Peace, Quiet and Cooler Temps on the Olympic Peninsula

20 acres of paradise in Quilcene

Our weather in Gig Harbor is exceptionally hot and dry this year, so I took the opportunity over the weekend to escape the heat by visiting the Olympic Peninsula.  What a totally relaxing weekend it was – life out of the hustle and bustle of the city is very therapeutic.

As I was relaxing, I was reminded of friends who live in Quilcene – in an amazing home built with many Green features and upgrades on 20 gorgeous, private acres.  Quilcene is on the Hood Canal, protected by the mountains so it has less rainfall than surrounding areas, which most years is a good thing.   The 2754 sq ft house is built with ICF blocks (Insulated Concrete Forms) with SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panels), and so well insulated that it only needs a Lopi wood stove to heat it.  Not quite off the grid, but close….

To me, the simplicity of life there has some appeal.  The 20 acres represents a little piece of paradise where you can get peace and quiet and privacy, and maybe raise some chickens, goats, horses, or llamas, reap the health benefits from growing your own veggies (started in your own greenhouse), and harvesting fruit from your own fruit trees – a place where dogs can run free, you can’t see the neighbors, but you can see the stars.  And yet it’s less than an hour’s drive to the ferries that will deliver you to the hustle and bustle of the city when you want it – on your terms.  Ahhhh – my blood pressure dropped just thinking about it.

Did I mention that this totally cool place just happens to be for sale?  Check it out – 942 Big Leaf Lane – it really is amazing.

Advertised with Permission from Sonja Tijmann, Coldwell Banker Bain