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Head to the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area this Winter

The Northwest is one of the most beautiful places in the world with striking mountainous views, sparkling waters, and picturesque coastlines. Many people move here just for outdoor recreation!  Thankfully, the Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is only an hour from Sequim, WA, and only 40 minutes from Port Angeles, WA. For those who love heading to the beach in the warmer months and hitting the slopes in the winter, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the location of these small towns on the Olympic Penisula.

The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area is within the Olympic National Park, and it’s the westernmost ski area in the continental United States. Olympic National Park is a diverse preserved area with three distinct ecosystems: the Pacific coastline, temperate forests, subalpine forests, and meadow areas. The Hurricane Ridge Ski area is located in the alpine region, and powdery white snow typically covers the landscape in the wintertime.

If you’ve felt the call of the beauty of the Northwest, there’s so much to explore here on the Olympic Penisula and the Olympic National Park. Let us help you decide if this is the place you’d like to call home. Reach out to one of our seasoned and personable agents today! Continue Reading

Our Favorite Fall Activities!

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula is pretty magical – and certainly ranks high at the top of our list of places to explore.  There are so many great things to do in Sequim this fall, too, some of which may surrpise you! The Pacific Northwest may not share the same vibrant colors of New England in the fall, but Mother Nature still puts on a great show each year. It’s been a relatively dry summer, even for sunny Sequim, and we’re really looking forward to the crisp, cool nights and sunny days ahead.

Whether you’re looking for an epic fall adventure seeking out the best fall colors the Pacific Northwest has to offer, or whether you’d rather spend your time browsing the shops, restaurants, and more in downtown Sequim, we can think of plenty of things to do in Sequim this fall (along with neighboring towns). We’d love to share some of our favorite fall traditions with you – don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about Sequim, especially if you’re considering moving here. Our team at Schwab Realty is always happy to help!

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Spend a Day Birdwatching at the Dungeness Spit

One very cool natural wonder just outside the boundary of Sequim, Washington is the Dungeness Spit. It’s 5.5 miles of sandy land stretching into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In fact, it’s the longest natural sand-spit in the United States. This land is also known as the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to more than 250 bird species, as well as numerous land and marine mammals. Wildlife thrives here, so it’s a particularly incredible place for birdwatching and nature-gazing.

The Dungeness Spit is just under 15 minutes drive from downtown Sequim. If you’re looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and be closer to nature, Sequim and the surrounding areas might be the best place to start your house hunt. Schwab Realty is based in Sequim, but we’re also very familiar with the area around the Dungeness Spit and all along the Olympic Peninsula.

On your visit out to this Northwest corner of Washington State, birdwatching at the Dungeness Spit is a lovely way to become familiar with the beauty of the beaches and climate here. This upcoming Spring and Summer are the best months for clear skies and active birding at the Dungeness Spit. Get in touch with one of our amazing agents today to start planning your next move!  Continue Reading

Biking the Olympic Discovery Trail & More in Sequim

The Olympic Discovery Trail is 130-mile expanse that cuts through some of the most beautiful parts of the Northwest. One of the stops along the way is our charming little town Sequim in Washington state. In fact, for the more novice bikers there’s a strip of the Olympic Discovery Trail that’s 26 miles of almost completely paved roads starting at Blyn, WA heading towards Sequim and then continues out to our neighboring town of Port Angeles.

Biking the Olympic Discovery Trail should be on the bucket list for any cycle enthusiast. Due to it’s maintained trails and bridge structures, it’s also actually quite a great place for those who are new to biking. This corner of Washington State is quintessential Northwest with temperate rainforests, coastal and mountain views and lots of space for outdoor recreation—biking, hiking, beach-combing and boating are popular outings here.

Luckily, due to Sequim’s location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, this area averages less rain fall per year (only 16 inches), which is the same as Los Angeles, CA! It just so happens to also be the perfect climate for fragrant fields of lavender, creating seas of purple and a big draw for visitors around the globe. If you’d like to learn more about real estate options in Sequim and the surrounding areas, contact one of our knowledgeable agents today!  Continue Reading

10 Fantastic Things to do in Sequim This Spring

If you’re holding off on enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim because you don’t think the weather is suitable, it’s time to rethink your position! A recent February snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest, slowing things down for a day or two. But, per usual, Sequim was spared the brunt of the storm, and it is thanks to the Rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains that affords Sequim more sunny days than is typical in the (sometimes) dreary Pacific Northwest!

Take advantage of Sequim’s drier than usual spring, and get out and enjoy all of the great things to do in Sequim this spring.  From birdwatching, hiking, and biking, to kayaking and more, there’s never a shortage of things to do in this beautiful, small town. Not only is Sequim great to explore on its own, but it’s also well-located on the Olympic Peninsula and serves as the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore vast expanses of the Olympic Peninsula.

Sure – there are plenty of fun things to do in Sequim (year-round!).  But did you also know Sequim is a wonderful place to live and work? We’re seeing people move here in record numbers as the modern workforce changes and allows for more and more remote working opportunities. If you’re interested in the Sequim real estate market, it’s time to talk with our seasoned Sequim Real Estate Agents. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as to what it’s like living and working in the area. We have decades of experience that you can put to good use. Contact one of our wonderful Realtors in Sequim today. Continue Reading

Why the Low Cost of Living in Sequim Matters

Saving money and low cost of living concept with tiny houses on different size stacks of coinsA low cost of living may not be the first thing that pops into your head when thinking of Sequim, Washington. Many imagine wide open lavender fields with the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the background. Sequim’s famous Dungeness Spit, stretching 6.8 miles into the sparkling Strait of Juan de Fuca, might also come to mind. While the year-round sunny and mild weather draws people to sunny Sequim. However, the low cost of living was also a key ingredient for many when purchasing their home here. 

