Just Listed Lummi Island Custom Home That Overlooks Private Cove

Don’t miss out on this one of  a kind Lummi Island home and property! 1471 Seacrest Drive on Lummi Island is the oasis  you have been looking for!


Peace, quiet, total seclusion & an expansive view of water & mountains could be yours in this unique home & property. This custom designed & built home overlooks a private cove, Haro Strait, Mt Baker & Twin Sisters. The floor plan is open, airy, well lit & inviting with expansive windows keeping you in touch with the beauty around you. A private path provides access to either the beach of Sun-Rise Cove with your boat anchored in front or up secret trails to explore. This is a dream come true.

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Come visit us at an open house this Sunday, August 5th from 1pm – 3pm.

For more information, view the virtual tour here or call us at 1-888-713-3056 today!

Lummi Island Ferry On Dry Dock

Whatcom ChiefIf you are thinking about making a trip out to Lummi Island you will want to plan ahead. The Lummi Island ferry, the Whatcom Cheif  goes into its annual dry-dock today September 4th  for maintenance.

Foot-passenger only service will be provided until the Whatcom Chief is back in service, which is tentatively scheduled for September 26.

More information on the ferry you can visit whatcomchief.org. For more information on Lummi Island and Real Estate available on the island you can visit The Johnson Team’s Lummi Island Real Estate Page.

Lummi Island Ferry Out of Service Wednesday, Oct. 26th from 10:30am to 3pm


If you are planning to head out to Lummi Island this week you will be sure to want to plan around the scheduled ferry down time.  The Whatcom Chief, the ferry that services Lummi Island will be out of service from 10:30am to 3pm on Wednesday, Oct. 26th.During the ferry down time maintenance is scheduled to be done on the ferry approach spans.

If you have never been to Lummi Island before, it’s a great little island and well worth a visit to learn more about Lummi Island you can visit the Lummi Island FAQ page on The Johnson Team’s website.

Lummi Island Ferry Annual Dry Dock Starts September 7th

Lummi Island Ferry If you are thinking about getting out to Lummi Island to enjoy this gorgeous weather we have been having you might want to change your plans or plan ahead. The Whatcom Chief the ferry that runs between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point is going to be on dry dock  Wednesday, Sept. 7, to Oct. 1, for annual repairs. During the dry dock period there will be a passenger only ferry running the scheduled runs.

On the Gooseberry Point side of the ferry there will be free parking available in designated areas.  On the Lummi Island side of the ferry there will be a Shuttle service offered. The shuttle will run from 5:55am to 11:50 am and then then again from 3:55pm to 10:50pm.

More information on the ferry you can visit  whatcomchief.org. For more information on Lummi Island and Real Estate available on the island you can visit The Johnson Team’s Lummi Island Real Estate Page.

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Lummi Island ferry the Whatcom Cheif down for maintenance Wednesday Dec. 8th

Whatcom Chief Lummi Island FerryFor those looking to travel to and from Lummi Island this Wednesday Dec. 8th you may want to reconsider as the Lummi Island ferry the Whatcom Chief will be down for maintenance between the hours of 10:30am and 3pm.

Crews from the Whatcom County Public Works Department will be inspecting the ferry and performing routine maintenance to ensure the boat is in proper working condition.

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Lummi Island Car Ferry Out of Service Starting Sunday Night. Foot Ferry in Place

FerryWith the beautiful weather in Bellingham and around Whatcom County many of you may be thinking of taking a trip out to Lummi Island.  Before you head out to the Island remember that starting this Sunday at 10:20pm the ferry The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for repairs, with hopes to have it back in service by August 7th.  There will be a foot ferry starting Monday July 19th at 8am that will be running Island residents and visitors back and forth from Gooseberry Pt to Lummi Island. The foot ferry cost is $4 and there is a bus on the island to provide transportation to those who do not have vehicles on the island.

The Lummi Island ferry, the Whatcom Chief usually goes for dry dock once a year in September. Due to a leak found on the boat in June they are dry docking the boat now for repairs and the usual yearly maintenance. There will be no planned September dry dock for the ferry this year as all maintenance will be covered during this repair period.

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Lummi Island Ferry Out of Service- Passenger only service coming soon!

Whatcom ChiefThe Whatcom Chief, the ferry that services residents and visitors to Lummi Island was taken out of service today Tuesday, June 8th after a leak was  found during a Coast Guard Inspection.

