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Top 5 Reasons to Retire in Sequim, WA

Retire in Sequim sunset over Strait Of Juan De Fuca Imagine you retire to a town with great weather, a stunning natural setting, various outdoor activities and a lively downtown. Sequim has all of this and so much more. The list of reasons to retire to sunny Sequim is unlimited but here are the top 5:

Weather

Pilots gave Sequim the nickname the “Blue Hole” because it resides in the Olympic rain shadow. The average annual rainfall is only 17 inches and most days are sunny and mild. Therefore residents can enjoy the outdoors year round. The summer days average a pleasant  72°F and winter days stay around 42°F. The great weather makes it easy to take advantage of Sequim’s beautiful setting and many recreational activities.

Beautiful Setting

Sequim is surrounded by a diverse, breathtaking landscape that includes mountain ranges, miles of beautiful coastline, and idyllic pastoral farms. The majestic snow capped Olympic Mountains tower in the distance. While the Olympic National Park’s network of hiking trails are a short drive away. Alongside Sequim’s gorgeous shoreline the Strait of Juan de Fuca shimmers in the sunshine. Making the waterfront the perfect place to watch spectacular sunsets. Sequim also boasts the longest natural sand spit in the United States. The remarkable 6.8 mile long Dungeness Spit is a beautiful place for observing wildlife. However, Sequim is most famously known for its rolling lavender fields. Every summer the Dungeness Valley explodes with the glow of purple flowers.

Recreational Activities

retire to sequim Professional golf gear on the golf course at sunset.Sequim’s excellent weather and diverse natural setting make it a great place for almost any outdoor activity. Residents treasure the beautiful coastline and love to go boating, fishing, kayaking and swimming. Hikers also have a myriad of choices from tranquil forest trails, to windswept beach walks and challenging mountain hikes. Sequim is also a wonderful walking and biking town with a charming downtown to explore. Not to mention easy access to the 130 mile long Olympic Discovery Trail. This amazing biking trail rolls through picturesque farmland then parallels the gorgeous coastline for miles. Of course golf is a very popular activity enjoyed year round in Sequim’s ideal weather. Likewise many pilots call Sequim home and appreciate the perfect flying conditions the “Blue Hole” offers.

Great Community

Sequim has a warm and welcoming community with many opportunities to meet and socialize withretire in Sequim Lavender Festival neighbors. The lively downtown has great shops, cafes, galleries, and restaurants. The community holds regular events like art walks, a farmer’s market, local theater shows and concerts. Additionally, there are clubs for every interest from birding to biking. Regular festivals also bring the community together to celebrate. Most notably are the Lavender Festival, Irrigation Festival, Olympic Peninsula Birdfest, Air Affaire, and Riverfest.

Affordable Cost of Living

When choosing a place to retire affordable housing is a top priority. Surprisingly, this beautiful, active community has very reasonable housing prices. The median home value in Sequim is around $244,000 and Washington has no state income tax. Add a low local property tax and it makes for a very comfortable place to retire.

Simply put, Sequim is a great place to retire. The beautiful landscape, wide choice of recreation and great community make it a paradise for active adults. That coupled with a affordable cost of living makes the choice clear. Contact our amazing staff at Schwab Realty and we’ll find your dream retirement home.

 

Family Friendly Sequim

family kayaking at sunset

Sequim has everything that makes a family friendly community. Here you will find the most beautiful surroundings with sunny, mild weather, that creates the perfect setting for active families that love the outdoors. The safe, friendly neighborhoods also include great schools and excellent doctors. And there are many opportunities for kids such as sports, arts and clubs. Sequim has a lively downtown with fun shops and family-friendly dining, and there is a large choice of romantic restaurants for those lovely date nights. In addition to our many festivals, Sequim families celebrate the holidays at the downtown trick-or-treating and tree lighting events. Visit Sequim for a family outing and see all we have to offer.

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Celebrate at the Irrigation Festival in Sequim

Irrigation Festival in SequimIt’s time again for the annual Irrigation Festival in Sequim, which is the oldest running festival in the entire state of Washington.  This year marks the 122nd celebration!  Sequim may now seem like a thriving tourist destination, with it’s incredible Lavender Fields, frequently dry, sunny weather, and easy access to some of the Pacific Northwests most popular attractions.  That wasn’t always the case, though.  The irrigation Festival serves as a wonderful reminder of Sequim’s past.  More specifically of it’s generally dry and arid past, long before the days of irrigated fields and abundant farm land. Continue Reading

Moving to Sequim in the New Year

Moving to Sequim in the New YearWhether you’ve been wanting to move to Sequim for a long time, or whether this charming little town on the Olympic Peninsula is new to your relocation radar, we can think of several reasons that moving here should be at the top of your list of things to accomplish in 2017.  Whatever your reason is for moving, our Real Estate Agents are here to help.  Whether you want to move for the better weather found in Sequim, the crisp, fresh air of the Pacific Northwest, to escape the rapidly rising costs of housing in places like California, Portland, and Seattle, the retirement and family-friendly community,  or the amazing small town feel with big-city amenities, we know you’re going to love it here.  Even if you just come here for the incredible beauty, Sequim is the perfect place to make a fresh start in 2017. Browse through our local listings, then contact us to get your move started today. Continue Reading

Explore Sequim’s Local History

Sequim HistoryThough today Sequim has the appearance of a small yet modern city, that hasn’t always been the case.  Sequim has a rich and varied history, which can be traced back centuries.  At it’s earliest, Sequim was home to the Jamestown S’klallam Tribe, members of which still reside along the beautiful shores of Sequim Bay. In later years, the arid Sequim Valley became home to early pioneers and settlers, who turned these dry lands into an irrigated agricultural powerhouse. Though agriculture still remains a vital part of Sequim’s identity, it is now more known as a sunny retirement and tourist destination. Despite the modernization of Sequim, there are still a variety of historic destinations to explore, which remain an important aspect of the Sequim community.  Find your dream home from our local real estate listings, and then learn everything you can about this charming small town on the Olympic Peninsula.   Continue Reading