The two major factors the make the cost of living low in Sequim are the reasonable home prices and relatively low taxes. Sequim has the perfect home for anyone, from retirees to young families. With an average price of around $300,000, homeownership is very attainable in the Sequim area. In addition to affordable home prices, local property and sales taxes remain low as well. And of course, all Washington residents enjoy no state income tax. 

Along with a low cost of living, Sequim also has a wonderful community with amazing amenities. The charming, walkable town center has great restaurants, shops, galleries, and pubs. Locals love to play outdoors in the ideal year-round weather. Sequim’s beautiful coastline, biking trails, and surrounding mountains offer adventures kayaking, hiking or pedaling in the stunning landscape. Sequim has everything that makes a wonderful hometown. Let our wonderful team at Schwab Realty show you around sunny Sequim and help you find the perfect place.

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Sequim Weather is Ideal for Retirement

Beautiful senior couple enjoy the Sequim weather standing with bicycles in sunshineThe amazing Sequim weather tops most lists of the best reasons to live in this charming coastal city on the Olympic Peninsula. Residents enjoy mild and sunny weather most of the year with an annual average rainfall of only 17 inches. The wonderful Sequim weather has also earned the town two nicknames; “Sunny Sequim” and “The Blue Hole.” While the first nickname is clear, you might be scratching your head about the meaning of “The Blue Hole.” Local pilots use the name to describe the perfect landing conditions the Sequim weather creates. Recreation, such as flying, boating, biking, and hiking are all enjoyed year-round in the ideal Sequim weather.

The excellent Sequim weather also appeals to those looking for the perfect retirement location. The city has one of the highest percentages of seniors in the state at 37.0%, and the great weather is a big factor in attracting them. While the lack of rain and abundant sunny days are wonderful, the mild temperatures in the winter also mean no snow or ice to clear away on cooler mornings. The mild winters don’t turn into sweltering summers. The summers are also mild, cooled by the breezes from the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This creates a type of Goldilocks effect where it’s never too hot or too cold to enjoy the outdoors in the Sequim weather.

Lastly, Sequim is also the perfect place for people who love the changing seasons. Unlike hot and humid southern beach locations, the Sequim landscape explodes with the color of springtime wildflowers, summer lavender farms and brilliant fall foliage. If Sequim residents miss the snow, they visit it skiing or snowshoeing at Hurricane Ridge. The staff at Schwab Realty are ready to help you explore the great city of Sequim, Washington and find out why this could be the place you were looking for all along.

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5 Great Reasons to Move from Seattle to Sequim WA

View of an idyllic lavender farm on a sunny day why people move from Seattle to SequimWhen listing all the great reasons to relocate from Seattle to Sequim, of course the cost of living comes to mind first. However, there are so many more benefits to moving from Seattle to Sequim than just money. For those looking to leave the stress and crowds of the city behind, Sequim offers the beauty and wide open space of a stunning landscape. In addition to gorgeous mountain and water views, the more affordable homes also mean more personal space. Also access to the Olympic Peninsula state parks offers amazing hiking opportunities in magical rainforests, along crashing waterfall trails and the rugged Washington coastline. Yet, Sequim has plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities within the town itself. Sequim residents enjoy a wealth of local activities such as hiking, biking, boating, golf and aviation. 

Another big reason many relocate from Seattle to Sequim is the ideal weather. Sequim is significantly drier and sunnier than the Seattle area, so the outdoors can be enjoyed year-round. While Sequim’s landscape is breathtaking, its lively downtown also has amazing restaurants, gourmet coffee bars and pubs. This in addition to dozens of fascinating festivals through-out the year makes Sequim an exciting place to live. Are your ready to make the move from Seattle to Sequim yet? Contact our amazing team of knowledgeable brokers at Schwab Realty to find your new home on our corner of paradise of the Olympic Peninsula.

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5 Reasons to Move to Sequim

Sunny lavender farm in SequimLearn what Sequim residents appreciate everyday, Sequim is the best place to call home on the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many reasons to move to Sequim but they all fall under five main categories. After all Sequim is known for its stunning natural setting, year-round ideal weather, great outdoor recreation, a wonderful community and an affordable cost of living. Come for a visit, walk our beaches, breath in the lavender, dine at an excellent restaurant and see why so many move to Sequim. 

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The Best Kayaking Launch Spots in Sequim

Kayak on calm waters at sunsetKayaking around Sequim on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula is always an adventure. Whether you’re gliding on the calm waters of Sequim Bay or paddling along the windy Dungeness Spit, there’s plenty to see. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, from shore birds to great raptors and adorable seals to pods of orcas. The Sequim coastline is a magical place with stunning mountain views in the distance. The Olympic Mountains are not only breathtaking but create the sheltering rain shadow over lovely Sequim. This creates a dry, sunny climate making year-round outdoor recreation possible. Sequim residents enjoy kayaking, hiking, biking and golfing during the mild winters as well as the glorious summer months. Come out for a visit and discover the best kept secret on the Olympic Peninsula.

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