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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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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.

 

Lodging for the Sequim Lavender Festival and Summer Vacations

Sequim lodging during Lavender FestivalThe lodging around Sequim is filling up fast for the July Lavender Festival. This popular event draws thousands of visitors each year to our lovely town. This year the event takes place July 20, 21 and 22. And for a complete festival experience plan a night or two stay in charming Sequim. Sequim has many hotels and motels. However, for something special, consider a charming B&B, waterfront cottage or secluded campsite. In addition to the grand Lavender festival, Sequim is also a great place for a quick summer getaway. We have great hiking, biking, boating and a lively downtown. See what our beautiful location has to offer, and why so many choose Sequim as their home town.

Unique Lodging Options in Sequim

While standard lodging is available in Sequim there are some fun and unique options for a memorable experience. Choose between luxury B&Bs, cottages that offer great views or camping under the stars.

B&B’s:

  • Lost Mountain Lodge – A great place for a romantic getaway. Enjoy premier, comfortable rooms in a tranquil setting while you stroll their lush gardens with serene ponds.
  • Ambiance Bed & Breakfast – Treat yourself to panoramic water views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca at Lodging on the Strait Of Juan De Fuca Sunsetthis B&B perched atop Lost Mountain.
  • Dungeness Barn House Bed & Breakfast – Their Dungeness Bay location offers great water views. After wandering the lovely gardens with roses and lavender, witness breathtaking sunsets on their private beach.
  • Red Caboose Getaway – Stay in your very own private caboose equipped with queen featherbeds, gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Start your day with a great breakfast in the private Zephyr dining car “The Silver Eagle.”

Cabins and Cottages

  • Dungeness Bay Cottages – Choose from six well appointed units with full kitchens, overlooking Dungeness Bay. Including views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Olympic Mountain Range, all units also have access to a private beach.
  • John Wayne Waterfront Resort – Stay in one of the nine fully equipped cabins or bring your own RV to the full hook-up sites. Relax in their quiet location with great views and all the amenities.
  • Juan de Fuca Cottage – This special hotel has four cottages with full kitchens and stellar views, in addition to several luxury guest suites.

Camping

  • Sequim Bay State Park – With dozens of camp sites, easy access to the Olympic Discovery Trail and Sequim Bay, this park has a lot to offer.
  • Dungeness Forks Campground  – Campers will find 10 tent campsites under the shaded canopy by the campsite lodging on Dungeness River in the forestfork of the Dungeness and Graywolf Rivers.
  • Dungeness Recreation Area –  This 216-acre park has 66 premium campsites and many amenities. Picnic on the lofty bluff with knock-out views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Mt. Baker.

Whether you’re visiting for the Lavender Festival or a quick vacation, Sequim’s idyllic location will win you over. The famous sunny, dry climate earned it the name the “blue hole” of the Olympic Peninsula. Here residents have access to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic National Park for year-round outdoor activities. Not to mention Sequim’s wonderful restaurants and charming shops. It is truly small town living at its finest. Contact us at Schwab Realty to find your perfect home in this outstanding community.

 

 

 

 

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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Sequim Lavender Festival

Lavender fields at the Lavender Festival You know it’s time for the Lavender Festival when the Sequim Valley is transformed by its beautiful lavender blooms. Imagine walking in rolling fields of brilliant purple, the warm sun on your face and the scent of lavender on the breeze. The fertile valley is like a watercolor painting of lush greens and deep amethyst, with snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s no wonder that Sequim is called the Provence of the Pacific Northwest.  With so much natural beauty, it’s easy to believe you are in Southern France.

This year marks the 21st annual Lavender Festival. The festival’s modest beginnings grew from restoring old dairy pastures with lavender fields in 1995. The lavender farms were the perfect crop for Sequim’s climate and are more sustainable, since they require little water. The first Lavender Festival was a very small, local affair that included only eight lavender farms. Today, there are approximately 40 lavender farms that grow 110,000 plants each year. The 2016 Lavender Festival had visitors from across the US and 55 countries around the world.

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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

Sequim Lavender Farms Shine in July

Lavender Farms SequimThe charming town of Sequim, Washington boasts a climate similar to that of Southern France.  Thanks to its location in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, Sequim enjoys more dry and sunny days than most of the Olympic Peninsula.  This warm, dry environment is perfect for growing lavender, and over the years has led to Sequim becoming the Lavender capital of North America. Sequim is home to many beautiful lavender farms, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy row after row of this fragrant purple beauty. Continue Reading