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Snow in Sequim–Are You Serious?

Snow in Sequim is rare, but this just happened overnight! Amazing and beautiful! This is our first snow in Sequim in about four years. My dog didn’t know what it was, but he figured out he likes to lick it. Since I took this photo this morning, the sun has risen higher and the clouds have cleared, so it is now approaching 40 degrees at 10:45 in the morning. The snow may be gone by the end of the day.

Snow in Sequim

Snow in Sequim and Sledding

When there is snow in Sequim, all the kids run outside to play in it before it melts. There’s not really enough snow to sled, but some of us have sleds our kids can ride in the back yard or in the park. There are a few small hills where kids will sled for a little while before the snow melts. Robin Hill Park has a nice little sledding hill where my own children had fun.

Snow in Sequim

Fortunately, when there is snow in Sequim, the highway department quickly clears the snow from the roads, although most of it just melts as soon as the sun comes out. Soft snow isn’t dangerous to drive on, because there’s decent traction on soft snow. It’s only when the snow melts and freezes or when it gets packed and icy that it gets dangerous. Your average retiree in Sequim is smart enough to just stay home until it melts on the roads. Life is safer that way when there is snow in Sequim.

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  • First Frost in Sequim

    This morning we had our first frost in Sequim. It’s a beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky. It was very early this morning when I heard my Sequim weather station tell me the temperature outside had reached 32 degrees. That didn’t last long. The temperature went up to 40 degrees shortly after the sun began to melt the frost on the blades of grass in my yard.

    First Frost in Sequim

    First Frost in Sequim

    First Frost in Sequim December 6th

    We’re in December, and it’s finally getting cold. Of course, cold for Sequim in the winter is a quick dip to freezing in the early morning hours, and so today was the first frost in Sequim. I love it. The yards and fields are all bright green as you can see in this photo above. The grass hardly grows during the coldest months of December and January, but since this is the wet time of year, the grass turns a bright green and stays that way all the way into the summer.

    It’s hard to predict the precise date that will give us the first frost in Sequim. People ask me, “What are winters like in Sequim?” I usually say something like, “Which winter?,” because it seems every winter is a little different. We haven’t had snow in Sequim for three or four years. When we do get snow, it’s usually a couple of inches and melts within hours, but since we rarely see it, it is fun for a short time. With a little luck, maybe we’ll have a white Christmas.

    Because our winters are mostly in the 50s, and our summers are mostly in the 60s, we have an incredibly mild climate without those darn cold extremes of the midwest or the east coast, and we don’t suffer the hot extremes of the south. I sold homes to couples from Virginia and Pennsylvania recently, and they both reminded me of how humid the heat can be on the east coast.

    Our first frost in Sequim reminded me of how mild our Sequim weather really is. What a beautiful day for a walk with my dog.

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  • Sequim Storms

    Sequim storms are rare, but we have some incredible online tools now to see the exact weather in real time, including the wind and the height of waves at any point you place your mouse on the map. We are in the winter months now, so Sequim storms are more likely for the next couple of months. You’ll love this new site which is the most powerful one I’ve found at Sequim Storms.

    Sequim Storms

    Sequim Storms on a Map

    About a month ago we received a weather warning regarding Sequim storms, and the report stated that the storm could be worse than any storm since 1962. I made sure I had extra water supplies at home as well as food to last in case we had a terrible storm. I used the map above to look at the wind and waves on the Pacific side of the Olympic Peninsula, and also to see what was coming down over Sequim from the Olympic Mountains. I could even measure the height of waves on th Strait just north of the Sequim shoreline. Guess what? The great storm missed Sequim, although it hit all around us, including the Oregon and Washington Pacific shorelines, and even Tacoma and into Canada across the Strait. As I’ve said before, bad Sequim storms are really quite rare.

    Sequim Storms

    You can use this weather site above [Sequim Storms] to look at weather patterns, waves, temperatures, and wind anywhere in the world. Don’t you love the technologies available to us on the Internet?

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  • Sequim Weather is . . .

    Sequim weather is cloudy and overcast, wait . . . Sequim weather is sunny and beautiful. Well, it all depends on the time of day lately. Sequim weather is famous for its blue hole or as it is also known, the Sequim Rain Shadow.

