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.


Fox Island - Dungeness Dr

Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington

1.285 acres 3 fireplaces Attached garage Composition roof Garden Space Terraced Lawn Sports Court Swim Spa RV Parking

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

1.29 ACRES
7827 SQ FT
Custom Pacific Beach Home

Pacific Beach, Grays Harbor County, Washington

Located right next to Pacific Beach state park. A short 35-minute drive from your home to the Olympic National Forest, The forest includes three temperate rain forested (Hoh, Queets and Quinault), a mountain range, saltwater beaches and tidelands The 633,677-acre forest surrounds so much of the Olympic National Park.

Michael Morrison , Morrison House Sotheby's International Realty

0.12 ACRES
2980 SQ FT
Superb Move - In - Ready View Home, Ideal Opetion For Multi - Generation Living Needs

University Place, Pierce County, Washington

Imagine a place where color & light dance at Nature’s whim. A home filled with glittering water & mountain views that craft a refined simplicity. A rare find in a quiet area where boats are the only traffic, their hushed voyage framed in big windows. Sited along the Tacoma Narrows, this home is special. Well-designed with a Master on main, 7 Bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 3 laundries + extra rooms, it has 3 distinct living areas to use for varied lifestyle needs. Here, relaxed days end on the deck savoring incredible sunsets. Imagine the joy of calling this your ‘Home’.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain of Gig Harbor

0.37 ACRES
4768 SQ FT
NEW LISTING: Gig Harbor West Exposure Waterfront, 130' Frontage, Deep - Water Buoy

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

Imagine life where panoramic Olympic Mountain & Puget Sound views fill your days, & radiant sunsets visit nightly. In this hidden waterfront enclave, time slows, silence reigns & the beach beckons. An ideal home for full or part-time living, it has a beachy open feel, high ceilings, master on main, loft, living & dining rooms, view deck & 3-car garage. Past a gorgeous yard, a trail leads to 130’ of med-bank beach, a mooring buoy & endless fun. Anchor your dreams in this new Home Port. It’s located close to town & far away from ordinary.

Joe Sanchez & Associates , Coldwell Banker Bain of Gig Harbor

1.75 ACRES
4010 SQ FT
Give Your Dreams a Place to Live

Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington

Spend your summers on 120+ feet of quiet waterfront on picturesque Port Blakely and moor your boat on your own private buoy. A winding cobblestone drive leads to this private 4900 sq ft custom home with arboretum like grounds. Classic styling with crisp white interiors and gorgeous water and city views. Thoughtful design & craftsmanship show throughout: cove moldings, wainscot, limestone & Carrera marble floors are just some of the special touches. First time on the market.

Maureen & Edward Buckley , Buckley & Buckley Real Estate

0.83 ACRES
4889 SQ FT

Ocean Park, Pacific County, Washington

Two plus acres, Vintage ocean home filled with charm and all the hard work is done. Seller has added new Hardie plank style siding, vinyl windows, new septic, bathroom and retained the mid-century flair. Open concept living with a welcoming entry, light filled laundry room, sun room and outbuildings ready for hobbies or guest quarters. Your meandering trail to the ocean is quiet, peaceful and inviting.

Leslie Brophy , Pacific Realty

2.35 ACRES
960 SQ FT
5 bedroom, 5 bathroom custom home with spectacular, high bluff ocean views!

Copalis Crossing, Grays Harbor County, Washington

Spectacular, high bluff ocean views! Welcome to "Beach Bluff" a custom, 5 bdrm, 5 bath home in the scenic, seaside village of Seabrook. Open concept main floor offers a gourmet island kitchen w/upgraded SS appliances, high ceilings, see thru fireplace, lower level game/exercise room w/106" HD 3D-proj. TV w/surround sound. Oceanside master suite, private deck w/ amazing bathroom. Wrap around decks, hot tub, 2 car carriage house w/bed, bthrm, kitchenette & ocean views. Successful nightly rental!

Marjorie Whitney-Bean , Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores

0.00 ACRES
3375 SQ FT
Magnificent waterfront townhouse

Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington

This sophisticated waterfront townhouse offers spectacular unobstructed views of Commencement Bay, Mt. Rainier, the Port and twinkling Tacoma City Skyline. Features include extensive wine cellar, gourmet eat in kitchen and formal dining room. Luxurious Master Suite, Junior Master suite, private gardens with fountains and pond, several decks, this is one of the largest units. Central heat and air conditioning, Complex amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a clubhouse, and guest parking. MLS# 1474335

Stephanie Herrmann , Better Properties SoundView

10858.00 ACRES
4116 SQ FT
THE Best View AND Location in Gig Harbor!

Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

An additional waterfront lot included with this charming home boasting the very best view in Gig Harbor-a panorama of Gig Harbor Bay, Vashon Island, Pt Defiance & Mt Rainier-all on 160' of high bank waterfront. Whether you take the solid stairs to pebble beach and do some beach-combing or kayaking, entertain on the huge ironwood deck, or wander on your own acre+ lot loaded with gardens, fruit trees & flowers, you'll never want to leave! Inside this super charming house, you'll find a comfortable blend of old & new, w/original built-ins, wood-burning fireplace, updated kitchen w/SS appliances. All within walking distance of town!

Sue Rand , Windermere/Gig Harbor

1.22 ACRES
2204 SQ FT
Gorgeous, contemporay lakefront beach house!

Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, Washington

Modern 4 bedroom 3 bath home on duck lake. Sit back and enjoy the amazing lake and sunset views, soaring, expansive ceilings, huge great room, gourmet kitchen. This ultra contemporary home features hydronic underfloor heat, quartz counter tops and great attention to detail. The home has been wired in the latest technology cabling, The property has been fully fenced to ensure privacy. Driveway is fully paved and there is a dock for your boat, fishing, or just kick back and enjoy the lake, local wildlife such as deer, river otters, ducks, geese to name just a few.. Beachcombing, surfing, wind surfing is just minutes away!

Marjorie Whitney-Bean , Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores

0.25 ACRES
2152 SQ FT

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