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From Sequim to Fishing in Alaska

This young man is from Sequim but now he is fishing in Alaska, as he does every summer. This is my son, Brady Marunde. A lot of people who move to Sequim love fishing for Salmon, trout, and bass. My son loves fishing too, but since my family is from Alaska, it was natural that Brady would gravitate back to the greatest fishing holes in the world.

Fishing

Fishing in Alaska

How about a huge Lingcod? This one was 62 pounds. Definitely keep the hands out of the mouth on this one. To put the size of this fish in perspective, Brady is 6’4″.

Brady Fishing

Fishing for Cod, Black Bass, and Salmon

My son’s fiance is Gwen. The last time I was with Brady and Gwen, she cooked up a meal of Salmon, Cod, and Halibut. It was a phenomenal meal, and I commented to my son that the best restaurants in Seattle could not prepare fish like this. Then he said, “Dad, it’s gets better. She cleans the fish, too.” I laughed so hard. She’s definitely a keeper.

Gwen Marunde Fishing

Brady owns his own 40 foot fishing boat, and he fishes mostly outside of Sand Point, Alaska down on the Aleutian Chain. He calls me for weather reports from his Satellite phone regularly and tells me stories about the bears on the beaches, the wild fox, and curious whales that come to inspect his boat.

Fishing as a commercial fisherman is hard work, and you have to live by faith, believing that the fish will come each year. It’s a tough business, but it’s a good life too. It takes a lot of self-discipline and an independent spirit. But I think fresh fish for dinner every night sounds pretty amazing.

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The Sequim Dungeness River

The Sequim Dungeness River is one of our natural wonders on the Olympic Peninsula. It is the major source of water for the entire Sequim valley and most of the irrigation ditches, which have kept thousands of acres of farmland rich and fertile for 150 years. The Sequim Dungeness River pours out of the Olympic Mountains where it rains over 200 inches a year, and empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. High up in the mountains I could not resist taking a little video of the tranquility and beauty of the river.

The Sequim Dungeness River on Video

The Sequim Dungeness River

Sequim is famous for its Blue Hole or Rain Shadow, because we only get 16 inches of rain a year, one-third the rainfall of Seattle only two hours away. But we are in the great Northwest, rich in natural resources, beauty, and Sequim uniquely sits with the Strait of Juan de Fuca on one side to the North and the Olympic Mountains on the other side to the south with lush rivers, lakes, forests, and mountains everywhere.

No wonder retirees from Southern California, Florida, New York, Colorado, Arizona, Alaska, Texas, and so many other states are attracted to Sequim. With the southern draughts, the crime problems, the pollution, high taxes and regulations, and now major immigration issues, retirees view Sequim as a Haven of the Northwest, and it is. 

As I stood on a sandbar of the Sequim Dungeness River high in the Olympic Mountains yesterday, I was reminded of why so many of us love the Sequim area. There are so many reasons, but peace and tranquility are certainly part of the appeal. The Sequim Dungeness River reminded me of that peace and tranquility.

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A Sunny Sequim Afternoon Leisure Trip

On a sunny Sequim afternoon a leisurely trip to Silverdale is a very pleasant 60 minute drive. I recently discovered a new Starbucks in Poulsbo on the way to Silverdale. Sipping on a hot double short latte, I edited an article on my laptop in a very relaxed setting.

Sunny Sequim

Sunny Sequim Day

When I left Sequim, it was another sunny Sequim day, at least for a while. The weather has been sunny, then cloudy, then sunny again. But when I arrived in Poulsbo at this Starbucks, it was raining steady. Of course, I was no longer in the Sequim Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow.

If you have a laptop like I do, you probably enjoy using it periodically at a coffee shop or restaurant to either do some writing in an email, or maybe you enjoy writing articles, a diary, or maybe you’re working on your next book. Self-publishing has made publishing so much easier and more affordable. Writing is a great hobby. Trying to express yourself articulately is no small challenge. 

Sunny Sequim No Longer

I have a lot of practice writing. This blog alone has over 1,900 articles on it, and I’m getting ready to publish my 10th and 11th books. I find writing, even writing about real estate issues on this blog, very therapeutic. It’s hard work, because using the least amount of words to express something important articulately is hard work. I love the English language, but even with all the practice I have for the past two decades, it still can take me an hour to write one good article on this blog. I often edit an article half a dozen times before it is ready for public consumption.

If you have any subjects you would like discussed here, let me know. If I haven’t already covered it in Sunny Sequim, I’d be glad to if I can.

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Sequim Air Affaire

The Sequim Air Affaire was this past weekend, and it was a huge success. A major outdoor event depends so much on good weather, especially an event with airplanes, small jets, experimental aircraft, hot air balloons, and skydivers. All around Sequim it was raining and some areas had nasty storms. Not Sequim. Seattle had nightmares with rain, wind, major power outages, and many car accidents. Fortunately, the Sequim weather cooperated nicely for the Sequim Air Affaire. Saturday sprinkled on and off, but Sunday was absolutely beautiful, and I could not resist taking this photo of one of Sequim’s classic bi-planes.

