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Faith Ulate grew up in Whatcom County, and long dreamed of having a beach home. So, she and her family lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. But when it came time to move back, she was determined to bring beach life with her. Ulate, a realtor with a passion for turnaround projects, gutted this three-bedroom, two-bath condo overlooking Bellingham’s Boulevard Park. Then she led its transformation to an airy living space with a premium on light and white, accented by the occasional pop of turquoise. Every room has a view of Bellingham Bay, and a south-facing side deck is sheltered and sunny enough for winter sunbathing. A long, dull hallway got a style upgrade with multiple arches, and an interior bathroom wards off the winter blahs with white textures that dazzle. “I wanted to feel like you’re on a cloud,” said Ulate. Mission accomplished.

An open floor plan allows easy flow among kitchen, living and dining rooms, highlighted by a gorgeous view of Bellingham Bay, Boulevard Park, and the pier.

Splashes of teal provide a vibrant tone throughout, with a west-facing deck beyond that’s idyllic for grilling and water-gazing.

Step from the master bedroom to twin lounge chairs on the patio for some sun, even in winter.