About Washington


Washington State offers rugged coastline, deserts, forests, mountains, volcanoes, and hundreds of coastal islands to explore. The Cascade Mountains divide the state, with the damp forested coastal areas to the west, and pine forests, deserts and irrigated farmland of the Columbia River Plateau to the east. It is the adjacent to Canada.

The 2010 United States Census recorded the State's population at 6,724,540. Approximately 60 percent of Washington's residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, industry along the Puget Sound.  Washington's climate varies greatly from west to east. An Oceanic climate (also called "west coast marine climate") predominates in western Washington, and a much drier climate prevails east of the Cascade Range.

The state's nickname "Evergreen" was proposed in 1890 by Charles T. Conover of Seattle. The name proved popular as the forests were full of evergreen trees and the abundance of rain keeps the shrubbery and grasses green throughout the year.

Washington State is an aquatic wonderland of coastal waters, tide pools, saltwater inlets, glacier-fed rivers, low country and alpine lakes, reservoirs, protected wetlands and estuaries teeming with fish, birds and all sorts of watchable wildlife. It is also home to thousands of waterfalls, including some as dramatic and spectacular as Palouse Falls and Snoqualmie Falls. Washington has over 1,000 dams, built for a variety of purposes including irrigation, power, flood control, and water storage.

Washington's Pacific coast offers a wealth of beaches; some you can drive on (Long Beach) and some are so wild you can't get a car within 20 miles of them (stretches of protected shoreline in Olympic National Park). Even most Washingtonians don't know that the state's 170 miles of Pacific coast is only a small fraction of its total saltwater coastline. When you take into account Washington's numerous bays and tidal inlets, the perimeters of its coastal islands, the San Juan Islands, and the islands of Puget Sound, and then add in the shorelines of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, Hood Canal and Puget Sound, Washington has an astounding 3,036 miles of saltwater coastline. If you stretched out the States' meandering coastline into one straight line, it would more than cover the distance from Seattle to Washington, D.C.

Washington is also home to many beautiful rivers, none more majestic than the mighty Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and the largest hydroelectric power-producing river in North America. Along the way, it flows through the Grand Coulee Dam, which is the largest single producer of hydroelectricity in the United States. The Columbia River Gorge is famous for its vast panoramas of spectacularly dramatic scenery. Its strong winds also make it a world-famous windsurfing destination.

Many of Washington's waters, mountains and forests are protected by the State's three National Parks, some 120 State parks, numerous wilderness areas, recreation areas and preserves. It's no surprise then that Washington is a haven for watchable wildlife: whales and other sea mammals, migratory and native birds, deer, bears, cougars, otters, foxes and much more.


Wonderful, private feel, with views of the marina and bay

Port Ludlow, Jefferson County, Washington

House beautiful! This newly updated home creates a feeling of joy and peace. The sweeping views of lush green space with filtered water views are stunning and private. Main level living with updates throughout including new paint, new lighting and a new kitchen that offers all new appliances with double ovens. Efficient, open floor plan. Near everything that makes Port Ludlow so special; walking trails, golf, boating, tennis, and the community center. Yard maintenance is included in HOA dues

Karen Best , Coldwell Banker Best Homes

0.14 ACRES
2269 SQ FT
Prime 1.6 Acre Ocean - Front Lot

Long Beach, Pacific County, Washington

Butterfly Shores, an investment in a Washington Coast premiere ocean-front community of 14 1+ acre parcels. This exceptional property is 1.6 acres with 200 feet of ocean frontage. The gated, paved and lighted road leads you through 20+ acres of adjacent butterfly preserve and separates you from the world. This could be your entrance to your dreams coming true.

Leslie Brophy , Pacific Realty

1.60 ACRES
69696 SQ FT

Long Beach, Pacific County, Washington

The views are stunning + the location is unbeatable + a recent rehab = the town home you will want to make yours. Check your list of wants. Front row to the Kite Festival, the Boardwalk and the Discovery Trail. Includes hardwoods, granite, stainless, 2 fireplaces, 2 of 3 bedrooms w/ en suite baths, deck, low HOA, newer roof and siding. Truly beautiful inside and out!

