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.

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