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather

    Retirees from all over the United States find Sequim when they are researching the best place to retire, and part of that decision includes the best weather, an even climate without extreme temperatures and without natural disasters. Voted one of the 10 Best Places to Retire in the U.S., Sequim keeps showing up for all those who diligently search.

    Sequim Weather Without Extremes

    I understand extreme temperatures, because I have lived in the two greatest extremes in the U.S. In Alaska I learned what 70 degrees below zero was like almost every winter, and in the summers in Nevada I learned what it felt like to work in 100 degrees in a military uniform. Sequim winters are in the 40s and 50s, and the summers are in the 60s and 70s. How sweet it is.

    Whatever you are looking for in your retirement years, it’s hard to beat such an even climate and only 16 inches of rain a year, one-third the rainfall of Seattle. Sequim weather is delightful, although it’s not always sunny. Don’t tell anyone.

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  • Sequim Flood on Vacant Lots

    This Sequim Flood caught my eye, because it covers several lots that have been for sale for years, and I had no idea that these lots could be under water until now.  This is on the north side of Sequim about six miles from downtown Sequim. You can see an aerial view of this mini Sequim flood on the video below.

    Sequim Flood

    Sequim Flood

    Here’s an interesting video angle from about 60 feet above the water. This perspective is taken from Hogback Road just off Lotzgesell.  This little Sequim flood is not near the Sequim-Dungeness River, and it’s not at the base of a mountain range where it could collect water, so how did all this water rise to record levels in this neighborhood so close to the bluff? This is a low area where the water table is naturally high and where surface water can gather after a lot of rain, and this has been a record winter for rain in the Sequim area.

    Sequim Flood Not Common

    This kind of Sequim Flood is not a Common Occurrence, and that’s what made this event worthy of a video. It does make an interesting point, however, for anyone thinking about buying a vacant lot to build a home. These lots under water are part of a short plat that was surveyed, and utilities were installed. There is a large electric box halfway under water in the photo at the boundary of two of the lots. The point is, the county building department approved this short plat, apparently unaware that it could become part of a Sequim flood.

    This means when looking at vacant lots where you hope to build your retirement home will involve some due diligence, common sense, and perhaps a local who has been around for a long time. Maybe that way you can avoid your own Sequim flood in your house.

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  • I Love My Sequim Weather Station

    I love my Sequim weather station. I actually live in what is nearly the center of the Blue Hole, aka the Sequim Rain Shadow. This little Sequim weather station is so cool, I could not resist writing about it and sharing why I think it’s a great investment.

    Sequim Weather Station

    The Ultimate Sequim Weather Station

    We all know what the typical annual precipitation is in the Sequim area (16 inches, 1/3rd of Seattle), and we can look up temperatures on the Internet for any time of year. All that is helpful, but when you own a Sequim home, you can’t really tell what the rain fall is in a 24 hour period, or a week, or a month, or the year, unless you have your own Sequim weather station. It’s also nice to know when the temperature reaches freezing.

    Of course, there’s more. You can monitor temperature, humidity, rain, wind speed and wind direction remotely for any location, track historical records and customize email and text alerts to know when conditions change. You can view your weather from virtually anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer with the AcuRite app or myAcuRite.com website, or easily publish your weather reports on Weather Underground. I just think that is cool.

    Sequim Weather Station

    I’m sure that some would just say that this is another “toy” that you don’t really need. You might discuss spending a couple of hundred dollars on your own Sequim weather station with your spouse, and she might feel it is an unnecessary expense. Since I am a bachelor, I looked in the mirror and asked myself if I really needed my own Sequim weather station. The answer came back with a strong endorsement for the 5-in-1 Acurite weather station, and I thought I heard a soft voice say, “Chuck, you’ve been an especially good boy this year, and you deserve a Sequim weather station.”

    By the way, it was very easy to set up, and the monitor sits on my kitchen counter and communicates wirelessly with my outdoor unit. You can set alarms on the system, too. Last night I set an alarm on the temperature when and if it reaches freezing, and it did early this morning. It reached 30 degrees for a short time before going back up. If you have animals like I do, it’s good to know what the outdoor temperature is. I love my Sequim weather station.

