The small town of Anacortes WA has just over 16,000 residents and sits on Fidalgo Island, on the western edge of Washington state, as is connected to the mainland by three bridges and to the San Juan Islands and Sidney B.C. by the Washington State Ferry system.
The gentle climate of Fidalgo Island is mild year-round and has about a third less rain than Seattle. The Anacortes real estate market attracts retirees, lovers of the outdoors, sailors, writers, marine-related industries, and telecommuters, the latter able to be in an “office” in their homes with a phone and an internet connection, yet in reality, enjoying island living overlooking views of Mount Baker, Guemes Island, or the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Just 90 minutes from both Seattle WA and Vancouver B.C, Fidalgo Island is in easy reach of big city life but most Anacortes residents find there’s enough going on right under their noses. Anacortes homeowners and visitors enjoy Anacortes Parks which include 2,200 acres of forestland, wetlands, lakes, waterfront, beaches, and hiking trails so outdoor enthusiasts will never be left with a dull weekend.
For those who prefer the arts, Anacortes has the ACT Community Theater, regular Skagit Symphony performances, a museum, a monthly art walk, jazz and arts festivals, and a new multi-million-dollar library with an extensive list of speakers and activities.
Whale watching, kayaking, sailing, power boating, bird watching, and camping are easy to do from Anacortes, but a kinder and gentler pace of life also awaits. Anacortes restaurants serve local fare, Thai, all-American, Mexican and Italian, and independent coffee shops and the country’s leading brands are all represented. Boutiques and small stores sell everything from wool to antiques, books, and cookware. The Anacortes School District is one of the best in the region in academic excellence.
And in terms of getting away, the San Juan Islands offer a change of pace, just a 55-minute ferry ride away, or Vancouver Island is 2 hours to the north.
If you are looking to move to Anacortes or just want a tour of Anacortes homes for sale, call our office and one of our Anacortes real estate agents will be happy to introduce you to beautiful Fidalgo Island.
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