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.


Classy two story home on the shores of Padilla Bay in Bayview, Washington State

Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington

Spectacular bay views from this classy two story home on the shores of Padilla Bay. Conveniently located with EZ access to I-5 and Hwy 20.

Rick Alexander, Keller Williams Western Realty

0.58 ACRES
2414 SQ FT
Custom Water View Home on Private Half Acre

Port Ludlow, Jefferson County, Washington

First time on the market and a rare opportunity to own your deep-water dock in beautiful Port Ludlow! This custom waterfront home, overlooking Ludlow Bay, is located a a community of fine waterfront homes and great neighbors! Private setting on nearly a half-acre. Double sided dock for 35 -40'boat. Main level living with an open floor plan for a relaxed yet gracious lifestyle. Pamper guests in style with spacious guest rooms. Multiple storage areas, rough plumbed for bar/kitchenette/hobbies.

Karen Best, Coldwell Banker Best Homes

0.50 ACRES
3908 SQ FT
Normandy Park No Bank Waterfront - Puget Sound / Saltwater

Normandy Park, King County, Washington

Imagine yourself here! Step onto the beach waterfront home on Normandy Terrace. 100' (per KCR) of no bank Puget Sound waterfront footage. Finest waterfront home opportunity in a long while in Normandy Park. Expansive, wide views of Puget Sound, Mountains & shipping traffic. Ideal outdoor deck and hot tub. All located on a large, fully fenced, gated flat lot with ample parking. Home is move-in ready w/new carpets. Lot A Beach Rights which includes boat launch. Easy access to downtown and airport.

Stuart Steadman, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

0.64 ACRES
3210 SQ FT
Private Water View Home

Port Ludlow, Jefferson County, Washington

Walk to the community beach from this private, water view home, located near the Hood Canal Bridge. A hardwood entry, tiled floors in the kitchen and peeled posts in the great room give this spacious home a lodge-like feel. The upper level master suite features a large walk-in closet, laundry center and room for an office or a second bedroom. The lower level, with an exterior entrance, is finished and ready for hobbies, recreation or extended living use. Attached shop, hottub, patio & big deck.

Karen Best, Coldwell Banker Best Homes

1.00 ACRES
3850 SQ FT
Cape San Juan Waterfront Home

Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington

Nicely appointed 2000+/- sf waterfront home on 1.3+/- acres with 250+/- feet of shoreline and a delightful gravel beach that transitions to rocky shoreline. The house has a splendid great room, 2 bedrooms (1 used as a den), 2 bathrooms (currently combined), plus a 3rd bedroom & bath in the daylight basement, and a huge deck. Surrounded by beautiful Madrona and fir trees with rocky outcroppings and everchanging views of marine life, vessel traffic, and the color & textures of the sky & the sound. Community amenities include a marina, beach on Cattle Pass, outdoor swimming pool, paved roads, and so close to the beautiful American Camp National Park (1400 acres).

Sam Buck, Coldwell Banker/san Juan Islands, Inc.

1.30 ACRES
2000 SQ FT
The Willcox House ~ 8.49 Acres Waterfront Estate on Hood Canal With 500' Beach

Seabeck, Kitsap County, Washington

Nestled in forested privacy, this Hood Canal waterfront estate boasts breathtaking views and unmatched serenity. Modern yet traditional, it is a signature work of architect Lionel Pries. Handcrafted quality brings the old-world charm of a fine European manor to this home on 8 acres of prime waterfront. This unique property is a rare find that boasts 500 feet of beach, a 300-foot deep-water dock, a 3-bedroom gatehouse plus a chauffeur’s apartment and guest cottage. It offers a serene waterfront retreat that is easily accessible to both the Seattle & Tacoma metro areas.

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

8.49 ACRES
7560 SQ FT

Long Beach, Pacific County, Washington

On top of the world is the feeling you can experience from this craftsman style home built by Steve McPhail with Willapa bay views 3 beds, 3.5 baths Exercise room, den, formal living and dining rooms with cathedral entry filled w/ light shining on the Cherry wood floors. RR zoning allows for horses, or just enjoy the privacy & local wildlife this property affords. Large rear deck & covered front porch in Trex, flagstone walk and garden station. Master suite is complete with private balcony.

Leslie Brophy, Pacific Realty

10.00 ACRES
2310 SQ FT
Water View Home on Acreage

Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington

A stunning and secluded English Style newly remodeled 4857+/- sf, 4 bed/4.5 bath home including slate roof, enclosed court yard, and perfectly situated on an elevated plateau in the middle of 38+/- acres of gorgeous land; having two parcels in the central 5 acre portion surrounded by 33+/- acres in conservation. You will experience distant vistas, lawn areas, pathways, woods, outstanding privacy, and within walking distance to the award winning Snug Harbor Resort and Marina. MLS #1149267

Sam Buck, Coldwell Banker/san Juan Islands, Inc.

38.00 ACRES
4857 SQ FT


This Way To The Beach! Great Right - On - The - Water Retreat on Puget Sound

Olalla, Kitsap County, Washington

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” This Prospect Point beach home near Gig Harbor offers the enticing lifestyle Emerson suggests. Sweeping views extending to Mt. Baker are the glorious backdrop for relaxed days accented by quietly passing wildlife & marine traffic. Nestled on Colvos Passage, this beautiful home is simply designed & sharply updated. It has open living areas, 2 BRs, a loft, deck, mooring buoy & 69 feet of sandy no-bank beach. With a right-on-the-beach setting just 9 mi from the Seattle ferry, it is an ideal option for full-time living or vacation use.

Joe Sanchez & Associates, Coldwell Banker Bain

0.25 ACRES
1986 SQ FT

Ocean Park, Pacific County, Washington

This contemporary home offers stylish, clean lines and warm wood. The expansive westward facing windows showcase beautiful views from the kitchen, living and dining areas. You will find Hickory Cabinets, Hardwood Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Recessed Lighting and a Custom Kitchen with walk-in pantry, office nook, 5 burner Jenn-air range and south facing gardening nook. The Master Suite features a cozy LP fireplace, walk in closet, jetted tub, dual vanity and walk in shower. The huge Media Room has a built in entertainment center. The partially finished basement features a separate insulated and heated storage area. The attached garage also has a separate shop with a 3/4 bath.

Joni Pitts, Anchor Realty

1.25 ACRES
2872 SQ FT

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