San Juan County
Shaw Island is the smallest of the four San Juan Islands in the Pacific NW served by Washington State Ferries. Less than 8 square miles in size, Shaw Island also has the smallest population: 261 in 2006.
Owners and residents of Shaw Island real estate particularly enjoy their privacy. Because the island has virtually no tourism-related businesses and limited public access to the shoreline, visitors with no connection to the island's residents are rare. The island's only store and a small marina are adjacent to the ferry landing. If privacy and the small town feel are appealing to you, then a search of the Shaw Island MLS would be beneficial to find an ideal Pacific NW home in this location.
For most of their shopping, Shaw Island residents take the ferry to Orcas Island (just 15-20 minutes away) or to Anacortes on the mainland (50-75 minutes away).
Weather for all of the San Juan Islands is drier than its stereotypical image. Islanders see the sun an average of 247 days each year. The Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges limit both rain clouds and cold fronts that reach the islands. The surrounding ocean waters contribute to the mild climate, with temperatures rarely rising above 80 degrees in the summer nor falling below 30 degrees in the winter.
A school on Shaw Island educates children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students then attend a high school on Orcas, San Juan or Lopez islands.
The time is right to contact a Pacific NW realtor. Shaw Island real estate expert, Susan Stecher, is ready to assist you in your search on the Pacific Northwest MLS to locate the perfect Shaw Island home to meet all your needs. Contact Susan today to get started on your search.
Quick Links:Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
Orcas Island School District
Washington State Ferries