Will Smart Homes be the New Normal ?

Lennar, the nations largest home builder, will make home automation standard in their new home construction. With built in Wi-Fi, smart locks, video door bells, thermostats and lights, devices will be controlled by Alexa – Amazon’s voice activated digital assistant. Lennar and Amazon will open 8 model Smart homes  in California, hoping to show perspective buyers how this new technology works in a real house and how it could simplify their lives.

ring doorbellAccording to Steve Youngren of Windermere Stanwood-Camano, buyers in our area are more concerned with security than convenience. In Seattle, Jeff Reynolds of Windermere says his buyers appreciate seeing Ring video doorbells in the homes they view.

With video doorbells, homeowners are notified as soon as motion is detected at their home. Homeowners receive live video of the activity on their doorstep via smartphone or tablet. The smart doorbell also provides two-way audio so homeowners can speak to visitors – even when they’re not at home. It’s this combination of security and convenience that buyers are ready to get on board with.

For more information about the trend toward smart homes, read the USA Today article.


Beautiful Craftsman Home with Water/Mountain Views!


Luxurious living together with panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains & Port Susan with 100′ waterfront on 2/3 acre. Short distance to the beach & boat launch just few blocks away. Immaculate custom craftsman detail home w/3500+ square feet, plus additional 284 unfinished, boasts a chef kitchen, wine cellar, office, media room, exercise room, loft & both indoor/outdoor dining area. Enjoy the bluff views while sitting at your outdoor fireplace or in the hot tub. Private setting with gorgeous designed landscaping. Island Living!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1287036

STEM Girls Tech Event at McIntyre Hall

On Tuesday, May 15th, Skagit Valley College at Mcintyre Hall hosted a STEM focused Girls Tech Event with speakers from Microsoft, Amazon, FaceBook, Whatcom Community College and Windermere. The goal was to bring women with positions of leadership to speak from their experiences and into the lives of girls from Skagit and Snohomish counties.The event was organized by 14-year-old Alex Shepler. Marla and Alex

Alex has been coding since he was 11 years old and can now code in 7 different languages. He has spent the last year lecturing to young people about the importance of education.  “Don’t be a surface learner,” is Alex’s mantra.

Through these lectures, Alex noticed the disparity between males and females who attend computer science classes in college compared to younger students.  “In the classes he taught to middle school kids, the groups have been evenly split, boys and girls,” said Alex’s father, Jim Shepler. “But at the college level, it looks more like 5 to 1 males to females.”

To combat this, Alex is encouraging young women to think outside the box about their futures and the integral part that technology has in the changing career landscape. Since STEM-focused education is an interdisciplinary approach combining academic concepts and real world lessons, Alex invited successful female leaders to speak to 8th and 9th grade students from local school districts.




“The event was a great success,” said Marla. “It was wonderful to see the students engaging with such strong, successful women. I was honored to be there.”

To learn more about Skagit STEM visit www.skagitcountystem.com.




Camano Waterfront Beach Cabin

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Set on 80 feet of Port Susan Bay, this mesmerizing retreat offers a private boat launch, moorage buoy and all the fun one can throw at it. Crab, kayak, paddle to your heart’s content. Mountain views saturate this property’s beachy vibe. The 1,207 square foot A-frame cabin features three levels with the main space flowing effortlessly. The basement and two back rooms on main level are unfinished. Plenty of off-street parking. Sold furnished or not. Amazing location!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1276061

Camano Island Studio Tour – Artists Spotlight

 If you missed last weekend’s opening, you still have next Saturday and Sunday to take advantage of this creative adventure! John Ebner’s vibrant water color painting of boats on the shore at Country Club with Mt. Baker in the background was selected as the cover art for this 20th year of the Camano Island Studio Tour.  As one of their few remaining founders, John Ebner has been at his craft since 1973. BeJohnEbnerginning in watercolor, he now employees alcohol inks, poured acrylics and epoxy resins in his work. He paints the rain, mist and many moods of the Pacific Northwest with vitality and sensitivity. A visit to his studio includes a garden walk which also showcases his meticulous attention to detail. www.johnebner.com

Another artist whose gardens have been a tour favorite for years is Betty Dorotik. Organized wildness with a view of over 500 rose bushes and the Saratoga Passage, makes her studio a must see. The gated garden has trails and a small pond pluBetty Dorotiks a garden house filled with a collection of plants, birdhouses, books and other curiosities. Garden areas are separated with decking to create contemplative ‘rooms’, which encourage venturing on to the next space. Betty Dorotik’s art is inspired by her love of gardening. Her wildlife paintings are a perfect extension of her life ‘outside’. Alas, after 18 years as a participating member of the Studio Tour, this year will be her last. Come and enjoy the view and whimsical creativity. www.bettydorotik.com

With their vast collective work, artists representing mixed media to photography – sculptures in glass, metal and wood- ceramics, jewelry and textiles, open their doors to engage, enlighten and raise scholarship monies for aspiring art students at Stanwood High School. Windermere is one of the sponsors of this wonderful event. Come  visit and explore the exhibits, the work of our local artists in their element, their studios.



Beautiful Camano Home in Sunset West !


Stately & meticulously cared for home in Sunset West is surrounded by mature landscaping bursting into bloom! Formal & casual rooms seamlessly blend elegance & relaxation. 3 bedroom/2.5 bath + den, 2,160 square feet. Details like gleaming wood trim, French doors & wainscoting make this home a standout. Newer roof, H2O heater, carpets & paint too! Spectacular yard with water feature, beautiful plantings, patio, gas firepit, boat storage & hot-tub ready! .5-acre lot with greenbelt. PERFECT setting for relaxing & entertaining!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1284050

Camano Cutie, Blocks From Beach


Immaculate, spacious home a few blocks from the beach on the west side with partial views. Gorgeous Sunsets! This rambler offers 2 dining rooms, a large living room plus a family room. The big master suite has a Jacuzzi tub & walk-in closet + another bedroom. (3 bed septic) Manicured yard is level and offers partial views, garden areas, RV & boat parking. Beach Rights just a few blocks away, you are sure to enjoy the summer filled with boating, crabbing & beach combing fun.

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1275917

Camano View New Construction!

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Beautiful, brand new construction in the Country Club with partial views and easy Community Beach access. Enjoy nearly 1,800 square feet of living with open concept Great Room, Dining Room, Kitchen feel on main level. Level entry Foyer and garage and loads of storage. Master with Ensuite 5 piece Bathroom, 2 extra Bedrooms, Full Bath and Laundry all upstairs for convenience. All the current finishes you like with granite, stainless, tile back splash at a price you can afford. Come and see!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1256549

Camano Large Corner Lot with Views!



Prime Location! Large corner lot with gorgeous sunset views overlooking Puget Sound from the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd story of your future custom built home! Level lot with completed perc and site registration on file with Island County. Water share available through Madrona Beach Water- buyer to verify….One of the great west side beach communities on Camano Island’s north end, you are just 2 blocks to the water, 20 minutes to I-5, and close to everything! Bring your builder, kayaks & crab pots- won’t last!

Find out more at www.windermere.com/mls/1261247


#TeamworkThursday-Congratulations Beth Newton

Happy #TeamworkThursday! This week we are recognizing the great work that Beth Newton does. Congratulations Beth!
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