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  • It’s winter and time for blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and extreme temperature, but not in Sequim. Sequim weather is well known as mild without extremes and without all the terrible natural disasters that hit other states every winter.

    Blizzards

    No Blizzards, No Tornadoes, No Hurricances, No Floods

    Winter in Sequim naturally means colder temperatures, some overcast and gray skies, and a little rain. While we might complain a little, we are so fortunate we do not suffer from blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and icy cold temperatures. Many winters we don’t even have snow.

    Yesterday I drove to Silverdale, which is one hour south of Sequim, and about 10 miles outside of Silverdale, it was snowing with slushy roads. On the way back to Sequim a few hours later, and once again as I got close to Sequim the roads were clean with no snow and no rain. It was overcast in Sequim, and the temperature was about 45 degrees, but I’ll take that any day over the nasty weather that is so common this time of year south and east of Sequim.

    Sequim weather

    I Don’t Miss Blizzards

    I don’t miss tornadoes (I lived in Illinois), flash floods (I lived in Vegas), blizzards (I lived in Alaska), 115 degrees or 50 below zero, so I’m thankful Sequim doesn’t have blizzards, or any of these, but Sequim weather is not perfect either. Still, on a scale of 0 to 10 where 10 is the perfect climate, I would rate Sequim a high 7.5.

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  • Rain in Sequim: Sequim Weather

    Rain in Sequim? Yes. The joke is that it never rains in Sequim, but of course it does. We’ve had a dry summer, but it has rained generously on and off over the past few weeks, and for that we are grateful. The fields have turned green, and that’s a beautiful thing.

    Rain in Sequim

    Rain in Sequim

    The fall is always gorgeous in Sequim. The leaves have been turning orange and yellow and falling off the trees. The pine trees and the fields are a luscious green. The sunshine, the rain, and the rich soil in the Sequim valley all make for a very healthy environment. This is the time of year when we quit mowing our yards, because the grass stops growing. At the same time, our grass and fields are green throughout the winter, because it stays wet enough and we don’t have temperature extremes. It rarely freezes, so our grass stays green all winter. And you don’t have to mow it! This is a perfect scenario.

    Rain in Sequim and Sequim Weather

    The Sequim-Dungeness River has been high for a few days because of the steady rain. Since the river comes out of the Olympic Mountains, where there is always much more rain than in Sequim, the water comes pouring out of the mountains and down the Sequim-Dungeness River and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. While the river has been at flood level, homes don’t get flooded here. It just means the water spreads out in some low areas, but there is no flood damage to properties or homes. 

    The rain in Sequim is welcome. I wish we could share some of our rain in Sequim with our friends in California.

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  • Sequim Hornets and Bees

    Sequim hornets have increased in aggressiveness this summer. I know from personal experience. I haven’t been stung in at least 15 years, and this fall I’ve been stung by hornets on two different occasions. I asked a pest inspector if Sequim hornets and wasps have increased this year, and he said, “most definitely”. 

    Sequim hornets

    Sequim Hornets and Bees

    Sequim has a very healthy bee population, and that is wonderful for the good work they do pollinating. Bees are not aggressive, and I work in my own garden with lots of bees visiting my flowers. They never bother me. But Sequim hornets have been a different matter this summer, and there’s a reason.

    Sequim Hornets in Hot Weather

    Hornets tend to be more aggressive than bees, and they are especially aggressive in hot dry weather. This summer has been a drought of a summer all the way up the west coast, and Sequim has been dryer than in many years past. According to one pest expert, the dry weather has brought hornets in closer to homes this summer. 

    So here’s my tip when you are looking at Sequim property. Be careful about turning over little well sheds that have not been disturbed for years. They make a great protected place for a hornets nest. Any outdoor shed makes a potential home for Sequim hornets. Yesterday while walking around a big barn, I was stung by a hornet that came out of a nest in the ground. It appeared they had nested in a mole’s hole. While Sequim hornets have not been any concern in the past, just be watchful this fall as you walk the fields and hunt for your ideal home, or you might be writing an article like this about how you got stung by Sequim hornets.