Air Affaire

Sequim Air Affaire

This red biplane is a 450 Stearman owned by Mike and Marilyn Mason. It is one of the most beautiful airplanes you’ll ever see. They were giving rides at the Air Affaire, and who wouldn’t want a ride in this aircraft? There are a lot of retired pilots in the Sequim area and several small airports. If you’re here next year at this time of year, you might want to join us at the Air Affaire. 

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The Lavender Festival

This weekend is the great Sequim Lavender Festival, and tens of thousands of people from all over the country are arriving, filling up every hotel room and every B&B. Sequim is the Lavender Capital of the U.S. now, and the weekend is full of Lavender tours and festivities. Click on this photo for an enlarged image of the focus of this Lavender Festival.

Lavender Festival

Lavender Festival Schedule

The Lavender Festival is a major annual event here. You can view the Friday through Sunday Schedule at Lavender Festival. There’s a lot more going on than just sniffing lavender, too.

Lavender Festival and Lavender Farms

Sequim has sprouted many lavender farms, and growing lavender even on a small scale is now required by city ordinance. Well, that’s not true, but you’ll see lavender growing all over in Sequim and in many yards. If you’ve ever thought about visiting Sequim, this is a great time of year to do that–during our Lavender Festival.

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  • Anytime Fitness in Sequim

    Anytime Fitness in Sequim is a 24 hour gym, and if one of your goals when you retire is to live healthier, I suggest you tour Anytime Fitness. I write almost entirely about real estate issues on this blog, but I also like to periodically share why so many people are retiring to Sequim. Sequim’s healthy lifestyle and environment is one those reasons. Many of my clients in their 50s and 60s are planning a retirement lifestyle that includes their own organic vegetable garden, better overall nutrition, and moderate exercise. 

    Anytime Fitness

    Anytime Fitness

    There are several gyms in Sequim, so you have some choices. Anytime Fitness has recently expanded and has excellent facilities for muscle work as well as cardiovascular work. One of the things I appreciate about Anytime Fitness is that you get an electronic key, which allows you to work out anytime 24/7. 

    Anytime Fitness and Health

    After a career of high stress, moving to Sequim is a remarkable transition, and I’ve had many clients who told me their stress levels dropped 95% after they moved to Sequim. We have just about every recreational activity you can think of, and while not all Sequim retirees work out at Anytime Fitness, the vast majority are able to find their place and love their lives here. Of course, the friendliness of the people has a lot to do with that. But if you do retire to Sequim, check out Anytime Fitness.

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    Kayaking in Freshwater Bay

    Kayaking in Freshwater Bay is one of our best recreational activities on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Sequim and 10 minutes from Port Angeles. Freshwater Bay is a sheltered bay with an excellent boat launch, and the clearest pristine water you’ll see kayaking anywhere.

    Kayaking

    Kayaking for Fun

    Kayaking is great for exercise, but it’s also great for the mind and spirit. There’s something about kayaking that is therapeutic. You can’t think about work when you’re communing with nature in a kayak. Stress just drains away, and you can’t help but experience the pleasure and pure enjoyment of kayaking.

    Kayaking on Freshwater Bay

    I took the photo above yesterday afternoon. I wish you could look at this photo and smell the fresh breeze coming off the saltwater and hear the gentle breaking of the waves. With three or four boats, this is about as crowded as it gets in Freshwater Bay on a beautiful afternoon. But there are many bays and rivers where you can enjoy kayaking from Port Townsend to Sequim to Port Angeles. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Freshwater Bay is beautiful Victoria, B.C. 

    Kayaking is a great recreational activity, because the physical part can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you make it. One thing for sure, we do have some of the best natural resources on the planet here, and Freshwater Bay is one of them. 

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    Hurricane Ridge

    Hurricane Ridge is one of our national treasures, and with all this gorgeous sunshine, many of us will be driving up to hike Hurricane Ridge and take photos. It’s only a 40 minute drive from Sequim through Port Angeles and into the mountains from there. The trails are very easy, and the natural beauty of the mountains and valleys reminded me of why so many of us love the Olympic Peninsula. You can enlarge these two photos, and I think you’ll see what I mean about stunning beauty.

    Hurricane Ridge

    Hurricane Ridge Beauty

    Getting out to see nature like Hurricane Ridge seems to re-connect us with something much bigger than ourselves and our individual problems in life. Looking at the majestic glory of these mountains and valleys, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, I always walk away refreshed and renewed for the week. Everyone I saw hiking had a look of delight on their faces.

    Hurricane Ridge Hiking

    Hurricane Ridge Hiking

    If you come up during the spring or summer, by all means try to make this one of your afternoon sightseeing trips. Hurricane Ridge is well worth the trip.