According to the Bellingham Herald repairs will likely take between 10 days and 2 weeks to complete. Until the Whatcom Chief is back up and running the county is working to get a passenger ferry in place to help with the emergency. Whatcom County spokesperson Joe Bates stated, ” The goal is to have a passenger ferry in place by 8pm Tuesday.” The hope is that the passenger only ferry schedule would remain the same as the Whatcom Chief schedule. The county will also be opening up additional parking on the Gooseberry Point side of the island for those wishing to travel to Lummi Island.  Check back to updates!

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Tips for keeping you and your home safe in windstorms

WindIn the wake of all the windstorms and the forecast calling for yet more wind I pulled up an email I received from Jefferson Livingston at Pillar to Post Inspection Services in regards to tips for getting ready for wind storms.

Most of these items should be checked before a storm but also after to evaluate possible damage caused by the storm. Often the initial damage caused by the storm becomes much more significant if not quickly repaired. Many of these items should be corrected or inspected by a licensed professional as doing so can be hazardous. Work with reputable contractors & ask for references.

 -Block your foundations vents but be sure to remove blocks after freezing weather ends.

– Keep water running slightly at sinks to help prevent freezing pipes.

-If you have a vacant home keep the temperature above 55 degrees & cupboard doors open to help prevent freezing pipes.

-Collect any loose items in yard such as toys or lawn chairs that may be blown against a home. Even larger items such as detached sheds or storage buildings may need to be strapped down or anchored.

-Review your fence for loose panels or boards. The wind can further damage these or potentially blow them into the home.

-Have a licensed inspector or contractor check to see that your skylights are properly secured to help avoid having them blow off.

-Have a licensed home inspector or contractor check flue caps & other items on the roof that may come loose during a storm. (Damaged flues can allow carbon monoxide to enter the home which can be deadly)

-Have trees & branches professionally trimmed back from the home & power lines at least six feet to help prevent them from causing damage.

-Have trees around home & other structures evaluated by a licensed arborist to be sure they are healthy & do not pose a threat to the home. (Trees may sometimes appear healthy but have significant rot or disease that may result in fallen branches or entire trees.)

-Have at least a 72 hour supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries, medicine & etc in case of power outages & the potential inability to leave your home due to blocked roads or other issues.(Go to www.redcross.org for more information)

-With a pair of binoculars evaluate the roof for loose or missing shingles. One loose shingle can create a weak spot allowing more damage in future storms not to mention potential leaks.

-Have your chimney professionally reviewed before & after the storm for loose mortar & bricks. Bricks can be blown off damaging more than just your chimney.

-Evaluate your windows for cracks that may grow or possibly lead to shattered windows during a storm. If damaged during the storm cover broken windows or other holes in the home immediately to avoid water damage.

-Be sure all drains & gutters etc are clear to help prevent leaking or flooding.

-After the storm visually check for loose power lines. Do not, under any circumstances, go near downed power lines. Be aware that the ground near downed power lines may also be electrified.

-After the storm, be sure all drains, gutters, & roofing are cleared of debris as this could lead to structural damage. This should be completed by a qualified contractor.

-Remove debris from yard as this can attract insects.

-After the storm check to see that garage doors are not damaged and are safely on their tracks.

Thanks Jefferson for the helpful tips and hints! Stay safe in the wind.

Lummi Island Real Estate Market Update

Lummi Island Real Estate Market May Be In for Better Days

Yesterday I looked at 22 houses currently for sale on Lummi Island. 

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On the spot reporting is great, but looking at the history a bit gives a more balanced picture of a market.  The table below compares the number of residences sold on Lummi Island for the past 6 months in 2007, 2008 and 2009.  It also compares the number of homes currently under contract to the number sold in 2007 and 2008 in the coming 3 months.  Based on these numbers, it is entirely possible that sales for the next 3 months could meet or surpass the number for 2007, which would be a step toward a possible market recovery.

Historical Sales - Lummi Island Homes

We track a lot of numbers relative to Whatcom County Real Estate, so if you have a particular interest, just leave a comment or question and I can probably get you what you want…or you can share your perspective.  I’d love to hear from you, and another point of view can help us all to better understand what is happening in this sometimes wacky world of real estate.


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Lummi Island Ferry News

Lummi Island's Whatcom Chief

Lummi Island’s Whatcom Chief

Whatcom Chief Service Outage August 12th

Lummi Island’s ferry, the Whatcom Chief, will be out of service for maintenance to both approach spans on Wednesday, August 12th, from 10:30 AM to approximately 3:00 PM.  The work is weather dependent, so the time and date could be changed as a result.

The ferry schedule will remain normal on the 12th with the exception of the above time period.

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