24 February

The Pacific Northwest Offers Stunning Mountain and Water Views and Privacy

The Great Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Imagine a private setting on a mountain with a massive 3-D view of the Olympic Mountains out back and a panoramic water view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the night lights of Victoria, BC on the horizon. From Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula, and the many islands in between, you’ll find some extraordinary luxury water view homes for sale. You may want to use the number one Northwest Luxury Water View Home MLS site at LuxuryWaterViewHomes.com.

Imagine what it would be like to get away from the hustle of your busy life and all the notoriety and escape to the sunbelt of the Pacific Northwest only two hours drive from the finest Seattle restaurants.  Imagine your luxury home on gorgeous beachfront property, or on one of our famous Washington Islands. On the Olympic Peninsula we have streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, fishing, crabbing, clamming, mountains and valleys, kayaking, boating out of John Wayne Marina, coves and inlets, islands, and beauty galore.  Did I mention our great golf courses?

If you want to be close to but outside the Seattle area, maybe you are looking for Port Townsend or Sequim. Sequim Dungeness Valley is in a well known “Rain Shadow” and receives one-third of Seattle’s annual rainfall, yet we’re only a pleasant two hour drive from Seattle without the traffic congestion.  Drive or enjoy a 30-minute ferry ride.

Elk herds, deer, and other wildlife in our national park with old growth forests, an even climate without extremes, almost non-existent crime, and our famous organic farms create a wonderful rich lifestyle.  This is a safe place to live full time or part time.  Many successful people have second homes here.  Folks here are very friendly and yet respect privacy.  Many, many retired executives have chosen to live here, but they could live any  place in the world.  There must be a reason they’ve chosen the North Olympic Peninsula.

I’m Chuck Marunde, real estate attorney of 20 years and now a buyer’s agent and real estate broker.   Whether you are looking for a luxury water view home or a home on a mountain, or want to have your own dream home built to your specifications, I can interface on your behalf with all parties, including your architect and home builder.  If you want professional representation with confidentiality, email or call me anytime.  My cell phone is 360.775.5424.  I guarantee your privacy.

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Chuck Marunde, J.D., Manager
iRealty Virtual Brokers
453 West Bell Street, Suite A
Sequim, WA 98382
email:  chuckmarunde@gmail.com

2 March

Safe Havens in the Pacific NW

Will the U.S. and world economies recover this year or next year?  No one really knows, although there is plenty of speculation.  I’m not a prophet, nor am I the seventh son of a seventh son, but I do like the rule, “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”  What will you do and where will you be if things go from bad to worse?  One of the safest places you could have a home is on the Northern Olympic Peninsula in Washington state’s great Pacific Northwest.  We are across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Seattle, which means we are outside the metropolitan chaos that would or could ensue if there is a more severe depression.

Having a home in a safe haven would be wise in these uncertain times.  The Sequim, Washington area (extending outward on the Peninsula) is one of the safest places to live in America right now, and because of its ideal location away from populated areas, it is an ideal location for a safe haven.  A well built home could have an area designed for food storage and even a secret safe room.  I know of a builder who could build such a home  with absolute confidentiality.  A private generator could backup electrical systems, and as a last measure we do have an ocean and rivers full of fish and forests and mountains full of deer and Elk.

We have some of the purest water in the country, and with your own well and power generator, you would not be dependent upon public systems.  Private property septic systems also release you from dependence upon public systems.   In addition, the Sequim valley soils have been tested by the Agricultural Department of the University of Washington and found to be some of the richest soil in the entire country.  If planting vegetables is a either a hobby or a perceived need, this is the place to do it.

In times of crisis we would likely be the beneficiaries of two local family owned dairies, not to mention the many cattle farms in the area.  Of all areas that are rich in food, milk, and water, this area is one of the prime locations in the U.S.  Because we are a destination on a Peninsula, we do not get traffic or tourists driving from point A to point B and just passing through.  No one just passes through this area, and so in times of major economic crisis, we are not likely to have large hordes of travelers.

We are fortunate on the Peninsula that we have many private airports as well as the Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles.  And on water we have the John Wayne Marina in Sequim and the Port Angeles Marina in Port Angeles.

For a safe Haven in times of uncertainty or even crisis, I recommend the Sequim area.  What a great investment with peace of mind.  And what a wonderful place to enjoy some private time periodically when times are good.

. . Copyright Chuck E. Marunde, J.D. 2010