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    Walking the Sequim Beaches

    We have more Sequim beaches than you could walk in a year. I mention this not just because walking is great exercise for the body, but because there is something incredibly therapeutic about walking on a beach with the soft sand under your feet, the fresh salt water breeze on your face, and the soft sound of waves lapping at the beach. 

    Sequim Beaches

    Sequim Beaches Everywhere

    I’ve said before that if you could put together a checklist of 100 items of the most important things you would want in your community, Sequim would have more checked than any other place in the country. Hundreds of my clients have affirmed this over the past two decades. Sequim is incredible, and the beaches are one of our best features. Walking your dog or your husband on the beach is always refreshing. And there’s no question there is something soothing and even therapeutic about the sounds of water gurgling, splashing, and crashing.

    Sequim Hiking Beaches

    Sequim Beaches

    If you plan to visit Sequim and evaluate the area for a possible retirement home, be sure to take a little time during one of your afternoons and walk the Sequim beaches, or at least one. Port Williams is a wonderful walk. There’s a beach at the end of Oyster House Road off Marine Drive, and one of my favorites is the beach on the way to the Dungeness Lighthouse, the Dungeness Recreation Area off Lotzgesell Road. And if you are out west of Port Angeles for an afternoon drive, you really ought to check out Freshwater Bay, which is absolutely gorgeous, and further west is Salt Creek, another wonderful beach. Sequim beaches are one of many reasons so many people love Sequim.

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    The Sequim Audubon Center

    The Sequim Audubon Center is a major attraction at Railroad Bridge Park. I visited the Park yesterday because I wanted to look at the Bridge, which just survived a very high Sequim Dungeness River after a lot of rain in the mountains. The Bridge is temporarily closed as the wooden sidewalk on the other side of the river needs repair. While I was there, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the Sequim Audubon Center with the sun shining brightly.

    Audubon Center

    Sequim Audubon Center Purpose

    The Dungeness River Audubon Center‘s “mission is to inspire understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of the Olympic Peninsula’s unique natural and cultural resources, with emphasis on birds, rivers, fish, and people.” It’s an excellent mission, because the Peninsula has some of America’s most beautiful natural resources and wildlife. Those of us who live here often joke about keeping our extraordinary mountains and rivers a secret from the rest of the world, and we kid about closing the gate at the end of town. The truth is, we only thrive if we keep growing at a manageable pace, and a big part of that is managing and enjoying this gorgeous environment.

    Sequim Audubon Center at the Park

    When you visit Sequim, be sure to add Railroad Bridge Park and the Sequim Audubon Center to your bucket list. For many who are on the verge of retiring, visiting Sequim often includes seeing the sights and driving around to look at homes. Thinking about where to retire is a big decision. Come and visit Sequim and check out the Sequim Audubon Center too.

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    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Sailing in Port Townsend is pretty popular, and on a nice day you can hardly count all the boats sailing in Port Townsend Bay and Puget Sound. It was late in the afternoon when I could not resist taking this photo of one of the most impressive little sailing boats I’ve seen in the Bay. Port Townsend is known for it’s maritime activities, and it’s the home of the Wooden Boat Foundation. 

    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Sailing in Port Townsend

    Nearby Port Hadlock is the home of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. [Read my earlier article on Wooden Boats.]  If you have thought about sailing in Port Townsend, I recommend browsing the Wooden Boat Foundation. The annual Wooden Boat Festival attracts over 300 boats, a lot of festivities, good food, and music. Many of us who live in Sequim love to drive down to Port Townsend for a weekend day or an afternoon and just walk the docs, enjoy one of the quaint little restaurants (like Doc’s Marina Grill), or walk through town to watch people. Just do it, and you’ll see why it’s so entertaining.

    Sailing in Port Townsend and Having Fun

    Read more articles at Port Townsend. Whether you want to pursue sailing in Port Townsend or just enjoy this delightful waterfront community with a rich maritime history, come and visit soon. If I’m there, I’ll buy you a latte.

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    The Sequim Discovery Trail

    The Discovery Trail is one of the best walking, jogging, and biking trails in the Northwest, and it is centered in Sequim. It stretches for many miles in either direction and extends far to the west side of Port Angeles. If your retirement plan includes regular exercise, the Discovery Trail is perfect for any level of exercise. I have been a jogger for over four decades, but recently I decided to try something that might be easier on my body, and so I bought this bicycle, and I am loving it.

    Discovery Trail

    Discovery Trail Bicycling

    As I ride almost daily, I’m reminded of how much of a whole body workout you can get on a bicycle. Yes the legs are getting a workout, and the lungs too, but the abdominals and shoulders are getting it too. I have two sons who became professional athletes, one as a strongman who traveled the world competing, and one as a mixed martial artist who fought in the UFC. I wouldn’t recommend bike riding to build upper body strength for my sons, but as we get older, we aren’t exercising like we did in our 20’s. Vigorous cardio exercise and moderate muscle work on a consistent basis is very beneficial.

