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Our Favorite Things to do in Port Townsend

Though our real estate office is located in the town of Sequim, we proudly serve all communities on the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Angeles and Port Townsend.  Our neighbor to the east, Port Townsend, is a historically charming Victoria Seaport worth visiting.  In fact, there is an incredible range of things to do in Port Townsend, no matter the season in which you visit.

While the towns of the Olympic Peninsula, including Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles, each make wonderful places to visit, they are also extraordinary places to live and work. Whether you’re young, retired, or somewhere in between, there are plenty of things to do in Port Townsend and a broad range of amenities for people of all backgrounds.  It’s one of the many great things about living here!

If you’re curious about what moving to Port Townsend or anywhere else in the area could look like, we encourage you to reach out to anyone of our real estate agents for more information. 

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Benefits to Real Estate Investing in Sequim

Have you been thinking about real estate investing?  If so, Sequim is a great market to consider!  Sequim has frequently been touted as one of the top retirement communities, primarily due to its incredible year-round weather, it’s relative affordability, and its community amenities.

As Sequim’s #1 real estate investing team, it’s our job to make the buying and selling process as painless as possible and to represent our community in the best way possible. We pride ourselves on our many years in service to Sequim and the surrounding communities on the Olympic Peninsula and would love the opportunity to help you find your next great real estate investment. Contact one of our Sequim Real Estate Agents today! Continue Reading

8 Home Issues That Aren’t Deal-Breakers (And 4 That Are)

Buying your first home can be a confusing whirlwind. Even with a trustworthy team like Schwab Realty, it’s easy to feel in over your head. Often, you’ll find a property that seems perfect – almost. When there’s just one little thing holding you back, how do you determine whether or not it’s truly little? Here’s a look at common issues you might find in your home search, and how to separate minor problems from major issues.

Aesthetic Concerns

These issues might not look pretty, but they’re easy to fix:

Health and Quality of Life Issues

Although you’ll want to address these concerns, they’re manageable:

Major Problems

Here are a few issues that might be worth walking away from:

We hope these resources help make your house hunt easier. When you can distinguish oddities from serious problems, you’re empowered to make the best choice. If you’re in love with a house, don’t let minor details hold you back!

Ray Flynn’s is the cofounder of DIYGuys.net. His very first DIY project came at age 10 when he built a treehouse, complete with an (ill-advised) homemade zipline exit, in the woods behind his best friend’s house. When he’s not working as a civil engineer, Ray Flynn spends his time dreaming up new DIY projects that promote green living.

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Embrace Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Though we’re not quite yet to Labor Day, the final days of summer on the Olympic Peninsula are nearly upon us, and we find ourselves wistfully looking forward to a glorious fall ahead. The weather usually stays good here in the Sequim area well into September, and often through the first part of October.  But, even so, the crisp, cool nights of fall aren’t too far away.

On the bright side, even as the weather does cool down, there’s plenty to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula each fall, and that includes plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the Olympic National Park and the rest of the peninsula.  Sequim, in particular, is a delightful place to relax and unwind this fall, as it enjoys traditionally sunnier and drier weather than other parts of the PEninsula. Sequim is, after all, located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

As always, we’d love to share our favorite fall traditions on the Olympic Peninsula with you.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to our real estate agents in Sequim for more information – we may even be able to find you that perfect new home you’ve been dreaming of!

A Delightful Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

When we say you won’t run out of things to do up here on the Olympic Peninsula, we mean it!  Of course, there is plenty to enjoy in the outdoors including visiting the coast, taking hikes, and exploring the charming towns.  From Port Townsend to Forks, there’s an abundance of fun things to do and see along the way.  Whether you’re contemplating moving here, or are just looking to escape the dreary weather further west and east of us, the Olympic Peninsula – and Sequim, in particular – is a wonderful place for shopping, dining, and spending time outdoors.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to spend a fall day on the stunning Olympic Peninsula:

  1. Take a walk through the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, home to a wonderful variety of animals, and a truly excellent place for birdwatching in the fall.  If you’re up for a long walk, take the 5.5 mile trip out to the historic Dungeness Lighthouse. Just remember, it’s 5.5 miles back, too!
  2. Watch the salmon spawning, and walk across the historic railroad trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park. Another great place to see the salmon spawn is the Elwah River, where you can also witness the power of Mother Nature in this wild river restoration.
  3. Fall is still a wonderful month for hiking – in fact, it’s one of our favorite times to hike, as the weather is cooler and the dramatic colors of fall are breathtaking!
  4. Take a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy a vibrant sunset from any of the beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, or from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
  5. Go wine tasting!  There are 9 award-winning wineries that call the Olympic Peninsula home.
  6. Head out to Finn River Cidery for a relaxing afternoon.
  7. Bike along portions of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which stretches across the peninsula for 140 miles and growing.
  8. Head out for some leaf-peeping!  Here are some of the best spots to spot fall foliage around the Olympic Peninsula.
  9. Browse the many quaint downtowns found on the Olympic Peninsula.  Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles all have ample shops and restaurants worth browsing!
  10. Fall is a great time to watch for wildlife – which includes the fall bird migration. Some of the top places for birdwatching, other than the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, include Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, the Clallam Bay, Sekiu and Neah Bay areas, La Push, Kalaloch beaches, the Hood Canal shoreline, and Olympic National Park.

