OH Magazine | Drop Anchor: Beach cottage charms at the heart of the city

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Our featured home this edition of OH Magazine is a Dillard Lane beauty in the heart of Oak Harbor.

This 2,387 square foot home named "Driftwood" was designed by RO Anderson Engineering and completed by Yonkman Contruction in 2007.

It's a rare jewel, even on Whidbey, according to listing agent Geri Morgan of Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate.

"Surprisingly, this is a rare property in the Oak Harbor area," she said. "No-bank waterfront is hard to find and to find it in the heart of the city, nestled in a secluded area — that's priceless."

Morgan said that despite its front and center location, the strip of houses on Dillard Lane often goes unnoticed.

"People don't know they're there half the time," she said.

"Driftwood" is luxurious, yet cozy, with an interior a wash in shades of sand and sea. The owners of the house took meticulous effort to buy everything for the house — from the fixtures to the framing — from local businesses.

"The owners chose materials that were fit for a beach house," Morgan said.

The three-bedroom, two and-a-half bath house boasts an abundance of built-ins and cabinetry.

"Just like you'd find in a New England seaside cottage," Morgan said.

The downstairs boasts a mini-master that is perfect for visiting grandparents and an additional bedroom for guests or the kids. A bathroom with shower and laundry room on the first floor make clean up after a day at the beach a breeze. An open floor plan makes it perfect for entertaining and the whole house is wired for sound.

The neighborhood is a desirable location that makes people keep tabs on vacancies.

"I had one person want to move into a house but just missed being able to buy it," Morgan said. "When the house went back on the market years later they jumped on the opportunity."

The house is next-door neighbors with Windjammer Park and a short walk from shopping, restaurants and entertainment

"It's close to everything," Morgan said.

Later this month Race Week will be right in the back yard waters of Saratoga Passage.

"It's first rate," Morgan said. "You find you have lots of friends when summer rolls around and every day feels like a vacation."


2020 SW Dillard Lane

List price: $1,095,000

Listing Agent: Geri Morgan, Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate, 675-5915 or

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