CAMANO ISLAND, WA
An enchanting neighborhood of sandy beachfront, beautiful gardens and generational homes, Juniper Beach is a much-loved area at the north end of Camano Island where homes are passed down from generation to generation
The quintessential island-life experience lives on in this little-known community on Camano Island. Sandy beaches are a rare commodity in Washington State, which is one of the many reasons why Juniper is such a special place. With generational homes (many of them built in the 1920s) and a close-knit community, this idyllic neighborhood is a place worth staying in.
The beach itself extends along the southern edge of Camano Island’s Northwestern peninsula. Due to the geography and currents, the water is warmer compared to the rest of the coastline in the area. Juniper Beach is a haven for local beach-lovers: whether they enjoy swimming, crabbing, or running. Wildlife abounds in the area, with frequent sightings of deer, great herons, owls, trumpeter swans, and the occasional eagle.
In addition to the natural beauty, Juniper Beach also has a beautiful community. Residents describe the feeling of safety they have because of their neighbors. “Everyone knows each other, and looks out for each other,” said one Juniper Beach local. Despite the stereotype of massive water-front housing, many of the homes are charming and quaint. Additionally, each house is totally unique, so prospective buyers or renters can find something that fits their needs and style.
Of course, all of this is surrounded by the incredible beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Visitors can be treated to majestic views of Mount Rainier, or the Olympics. Even on cloudy days, there’s nothing quite like leaning back, and watching the boats drift by. Juniper Beach is a special place, an anomaly that defies the Pacific Northwest, while embracing all of its best qualities.
Back in the day, Juniper Beach was just that, a beach. Residents from both Camano Island, and Stanwood used to walk along the shoreline, and visit the community store.
The store served as a hub for local residents go gather, and go shopping. Now, the only reminder of the location is the mailbox pole, which still stands.
The western side of the neighborhood tends to have larger lots, (presumably because that side was settled first,) while the eastern side is typically more compact. While there is a variety of home types on (and near) the beach, everyone here enjoys beautiful ocean views, and unparalleled access to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.