Looking out their waterfront windows, the owners of the 7,000-square-foot house in Fort Bellingham neighborhood can gaze south across Bellingham Bay to Lummi Island and beyond. On a clear day, they can see Mount Rainier.
Their house sits near where the Nooksack River flows into the northern crown of the bay. Eagles roost on trees on the bank next to the beach in front of their house. Tides sweep daily over the delta flats, attracting birds too numerous to count.
“It’s one of the most beautiful views that I’ve ever seen,” says the man who co-owns the house with his wife. “It’s beyond beautiful.” The house is for sale and the owners didn’t want us to use their names.
It’s the view that prompted them to knock on doors in the neighborhood more than a decade ago looking for a house to buy. When they found one, they gave the house to some friends in return for having it moved elsewhere.
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That freed up the property for them to build the house of their dreams, with a view to match. They hired a Seattle architect, a friend of the family, to design their house, and worked closely with contractors to erect it atop the existing basement.
Their two children were middle-schoolers when they moved into the house in March 1999. The square footage is large, in part, because of the basement and the two-car garage, and because the couple run their own business out of the home.
They had considered growing old in the house, with room for a live-in caregiver, but have decided the upkeep is too much for the two of them, so they have the house listed for sale through The Muljat Group.
The multi-level house has two fireplaces, four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. A tiptop office features a small balcony that overlooks the bay and the large yard, patio and gardens below.
Understandably, most of the house’s windows face the bay.
A large fireplace features manufactured river rock. Outside, exterior walls are constructed of stones from the Lummi Island quarry. A trail with switchbacks works its way down the bank to the beach.
Arched double-doors greet visitors at the streetside entrance. Inside, extensive fir trim, maple paneling in the kitchen, and rich window casings make evident the couple’s appreciation for the Northwest Craftsman style.
“We love that historic look of the 1920s and ’30s,” the husband says.