Communities

Oak Harbor, WA

  • Oak Harbor, located on the north end of Whidbey Island with a population of 22,980, has city amenities with the friendliness of a small town.  Irish immigrants settled here in the 1850's, followed by the Dutch about 40 years later.  Oak Harbor was isolated from the mainland and flourished as a small country town until 1935 when the Deception Pass Bridge was built and connected the Island to Fidalgo Island and the outside world.

    In 1941 a site was chosen on Whidbey Island as a support location for military defense of the Puget Sound area and soon Navy personnel were calling Oak Harbor their new home.  The base expanded during World War II and has been an integral component in the military efforts of recent years.

    Oak Harbor is named for its inviting harbor and magnificent Garry oaks.  Recreational activities include three golf courses, a large marina with a 100-foot-wide boat ramp that was built to accommodate Navy seaplanes during World War II, and a real drive-in theater.  The community is alive with affordable lodging, a salt-water "swimming hole", specialty shops and flavorful cafes and restaurants.

    For up-to-date information on all that Oak Harbor has to offer, contact the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

    Oak Harbor is served by Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Whidbey General North in Oak Harbor, Whidbey  Community Physicians in Oak Harbor and many other medical practices in the city. Whidbey General is a not-for-profit, Medicare certified, Public District Hospital. The main hospital campus opened in 1970 and has expanded to include the Whidbey Family Birthplace, the Medical Ambulatory Care and Oncology Clinic, and satellite campuses on both the North and South end of the island. Two rural health clinics, also located both north and south, provide affordable quality healthcare to the island’s under or uninsured population. Please visit their web site at www.whidbeygen.org

    Oak Harbor School District , located on the north end of the island, is the largest district serving students from the Naval Air Station and the greater Oak Harbor area.  There are 8 schools in the Oak Harbor District:  

    • Oak Harbor High School,
    • North Whidbey and Oak Harbor Middle Schools,
    • Broad View, Crescent Harbor, Hillcrest, Oak Harbor and Olympic View Elementary Schools. 
    In addition, Midway High School serves alternative learners in grades 9-12, and HomeConnection offers home schoolers the resources of the school district, including computers, programs, classrooms and teaching advisors.

    Oak Harbor is a transportation hub for Whidbey's fare-free transit system and lies on Washington SR20. Deception Pass Bridge, north of the city connects to Fidalgo Island and then to the mainland. The centrally located Coupeville ferry connects the island to the Olympic Peninsula at Port Townsend and the Clinton ferry on the south end connects the island to the mainland at Mukilteo.  

    • Washington State Ferry serves Coupeville and Clinton.  Ferry schedules change seasonally so be sure to check the schedule before heading on/off island.  www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
    • Island Transit provides FREE transit and rideshare services.   Walk to the nearest transit stop, or park your car at one of the local park-n-ride lots, and travel from one end of the island to the other − to your job, school, restaurants, shopping and to the ferries.  www.islandtransit.org
    • Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle offers 8 round trips each day between Whidbey Island and SeaTac airport.  www.seatacshuttle.com
    • You can take Island Transit to the Clinton Ferry and then walk from the Mukilteo ferry landing to the Sounder Train and be on your way to downtown Seattle.
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Coupeville, WA

  • Coupeville, with a population of 1,915, is the oldest town on Whidbey Island.  Isaac Ebey staked the first claim in 1850, and the town was officially incorporated in 1910.  Coupeville is located on the east side of the Island, overlooking placid Penn Cove.  Established by Captain Thomas Coupe and his wife, Maria, the town thrived as a shipping port for wool, lumber, grain and apples.

    Part of Coupeville's charm is a number of 19th century homes and storefronts, more than 50 of which are listed on the National Historic Register.  Steeped in Island history, Coupeville is filled with a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and fine art galleries, all within walking distance of the picturesque wharf.  The oldest surviving wharf in Puget Sound, it was build when all traffic to and from Coupeville was via the waterways.

    Coupeville is the county seat for Island County and is home to Whidbey General Hospital, the only public full-service hospital facility on Whidbey Island.

    Coupeville is in the heart of a unique unit of the National Park Service -- Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.  Preserved much as it appeared when settled, the area tells a dramatic story of Northwest history, Native American culture, European settlement, historic forts, and more. 

     

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Greenbank, WA

  • Greenbank, an unincorporated community with a population of around 250, sits on a rolling sweep of land at Whidbey Island's narrowest point.  Greenbank is a community of agricultural, rural residential, recreational, and forest lands.  Residents of Greenbank are actively involved in preserving the rural quality of the community.

    The Greenbank store opened in 1904 and was operated by descendants of Captain Thomas Coupe, the founder of Coupeville.  The store is still in operation today and includes a deli, access to the post office through a side door, and a restaurant on the top floor.

    In the early 1900's Calvin Philips family began experimenting to see what the land on Whidbey Island would grow.  In the 1930's the Philips switched from dairy farming to berry farming.  By 1972 the Greenbank Farm was known as the largest loganberry farm in the United States.  In 1995 the community rallied together to save the farm from residential development.  The Farm now has a non-profit Board of Directors comprised of Whidbey Island residents who meet regularly to ensure the farm serves its owners -- the residents of Island County.  The Farm contains 522 acres of fields, forests, and wetlands with beautiful views.  The Farm also boasts a thriving retail area.  The goal is to preserve this landmark as a living-history farm, scenic recreation site, and cultural community center.