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula

Interesting in Moving to the Olympic Peninsula?

More than anything this fall, make sure you enjoy the opportunity to get outside for some of the best natural medicine we have available to us – fresh air and sunshine!  Spending time in nature is absolutely restorative and there’s no better place to enjoy it than right here on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The short & dreary days of winter will be here before you know it, too – but even then we have some pretty great ideas on how to beat the winter blues and still enjoy this beautiful paradise we call home.

We wouldn’t be at all surprised if, after spending just a short amount of time up here with us, that you fall in love with the area.  And, when you do, we’ll be here ready to help you make the move to your own little piece of our paradise.  Contact us today at our Sequim Real Estate Office.  We’ve been making dreams come true on the Olympic Peninsula for decades, and would nothing more than to help you.

 

Discover Olympic National Park This Fall

The Olympic National Park is world-renowned for its pristine access to nature, offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the country. The Olympic National Park spreads across the entire Olympic Peninsula, offering access to a diverse wilderness. In fact, we think the sheer diversity of the park, whether it’s in elevation, ecosystem, history, or something else entirely is one of its most endearing and special qualities.

From glacier-capped mountains to a stunning (and wild!) coastline, the Olympic National Park is certainly worth exploring. Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here for a lifetime already, there’s also no shortage of new things to see, new places to explore, and new facets of this incredible park to enjoy. Over 95% of the Olympic National Park is a dedicated wilderness, which makes it one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the country. As such, it’s important you know how to protect these sacred lands, so they can be enjoyed by generations to come.

If you have any questions about the Olympic National Park itself, or what it is like to leave near an area as incredible as this, we’d love to talk to you.  Reach out to our real estate office, located in Sequim. Continue Reading

10 Things to do in Port Angeles

Our real estate office is based in the charming town of Sequim, located on the Olympic Peninsula. We serve all of the communities of the Olympic Peninsula, including our neighbors to the west in Port Angeles.  There is an incredible range of things to do in Port Angeles, especially during these beautiful summer months.  It also makes for the perfect home base for exploring the vast corners of the Olympic Peninsula.

Though we can easily argue that Port Angeles is a great place to visit during these warm summer months – and really at any time of year – it also happens to be a wonderful place to live. Whether you’re a young family or looking for someplace new a little later in life, Port Angeles offers a broad range of amenities for people of all ages and backgrounds. If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Olympic Peninsula Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading

5 Reasons to Move to the Olympic Peninsula

Are you thinking about relocating to somewhere in the Pacific Northwest?  There are a lot of wonderful places to live in the Pacific Northwest, of course, all depending on what amenities you want and what communities have to offer.  In our opinion, there is no better place to live than the stunning Olympic Peninsula, which is home to charming towns like Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend.  The Olympic Peninsula is famous for its impeccable natural beauty, including the famed Olympic National Park, featuring both coastal beaches and towering mountains. 

Our real estate office is located in the charming town of Sequim, known the world-over for its Lavender fields, but we handle real estate all over the entire Olympic Peninsula.  We’d love to show you around this summer, answer any questions you may have about the area, and maybe even get started on the process of finding you a dream home.  There are a number of reasons to move to the Olympic Peninsula, but what’s your reason?  We’d love to know!  Reach out to our knowledgable real estate agents in Sequim today! Continue Reading

Visit a Sequim Lavender Farm This Summer

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had a dramatic impact on communities around the world, and that includes Sequim.  For the first time since it’s beginnings, Sequim won’t be hosting it’s annual Lavender Festival. Despite this disappointing turn of events, you can still come up here and visit a Sequim Lavender Farm this summer.  And, while you’re here, you can enjoy a variety of other wonderful things to do on the Olympic Peninsula, all with appropriate levels of social distancing.

