La Conner is picturesque town located on the Swinomish Channel in Skagit County. The town is known for its wonderful art galleries, several museums, seafood restaurants, historic buildings, specialty shops, and marinas. It is also home of the famous Skagit Tulip Festival with hundreds of acres of tulips and daffodils in the Skagit Valley, attracting visitors from all over.
The area that is now La Conner was first inhabited by the Swinomish Indians. John Conner was the founder of La Conner and he named the town after his wife, L. A. Conner. The town prospered because of the fertile farm lands in the Skagit river delta, abundant fishing, and the forestry industry. After the depression, the town became a haven for writers and artists that found inspiration in the natural beauty and serene lifestyle that La Conner offers. Renowned artists include Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Richard Gilkey and Clayton James. Some artists were leaders of the Northwest School of Art.
La Conner homes range from contemporary condos in the heart of town to Victorian homes on the National Register of Historic Homes. Just outside of the center of town there is a neighborhood of waterfront homes on the Swinomish Channel that have western views of the channel and eastern views of Mt. Baker and the farm fields. The largest concentration of La Conner homes are located in Shelter Bay. Shelter Bay is a community of homes, most of which are on land leased from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. There are approximately 1700 residents of Shelter Bay that enjoy Shelter Bay amenities which include, a marina with 317 slips, 2 club houses, a par-3 nine hole golf course, a private beach, 2 swimming pools, tennis and tennis courts! Many Shelter Bay homes are on the water and have private docks. Because the land is leased, Shelter Bay home prices are very affordable!
La Conner is a great place to visit. Contact me if you would like more information about properties in this area.