Miramonee always dreamed of living on Orcas Island. She grew up off of the coast of Everett on Hat Island, and spent two weeks every summer island-hopping with her family in their boat. Everyone got to pick a favorite place to stop to help guide the trip, and Monee’s always was Deer Harbor.
Oddly enough, while living in Las Vegas she met her new best friend and would-be husband, Cory, an Orcas Island native. After living together in Vegas for roughly 13 years going to concerts, camping, road-tripping to California, graduating college, starting careers, and buying and remodeling a home, they finally decided it was time to settle down and raise a family. Where would these island-kids raise their daughter?! Orcas, of course!
Island life has proven to be busy and rewarding. Miramonee is on the Board of Directors for Orcas Island Children’s House where her daughter attends preschool. She is an advocate for Early Childhood Education and spends much of her time volunteering and fundraising. Her most recent adventure was in taking over the Orcas Island Cider and Mead Festival with Teri Williams as a benefit for Children’s House. “It was thrilling to be able to pull of such a large event. I am truly passionate about Education, and to be able to raise funds in a way that is fun for our community was outstanding.”
Miramonee is uniquely qualified to work in the Real Estate market. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. When asked what she can do with such an obscure degree, she replies, “Anything. My degree taught me to be a researcher. I learned how to think critically, to find creative solutions, and to be mindful of cultural ideologies not only on a personal level, but how they may apply to business relationships.”
Her degree, combined with previous years of experience working for The Saxauer Group assisting with life insurance, annuity policies, and office management duties has turned out to be beneficial when it comes to learning Real Estate. The importance of timely response, attention to detail, and clarity in explanation are an asset when it comes to working with clients. Past experience remodeling an older home helped to hone in her skills when it comes to seeing the potential of a space, which is also an advantage when it comes to buying and selling real estate.
Miramonee says working in Real Estate “is an absolute delight. I love being able to help people find their place on our beautiful island, whether that is building, remodeling, or buying turn-key.”
A previous dream was a career as an interior designer, and working in Real Estate “is an absolute delight. I love being able to help people find their place on our beautiful island, whether that is building, remodeling, or buying turn-key.” Such skills are also coming in handy personally, as the Harrington family is currently busy designing and building an addition onto their log cabin home!
When not exploring the island with clients or volunteering, Miramonee’s favorite past times include sifting through beach sand with her daughter Eleanor, BBQ-ing at Cascade Lake on Sunday afternoons, reading evolutionary biology books with her sister as a part of “the nerdy sister book club,” playing ukulele and drinking wine with other island moms, being a mermaid (scuba diving), date night with her best friend, and listening to records with the windows open.