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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

Hire the Best Sequim Real Estate Agents

Schwab Realty, home to 4 of the best Sequim Real Estate Agents, has been serving Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula since 1986.  That’s more than 30 years of knowledge of not just Sequim’s real estate market, but the dynamic market on the entire Olympic Peninsula.  If you’ve been considering making the move to Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, or somewhere else on the Peninsula, now is a great time to talk to our seasoned real estate agents.

Schwab Realty is a full-service real estate agency in Sequim, and we serve a broad range of clientele, including those who are looking for all types of residential properties, land, commercial, farms, ranches, businesses, and investments. Aside from our deep knowledge about the area, one thing that consistently sets our Sequim Real Estate Agents apart from the rest is the dedication we show to each and every one of our clients. Get started on your adventure in real estate, and contact one of our incredible Sequim realtors today! Continue Reading

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

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.

 

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

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

How Sequim Weather Compares to the Olympic Peninsula

Sequim weather is something of a hot topic in the area and is often a major considering for people looking to move here.  The weather here is definitely unique, and if we’re honest, it’s one of the things we like about living here though most — aside from the friendly and welcoming community, and the incredible natural beauty of the area, of course. The weather here is also a bit different than what you’ll experience on the majority of the Olympic Peninsula, and even most of western Washington.

Over the years, Sequim has earned itself a variety of nicknames, including “the blue hole” and “the banana belt,” and the town also likes to boast more sunny days than the rest of Western Washington – though this topic is usually up for some level of debate. Even so, life is different here.  Summer is coming, and it’s a popular time to buy and sell real estate.  If you’ve been looking at moving to Sequim, the sunny days of spring and summer are a great time to do it.  Contact our Sequim Real Estate Agents for more information.

Understanding Sequim Weather Before You Move

So, what is it that makes Sequim weather so much different than the rest of the Olympic Peninsula?  It has everything to do with our location relative to the Olympic Mountain range, and the rainshadow effect that is produced by them. Though we often like to brag about Sequim enjoying the best weather on the Peninsula, the neighboring towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles are also located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains.

Understand Sequim Weather patterns

In general, it can be said that Sequim enjoys up to 5x as many sunny (or at least mostly sunny) days as those in the Seattle area. Sequim gets an average of 17 inches of rain per year, which is more than 10 inches less than Seattle and the US National average. It’s also far less rain than cities further out on the coast, like Forks, enjoy. Forks has the distinction of being labeled the “wettest town on the Olympic Peninsula,” and its proximity to the Hoh Rainforest is probably a good indicator of just how wet it really is (up to 115 inches of rain every year!).

And, of course, we have these relatively drier, sunnier days to thank for the incredible range of outdoor activities there are to do up here. Sequim weather really does make a difference when it comes to the quality of life, and that is something that should be at the top of your list of considerations when choosing a new place to live or retire!

Why Should You Live in Sequim?

Well, obviously, Sequim weather is a big draw to the area, and we think it’s an important consideration, too.  The Pacific Northwest has a relatively poor reputation as being somewhere that’s always dark, gray, and wet.  That’s not really true, as any summer day in the Pacific Northwest will prove, but it’s a persistent impression from the rest of the world nonetheless.  So, before you relocate to a town as charming as Sequim, the weather really is an important consideration.

Thankfully, with abundant sunny, dry days, we think the weather here is suitable for just about everyone. It’s a rare occasion that it gets too hot or too cold in Sequim, and, in true Goldilocks fashion, Sequim’s mixture of dry and wet days is just right.

Understand Sequim Weather patterns

But there’s so much more to Sequim than the glorious weather.  Sequim is also a fairly small town, and thus offers a home that is quaint and friendly, with the perfect combination of small-town-vibes and big-city amenities. There’s excellent healthcare in Sequim, a wonderful variety of large and small stores, and top-notch community amenities. Moreover, it’s possible to stay active and outdoors in Sequim throughout the entire year. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, boating, long walks on the beach, and just visiting with friends and family, there’s more than enough to do in Sequim.

Instead of asking yourself why you should move to Sequim, you should be asking the question why not Sequim.  It’s a question only you can answer for yourself, but when you’re ready to move our Sequim Real Estate agents are here to help.  Contact us today!

 

 

10 Fun Facts About Sequim You Might Not Know

10 Fun Facts ABout Sequim, WAFun facts are a great way to get to know a town, don’t you think? If you live anywhere in the greater Seattle/Puget Sound area, odds are you’ve heard about Sequim, a small town located on the Olympic Peninsula. You may have even heard of it if you live further afield!  Sequim has gained quite a bit of notoriety over the years as both a retirement destination and a surprisingly sunny one.

Washington State isn’t exactly known for its warm and sunny weather. Visit during July and August, and often even in September, odds are you’ll enjoy some typical summer weather. But for the rest of the year, rain is often in either our recent past or future. That’s not the case in Sequim, though, and that’s just one of the many fun facts you should know about this charming little town.

If you’re intrigued by Sequim and are considering moving here, our Real Estate Brokers are more than happy to help. Contact us today! Continue Reading