A Quick Guide To Vacation Home Shopping In Washington State

Posted on: 23 February 2017


The Pacific Northwest offers a great option for vacation home buyers looking for a place that's quiet and beautiful. If you're thinking of finding a second home here, the state of Washington can be the perfect place to buy.

Here are 5 great options for any budget and any vacation style.

San Juan Islands. The ultimate getaway in Washington state must be the San Juan Islands. Situated across Puget Sound from Seattle, these wildlife wonderlands are quiet and remote—perfect for the harried worker looking to get away from it all on vacation. Friday Harbor and Orcas Island are the most popular spots and offer easy travel to and from the islands. You'll be able to take the kids kayaking, whale watching, and hiking throughout the island chain. Want a foreign vacation home but can't afford the price tag? Buy a real estate property in the San Juans instead and take the ferry to Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island!

Olympic Peninsula. Living close to the stunning and diverse Olympic National Park is an outdoor lover's dream. Small towns dot the landscape near the park, but it's still close enough to large metropolitan areas like Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland to make life convenient. For old-world charm, shop for the Victorian beauty of historic homes for sale in Port Townsend.

Seattle. A city might not be everyone's first choice (or in the budget) for a second home, but Seattle has a fun and eclectic personality that's a welcome break. From artistry at the Chihuly Gardens and Olympic Sculpture Park to a celebration of innovation at the Museum of Flight and magnificent Boeing factory tours, Seattle has plenty to offer for all ages and tastes. And, of course, you'll have lots of opportunities to find the perfect cup of coffee while relaxing in the city.

Long Beach Peninsula. The southern coast of Washington seems like a million miles away from bustling cities. Fly kites, go clam digging, and search for tidal treasures on this long white beach stretching for 28 miles. A more budget-friendly alternative for beach lovers looking to escape the higher real estate prices of properties on the California and upper Oregon coastal regions, Long Beach could make the perfect compromise.

Sammamish River Valley. If the beach isn't your thing, head over to the rich wine country of the Sammamish River Valley. You'll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from dozens of wineries, small brewers, local farm-to-table restaurants, scenic rivers, bicycle routes, and even hot air balloon rides. Property is less expensive in this undiscovered region, so you can get more bang for your buck. 

Whether your vacation property budget is large or small, Washington state is a great place to spend it… and your summers. Contact a real estate agent to learn more about real estate properties that would make perfect vacation homes.