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Scenic Point Roberts, Washington, is a U.S. "exclave" across the Boundary Bay, near Vancouver, with a population of about 1300 (as of 2010) and a lot of gorgeous houses available for sale. Although residents have to travel by air or water, or else cross two international borders, to get to the rest of the United States, they like it that way--they call zip code 98281 "the best gated community in the U.S." Point Roberts' location between the bay and the mountains provides mild weather (lows seldom far below freezing, highs seldom above 75 degrees Fahrenheit), more sunshine than Seattle, and superb scenic views. And, because the location creates a selective market, it also offers reasonable prices on beautiful waterfront properties.

Point Roberts Homes & Houses

Sellers often list prices for houses that are similar to the prices for which similar houses might sell on the mainland. The properties actually sell for lower prices. Asking prices for attractive, livable single-family houses are often in the five-figure range. Point Roberts waterfront homes with beach access are likely to be listed at six-figure prices; according to local Realtors, the sellers are hoping buyers will negotiate reasonable offers.
Some Point Roberts properties do actually sell for six-figure prices. A recent sale of a single-family home for US$426,000 might encourage sellers to keep those asking prices high, but in addition to beach access, that "Custom Built Two Story Executive Home" also had four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a "formal sunken living room," new "top grade" appliances, and a marina.
The sort of Point Roberts cottages that sell for $150,000 to $175,000 tend to be new or recently renovated with new appliances, have beach access, and occupy large, attractively landscaped lots. A newly built deck with a covered hot tub boosted the selling price of one single-bedroom cottage to $230,000. Cottages with two bedrooms, one bath, trees and garden space, and working appliances from the twentieth century tend to sell for prices between $50,000 and $100,000.
Point Roberts offers miles of firm sandy beaches, resident orcas as well as bald eagles and egrets to watch, lush green scenery, lots of privacy, and humid but mostly otherwise pleasant weather. People who have retired, or who can work mostly from home or online, might prefer all this natural beauty to the convenience of living nearer a major U.S. city. Big yards and nature parks also make Point Roberts an attractive location for homeschooling--Washington has stricter requirements for homeschooling parents than some states, but does work with parents who want to homeschool.
In the way of social activities, Point Roberts takes particular pride in a golf and country club that has been rated sixth in the United States. Although 1300 full-time residents scattered over less than 5 square miles definitely means a small-town atmosphere, the community does advertise a library, a newspaper (All Point Bulletin, www.allpointbulletin.com), a primary school, a co-op garden, a church, a yoga studio, and a few stores and restaurants. Bird and wildlife watching, art and craft shows, concerts, fundraisers, and book parties are featured in the All Point Bulletin. Garden produce, including huge, sweet onions as well as the usual summer vegetables, is available for most of the year. Most of the beaches are private; negotiating permission to share beach access with friends is an important aspect of social life.
Population density increases in summer, as both Canadian and U.S. citizens maintain "summer homes" in Point Roberts. (others warn Canadians of the possibility that spending too much time in the U.S. could cause them to be "caught in the U.S. tax scheme.") Still, inherent limitations on education and employment opportunities and access to medical facilities cause the relatively high turnover rate that allows, at the latest report, only about a third of the houses on the Point to be occupied by year-round residents.
For people who have been working in a city for several years, this information may sound like "Run, don't walk." Houses that are widely spaced for privacy in summer, two thirds of them empty for most of the year, available at what may look like 1990 prices...sounds like a fantastic deal, even without the orcas.

Listing information last updated on February 23rd, 2019 at 1:39pm PST.