Relocating to the communities west of Seattle is for those who enjoy island and peninsula living, and a slower pace and a laid back outlook on life.
Citizens of Bainbridge Island are extremely proud of their home and its colorful history of shipyards, Native American settlements, timber towns and agriculture. Once known for berry farms and summer homes, now upscale housing, good schools, low crime, a sophisticated population and a friendly atmosphere characterize this island community.
Bremerton, Kitsap County’s largest city, hosts the nation’s largest Armed Forces Day celebration the third weekend of May. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard is Bremerton’s major employer and boasts thousands of highly skilled technical workers and business staff. Many Bremerton residents enjoy a quick 55-minute commute to Seattle via a Washington State Ferry. The city boasts award-winning golf courses, a thriving arts community, affordable housing and spectacular scenic beauty.
Once a remote community located at the southern end of the Olympic Peninsula, Gig Harbor has become a progressive business community and a desirable home location for workers commuting to Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and Bremerton. Residential areas offer homes on quiet harbors, spectacular views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and convenient access to shopping and business complexes.
Kingston residents enjoy independent rural living, but many reach jobs in north Seattle and Snohomish County by ferry, or work at government installations in Bangor, Keyport or Bremerton, all about a half-hour’s commute. Specialty stores, restaurants and other services including a 320-berth marina are found in Kingston.
Lucky Port Orchard residents can easily reach the urban attractions of Tacoma and Seattle (accessible by highway and ferry) and the beautiful recreational opportunities found on the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Local real estate options include fine historic homes, new construction, fixer-uppers, waterfront homes, and golf course properties. Shops, restaurants, parks, and an array of local attractions are located here.
Founded more than a century ago by Norwegian settlers, the picturesque town of Poulsbo, known as “Little Norway on the Fjord,” delights in showing off its cultural heritage. People are drawn to its downtown core by parks, a waterfront boardwalk, Port of Poulsbo Marina, bakeries, shops, restaurants and panoramic views.
Silverdale is an unincorporated community located in the heart of Kitsap County. This thriving economic community’s top employer is Naval Base Kitsap. The Kitsap Mall, the largest shopping area west of Puget Sound, attracts shoppers from across the tri-county area.
Vashon Island is a place for people who want to get back to the land without giving up the benefits of the city. Only a 15-minute ferry ride to West Seattle, Vashon has a rural, informal atmosphere created by its friendly residents and scenic beauty.