Jan. 9, 2010

Lake Whatcom's Hidden Waterfront Hideaway

Looking for the perfect waterfront vacation home? How about a private corporate retreat?  Or maybe you've dreamed of owning a bed-and-breakfast or an income-producing vacation rental, perfect for grand weddings and family reunions... Here it is, the estate at Chesley Park on the shores of the beautiful Lake Whatcom.

Nestled at the southern tip of Bellingham's Lake Whatcom is a small waterfront community of a few dozen beautiful homes.  Many of these are vacation homes, owned by snowbirds from all over the World. Just up the hill, overlooking the lake is a magnificent estate that rests on almost six acres.

The estate consists of a carriage house, a main residence, a couple of outbuildings for parking, storage and landscaping equipment, as well as 460-ft of shared Lake Whatcom waterfront, including a dock. The main residence is a grand, custom-designed marvel consisting of 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Designed and built in the early 90's by its one and only owner, the home is like none other. The innovative floorplan includes a Great Room with 30-ft ceilings, a library, and a huge kitchen designed for traditional entertaining. The large deck extends from the dining and living area and faces north toward the private orchard and Lake Whatcom's majestic blue waters. The carriage house offers 1725 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, with a double garage.  The finishes are high quality, though somewhat dated.  The right buyer with an eye for design could polish this gem into a shining masterpiece.

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As a family friend of the owners, I have spent some time at this wonderful home over the years.  My personal feeling is that it is perfectly suited for a bed-and-breakfast, vacation rental or corporate retreat. It is possible to comfortably accommodate 15-20 people between the main house and carriage house. There is room for weddings and all sorts of gatherings in the front yard with the lake as a backdrop. Parking is ample, and the setting defines the words serene and private.  Weddings at comparable properties often go for thousands per day. Vacation rentals of this size can rent for thousands per week. The house is set up such that there is a true Master Suite on the main floor, apart from the rest of the house, perfect for a live-in operator of a bed-and-breakfast.  The opportunities and possibilities are myriad...limited only by the imagination and ambitions of an inspired new owner.

Currently listed at $1.25M, this home is truly unique. There is nothing else like it anywhere... 6 acres, 460-sf of Lake Whatcom waterfront, 8 bedrooms...surrounded by private forests... It may be beyond the scope of most of us, but there is a special someone out there for whom this magnificent estate will be a dream come true.

For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact Rob LeRoy directly at 206.883.6668 or by email at rob.leroy@exprealty.com

Rob LeRoy is a Seattle real estate agent and social media marketing coach with eXp Realty.

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