Beth de Groen Windermere Vashon
Beth de Groen
206-429-5952206-429-5952
Meet the Agent

Windermere Vashon

I was born in Oakland, California in 1947, at the U.S. Naval Hospital. My father was a career Naval officer, so we moved every two years or so, including a three-year tour of duty in Seoul, Korea, and two different tours at Bangor and Keyport, Washington, respectively. I enjoyed the Pacific Northwest, more than any of the other places I had seen. I returned to the Seattle area to go to college at the University of Washington in 1966, at the height of the protest against the American involvement in Vietnam. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French, Spanish, and history. My daughter graduated from Smith College with honors, received her Master's Degree in Education as a New York Teaching Fellow, then relocated to Vashon, where she has pursued a real estate career. I continue to walk, garden, or serve in service organizations, a portion of each day. I am an active supporter of our excellent local schools and the extensive artistic movement that colors so much of what happens here on the island.

I immediately got a job working for the then State Attorney General, Slade Gorton, in the fledgling Consumer Protection Division. investigating business practices and assisting the legal staff in preparation of cases. In 1976, I moved to Vashon Island, seeking privacy, space, security, and community. I married my husband in 1977, and he has continued to be a helpmate, friend, confidant, and partner for nearly forty years.

I went to Seattle Massage School, became a licensed massage practitioner, had a child, and in 1993, when my child was becoming more independent, I began my real estate career. Although I had enjoyed the other "occupations" I had pursued, real estate was the first career for which I felt passion. I love Vashon Island, and I am happy to be instrumental in bringing great people to this amazing place! Everyone's life is enriched when another talented, intelligent, and worthwhile person, steps off the boat, onto these shores---and they stay.

Recently my husband and I purchased Windermere Vashon! This next level---business ownership---will enable me to serve Vashon and my clients at a more integral level. I hope you decide to stay on Vashon, love it as much as I do and add what you can to the rich life that has been built by those who arrived before us and those who are to come!

Windermere Vashon 206 463 9148 206 bethd@windermere.com
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