When you leave Anacortes by ferry and enter Thatcher Pass, the first island you pass on the right is Blakely Island.
Blakely Island is a private island that’s about 6 square miles in size and has two fresh-water lakes, an asphalt airstrip, small marina and grocery store. The largest community, San Juan Aviation Estates, is located at the north end of the island, where many of the property owners are pilots or boaters. The homes are very well-kept and many have direct access to the private airstrip. A small, very protected marina, fuel dock and store are located at this end of the island.
At the south end is a smaller development, with lovely homes located on larger view acreage parcels. The owners often use the water taxis to access their homes; and an access easement granted by San Juan Aviation Estates gives owners access to roads to reach the amenities at the north end.
About 80% of the island was placed in trust by the Crowley family and is lovely pristine forestland with rocky outcroppings, gorgeous vistas and a plethora of wildlife including eagles, otters, hawks, shorebirds, deer and more. Seattle Pacific University has a 900 acre field station on the island and groups of students travel there year-round to study the unique flora and fauna.
An easement offers property owners on Blakely Island access to the lakes, hiking trails and almost 3000 acres of protected wilderness. This video gives you a closer look at the uniqueness of this lovely island. It’s an older property marketing video but shows some of the topography and amenities of the island. The property being featured is no longer for sale.
To tour available properties, just give me a call. The local passenger ferries offer numerous options each day for travel to and from the island.