÄĚ said Demeure.¬† “The¬†France and Monaco property market is holding steady, despite the recent economic crisis.¬†¬† In France, relatively low home prices, culture and ‚Äėlove for all things French‚Äô continue to drive interest from foreign investors while Monaco obviously attracts interest from the affluent around the globe.

‚ÄúWe are very enthusiastic to further develop the Coldwell Banker brand in France and enter a new market in Monaco.¬† We believe that because we are in the same business as our potential franchisees this will allow us to develop unparalleled business relationships with partners that understand each other‚Äôs needs and expectations. All the team is highly motivated in making the Coldwell Banker system a highly innovative and¬†highly consumer focused brand in the two countries and becoming the leader in the luxury properties market through Coldwell Banker Previews International.”

About Coldwell Banker¬ģ
Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker¬ģ organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate. ¬†¬†Coldwell Banker is the oldest national real estate brand in the United States and today has a network of more than 98,000 agents working in more than 3,600 offices in 50 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand to augment its web site www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel.¬† The Coldwell Banker system is a leader in specialty markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International¬ģ marketing program.

Critical Areas/Shoreline Workshop


The San Juan County Association of Realtors¬ģ and Washington State Realtors¬ģ , will host a regional Critical Areas/Shoreline workshop

June 18, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Anacortes Library

1220 10th St., Anacortes


Whether you own a waterfront home or just enjoy walking on the beach, you will find this presentation very informative.

This free event will include speakers in salmon recovery, wetlands, land use and environmental regulations.  An out of the new Critical Areas Ordinances and Shoreline Master Plan updates being considered will also be discussed.

The National Luxury Real Estate Market

In order to do a good job in representing La Conner and Anacortes Waterfront Homes and Luxury Properties, it is important to have an in-depth understanding of the National and International Luxury Real Estate Market.

Here are a few stats you might find interesting:


Top 10 U.S. Luxury Real Estate Markets

According to the U.S. Census, the number of homes valued at $1 million or more increased 470% between 2000 and 2005.  Here are the states with the greatest number of owner-occupied $1 million-plus properties.

Here is the number of Luxury Homes sold by state and the % of total homes they represent:


1. California    619,170 8.76%
2. New York   165,641 4.21%
3. Florida   102,010 2.08%
4. New Jersey    61,523 2.91%
5. Massachusetts    54,156 3.45%
6. Illinois   43,533 1.33%
7. Connecticut    40,578 4.41%
8. Virginia      38,725 1.92%
9. Maryland     35,835 2.49%
10. Washington    28,704 1.81%






More foreigners are purchasing home in the U.S. and we are seeing more La Conner and Anacortes home buyers coming from other countries.  Here are the stats nationally. 
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Source:  2007 National Association of REALTORS¬ģ Profile of International Home Buying Activity
Source: 2007 National Association of REALTORS¬ģ Profile of International Home Buying Activity



 To read more about La Conner and Anacortes Luxury Home Buyers click here.

Information on this blog is compiled from reliable sources, but information may be time sensitive and is not guaranteed.

More information is available at www.CBIslandLiving.com and additional blog posts at www.AnacortesRealEstateBlog.com

Selling Your Luxury Homes

With 90% of home buyers starting their home search on line, it is important to have your Waterfront or Luxury property featured on the right websites.  At COLDWELL BANKER ISLAND LIVING we have a network of international Coldwell Banker office.  Not only are we a national company, but our marketing withour borders has global reach.

 If you want the broadest exposure and most intense marketing for your home, please contact us!

Jean Groesbeck   (360) 293-4511




Washington State Makes The Top 10 U.S. Luxury Real Estate Markets!

Accordingding to the U.S. Census, the number of homes valued at $1 million or more increased 470% between 2000 and 2005.¬† No surprise…Washington State made the top 10!¬† 1.81% of all homes in Washington are valued over one million dollars!


                                   # of Luxury Homes     % of Total Homes

1.  California             619,170                      8.76%

2.  New York              165,641                      4.21%

3.  Florida                  102,010                      2.08%

4.  New Jersey              61,523                      2.91%

5.  Massachusetts        54,156                      3.45%

6.  Illinois                   43,533                      1.33%

7.  Connecticut            40,578                      4.41%

8.  Virginia                  38,725                      1.92%

9.  Maryland                35,835                      2.49%

10.Washington             28,704                      1.81%


Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey and 2000 Census, home values; DataQuick, home sales.

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Jean Groesbeck




Island Properties Appeal to Foreign Investors Looking For Second Homes

Island Properties Appeal to Foreign Investors Looking For Second Homes



The soft U. S. real estate market is attracting foreign investors, and we are seeing many of these investors shopping for summer homes in Anacortes, La Conner, Guemes Island and The San Juan Islands.


More Canadians are considering a summer home purchase in our area. I have had several inquires recently from our Canadian neighbors who are attracted to Fidalgo Island because of the uniqueness of Island living with the convenience of living on an island accessible by bridge.  


214759009_75d436cddc.jpgAnacortes, La Conner, and Samish Island all have a  small town feel, stunning natural beauty, and all the conveniences of a two large cities (Seattle, WA or Vancouver, B.C.)  just 90 minutes away.   U. S. island home prices compared to Canadian home prices along with a favorable exchange rate makes island waterfront property an extremely attractive real estate investment to Canadians. 



International real estate investors from all over the world are inquiring about waterfront homes and Premier Properties in our area.  I recently spoke with a potential buyer from Russia, via interpreter!



To provide the best information to the Whidbey Island, San Juan Islands, La Conner, and Anacortes luxury home buyer, I have expanded the on-line marketing of our Premier Property listings to include www.LuxuryPortfolio.com and www.LuxuryHomes.com websites. These websites target international buyers in over 150 countries and are available in many different languages and currencies.



For more information specific to your property or your home search please email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com


Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC

Windermere Real Estate / Anacortes Properties


Jean Groesbeck  360-941-3734

Linda Harris  360-202-8888

Jessica Notaro  360-202-1441