Scimitar Ridge Ranch was described by Washington CEO magazine as “Washington’s ‘Camp David’ and its best kept retreat secret.”
Scimitar’s original owner was the heiress to the Ralston Purina fortune who spent the latter years of the 1980’s aggregating land to create the ranch. The main residence was completed in 1993 as a personal residence. Her dream was to raise Arabian Horses and enjoy the surrounding 3100 Acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. She and her husband decided to sell the property in 1998.
In 1999 it was sold to a young entrepreneur who operated the ranch as a youth leadership camp for the next few years.
The current owners have used the ranch, purchased in 2006, as their personal residence but also as a business catering to weddings, auctions, corporate retreats and BBQ’s in the spacious BBQ pavilion.
Scimitar Ridge Ranch is located in Anacortes Washington and is situated on 70 forested acres. The ranch is being sold furnished. It includes several unique outbuildings identified below.
The main residence is approximately 21,700 sq. ft. of living space with 8 bedrooms, 10 baths and 10 fireplaces among some of its more fascinating fixtures. There is a revolving door from Tiffany’s in Paris, an antique mahogany bar from Oklahoma, a Garland Antique Stove which came across the Oregon Trail in the 1800’s and stone from 15th century London used on the exterior and great room fireplace. Take a look at the photos.
Yellowstone Lodge is aptly named as it has been constructed entirely from logs restored from the 1988 fire at Yellowstone National Park. It was originally an indoor riding arena being converted later to an events center.
The BBQ Pavilion is 1711 sq. ft. structure is constructed of heavy wood timbers and logs. The building contains a large brick barbeque, with a commercial quality gas grill/range, two gas-fired ovens and two stainless steel smokers.
The Chapel is private and tranquil. The 572 sq. ft. chapel is located beside a large pond and can accommodate up to 75 people. With its cathedral ceiling, stained glass windows, high quality wood plank walls and old fashioned pews, the chapel is a charming addition to the overall property.
The Ark Lodge was constructed with concrete footings and a concrete slab in the breezeway. The Ark contains 4,080 square feet. The lower level is comprised of four high quality stables and tack rooms (not currently in use), living quarters, kitchen and a ¾ bath. The upper story loft area has been almost fully converted to six guest rooms, each with private bath plus a large open area opening to a large view deck.
The Foaling Barn has five stables with floor drains, interior faucets and feeding bins. There are concrete walkway between stables. There is an apartment loft with ¾ bath and kitchen.
The Office with Two Lower Level Apartments: The Office has a level entrance that includes a ½ bath and kitchen area. The Two Lower Apartments are converted stables and each apartment has bedroom sitting room, conventional kitchen and ¾ bath. This building also contains the commercial laundry with utility sink.
The Bungalow Apartment: This small wood frame apartment is 522 sq. ft. and has bedroom, ¾ bath and a conventional kitchen area.
The Chip Barn: The Chip Barn is now used as a storage area and is adjacent to Yellowstone Lodge.
The Carriage Shop: This building is 600 sq. ft. and has a concrete slab floor. It is primarily used as a work shop and there is a built-in car port that is currently used to store a carriage.
The Horse Sculpture: There is a bronze sculpture, by artist Snell Johnson, situated in the pond that depicts three horses, twice as big as life size, rearing up from a huge wave of water. This sculpture is 26’ by 12’ and weighs 17,200 pounds. The last appraisal of the sculpture was done by Sue Cartmell, ASA, AAA and the value was $1,050,000. The sculpture is entitled “Freedom”.
Purchase Price for 70+ acres and the above amenities is $8,500,000.
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There is a great future development potential for Scimitar Ridge Ranch as well. The entire ranch is approximately 170 acres that is bordered by City of Anacortes property on the north and west and Highway 20 to the east. The additional 100 acres includes two residences, barn and pasture, a rock quarry and a rope course deisgned by Valdo Lalleland of Vision Leadership. During the next three years the City of Anacortes will be looking at potential properties to be part of their urban growth boundary areas. These properties would then be eligible to be annexed into the city in the future. Since all city utilities are adjacent to the ranch property it could be ideal for future city development if property owners agreed to that process.
Directions to property: From I-5 go west at exit 230, Highway 20. Take the Highway 20 spur toward Oak Harbor. Entrance to ranch on the right hand side first driveway after Old Brook Lane, approximately 1,500 feet from the turn onto Highway 20 spur.
Airport: Skagit Regional Airport is approximately 15 miles from the ranch. Skagit Regional Airport has a 4,600 foot landing strip and has over 500 corporate landings a year.
Helipad: There are two helipads available on the ranch though they are not FAA approved they have been used many times for helicopter landings. Coordinates are: Front Lawn in front of main residence – 48.45697 N 122.59699 W
Mount Baker Field – 48.4151 N 122.59716 W
We have included on the following page two plat maps. The top map outlines the 70 acres that are included for the price of $8,500,000. The bottom map outlines the entire 170 acres that can be purchased for $15,000,000. Also included are maps of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands adjacent to the ranch. We can provide additional information if your interest includes the entire property.
For appointments to view this spectacular property contact:
Windermere Real Estate/Anacortes
Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island