    Discovery Trail Exercise

    Combine regular exercise, like riding a bicycle on the Discovery Trail, with organic food from Sunny farms or your own vegetable garden, and eliminate most junk foods, and Voila! Health and happiness forever. Sort of. If you haven’t walked or ridden a bicycle on the Discovery Trail yet, it’s definitely worth doing. It’s not a high traffic trail, and on a nice sunny day (or not), communing with nature is very rewarding.

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    Closest Olive Garden to Sequim

    Do you like the Olive Garden Restaurant? The Pasta Fagioli with breadsticks and salad is a great and very reasonably priced lunch. Sequim does not have an Olive Garden, but it’s an easy drive to Silverdale where there is one. It’s a one hour drive, and well worth a Saturday or Sunday afternoon trip.

    Olive Garden

    Olive Garden Restaurant

    Sequim could use more nice restaurants. We have some fast food restaurants, but we have a limited number of fine restaurants. Here’s a nice little list of Sequim and Port Angeles restaurants with links to their websites: Sequim Restaurants.  Not on this list are two new Sequim restaurants that are really fantastic. The first is Nourish Sequim, and you’ll find an article at Nourish Sequim. Another I love is Blondie’s Plate. Fantastic. The Docside Grill at John Wayne Marina is outstanding and deserves mention here. 

    Olive Garden and Sequim Options

    At some point I am sure we will see an Olive Garden in Sequim, but it hasn’t happened yet. Still, it’s worth the drive to Silverdale.

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    Sequim Crabbing

    Sequim crabbing is very popular. That’s not exactly a real estate subject, and most of the 1,600 articles on this site are about buying real estate in Sequim. But while you are here visiting and looking at homes, you’ve got to have some fun, too. There are many things to do, but Sequim crabbing is definitely a favorite activity.

    Sequim Crabbing

    Don and his lovely bride having far too much fun in retirement.

    Sequim Crabbing Rules

    Sportsmen catch more than a million pounds of Dungeness crab, using pots, ring nets, and for those who are wading or diving, with their bare hands. That’s a lot of crab. In the areas of East Juan de Fuca Strait, Port Angeles Harbor, and Discovery Bay the season is open from Thursday, July 3rd 2014, and remains open through September 1st 2014 (Labor Day). Crabbing is only allowed Thursdays through Mondays each week during the summer season (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). You can learn more from the Washington Department of Fish and Widlife at Sequim Crabbing.

    Sequim Crabbing

    Here’s what one visitor said about his Sequim crabbing experience, “Went crabbing out to Sequim last Wednesday and the family had a blast. Weather was great, caught lots of crab and did a little camping. Fished my pots a little deeper at about 120′ to 140′ and really nailed the crab. One pot had 16 dungeness and only one was not legal. Usually it is the other way around for us. Had a feast at the camp ground and came home and fed the extended family & friends. Family outings like we had are priceless. As I  (and the kids) get older I am savoring them more.” Come and visit Sequim and try your luck at some Sequim crabbing.

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    Emblem3 Concert

    Seattle hosted an Emblem3 Concert with now famous Sequim residents Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg, and Drew Chadwick. These three young men (Keaton is only 17) are extraordinary musicians and entertainers. Sequim has produced some truly gifted musicians and athletes, including the Robbie Walden Band, the Lorentzen Family Singers, and my own sons, who became world class athletes in professional strongman and mixed martial arts. Living in Sequim means we have easy access to great Seattle concerts and events. It’s a short two hour trip and a pleasant drive or ferry ride.

    Emblem3 Concert

    Emblem3 Concert

    Emblem3 was actually the opening act of a Selena Gomez concert, and Emblem3 has been the opening act for Selena’s concerts around the country. These young musicians are not only gifted, they are young men of good character. I know this because I have watched them grow up in Sequim. Of course, since I have a teenage daughter, attendance at this Emblem3 concert was mandatory. This dad had a great time taking four teenage girls to an Emblem3 and Selena Gomez concert. The girls were as much entertainment as the musicians.

    Emblem3 Going Places

    Emblem3 performed one of their big hits, 3000 Miles. The song talks about the memories of being 3000 miles from home. It’s an emotional song for them, because they now live in California and being back home to perform this song clearly moved them and their fans. It seems very apparent that we will be hearing a lot more from Emblem3. Wesley, Keaton, and Drew are making Sequim proud. Emblem3 is also responsible for the noise that comes from many thousands of screaming teenage girls, but it’s all good. If you live in Sequim, you can take advantage of some great Seattle concerts, including Emblem3.

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    Sequim WA is Farm Country

    Sequim WA is farm country and has been for well over a century.  This is one of the appealing things about the Sequim area.  It’s a rural area with a peaceful agricultural setting, but we are lucky to have the modern infrastructure of a well organized county and city.  We have subdivisions, albeit small ones, and we have country acreage (1 to 20 acres) with mountain views and water views, and plenty of fields with grazing cows or horses.  But we are fortunate to only be two and a half hours from downtown Seattle.