    Greenbank is also home to the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens founded by Ann and Max Meerkerk in the early 1960's.  The Meerkerks began hybridizing rhododendrons and collecting unique specimens of rhododendrons, flowering trees and conifers.  Before Ann passed away in 1979, she bequeathed the Gardens to the Seattle Rhododendron Society to care for as a "peaceful woodland garden with an emphasis on rhododendrons and companion plants."  Today Meerkerk is an independent not-for-profit organization open to the public.  Meerkerk had grown to 53 acres and is also a research facility working on creating new and improved hybrid rhododendrons.

    Housing around the hamlet of Greenbank is entirely custom built and generally dates from the 1950's to the present.  Private, inland acreage sites are not uncommon but waterfront and view properties predominate.

    These shoreline properties include some no-bank and many low-bank settings.  Lots in prime view locales tend to be one acre or less.  Greenbank is distinguished as the location of a major west-facing waterfront neighborhood with canals and docks adjacent to the homes.

    My analysis of the 2010 real estate market shows a total of 23 homes sold in Greenbank ranging in price from $80,000 to $825,000.  Median sold price = $245,000.  Average square feet = 1,714.  Cumulative days on market = 196.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 92.40%.

    Of these, there were a total of 6 waterfront homes sold ranging from $348,500 to $825,000.  Median sold price = $512,500.  Average square feet = 2,192.  Cumulative days on market = 248.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 92.10%.  

    Please contact me if you would like further details.

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Freeland, WA

  • Freeland, the fastest growing community on Whidbey Island, was free land that originally enticed settlers to homestead this section of Whidbey Island.  The land, unfortunately, is no longer free, but many people are still finding it a good place to settle.  The residents of this unincorporated haven have geared up for growth with town hall meetings and planning discussions dubbed Visioning 2025.

    They are wise to protect this gem, overlooking beautiful Holmes Harbor with panoramic views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains.  This commercial center provides a wide variety of retail shopping and dining options, and its south location keeps it mainland accessible.

    Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., provides an industrial base, building tugboats,catamarans, and river cruise ships.

    Holmes Harbor, three-miles long and less that a half-mile wide, makes fishing, boating and sailing opportunities convenient.  Freeland Park has playground equipment, picnic sites, and boat launching facilities.

     

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Langley, WA

  • Langley, with a population of 1,080, overlooks the Saratoga Passage.  Historic buildings, flower-filled walkways, fine restaurants, and eclectic shops, make this little waterfront town an enjoyable place to explore.  Browse for handmade clothing, jewelry, art, glass, furniture, gourmet items, books and antiques.

    Langley has a thriving creative community.  Artists and galleries are prominent.  Langley is a place where you can find country roads for riding bikes and miles of shoreline for walking.

    Take a walk along the beach, accessible from Seawall Park, and look for resident populations of bald eagles, herons, and sea lions.  You may be lucky enough to spot a migrating gray whale (most often in the spring) or a pod of orcas feeding in the waters off Whidbey Island.

    Homes in the Langley/Bayview area are as varied as in other areas of Whidbey Island.  Within town limits, homes include post-WWII vintage and newer, with lots from 1/8 to 1/2 acre.  In size they vary from cottages to homes of gracious dimensions.

    A few of the homes within Langley are sited on high-bank waterfront lots but the topography is generally less view-friendly.  Adjoining areas, however, boast many homes and estates with expansive water and mountain views to the east.  Several neighborhoods feature beachfront living, while others are wooded or lakefront.

    My market analysis of 2010 real estate market shows a total of 74 homes sold in Langely ranging in price from $117,000 to $1,242,000.  Median sold price = $382,000.  Average square feet = 1,943.  Cumulative days on market = 228.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 95.38%.

    Of these, there were a total of 9 waterfront homes sold ranging from $310,000 to $1,242,000.  Median sold price = $630,000.  Average square feet = 1,823.  Cumulative days on market = 272.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 90.66%.

    Please contact me if you would like further details.

     

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Clinton, WA

  • Clinton, an unincorporated town at the south end of Whidbey Island, is the site of the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry terminal.  Dozens of businesses, stores, restaurants and tourist attractions serve visitors and the local community.

    In 1870 Frank Ball first settled the area now called Clinton. The town was first named Phinney, but was renamed Clinton in the 1880's after the hometown of H. C. Hinman, a local store owner from Michigan.  Farms, orchards, and logging spurred Clinton's growth.  By the early 1900's Clinton was a regular stop on the steamer runs.

    Clinton's hillside views take in Saratoga Passage, Everett, Camano Island and the Cascade Mountains.  The Dan Porter Memorial Park has a full array of recreational facilities.  Deer Lake Park offers good fishing and swimming.  The southern tip of the Island, Possession Point, offers Department of Natural Resources public beaches that are home to red rock and Dungeness crabs.  These beaches are accessible only by boat.  Clinton's Possession Park offers picnic sites, boat launch, beaches, fishing from the shore, and beautiful views.  Beach combing and bird watching are favorite pastimes in this peaceful sanctuary of simple pleasures.

    In addition to homes clustered on the beach and hillside overlooking the ferry landing that anchors this south Whidbey community, the Clinton area offers beachfront homes in more secluded neighborhoods.  Inland, expect a smattering of neighborhoods, but most of the housing inventory is sited on expansive acreages.  It's an area in which solitude is easily achieved.

    My analysis of the 2010 real estate market shows a total of 60 homes sold in Clinton ranging in price from $75,000 to $950,000.  Median sold price = $355,500.  Average square feet = 1,971.  Cumulative days on market = 159.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 95.21%.

    Of these, there were a total of 8 waterfront homes sold ranging from $315,000 to $950,000.  Median sold price = $627,500.  Average square feet = 1,580.  Cumulative days on market = 194.  Percentage of list price to sold price = 90.70%.

    Please contact me if you would like further details.

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