Leslie Brophy , Pacific Realty

0.00 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
1 - Level With Low - Bank Waterfront & Dock on Horsehead Bay in Gig Harbor WA

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

Relaxed days & warm memories wait here on the shores of Horsehead Bay. Nestled on low-bank frontage, this 1-level waterfront gem is filled with the charm of yesteryear. A sweet hideaway with a soothing right-on-the-water feel, this idyllic spot is perfect for full-time or vacation living. A dock, view kitchen, roomy living areas, waterside deck, attached garage & a close-in location – it is all here, wrapped in easy-care grounds. Kick back, relax & let cares drift away as your dreams set sail! Tour This Home in 3-D or Virtual Reality at ForJoe.net Listing offered by Joe Sanchez & Associates of Coldwell Banker Bain. 253-853-2262.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain

0.00 ACRES
1800 SQ FT

Seaview, Pacific County, Washington

2.78 Acres overlooking a pond and cranberries. This very quiet setting is beautiful for this lovely home. Three shops give you room to hobby or work on projects galore! 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, second floor family room. Shops are 30x48, 24x28 and 12x20. Drive slowly to the home on the end of the lane. Must be accompanied by broker.

Leslie Brophy , Pacific Realty

2.78 ACRES
22320 SQ FT
BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ~ 2.39 Acre Parcel in Victor / Belfair Near Gig Harbor

Belfair, Mason County, Washington

trees at an affordable price? Look no further! This 2.39-acre building site is situated just off SR 302 and E Victor Road and should give some beautiful western exposure water views for the discerning buyer. A drilled well is on site and electricity is in the street. Bring your building plans and dreams!

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain

2.39 ACRES
NEW OFFERING: Gig Harbor Waterfront in Northwest Passage, 100 - Ft. High - Bank

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

Pure serenity waits here among towering trees & an evolving panorama. This idyllic 1-acre setting in Northwest Passage has 100 feet of high bank frontage & beautiful views. The open kitchen, family, living & dining rooms offer ideal spaces to entertain. Awake daily to vistas in a Master Suite with a private deck, bath with dual vanity/dressing areas, & extra closets. The striking landscaped grounds have a path to potential shore access & a patio to enjoy passing boats. This is a home filled with good vibes, glorious views & great value!

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain

1.00 ACRES
2815 SQ FT
Waterfront Home | Sandy Point | Private Dock | Detached Workroom

Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

Beautiful contemporary home located on Sandy Point Canal. Has a 30' private dock & 50' of waterfront property. Major remodel in 2012. Has large windows for enjoying the stunning views of the canal and mountains. Private dock with aluminum ramp. Efficient home w/ hi-efficiency furnace & tankless water heater. Beautiful fir wood work, trim, doors & staircase. Has detached 240 sq ft shop & south facing sunroom that runs the full length of the house. Gorgeous home & great location!

Monte Young , Bellwether Real Estate

0.28 ACRES
2080 SQ FT
GREAT LOCATION ~ 4 BR View Home in Gig Harbor, Tranquil Setting, Easy Access

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

This smartly renovated home celebrates an ageless blend of simplicity & style. Open living areas capture vibrant hues of views & sunsets that span Henderson Bay to the Olympics. Roomy, comfortable & move-in-ready, it boasts an open kitchen, large view decks, master on main & all bedrooms adjoin bathrooms. A 2nd full-floor master suite has spa bath, room-sized walk-in closet & private deck. Lots of lifestyle options with a downstairs kitchenette, extra room, bath, game & media rooms. This convenient, tranquil setting is near Hwy 16, North Gig Harbor & St. Anthony Hospital.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain

0.45 ACRES
4048 SQ FT
One Point Fosdick

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

Impeccable NW Lodge Grandeur w/sweeping sound views in gated One Point Fosdick. MAIN Floor master. 4 bed/3.5 ba home w/quality details throughout, about 4700 sq. ft. of luxury. Granite island kitchen, high end appl. eat-in area w/views. Beamed ceilings, cherry floors & beautiful woodwork lead to the open living areas great for entertaining. Lower level rec room, wine cellar, bed & bath. Outdoor living w/extensive decking, sound & mountain views. 3 car garage. Private beach access. Unique.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.40 ACRES
4692 SQ FT

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