    Sequim WA Farm Houses

    Sequim WA

    Sequim WA Farming

    Sequim WA Farm Country

    Farm fields and grazing cattle has been a common scene in Sequim WA for as long as any human has lived here.  It’s not just the Sequim Blue Hole or the 16 inches of rain per year, or the sunshine, or the fact that we are off the beaten path of traffic and crime, it’s the peaceful setting and the friendliness of the people.  It’s the boating, the fishing, the biking and hiking, the Olympic Mountains, the golfing, and much more.  It’s everything that combines to create a nearly perfect retirement community, which simply has never had a flood of people moving here.  Growth has been slow but steady. That’s good, because real estate prices are not being pushed to ridiculous levels.  Prices are stable and moving upward, but slow and steady.

    Sequim WA Dairy Farms

    There are two small family owned dairy farms in Sequim.  At one time the Sequim valley supplied fresh milk to the Seattle market almost a 100 years ago.  Today the family farms are the last of a dairy empire.  Read more about one Sequim WA Dairy Farms.

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    The Port Angeles Red Barn

    There’s something about a red barn that catches the eye immediately.  A red barn always looks good, and any other color would just seem wrong.  Sequim and Port Angeles has a heritage going back over a century as an agricultural area with grazing cows, dairy farms, fields of hay, and barns.  Many of these barns are 100 years old, and while we’ve lost many over the years, some have been maintained and are still standing strong.

    The Big Red Barn

    Red Barn

    Red Barn Hard to Find

    It’s not easy to find a farm for sale or even a mini-farm on the Olympic Peninsula.  It’s even harder to find a property for sale with a grand old barn.  Such properties are extremely rare, but there also are not very many buyers for such properties. Farming is generally for the big boys, and mini-farms can be expensive.  For a 10 to 20 acre mini-farm, even without a house and barn, it’s hard to get started in the Sequim and Port Angeles area for less than $400,000.  Here’s a list of 80 properties listed in the MLS that have the potential to be mini-farms:  Sequim Farm Properties.

    There are three I especially would mention.  The first is a horse ranch with a gorgeous barn, although it’s not a red barn, and that one can be seen at:  Port Angeles Horse Property.  The second is up in the hills above Sequim on 15+ acres and you can see that one at:  Sequim Horse Ranch.  The third is a 17 acre ranch I lived on 16 years ago, and this one has a big beautiful barn that has been well maintained.  You can learn more about this one at:  Sequim Horse Property.

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  • John Wayne Marina

    John Wayne Marina is one of the premier marina’s on the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle.  The northwest is popular for it’s retirement getaways, islands, protected bays, and straits, which has made the surface of the water out here one of the most attractive boating and sailing locations.

    John Wayne Marina

    John Wayne Marina Sailing

    The John Wayne Marina is owned by the Port of Port Angeles, and you can learn more about the Marina, fees, and the rules and regulations at Port of Port Angeles.

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    Sequim Photo Montage

    Enjoy this Sequim photo montage of beautiful Sequim, Washington and some of our water and mountain scenery.  I recommend you enlarge the video and watch it in HD, high definition video for the best viewing.

    Now is the time to plan your trip to Sequim.  When the flowers are blooming in the spring and the sun is gently tanning your skin, it is a wonderful time to check out our water views and mountain views.  If you enjoy hiking, bicycling, walking, fishing, kayaking, clamming, skin diving, nature photography, and many more outdoor recreational opportunities, you will love your mini-vacation to Sequim this spring or summer.

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  • How Far is Seattle From Sequim?

    How far is Seattle from Sequim?  It’s a very pleasant drive by ferry or by driving through Tacoma.  Depending on highway traffic, it’s about a 2.5 hour drive.  You can take a ferry from Kingston to Edmonds and drive south on I-5 to Seattle, or you can take the Bainbridge Island ferry to downtown Seattle. Either way, it’s about a two hour adventure one way.

    How Far is Seattle From Sequim via Ferry

    How far is Seattle from Sequim?

    How Far is Seattle From Sequim via Highway

    It’s a very enjoyable drive to Seattle, and traffic is not bad on Highways I-101, I-104, I-3, I-16, and I-5.  You don’t want to get caught in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan rush hour traffic, because that can be unpleasant.  Otherwise, it is a wonderful drive.

    How Far is Seattle From Sequim

    Enlarge the photo above and you’ll see how far Seattle is from Bainbridge Island across Puget Sound.  I took this photo from the ferry, and the moment I snapped the photo, this Seagull posed for me with downtown Seattle perfectly on the horizon. Now you know how far Seattle is from Sequim.

