Watch Environmental History Unfold as the Elwha River Surges Back to Life

Situated right on the Elwha River, this gorgeous Elwha Retreat Property has expansive views of Hurricane Ridge, the Elwha River & Strait of Juan de Fuca to Canada. Here, you can watch from your own front row seats as the salmon swim upstream and repopulate this magnificent river undergoing a historic river restoration following the Elwha River Dam removal that began in 2011. The Elwha River resurgence has received international recognition for it’s resounding success.  To see endangered salmon, trout and other fish once again regain access to their historic migration and spawning habitat along the Elwha River has been beyond rewarding for environmentalists, conservationists, and those who live near or along the Elwha River.

Watch this amazing 3 minute National Geographic video of the history of the Elwha River and the dam removal.


From a recent Seattle Times article “Elk stroll where there used to be reservoirs. Bigger, fatter birds are bearing more young, and moving in to stay. A young forest grows, seeds tumble down the river’s coursing current. Logs are tumbling and stacking in the river, building complex, braided channels, islands and jams. And fish are booming back.


Now imagine having the unique opportunity to call a private 3 acre estate located on a prestigious premonitory overlooking the mouth of the Elwha River valley your very own home.  To watch the natural resurgence of this area as it is restored is truly an enchanting experience.  Never has there been such an opportunity to witness environmental history like this from the comfort of your own home.

This legacy estate is an authentic Pacific Northwest retreat, rich with local history, constructed in 1978 by a prominent lumber family of hand selected beach log posts and massive beams of vertical grain fir. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows that blur the line between the outdoors and indoors, inviting the beautiful natural landscape into your home, making the forest and river landscape feel like an extension of your favorite rooms.


Two-story ceilings lend the home an open air feel, with a massive natural stone fireplace in the main living area providing an indoor “campfire.” Exceptional lightning and well-thought-out interiors and architecture make the home a dynamic space to move around in, and provide numerous opportunities for artistic expression.

The dramatic open staircase takes you to the upper level master suite, with wood-burning fireplace, wool carpet, and private deck with commanding views of the Elwha River and Straight of Juan de Fuca. The luxurious, spa-like master bath is also a vantage point to the outside, with fabulous views from the soaking tub.


Adding to the resort feel, flagstone walkways lead to an entertaining-sized view patio equipped with its own hot tub deck, multiple seating areas, glass wind screens, and outdoor lighting. A continuous lap pool under 13’ x 20’ covered pavilion matches the home along with a separate glassed in work out room overlooking the river.

To live in this stunning home & location while watching environmental history unfold is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For more details please contact Leah Applewhite at 206-387-0439 or by email:

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