Water's Edge is an enclave of 15 homes on a shoreline ridge within the San Juan Passage community in Anacortes.

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ANACORTES — Water’s Edge is an enclave of 15 homes on a shoreline ridge within the San Juan Passage community. They have 180-degree views that include the Guemes Channel and the San Juan Islands.

“These incredible properties with their distinctive architecture have drawn national attention,” says Sandi Davidson, the director of sales at San Juan Passage. “Recent buyers from the Seattle metro area, as well as many from out of the state, understand the long-term value of a residence where you are steps from the tidelands in a neighborhood with high walkability.

“The low-maintenance yards, a cohesive and beautiful neighborhood, as well as easy access to the many outdoor activities make San Juan Passage — and Anacortes in general — an intelligent and affordable alternative,” she says.

Bob Gilbane, chairman and CEO of Gilbane Development, the builder at San Juan Passage, says he recognized during the initial stages of development the potential to create a world-class seacoast setting at Water’s Edge.

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He says his development team worked with Anacortes city officials on a plan to retain many of the mature trees and other vegetation while creating view corridors for each Water’s Edge home.

A natural stone amphitheater comprised of dry-stacked rock was created at the southern edge of the neighborhood as a gathering spot for neighbors. Below the homesites and adjacent to the shoreline, the builder completed the first phase of what is now the Guemes Channel Trail.

“This collaborative effort has produced a dynamic habitat where views and nature can flourish and be protected,” Gilbane says. “We are also pleased that the city has extended the trail — a wonderful, 10-foot-wide pedestrian and bicycle promenade — for approximately 1.2 miles toward downtown Anacortes. This benefits residents and visitors alike.”

Union Studio Architects of Providence, R.I., has created five floor plans specifically for the Water’s Edge neighborhood. They range in size from approximately 2,500 to 3,400 square feet.

“[The Water’s Edge designs] reflect a commitment to the values and sensibilities that have made traditional coastal architecture so timeless,” Gilbane says. “They also model the movement, even among premier homes, toward smaller, more-efficient living spaces.”

Custom interiors include coffered ceilings, wood-wrapped windows and natural-stone tiling, and views are available in nearly every room. “The plans reflect a perfect combination of Nantucket charm and Northwest comfort,” he says.

Main levels have great-room designs that include the kitchen and dining and living rooms. Master suites are also on the main levels, and decks span the front of the homes.

Most Water’s Edge homes have family or guest quarters on the lower levels, where systems equipment and storage space are also located.

“We’re able to accommodate 9.5- to 10-foot ceilings, making these spaces very dramatic,” Davidson says. “In each plan, we have also configured a second master en suite with access to another view deck. The remaining space can accommodate additional bedrooms or be designed to include hobby, craft or media-center rooms.”

Davidson says that the onsite construction team at San Juan Passage has the flexibility to alter the five base plans so buyers can personalize their home designs.

“Buyers are not saddled with the need to obtain and service a construction loan,” Davidson says. “They pay a 10-percent construction deposit at mutual acceptance, with the remainder due when the keys are delivered at closing.”

Water’s Edge homes are priced from $1.135 million to $1.54 million. To view a video of the homes, visit vimeo.com/131462264.