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    Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

    Sequim Buyer's Agent (Atty Ret.)
    Founder and Broker of
    Sequim & Port Angeles Real Estate dba iRealty Virtual Brokers
    435 W. Bell St. Suite A, Sequim, WA
    (360) 775-5424
    ChuckMarunde@gmail.com

    From Los Angeles

    It's rare, but once in awhile life provides the perfect collaborator for an important endeavor such as buying your new home. For me that person was Chuck Marunde. His two decade background as a Real Estate Attorney, his prolific career as an author of articles and books on Real Estate and his forthright and moral character made choosing Chuck a no-brainer. Chuck is dedicated, thorough, incredible at the negotiating table, knowledgeable about all local laws & regs but, most importantly, Chuck loves what he does. And what he does is find his client the perfect property. Chuck isn't about making the sale, he's about making the sale that is OPTIMUM for his CLIENT and this makes Chuck a rare bird indeed. I love my new home in Sequim and I am indebted to Chuck for making it happen. Kevin E.

    From Seattle

    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past three years in selling my parent's estate. It was a tough time to sell during the housing recession, but Chuck always kept things on the positive side. With his real estate law background, he offers sound, practical advice. He helps you along with the process using discussions and reason, rather than opinions and speculations. If Chuck doesn’t know the answers, he will get them for you. In several instances, Chuck took the initiative to meet with county officials to get up-to-date facts about zoning and regulations. I was always impressed with his company’s tech savvy communi-cations and internet presence: weekly email updates, blogs, videos, links, Linked-in networking, etc. He is truly pioneering the future of buying & selling real estate. Brian M.

    From Florida

    We do our homework for the task at hand and we look for and expect to enlist partners that do the same. It was our good fortune to select Chuck Marunde of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate to represent us as a buyer's broker in our search for a home in the Sequim/Port Angeles area. Chuck's site is all encompassing and super fast compared to many others, he knows the market at every conceivable level and his guidance through the process of selecting and purchasing a home is priceless - above and beyond that of anyone with whom we have ever worked. Add to all this his 20 year background in real estate law and you have discovered a superb asset in the adventure of purchasing a home. Greg and Marilyn

    From Gilroy California

    As an out of state buyer unfamiliar with the area, it was important to me not only to have a real estate agent who knew the area well, but also one who knew the value of the properties. I chose Chuck because he is also a real estate lawyer and it is reassuring to have that extra degree working for you. I selected the houses I was interested in on line before taking a two day trip to Sequim to look at them in person. I sent my list to Chuck, who gave me feedback, then organized our tour so we could see 16 properties in a short time. He was very accommodating, driving me all over Sequim, and rescheduling appointments when we fell behind on our time. On day two, I found my home and we drafted an offer on it that evening. By the time I arrived back home on the plane the next evening, my offer had been accepted. Chuck was honest about what it would take to get me into my new home, while having my back the entire transaction. Since I was unable to relocate immediately after closing, he and his assistant Ade, have been taking care of many additional responsibilities for me. He was a pleasure to work with. Chris D.

    From Corona California

    The best decision I made, once I settled on Sequim as the ideal place to spend the rest of my days, was to hook up with Chuck Marunde as my broker/go-to guy. He happily took on the entire complicated merry-go-round associated with a long distance move that involved selling in Southern California (with a different agent) and buying in Sequim – all in the span of just over a month. The unexpectedly quick sale of my previous home was already a week into a 30 day escrow when I got to Sequim for my house hunt. We had two days to find my slice of heaven. And day one was less than stellar, each home having at least one major issue. The killer was the dream home that turned out to be an unmitigated disaster once we got inside. I was crushed. Chuck had his work cut out for him that night. And he worked his magic. On day two there was one beautiful possibility, but not quite right. Suffice to say, in the early afternoon we pulled into a driveway and the first words out of my mouth were “That’s my house.” 29 days later I took possession of my new home. Every sale has its issues, but throwing in the complications of a short escrow on top of 1200 miles of separation from all documentation, etc. gives new meaning to “challenging”. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge coupled with a great sense of humor, Chuck was able to keep me on an even keel when things got dicey. He knows when to step in and when to let it evolve. I cannot imagine making this move without him. Rebecca B.
    Sequim Real Estate

    From Bakersfield California

    "During the months of February and March 2012, Chuck showed my wife and I over two dozen homes from Port Angeles to Port Townsend. We found Chuck to be very helpful, friendly and courteous. With Chuck there is no pressure; It is all about finding the best home for the buyer. As a Buyer's Agent, Chuck will give you his honest opinion of a property, including a fair market price. In one instance Chuck wrote up an offer for us which was accepted. Chuck was very helpful arranging for home and well inspections which involved multiple trips to the property. Unfortunately, escrow failed to close when, during the home inspection process, it was determined that a septic system repair was needed which the seller was unwilling/unable to make. We will continue to work with Chuck as there is no better Buyer's Agent on the North Olympic" Bert and Sally
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    From Los Alamos New Mexico

