What are the best areas in Sequim and Port Angeles? I write about Sequim homes and Port Angeles homes that are selling lately, and I describe those homes as being in the best areas. The homes that are selling quickly lately are the best homes in the best areas at the best prices. So a client asked me today, “What are the best areas?” Good question. He asked me to make a list of the best areas. Here’s how I answered the question.
The Best Areas in Sequim and Port Angeles
When I talk about “best areas in Sequim and Port Angeles,” I’m referring to what is a good property in a good location with a good neighborhood and reasonably good views, whether that is a water view, a mountain view, or a view of a valley or hay fields. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so the ideal view will vary.
There are many best areas in Sequim. You can have two lots, and while they are both in a great area, one may have a great mountain view and the other might sit down in a hole and have no view at all. One lot has good drainage and no wetlands. Another lot has wetlands and potentially serious drainage issues where a house would be built.
Keys to The Best Areas in Sequim
Some areas will perc well so that a conventional septic system will work fine, but another area may require very expensive mound systems. Some areas have the purest water and 18 gallons per minute, while a small percentage of wells in the Sequim valley may only get 2 gallons per minute and require a 1,000 gallon cistern.
Of course, there is a component that is subjective and that is the beauty of the area. We’ve all seen the property with dozens of junk vehicles, many old and rusty, some on the axles. That owner may declare that he has a beautiful property. Most of us would not buy a home anywhere we could see that property. Most of us do not want to live near a gravel pit either.
The Best Areas in Sequim are Windy or Not
Then there is the wind factor. If you absolutely do not like gusty wind or even occasional windy days, you do not want to live on the bluff on the Strait or near the bluffs. On the other hand, if you want a stunning up close water view and wind doesn’t bother you, you want a bluff property. If you do not ever want snow in your driveway, you don’t want to live at 1,000 feet in the hills to the south of Sequim. And the further you get away from Sequim, the further you move from the rain shadow or blue hole.
There are many variables that most of us would agree ought to be included or excluded in any definition of what comprises the best areas. In the end, what defines the “best areas” will largely depend on your preferences.
Last Updated on October 10, 2012 by Chuck Marunde