Skagit County: North Big Lake

North Big Lake was once a summer vacation destination for Margie Holdt and her family, but now it’s home.

When Holdt and her late husband began thinking of retirement about 20 years ago, they opted for an upgrade, rather than a downsize.

“We had three adult sons and we decided that we wanted something large enough that they could come and spend time here with their families. too,” Holdt said.

So, they chose to build a home along Big Lake in Skagit County. It’s a location they picked, Holdt said, because of the small-town atmosphere of surrounding Mount Vernon and Burlington.

One of Holdt’s sons and three of her grandchildren currently live in the house as well. Her grandson, Keegan, also agrees that the location of North Big Lake is a big plus.

“You’re close to a lot of things,” he said. “You drive an hour south and you’re in one of the most progressive cities in the entire country. You drive an hour north and you’re in an entirely different county.”

North Big Lake has a lot to offer in and of itself. Along with the beautiful water views, lake access and peaceful atmosphere, Holdt said the people in the area are friendly and care about their fellow neighbors.

“I think people, generally, are good-hearted and it kind of has that small-town feeling of caring about one another,” she said.

It also helps that Holdt’s sister owns the property next door. She said it has allowed for many family holidays to be spent together along the water.

Permanent residents aren’t the only ones who can enjoy the water. There’s a public boat launch along the west edge of a lake where trout, salmon and bass are catchable.

While North Big Lake may be small, Holdt said there’s always something happening.

On the Market

17075 Lake View Blvd., Mount Vernon $389,900 | MLS# 1097818

With Big Lake just across the street, this two-bedroom, two-bath home comes with large windows to soak up all the wonderful views. This home offers 1,104 square feet with an open floor plan, laminate and bamboo floors, fenced yard with patio and a jetted tub in the master bathroom.


Number of Homes: 175

Average Days on Market: 86

Median List Price: $389,750

Schools: Big Lake Elementary

"It’s a location they picked, Holdt said, because of the small-town atmosphere of surrounding Mount Vernon and Burlington."