    "Over a year ago, during a visit to the Olympic Game Farm, we developed what we eventually called the “Sequim Syndrome.” We live in New Mexico and decided Sequim was where we wanted to live in retirement. On our second visit to Sequim, we met with Chuck and asked him to help us. Chuck's web site provides such amazing search capabilities. Chuck's site also contains a 1000 blog postings and a real estate video series detailing buying real estate in Sequim. We bought Chuck's book about Sequim real estate and set out to follow his advice carrying on an ongoing email and phone conversation with Chuck. Doing our due diligence “Marunde style” and using his MLS search site, we came up with about 50 homes that met our needs. We narrowed the list down to 15 properties that best met our needs. We came back to Sequim a third time with our list in hand, and Chuck spent two days with us showing us all the homes on our list. Not only did Chuck help us find that dream home, he spent time to educate us about the quality of construction, fair market values of various properties, home layouts, and the joys of Sequim living. We had a great time as we traveled from house to house. By mid afternoon of the second day, my wife said we had found “the house.” Chuck helped us draft our offer and sent our offer to the seller's agent. It turned out there was a second offer made on the property at the same time. Chuck's help to make a clean offer paid off. At breakfast two days later, we got a call from Chuck saying our offer had been accepted by the sellers. We are now back home in New Mexico. Chuck attends every inspection on our behalf, updating us at every turn by email and phone. Our dream home is becoming a reality because of Chuck and because we were smart enough to follow his advice. We absolutely would NOT have been able to do this without Chuck Marunde's expertise and enthusiasm. We recommend Chuck to everyone planning a move to Sequim, Port Angeles, or anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula. Chuck is a gold mine of information and expertise for home buyers everywhere, not just on the Olympic" Larry and Shirley
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    From Sun Lakes Arizona

    "We are ex-Washington residents who currently live in Arizona. We had been searching the Puget Sound area four years for a waterfront property to build a retirement home when we first contacted Chuck Marunde through his website. We had made multiple trips to various areas but most of the Realtors we contacted simply sent us an email, provided no follow up and did next to nothing to help us locate a property. On our first trip to Port Angeles, after connecting with Chuck, we purchased our dream property. We now own a high bank waterfront lot overlooking the Straight of Jaun de Fuca, and are excited to become part of the Peninsula community." Paul and Linda

    From California

    "Andy Romano is a successful motion picture character actor with over 40 years in 'the Biz.' Mr. Romano has a home in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, but he chooses to live most of the time in Sequim, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula in the great Pacific Northwest. Why? In his own words, 'Because it's even more beautiful and surrounded by more beauty in this incredibly peaceful and quiet place. With respect to real estate agents or brokers, well my friend Chuck Marunde, owner of Sequim and Port Angeles Real Estate, is hands down the best there" Andy R.

    From Sequim

    I’ve known Chuck Marunde for several years. My wife and I bought and sold one house through his services, and now have another listed through him for sale. Whether Chuck was representing us as the buyer or seller, I am confident he always had our best interests at heart. He helped us set or negotiate a reasonable price, and made sure there was a clear and open line of communication. He responded rapidly to email and phone calls and always knew the best person to contact for the various services involved in a transaction. I have worked with quite a few real estate agents and Chuck is right at the top of my list of good ones. Actually, Chuck is first and foremost just a good person, and he carries his personal honesty and integrity over into his profession. He has the greatest depth of experience in real estate of any agent or broker I have known. His years of practicing real estate law prior to becoming a broker are evident in the meticulous care he takes with the process and documentation. I am impressed by the way Chuck has integrated internet services into his real estate business. He probably knows more about this process than any other realtor in the country. In this tight market it is important to use every possible means to spread the word about available properties…to reach the few people who might be interested in a particular property. Steve L.

    From The Netherlands

    "We contacted Chuck about six months ago to help find a retirement property in Sequim. We had visited Sequim several weeks before and decided that this was the place for us to retire. We liked the friendly people and the natural beauty of the area. We had been looking for some time in other parts of the country - California, Oregon, North Carolina, and Vermont. In most of these other areas, we found real estate agents that were knowledgeable but did not follow up with us to continue narrowing down real estate possibilities. Once we were out of earshot, communications would stop. That is one of the reasons we were interested in working with Chuck. Besides having great knowledge of both the local real estate market and of law, his testimonials on the internet indicated a willingness to actively communicate with his clients. Chuck demonstrated this immediately. Even before we met, he responded very quickly and helpfully to any email question. After arriving for a second visit to Sequim in September, we finally met Chuck face to face. He was friendly, encouraging, and readily shared good practical information. We worked with him on a number of candidate properties - including an offer on a property while visiting that week. Although we could not come to terms with the owners on the final property price, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Chuck. He is an invaluable resource to help us identify and purchase the retirement property that's right for us." Paul and Virginia

