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Old 04-25-2015, 04:28 PM
 
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I'm sooo done with So. Cal. and we're retiring. I've grown up in beach cities (both coasts) all my life, even while in college. My husband and I are looking for green, relatively quiet, but within range of Seattle proper. Since we don't have to commute, I'm thinking about Bainbridge even. (I know about the weather. No need to warn me.) Where do you recommend we look? I don't want a lot of house but I do want a lot of yard, pref'y near the water. I don't want to look out the window and see the neighbor's window, if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Lindax, Welcome (almost) to our little corner of the world. Bainbridge is amazing for the feeling of small town, island and beach life. It is rather the best of two worlds, a lovely community that feels miles away, great restaurants and shops, yet an easy ferry ride into downtown Seattle for all the cultural and entertainment amenities when you want them. There are forests and green all over the island, great trails and beaches to get lost or put your kayak in. You can certainly find places with privacy and land around you. Vashon Island is also nice (and more affordable than Bainbridge), but not as easy to get into central Seattle. It is also smaller with not as many amenities.

What's your home budget and what other things do you like? You mentioned that you have lived on both coasts. Me too, Bainbridge in my mind feels the most like an east coast coastal town in this area. There are other options, South Whidbey Island comes to mind, again not as accessible to Seattle. Another thing I love about Bainbridge is its easy proximity to the glorious Olympic Peninsula and Pacific Coast coastline, just head north on Hwy 305, connect to Hwy 3 and you are on your way. You can even drive up to Port Angeles and take the ferry to Victoria BC. By the way, the weather has been pretty nice around here lately, shhhhhh.

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Old 04-25-2015, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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If you can afford Bainbridge, you should also look at Vashon.
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Old 04-25-2015, 06:12 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Just across a short (and scenic) bridge from Bainbridge is Poulsbo. I would recommend checking it out. You can get acreage and water view, but there is more shopping, medical, and restaurants. Also, you have a more central location to make choices for the Bainbridge, Bremerton, or Kingston Ferry, depending on which way you are going. It's also close to Silverdale which has just about anything you would need. Silverdale in fact has homes with acreage on the Hood Canal, a friend lives there and also has views of the Olympics, home value a reasonable $800k.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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I'm sooo done with So. Cal. and we're retiring. I've grown up in beach cities (both coasts) all my life, even while in college. My husband and I are looking for green, relatively quiet, but within range of Seattle proper. Since we don't have to commute, I'm thinking about Bainbridge even. (I know about the weather. No need to warn me.) Where do you recommend we look? I don't want a lot of house but I do want a lot of yard, pref'y near the water. I don't want to look out the window and see the neighbor's window, if you know what I mean.
Y'know, lived here in the hustle and bustle for a decade and a half, out of necessity (IT management), in Redmond, Mill Creek, and now Kirkland. While nice places, especially Eastside, the hassle of getting anywhere during the workweek is not to be underestimated. And the cost of living here...yeeeeah. Mmmmkay: I'm aahhh, going to need you to come in on Saturday, mmkay? So, aaahh, see you then alright?

What you've just described is Poulsbo, I think. More I turn up there, more I like it: kicked back, less expensive, but in-range of civilization via ferry when needed. On rare occasion I go there counter-commute (from Seattle, in the AM and reversing it later in the day). Probably a lot tougher going commute directions, so I'd personally keep that to a minimum if feasible: use mass transit, or skip it altogether. I don't go into Seattle proper during the workweek, either, outside of mass transit.

Look out the window in Poulsbo, you might see a submarine. Well, not quite, but Naval Base Bangor (submarines) is like three miles away, if-that.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Spokane Valley, WA
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Look out the window in Poulsbo, you might see a submarine. Well, not quite, but Naval Base Bangor (submarines) is like three miles away, if-that.
If you see a submarine in Poulsbo, that boat is in deep trouble and they are lost!
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:52 AM
 
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Default Thank you all for great replies

We live at the beach in so Cal. and so expect to do well when we sell. I'm a bit concerned about being too far away from grocery, pharmacy, medical... the usual things we tend to assume are close by. We can afford the low end of Bainbridge, and we're not looking for a castle on the water.

Hey, red stapler, I was wondering about the naval base and whether that's a crummy thing to live too close to. What are your thoughts on that? and thanks for the reassurance, Boxkicker.

Homeinseattle, I lived in Marblehead, MA.

Hemlock & Blondbaerde, that's two recs for Poulsbo, definitely a must see.

I know the Seattle traffic is awful, but I won't be working 9-5 M-F, thank god.

All your posts were hugely helpful and I'm super excited. Hope to come up in the dead of winter to see just how "bad" things get (I've seen that hilarious video of the cars skidding down the ice slicked road and whacking into each other).
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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"We live at the beach in so Cal. and so expect to do well when we sell. I'm a bit concerned about being too far away from grocery, pharmacy, medical... the usual things we tend to assume are close by. We can afford the low end of Bainbridge, and we're not looking for a castle on the water".

Lindax, based on the above, Bainbridge would be a great fit, also you will really love the community feel, lushness and quick boat ride to all that is great about Seattle.
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Old 08-05-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I'd recommend looking into Sequim. It sits in a little "banana belt" and has relatively nice weather.

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Old 08-05-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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It is true that Sequim has more sunshine, attractive prices too. You just have to think about whether you want to be close to Seattle and all it has to offer. Sequim isn't.
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