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Port Townsend/Kala Point and other areas

Old Aug 5th, 2006, 04:36 AM
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I'm glad you found my comments helpful. Honestly, after just a few visits to my parents, my husband and I decided that the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend in particular would be a fantastic place to retire to (we are in our 30s so that is a long way off). I can't imagine a better combination of incredible scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities, with all the social and cultural perks of a fabulous city just a short ferry ride away. There's nothing quite like taking the ferry over to Seattle for a day and not having to deal with traffic! Port Townsend itself is almost too good to be true - a beautiful historic town with great shopping and a wonderful cultural scene all its own. Although it is a tourist mecca in the summer, it is a living, breathing town that does not depend on the tourist industry for its vitality.

Olympic National Park... San Juan Islands... Victoria... British Columbia... all just a hop, skip and jump away. The opportunities are endless!

I should mention that my parents did look at a charming little farm on Whidbey Island before settling on Kala Point. They finally decided the farm would be too much work and the drive to Port Townsend was just too much for day-to-day errands. They did drive me past the farm on my last visit and I can understand why they found the island so tempting!

I don't think you can go wrong with the Port Townsend area. Good luck!
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Old Aug 10th, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Hausfrau and I will just have to disagree about the merits of Kala Point although obviously we both like PT.
Anyone who moves to the area with kids needs to start getting them involved in nature activities from day one. The teens we know there who are into the outdoors (they're not really into sports, just nature...the environment, marine life, fishing, and so on) or the arts (painting, photography) are pretty happy. Their classmates who just don't care anything about the outdoors or outdoor sports are bored and grumpy because PT isn't a "happening" kind of place in the usual teen malls, etc. They're the ones who tend to get into trouble due to boredom.
So...get your kids involved into outdoor or creative activities young and encourage them to stick with those activities.
Getting back to the housing, whatever area you choose, look very carefully into water rights/availability. Residential water supply is an issue in the OP. I know they had problems on Marrowstone Island for a while. Also, if you get a place with its own well, make sure an expert checks that it's deep enough. There was a big problem with a development over in Sequim. The homes were built when the water table happened to be fairly high, so the wells weren't that deep. Then the water table dropped water. Wells had to be redug. As you would expect, lawsuits followed.
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Old Aug 11th, 2006, 10:11 PM
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Thanks BTike for some good info, especially for butter924 who is searching for a permenant residence. Personally, I wouldn't consider PT for a permenant residence. It's just too far from Seattle which we are in and out of constantly with the family. But for a second home to spend weekends and a place to someday retire to, it seems perfect. I think the Seattle area and the east side are great areas to raise a family with so much to offer. I moved from the east coast and just loving it out here. So much to do and see with the family.
I did read about the water situation with the wells and hope to avoid a well and get a house that has city water. I know this will limit our selection of homes, but I am not familiar with wells at all since I never owned a house with one. Hopefully, butter924 is enjoying this thread as much as me. Thanks again guys for all your knowledge!
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Old Aug 14th, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Absolutely, thank you all for your posts and opinions! Everyone on this thread is so helpful and thoughtful, says a lot about those in the Pacific NW!

jojo7 hit our concern right on the head, for a permanent residence, maybe we should be closer to we're keeping an open mind and hopefully throwing out a wide enough net will allow us to find the place w/in Washington that will be just right.
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