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  • The Sequim Blue Hole Does it Again

    The Sequim Blue Hole strikes again! Live Doppler Radar shows how Sequim and the little Sequim Peninsula is completely dry while all surrounding areas are raining. This became quite an object lesson this afternoon as the Sequim Airport sponsored their annual Sequim Air Affaire. At 7:00 a.m. the airport was nearly socked in and looking ugly, but by noon, the Sequim Blue Hole opened up, while rain clouds and inclement weather could be seen all around the airport.

    Sequim Blue Hole

    Sequim Blue Hole

    To read more about this famous weather phenomenon, read this article at Sequim Blue Hole. You can learn more about the Sequim Airport and the Air Affaire at Sequim Airport.

    Sequim Blue Hole Big Attraction

    The Sequim Blue Hole has put Sequim on the map for retirees from all over the United States and the world. This brokerage has had buyers from as far away as the Netherlands, Japan, and China. Retirees are often looking for a climate without extremes, and a place where they can live comfortably and safely. The Sequim Blue Hole puts Sequim between Alaska and Nevada in terms of climate, and has no extreme temperatures and no extreme weather conditions. 

    No wonder so many retirees have been researching Sequim and buying their homes here. For many, the first time they find out about the incredible Sequim weather is when they first read about the Sequim Blue Hole. 

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  • Sequim Garden a Hint of Heaven

    Do you want a beautiful Sequim garden? Are you a master gardener? Do you want your back yard to be a hint of Heaven? This is a Sequim garden of a home I just sold, and even though it is a small lot, this owner has done an amazing job of making this lot a peaceful little haven to enjoy every day. He even has water trickling through the yard which adds to the mood.

    Sequim Garden

    Sequim Garden Beautiful

    The amount of landscaping and gardening you want to do or are willing to do to maintain your ideal property is something to consider when you are filtering homes online, although it’s hard to tell from the online photos what will be required. I’ve learned from working with hundreds of buyers that it boils down to personal passions. Maybe you are a master gardener, or you love gardening. Our rich soil, blue hole and sunshine, the climate and the right amount of rain (with some added watering with your loving touch), makes for the perfect garden (elaborate or tiny). See this earlier article about a Sequim Garden.

    Sequim Garden Expense

    Another home I sold had more than a full acre beautifully landscaped and planted with a wonderful variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Of course, this kind of landscaping can be expensive, upwards of $50,000. But the loving touch of a master gardener can turn a boring yard into the kind of Sequim garden in which you think you’ve died and gone to Heaven. See this earlier article describing a Sequim garden at Fine Gardening.

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  • Sequim Summer Weather

    Sequim summer weather has been gorgeous of late. This past weekend could not have been more beautiful as it hosted the Sequim Lavender Festival. Sunday evening cooled off after a 90 degree day, and I took this photo as the sun was setting off the northern beaches of Sequim. Enlarge this photo by clicking on it, and you’ll get a much better feel for Sequim summer weather. See if you can spot the only ship on the horizon.

    Sequim Summer Weather

    Sequim Summer Weather Mild

    I grew up in Alaska where temperatures dipped to 70 degrees below zero nearly every winter, and I served in the USAF in the deserts of Nevada where my body acclimated to training outside at 113 degrees above zero. Sequim summer weather is the perfect in between. Summers and winters in Sequim do not have the extremes of most climates. Lately the Sequim summer weather has been a pleasant reminder of why I like to say often, “Another day in Paradise.”

    Sequim Summer Weather

    Here’s a fun experiment for you. Compare your temperature and weather in your current location in California, or wherever you are, with the temperature and weather in Sequim throughout the year. When it’s 109 in Las Vegas, it is typically 74 in Sequim. Almost too good to be true. Sequim summer weather is nothing less than gorgeous.

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  • A Deck With a View

    Imagine sitting on the deck of your new home sipping a delicious latte (or maybe a glass of wine?), looking at a gorgeous water view (or mountain view), a fresh breeze coming from the ocean, and feeling more relaxed than you’ve felt in years now that you’re retired and settled into your dream home. This is a dream come true for many who retire in Sequim (or Port Townsend or Port Angeles).