One of the best things about making the trip up to the Olympic Peninsula this summer, aside from the chance to visit a Sequim lavender farm, is being immersed in such impressive natural beauty.  The scenery here is really out of this world, and it’s best enjoyed out in nature; which is to say it’s best enjoyed with a healthy dose of social distancing.  Whether you are considering making a move to the Olympic Peninsula or are just curious and want to explore, we hope you make the trip up here this summer.  If you have any questions or would like help finding your dream home, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Contact us today! Continue Reading

10 Things to do on the Olympic Peninsula This Summer

While Sequim is certainly a charming and wonderful place to visit any time of year, it also makes a great home base for exploring the Olympic Peninsula.  Its location near some of the top things to do on the Olympic Peninsula is also what makes Sequim such a great place to live. From here, it’s easy to explore the nearby towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles, while still also having easy access to the Olympic National Park and the area’s top attractions.

Whether you’re into hiking, biking, taking scenic drives, fishing, or just relaxing on local beaches and at local parks, Sequim really is the perfect place to relax and unwind this summer.  Whether you’re coming to the area to consider making a move or just want someplace new to visit, we hope you make Sequim a part of your summer plans this year.  If you have any questions about living in the area, reach out to one of our wonderful Sequim Real Estate Agents. Continue Reading

Socially Distant Things to do in Sequim This Summer

Sequim and the greater Clallam County area have fared pretty well when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, though we still expect this summer to be a drastically different one than normal. The famous Sequim Lavender Festival has been canceled, as have a number of other events and activities that normally take place in the summer.  Even so, there are still a number of wonderful things to do in Sequim that offer some natural social distancing.  As the threat of the pandemic passes and the state begins to reopen to things like travel, we hope you’ll consider spending some (careful) time in Sequim this summer and supporting the many wonderful small businesses here.

Downtown Sequim is a charming place, with a variety of locally-owned businesses that make it unique.  Without their typical summer crowds, Sequim Lavender farms will be happy to see your smiling faces (behind masks, of course) visiting their beautiful fields, and supporting them in whatever way possible.  Between visits to downtown businesses and lavender farms, we invite you to spend some time staying socially distanced and enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim this summer.

Things to do in Sequim that Support Social Distancing

We hope that, at least in part, we can celebrate the bounty of Sequim with you this summer and fall. Tourism is important to the small town of Sequim, with people visiting here from all over the world to enjoy the variety of things to do in Sequim.  A few of these things include biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, visiting the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, hiking in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park, and visiting the area’s world-famous lavender farms during the annual lavender festival.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

We don’t like seeing the town of Sequim closed down to tourism anymore than you do, though for the health and wellbeing of our community it’s been an important part of the process.  As we inch closer to reopening, you can feel the palpable excitement from residents and small business owners.  Luckily, Sequim does have quite a few things going for it when it comes to welcoming visitors and embracing social distancing.

Of all the incredible things to do in Sequim, getting outside and enjoying this exceptionally beautiful area is at the top of the list.  Luckily for us, with so many places to go out and explore, it’s pretty easy to maintain proper social distancing while in Sequim. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, boating, fishing, birdwatching, or soaking up Mother Nature’s beauty in other ways, there are a whole host of exciting and fun things to do in Sequim. Here are just a few of the things we hope to share with you this summer when you do visit.  Of course, always remember to practice social distancing where needed, and bring your mask along with you, too.

  1. Hike out the 5.5 miles (one way) to the Dungeness Lighthouse.  Though there do tend to be a number of visitors to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, few of them make the 11-mile journey to the lighthouse.  The farther you get away from the start of the trailhead, the fewer people you’ll likely encounter.  There, you can focus on enjoying the resplendent nature around you, and take the time to appreciate this exceptionally beautiful part of the world.
  2. Bike down the Olympic Discovery Trail. Stretching from Port Townsend to La Push, this incredible trail takes you through some of the most magnificent scenery of the Olympic Peninsula.
  3. Take the time to visit one (or more) of Sequim’s Lavender Farms.  Visiting these farms is one of the most popular things to do in Sequim. Though we’re not quite sure what this process will look like quite yet, Sequim’s Lavender Farms are working on a solution that still allows guests to visit and experience the beauty of these rolling purple fields for themselves, all the while keeping themselves and others safe and protected.
  4. There are few better ways to practice social distancing than to get out on the water.  There are miles and miles of open water in the Sequim area, which means it’s the perfect place to go boating or kayaking.
  5. Enjoy a day in the mountains.  From the Olympic National Forest to the Olympic National Park, there are an incredible number of wonderful hiking trails in the area.  They range in distance and difficulty, but each one of them is just as rewarding as the next.

Things to do in Sequim that Encourage Social Distancing

Are you Moving to Sequim?

If you’re moving to Sequim this summer or later this year or next, let us be the first to welcome you to the area.  There are an incredible number of things to do in Sequim, and no shortage of ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  If you are still in the market for a new home or need any help settling into the area, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are here to help.  We’re passionate not just about buying and selling real estate, but also about the incredible community we call home.  Sequim truly is a wonderful place to live, and we hope to share it with you. Contact us today!