Linda and Barry Hartwig moved to Blaine in late 2016, after working careers in the mid-Atlantic. Newly retired, the couple wanted to live closer to their family in Canada, where they’re both from. They decided to build a home in Semiahmoo, starting from scratch and relying on Linda’s decorating degree from The New York School of Interior Design.  

The final product, completed in 2019, checks all the boxes: proximity to the Canadian border, access to a quiet beach perfect for walks during low tide, and expansive views from the Gulf Islands, past the Northshore mountains beyond Vancouver. 

The main floor features 2,210 square feet of jaw-dropping ocean views, contemporary furnishings, and playful pops of color. Upstairs is a 610-square-foot suite that boasts a separate entrance, kitchenette, and private deck, designed to host live-in assistance if necessary, as the couple ages. In the meantime, the apartment is perfect for guests. 

“We enjoy the quiet of living in Semiahmoo and have especially enjoyed spotting whales and watching eagles frequently soaring by,” Linda says.   

Interior Design: Linda Hartwig (owner) 

Architect: David LiaBraaten of DesignHaus in Bend, Oregon. 

General Contractor: Mark Hicks of Design Builders, LLC in Blaine 

Photographer: Sheila Say