Art dealers’ stunning 5-acre estate hugs the shoreline of Washington’s Orcas Island

Written by MLHA Team

September 8, 2021

Built in 2014, the home opens to the waterfront. 

The fact that 93 Hunziker Road on Washington’s Orcas Island was designed by two dealers of Japanese art is obvious: the graceful lines of the building itself echo contemporary Japanese art, and the building in turn frames a landscape that is classically and timelessly Japanese-inspired.

The gorgeous 5-acre waterfront estate is on the market now, asking $7.850 million. 

“The home was designed by and belongs to two West Coast dealers of Japanese art who wanted to build a contemporary house with Japanese influences [so they chose an] architect who is fluent in contemporary Japanese architecture and spent time studying contemporary architecture in Japan,” listing agent Mary Clure told the Seattle P-I. 

Japanese-inspired details can be found in the tall ceilings and dappled light coming through clerestory windows; the abundant use of screens, stone, and wood; and a kitchen overlooking an interior courtyard — itself featuring pools, fountains and foliage. 

The history of this land is rich: Early settlers of this water-abundant area had a common garden on the house site. “The owners saved the original fruit trees that were on the property and incorporated them into the garden design,” Clure said.

“The long and narrow cove that the property borders on the east was a favorite stopping place for the local Natives in the late 19th century. Apparently many of them worked seasonally in the hop fields south of Seattle and paddled all the way there. Even in 1910 and 1920 they would often come into that cove with their dugout canoes.”

The home is 4,686 square feet, and set on a landscape meant to celebrate and change with the seasons — another common feature of the Japanese aesthetic. The photos of the property in all four seasons captured on the official website look like they could hang in a Tokyo art museum.

The orientation, south-facing, creates a sense that the shoreline is this home’s closest neighbor. You could arrive here by boat, tying up to the private mooring buoy, traversing the beach of your own pebble-strewn cove on your way to your front door. 

Tour the estate from the comfort of your own home by scrolling down. 

The Japanese influences are notable both in the buildings and the landscaping. 

An interior courtyard offers garden space. 

Inside the Japanese-inspired design brings a flood of light into the home. 

A wall of glass opens from the living room to the outside, offering views and direct access to the shore. 

Warm wood tones add warmth while screens add coolness — the classic mix of elements so prevalent in Japanese design. 

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.

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