    From Fremont California

    We can't say enough about working with Chuck Marunde. Luck would have it that we discovered his web site, spoke with him on the phone and had an instant feeling that we had found our realtor. And we were right. With Chucks help and expertise, our longtime dream to retire to the Pacific Northwest came to fruition with Chuck assisting us in finding the perfect home for us. Buying a home is always a big decision and these days can be complex with unexpected delays etc. In fact, our whole experience from offer day to closing, was very smooth. Chuck took all the time we needed to explain processes and made us feel at ease, even though we lived 800 miles away, tying up loose ends and getting ready for the big move to our new home in Sequim. We were impressed with Chuck's ability to listen to our needs and understand our concerns in buying from a distance. Chuck kept us informed all along the way, during the process and was so good at getting right back to us if we had another question. All went so well and Chuck really went above and beyond for us, taking time out from his busy schedule to assist us with some details regarding our beautiful property, even after the closing, because we were not yet arrived there. Without hesitation, our son and his wife will be contacting Chuck this summer, as they plan to follow us to paradise in this lovely town. Thanks again Chuck, for everything! Mary and Jerry

    From Fontana California

    My husband and I went to Sequim intending to interview several realtors to find one to help us locate and buy a home in Sequim. We knew we wanted someone we could trust and who would have our best interests in mind. Since we would be handling the transaction from S. California this was very important to us. We met Chuck and looked no further. We felt a connection right away and spent some time looking at homes together so Chuck could get a feel for what we wanted. Well, we left Sequim having made an offer on a home which the owner accepted. Chuck has helped us through the purchase process. We are positive it would not have gone so smoothly without his help. We give him 4 thumbs up. Wally & Cathy

    From Tacoma

    Chuck Marunde’s level of expertise in real estate investment is amazing. His knowledge, experience and legal training have given me a dramatic advantage in real estate investing. He works hard to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing, sound advice and value-added service for his clients. Kirk Wald, Financial Planner

    From Wendell Idaho

    My wife and I moved to Sequim six weeks ago, and prior to our move here I contacted Chuck Marunde and enlisted his help as our buyer's agent. Once we got here, it took us about two weeks looking at houses, and Chuck did a superb job of showing us places and letting us make our own decisions and guide us through the purchase of our home. We now completed our transaction and are very happy. We would recommend Chuck to anybody. Don & Marilyn

    From Sequim

    "Buying property either commercial or residential can sometimes be a tricky proposition. That’s why I would recommend Chuck to help you with purchasing or selling property. His background as a real-estate lawyer and his no nonsense to the point advice will help you make the right decisions. Experience and Integrity, what you need when you can’t afford to make a mistake. Dail Hurdlow, CEO, Hurdlow Enterprises

    From Seattle

    I am an experienced real estate buyer, but I am not from the Sequim area. I am somewhat flexible, realistic, but also particular. So the question was, “how do you choose the RIGHT real estate agent?”

    I made my appointment with Chuck on a Sunday morning in March, 2013. He showed me 5 houses. Every house he showed me was within my parameters! I was amazed: a real estate who listened, did his research, and didn't waste my time showing me houses I would never buy! I made an offer a few days later. That was the easy part…

    Buying a house is always a stressful time in life. Advice to Buyers: choose an agent who is competent, communicates well, and has exceptional follow-up and follow-through! You will spend a lot of time with your agent during the process. Choose someone likable. Go with your gut. I got to know Chuck during the process, and he's a great guy!

    You need an agent who is competent to handle and help you negotiate the issues that come up during disclosure, home inspection, appraisal, etc. Chuck's competence is superb! I got truly professional, sound, straightforward advice.

    Chuck's communication skills are exceptional: phone, email, fax. He has a wonderful ability to stay "on-point" with what is actually important and doesn't lead you astray on issues that aren't so important.

    Chuck's turn-around time on questions, issue resolution, etc. was virtually always within 24 hours. He follows-up, follows-through. He does what he says he will do timely. This relieves a lot of Buyer stress!

    Having a difficult time finding the right agent? Simplify your life! Choose Chuck Marunde. I did. [Name withheld by request]

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    From Sequim to California

    "In our Sequim real estate broker Chuck Marunde we found a Realtor who knew not only how to list a property, but most importantly, he knew how to sell a property. Chuck is very skilled in current technology and uses that skill to advertise your property nationally. We were very pleased with Chuck, his honesty and integrity." Jerry Levitan and Donna "Teva" Tetiva

    Who is Chuck Marunde?

    Chuck Marunde is the #1 Sequim Buyer's Agent, having sold more homes (by volume) to buyers than any other agent or any "team" of agents for the past seven years. He is the author of thousands of articles for buyers on this real estate blog, and he is the author of several real estate books for buyers and one for sellers. He is the creator of many free tools that buyers use and love every day. He is recognized as a national expert on real estate transactions, marketing, and negotiating. Please schedule your appointment to view homes with Chuck well in advance of arriving in Sequim.
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