A lifetime native of the Pacific Northwest, Marlis has lived the better part of her life close to extended family in the islands. She and her husband, Roger—a sixth-generation islander whose family homestead is still in existence—live, work, and play on Orcas Island with their three children.
Marlis’ path to real estate was circuitous and began early. As a child, she had an endless supply of graph paper and pencils from her marine geophysicist father and schoolteacher mother. With these coveted items she sought to design the perfect backyard fort, bedroom remodels, and dream homes. Each summer she tagged along with her mother to the annual Seattle Street of Dreams Home Tour, where she studied each floor plan with starry-eyed wonder. She made detailed maps of the one-acre parcel on which their family farmhouse sat. At age 13, when her parents began to plan building their family home on San Juan Island, she poured through books of house plans, and finally found the plan they eventually chose to build. What began as play and exploration as a young child, gradually became a theme of focus in her adult life and her job—a job she wakes up excited to do every day.
With formal studies in Political Science, Marlis developed an affinity for community by working with several public organizations in San Juan County, as well as several island schools. She presently represents Orcas Island as a San Juan County Land Bank Commissioner, and as a board member of the local non-profit, The Funhouse.
A certified Waldorf teacher, Marine Naturalist, Writer, and a Real Estate Broker for over twelve years, Marlis finds that her varied background is the perfect palette of experience from which to develop valuable skills and meaningful connections in real estate. She is well versed in guiding clients through the intricacies of San Juan County real estate, and offers them a wealth of knowledge, energetic professionalism, and personalized attention.
When Marlis isn’t working, she can be found hiking the verdant trails of Orcas Island, pulling crab pots and exploring the tinier islands of the San Juans and British Columbia on her family boat, and trying to keep up with her three children, Gunnar, Finn and Ada and their yellow lab, Loki.