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protected open spaces, forests, watersheds and shorelines in the San Juan Archipelago on more than 15,000 acres on 20 islands. Perhaps the greatest distinction between San Juans and Long Island is the variety of outdoor recreation available in the former. With their resident Orca (killer whale) population, the islands are a popular venue for whalewatching, and the diverse landscape the islands share is home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in the contiguous U.S. The islands enjoy four seasons of mild temperate weather, and far less precipitation than the southern Puget Sound thanks to the Olympic Rain Shadow cast by the mountainous Olympic Peninsula to the southwest. Extreme weather is exceedingly rare in the islands, and the topography allows all sorts of outdoor activities year-round.

state-managed and private ferries as well as two airlines offer regular service to and from the San Juan Islands. Getting there can be half the fun with seaplanes and yachts—consider the seemingly unmatched experience of transferring one’s yacht and loved ones from the safe harbor of a Lake Washington berth through the Ship Canal and descending the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard into the relatively protected waters of Puget Sound. Within a few hours, all have arrived at their personal sanctuary by the sea—a respite from the mainland and likely, an investment like no other. The San Juans have always shared in common with Long Island destinations the popularity of boating and fishing, and these continue unabated. But the forested slopes of the San Juans and their innumerable trails offer yet more opportunities for exploration in a still-pristine natural environment. An acquaintance of John Muir, Robert Moran intended it to stay that way; and to that end he forbade hunting on his property. Wildlife remain among the many wonders to be enjoyed in the islands. In fact, since 1979 the San Juan Preservation Trust has

Exit Plans for a Second Home Purchase | While many homeowners reach a stage at which they expect never to leave their home, this is perhaps more true of legacy homeowners than of any others. However, the uncertainties of life require all homeowners to plan for what will happen to their home should (and ultimately, when) circumstances change. Aging, the financial resources of heirs, potential divorce, and even unexpected relocation necessitate forward thinking about what will become of this most treasured asset. Some homeowners with unusually distinctive properties may commit them as lasting contributions benefiting others. As in the case of Robert Moran’s unimproved property, excess acreage can be dedicated to municipal parkland, a wildlife refuge, or to municipal or foundation-managed trust lands. Several qualified entities in San Juan County are engaged in preservation to which properties may be dedicated or otherwise devised. Homes with historic significance can be entrusted to a historical society or municipal government for purposes of historic preservation; or again in the case of Rosario, sold to a private owner with stipulations as to future dedication and transfer of ownership. Properties without historic value can be partitioned or sold with the proceeds divided among the heirs as devised in the homeowner’s will. Selling requires patience, as sales of distinctive homes such as these do tend to take longer than down-market sales. In 2015, days on market of homes for sale in the most exclusive neighborhoods of Long Island ranged from 91 to 2464. Similarly, days on market throughout the San Juan Islands averaged 247 over the past 12 months, with a median of 141 days. By comparison, sales of homes priced at $2 million and up in Seattle averaged 83 days on market, with a median of 345.

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