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By CYNTHIA WOOLBRIGHT
Whidbey News Times OH Magazine Editor
August 28, 2008 · Updated 11:00 AM
While one 1600 addressed home gets its share of fame on Pennsylvania Avenue, another local 1600 home has been the highlight of Waterside Court and the Oak Harbor family that lives in it.
When Janet and David Ryan purchased their custom built 2,135 square foot home in the gated community of Whidbey Links a little over a year ago it was supposed to be their family's "forever home."
"I came to this property when they were still building it and fell in love with the setting," Janet Ryan said. "It's so tranquil."
Unfortunately, due to necessity to be closer to Ryan's aging parents, the Ryan family home is now on the market. Listing agent Lisa Churchill-Blinn of the John L. Scott Whidbey Island North Office is sad to see her friend have to leave the property but couldn't be more proud to represent the East Bay Construction built home.
"You don't see a lot of houses like this on the market," Churchill Blinn said. "The quality you get for your dollar is incomparable."
Some people could say that Churchill Blinn is prejudice, after all, her father George Churchill owns Eat Bay Construction. Others will say she simply knows the builder and his resume best.
"He's been building houses since the '70s," Churchill Blinn said. "If people looked around people would begin to see how many houses Eat Bay Construction built."
The attention to detail in the Waterside Court home doesn't go unnoticed in the Ryan family's everyday lives.
Janet Ryan spends mornings outside on the deck, reading and sipping coffee as she watches the wildlife on the lake in the near distance.
In the further distance you can watch duffers as they putter around the Whidbey Golf and Country Club course.
"It's nice because they're far enough away it doesn't feel like they're in your back yard," Ryan said.
With the purchase of the house, the new homeowner receives a lifetime membership to Whidbey Golf and Country Club.
The generous three bedroom, two bath home has a gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances, granite counter tops and gorgeous cherry wood cabinets. Solid oak floors are throughout, except in the bathrooms where exquisite tile was used.
Its single level makes it appealing to anyone with mobility issues, Ryan suggests. Being at the end of the cul de sac, there's plenty of room for kids to ride bikes, skateboards and scooters.
"And you can feel at peace knowing you're in a gated community," Ryan said.
The whole house is wired for sound, wireless internet and a generator for when Whidbey winters get fierce. From the choice of appliances and cooling system to the energy star heat pump that keeps them going, Ryan said the house is extremely energy efficient for its size.
The lawn virtually waters itself thanks to a sprinkler/fertilizer system and the landscaping at the edge of the yard actually belongs to the homeowners association, so no upkeep is required on your part.
Solid, eight-foot doors and bedrooms located in the opposite wing of the house brings privacy to the master suite.
On top of it all, every room of the house is afforded a beautiful view of the lake and course landscape in the distance.
"They really planned it beautifully," Ryan said. "I love everything about this house — inside and out — and will miss it all."Contact Whidbey News Times OH Magazine Editor Cynthia Woolbright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611.