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Point Roberts, Washington, is a little known and unique American city. Even most realtors in Whatcom County leave Point Roberts properties to those agents who are based at Point Roberts. Point Roberts, if you have not heard of it, is an enclave (meaning a part of a country that is mainly surrounded by another country). It is part of Whatcom County, WA but heavily influenced by both the USA and Canada. Point Roberts became a part of the USA in 1855, after high level negotiations between the US and Great Britain. Even though one has to pass, by land at least, through Canada to get there, the USA ended up with Point Roberts because it is below the 49th parallel, where the two countries were divided. Point Roberts is 22 miles south of the major city of Vancouver BC and it takes about an hour, or less, to get there from Bellingham, WA depending on the border crossing and traffic. The difficulty in accessing it, from the USA, is one of the things that makes it private. From the USA, one crosses the port of entry, usually at Blaine, and goes into Tsawwassen BC. From there one has to enter back into the USA at Point Roberts. Obviously, serious crime is not much of an issue: Any criminal mastermind realizes that he or she would not only have to flee the scene of the crime, but also successfully make it back across the border crossing at the city limits.
The city is small with a population, according to the 2000 census, of just over 1300 people. It is a scenic and quiet city, with a few businesses, it is certainly not bustling. It has some gorgeous real estate, in the woods or at the water. Some of the most beautiful beach-front and water views I have ever seen are at Point Roberts. Real estate is a hot commodity at Point Roberts and it is a desirable locale for retirees from both the USA and Canada. I have included with this blog a map, showing the location of Point Roberts, and a few photos of the waterfront views. Not only is there beach-front, but the scenic homes around the marina are wonderful as well. It is a very quiet and interesting place to visit!
Check out "This Day In History" -- music and vintage television from the 1950's through the 1980's. I enjoy writing these articles because they take me back to my days in radio broadcasting. Click on Elvis' gold record, below, to revisit those golden hits of yesteryear.
Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals.
Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.