    Deck

    A Deck in the Sun

    In Sequim the best water view is typically from a deck on the north side of the house, and the sunniest side will be the south side. The mountain view is also to the south. While Sequim is famous for being in the blue hole and only getting 16 inches of rain annually, we do get a combination of sun and rain that is hard on wooden decks. Wooden decks eventually fade, splinter, and rot, so Trex decking or other composite decking that is weather proof has become quite popular.

    A Deck for Enjoyment and Entertainment

    In this photo above, my clients arranged their deck so they could entertain friends, which they enjoying doing regularly. And with a beautiful view of Sequim Bay, their deck is a Heavenly place of peace and relaxation. With spring arriving and flowers blooming, it is time again to enjoy the deck. When you’re looking at homes in the MLS online, it’s hard to tell which way the deck faces, but you can often use Google maps to help answer the question on the exact location of the deck and whether it faces north or south.

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    Sequim Weather and Real Estate

    Sequim weather is one of the major attractions to the Sequim area. The climate and weather could not be better, and Sequim has become famous for it’s Rain Shadow or Blue Hole with only one-third the rainfall of Seattle, 16 inches, which was the same as the Los Angeles area before their drought.

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather and Real Estate

    Sequim is uniquely located between the gorgeous Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with its many sheltered bays. The question I want to address today is how does rainfall and weather effect Sequim real estate based on the location of a home? Sequim sits right in the blue hole, and as you drive outside this radius of about seven miles, you begin to move into more rainfall. The Sequim Blue Hole is bigger than most people realize. Port Angeles, which is 15 miles west of Sequim, has only 4 to 6 inches more rain, but as you move west of Port Angeles, that is where the rain begins to dramatically increase. 

    Sequim Weather and Elevation

    As you drive into the hills on the south side of Sequim, the elevation increases, and at 1,000 feet elevation, the rainfall and snowfall (when we have snow) increases. While we don’t get much snow, and some winters see no snow at all, it will stick longer above 1,000 feet elevation than it does in Sequim at only  200 or 300 feet elevation. There are some beautiful areas in the hills overlooking Sequim and with stunning water views looking at the islands and British Columbia, but the Sequim weather does change up there. If you want to be as much as you can in the Blue Hole, that is between Sequim and the water to the north. This is where the Sequim weather has made Sequim famous.

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  • Sequim Storms – What Storms?

    Sequim storms are rare, and compared to the rest of the country, Sequim storms are child’s play. Once again we are watching weather reports of a very nasty New York storm and along the northeast. Governors of New York and New Jersey are warning people to stay home. Thousands of flights have been cancelled at airports around the country. Transportation systems have come to a halt in some areas, and thousands of businesses have closed their doors. Not only does the economy and life for thousands of people get disrupted, but unfortunately it seems that everytime there is another major storm, people die too.

    Sequim Storms

    Sequim Storms Rare?

    We are more than lucky that there are no such Sequim storms. We don’t get blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, nor do we get the annual snow storms that hit the northeast. Sequim storms are so rare that if you retire in Sequim and live here for 30 years, you might see one or two bad snow storms, but nothing like what New York gets regularly. You might hear of a small flood along the Dunegness River, but even that flooding has only reached a hand full of homes in the past 50 years, and there hasn’t been any flood since the Core of Engineers strategically built some dikes. We are more than fortunate that there are virtually no dangerous Sequim storms.

    Sequim Storms

    About 15 years ago I remember a heavy snow in Sequim. This was the only bad storm I recall in 21 years of living in Sequim. The snow was several feet deep, and for Sequimites, that was extraordinary. We just stayed home,  so there really was no danger. The snow only came down for a few days, and then it began to melt quickly. But many of us could not drive out of our driveways for a couple of days, so it was exciting, but it was never dangerous. Living in such a mild climate with no extremes either way, Sequim has become known as one of the 10 best places to retire in America. There are many reasons for that, but certainly one reason is that we just don’t have bad Sequim storms.

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  • Sequim Winter Weather is Cold

    Sequim winter weather has descended upon us, and it is cold–below freezing! While that isn’t cold for many areas of the country, it is for Sequim. In the coldest Sequim winter weather we will see the temperature dip below freezing, but it doesn’t stay there long. Late last night and early this morning we had temps in the mid-20s, and during the day the temp will still be cold but above freezing.

