The Olympic Peninsula
Port Angeles, Washington
Situated at the edge of the Olympic National Park, Port Angeles is a gateway to the rugged beauty of the western Peninsula and holds the county seat for Clallam County. With a population of 30,000 in the greater Port Angeles area, it provides the perfect small town atmosphere. The quaint downtown area is experiencing a renewed interest in supporting its diverse restaurants, shopping and festivals and the city as a whole is celebrating a revitalization movement. One of the best known annual gatherings is the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival which brings more than 15,000 visitors to enjoy a bounty of local seafood and wineries.
Port Angeles was recently in the running for America’s Best Place to Live. Outside Magazine sponsored the online contest and Port Angeles is proud to claim spot #2 in the nationwide competition. There is no shortage of kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing and camping opportunities for an outside enthusiast looking to buy a home. Hop on The Discovery Trail and bike or hike west to Forks or east through the Sequim valley. Venture up to Hurricane Ridge for the view or to pick up one of the many trails through the Park. Drive west to beautiful Lake Crescent or jump on the ferry to Victoria, BC for more exploring.
Buying real estate in Port Angeles means you will have easy access to everything there is to enjoy in the Pacific Northwest. When you stroll along the City pier you can see some of the various industries supported; logging, boat building and commercial fishing. The Olympic Medical Center is located conveniently close to downtown and there are plenty of big box shopping options in nearby Sequim. So you see, there are many reasons to have Port Angeles on your list of options when searching for a new house or land to build on.
Sequim Community Information
Welcome Home to sunny Sequim Washington!
Sequim enjoys the benefits of a unique location on Washington State’s north Olympic Peninsula. Located just miles away from the lush beauty of a temperate rainforest, Sequim receives only 16 inches of rain per year. Blue sky and sunshine combine with an amazing setting on a small prairie between the mountains and the sea. Look north and you will see the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Look south and you will see the snow capped peaks of the Olympic Mountains. This setting provides phenomenal natural beauty and an endless list of recreational opportunities.
With approximately 30,000 people in the city and the surrounding area, residents and visitors agree that it is just about the right size. Sequim is large enough to have all the conveniences, yet small enough to remain friendly and inviting. In recent years Sequim has gained notoriety as a retirement community, as growing numbers of retirees continue to relocate here. New residents are drawn to Sequim by the temperate climate, long days of sunshine, the relaxed pace of life in a small city, and the relative affordability of living on the Peninsula.
Sequim is also the lavender growing capital of North America. Because of our climate, Sequim is one of the few places lavender grows well in the United States. Lavender farms are constantly expanding, new ones are starting all the time, and lavender has become an important part of our local culture. In the early summer, Sequim has a lavender festival showcasing the many innovative uses for the herb and the products made by local farmers. During this festival there are many activities for visitors, including the street fair, open air market, and farm tour.
Throughout the year residents enjoy open air concerts in the park, walking or biking on the Discovery Trail, boating at the John Wayne Marina, hiking and camping in the Olympic Mountains, indoor swimming and recreation at the YMCA and many other outdoor activities. Sequim residents are also looking forward to the completion of our own emergency medical center and the new performing arts theater.
If you have any questions about life on the peninsula, feel free to contact one of our Realtors. They will be happy to serve you by answering your questions and providing you with a relocation package.