    Sequim Winter Weather

    Sequim Winter Weather

    Some buyers are still coming to Sequim to look at homes and some are buying even in December, but many others don’t want to drive around to look at homes when it is only 40 degrees in the afternoon. It’s a good time to come if you can, because there is less competition and seller’s are motivated, but if you’re planning to come in the spring, that’s a beautiful time of year to look at homes and see the area.

    Sequim Winter Weather Online

    I love the way we can instantly look at Sequim winter weather on a smart phone, a tablet, or on a computer. You’ve gotta love the Internet for things like this. Talking about cold weather, we also had some snow in Sequim. Our snow doesn’t last long as it usually melts within a day or two, but we have some unusually cold weather, so we shall see. You can click on the image above to see Sequim winter weather. Stay tuned . . . to the Internet on the subject of Sequim winter weather.

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  • Living in Sequim

    Have you wondered what it would be like living in Sequim? It’s wonderful, and trying to prove that in 456 words is nearly impossible, but I’ll try. Sequim has been written about in many retirement and travel magazines over the past three decades as one of the ideal retirement havens in the U.S. It has been chosen one of the 10 best places to retire, and most recently in 2014 a nationwide survey gave Sequim the No. 1 slot to the question, “Where is the best place to retire and grow old and happy?” [The Huffington Post]

    Living in Sequim

    Living in Sequim – Sequim Weather

    Why is living in Sequim said to be so wonderful by so many retirees in Sequim and around the country? First, the climate is one of the best and most pleasant climates. Year round weather patterns are some of the best in the entire country. Second, the Sequim Blue Hole is real, and it only rains 16 inches a year, which is 1/3 the rainfall in Seattle, only 2.5 hours away. The rainfall is the same in Sequim as it is in Los Angeles, but our weather does not get the extremes of hot or cold from Alaska to Texas. Try 60’s and 70’s during the summer and typically the 40’s and 50’s in the winter. We do get some freezing temperatures early in the morning on the coldest winter days, but that doesn’t last long.

    Living in Sequim – The Lifestyle

    Third, the lifestyle in Sequim is truly happy. People are amazed at how friendly Sequimites are when the visit. Everybody waves all the time, and everyone is easy to start a conversation with. Fourth, there are so many enjoyable activities in the area, including hobbies and clubs, volunteer organizations, and non-profits. Many retirees have found very satisfying places to serve others, and that brings a deep sense of satisfaction. Fifth, there are more year round recreational activities than almost anywhere in the country, including hiking in the old growth forests in the mountains, kayaking in rivers and in bays, fishing, hunting, bicycling on the Discovery Trail, jogging on the thousands of miles of trails, walking dogs in many of our parks, boating, sailing, motorcycling, horse back riding, cross country skiing in the mountains nearby, and much more. Sixth, we have a quiet little community with a Costco, Home Depot, Safeway, and numerous family owned organic farm stores. Seventh, living in Sequim means living in one of the lowest crime rates in the country. That brings a lot of peace and security to retirees.

    No wonder so many retirees are finding Sequim and enjoying the best years of their lives living in Sequim. Come and visit Sequim and find out yourself why living in Sequim is so darn good.

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    Sequim Weather

    Sequim weather is entering the fall and winter transition, and it’s been beautiful. We’ve had a warm and sunny fall, more than normal, and here we are in October, and it’s still sunny and warm. With the leaves turning, it is gorgeous. I took this photo from the deck of a home overlooking Port Angeles, and while the photo doesn’t give you the same sense of awe you get in person, you can get a feel for our Sequim weather and our Port Angeles weather this time of year. Even with some clouds out, we had sunshine breaking through to create this rainbow in this owners front yard. [See photos of this Port Angeles Water View Home.]

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather and The Blue Hole

    One question I get from buyers regularly is, “How far does the Sequim rain shadow or the Sequim blue hole extend outside Sequim?” Here’s my answer. The blue hole extends much further than most people realize. Sequim has done a great job promoting the blue hole, and it’s been written about in many magazines and talked about for decades. There really is a blue hole, so Sequim weather is one of the major reasons people retire to the area. But there is a misconception about the rain fall heading west of Sequim toward Port Angeles. The myth that is still repeated is that, “for every mile you drive toward Port Angeles from Sequim, the rain increases by one inch.” That would mean 15 more inches of rain, but in fact, Port Angeles only has 4 to 6 more inches of rain than Sequim. That is negligible to the human eye. I’ve driven back and forth for 20 years, and I have not been able to see a significant difference between Sequim weather and Port Angeles weather. Does it rain more in Port Angeles? Yes, but the Sequim blue hole covers a much bigger area on the Olympic Peninsula than most people realize.

    Come and See Our Sequim Weather

    By the way, this is a wonderful time of year to come and look at homes. Buyer traffic has slowed down somewhat as it normally does in the winter months, and with the Sequim weather and Port Angeles weather giving us such a gorgeous fall, this is a perfect time to come.

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  • Sequim Weather is Absolutely Gorgeous

    Sequim weather has been incredible lately. Here we are in the middle of September, and every day has been sunny and 70 to 80 degrees. People are out bicycling, hiking and jogging, and boating. Freshwater Bay is one of our most beautiful public boat launches on the west side of Port Angeles, and as you can see in this photo, it was another day in Paradise.

    Sequim Weather

    Sequim Weather Perfect

    Having moved to Sequim in 1994, I can tell you that one of the most enjoyable aspects of living here is that we do not have the extremes of hot and cold that so many other areas of the country do have. I grew up in the interior of Alaska, and winter temperatures of -50 to -70 degrees (below Fahrenheit) were common. I served in the USAF at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, and summer temperatures of 100 to 115 degrees (above Fahrenheit) were and are common. Sequim weather is the perfect in-between.  

    Sequim Weather Sets the Standard

    Sequim weather sets the standard with most summer days in the 60’s and 70’s, and most winter days in the 40’s and 50’s. You can ride your bicycle all year, or go kayaking throughout the year. This time of year the Sequim weather is amazing.

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  • Sequim weather is the envy of the country. Not too hot, not too cold, not too much rain, hardly ever snow, and sunny in the Blue Hole. Today our Sequim weather showed off again. My camera took me for a walk on the beach this afternoon, and what a day it was at Port Williams Bay. I walked down the beach northward from the boat launch and along this bluff. You can get a better feel for what I experienced by clicking on this image to enlarge it.

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    Sequim Weather Absolutely Gorgeous

    I enjoyed my little hike and the sunshine on my bald head, and taking photos was fun. But did you ever notice that life doesn’t always go according to our plans? I think that may be the rule rather than the exception. If your life has gone exactly according to your plan, just give it more time. As you grow older, you’re bound to run into circumstances or events that you did not count on. And so I was reminded of this today on the beach as I stood behind the tripod and camera in the exact location where I took the above photo. Our lives can be changed forever in a second, and it almost did for me.

    Sequim Weather Disguised a Threat

    While my finger was on the shutter button of my camera I heard a muffled noise above me on the cliff, and as I looked almost straight up I saw a boulder the size of my own head coming straight at me. Apparently it had dislodged somehow after years of weathering on the side of the 50 foot cliff. It did not roll down the cliff–it apparently bounced outward and was about 30 feet directly above my head when I first saw it. Without time to evaluate the danger, I grabbed my tripod in what must have been a fraction of a second and ran toward the water, barely escaping that boulder and a substantial amount of dirt that followed. Afterward I asked myself, “what are the changes that a stone would fall from a cliff precisely where I was standing along a shoreline that extends for hundreds of miles in either direction?” Fascinating. By the way, I do not recommend sitting on these logs beneath the cliff. They are very inviting, but not entirely safe.

    Clearly life does not always go according to our plans, and today I was reminded of that. I did count my blessings anyway, and continued my beach singing as I headed back. The good news is this little event did not dispel my good mood and my enjoyment of this great Sequim weather. What a day! And I have the proof with this photo. Gorgeous Sequim weather!

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  • Chuck E. Marunde, J.D.

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    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.

    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.
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    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
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