05/27/15 Windermere Premier Breakfast: Chris Wurden’s Full Kitsap Presentation

 

"Kitsap County Peninsula is the “Resort Destination” at your doorstep. Offering amazing values in the Luxury marketplace this county provides more value for less."

 

Kitsap has a population of 251,000.  Whether you are visiting art galleries on the island of Bainbridge; Bremerton’s historic Navy Docks and waterfront; Hansville’s waterside communities of Pont No Point and Driftwood keys; The city of Kingston, beautiful and accessible just 30 minutes from Edmonds, Poulsbo the proud Scandinavian town also known as “Little Norway on the Fjord”; Port Orchard the county seat and first incorporated city of Kitsap, Home to Differential Energy Global the fast growing high tech light company, Silverdale the growing geographic, commercial center, and home to Silver City Brewery; Or the stunning panoramic mountain and sunset views of Seabeck, Lofall, and Hood Canal Drive.

The 254 nautical miles of affordable waterfront property that defines Kitsap County is never far away.

Location:

All of these places I just mentioned, are located between 30 minutes and no more than 1 hour 45 minutes from down town Seattle. The peninsula is accessible by the largest ferry system in the United States (carrying 22 million passengers in 2014 alone), by car (just 1h 20 minutes to the center of Kitsap), even quicker by personal boat (only taking 20 minutes to arrive in Bremerton vs the 1 hr it takes with the Bremerton ferry), or if you would prefer to take the high road…. the peninsula is serviced by Kenmore Air.

Additional Details:

We also have 28 marinas hidden throughout our many coves. 7 world class golf courses to play rounds on…. and are just over an hour away from the hundreds of miles of trails, camping, and vistas offered by the World Renowned Olympic National Park. The mountains are an unforgettable sight no matter where you are on the peninsula…. But especially when you are kayaking, crabbing, fishing, or shrimping right across from their foothills or if you prefer, enjoying the view with a glass of wine on your private beach.

Buyer Types:

Kitsap attracts many types of people. We see retirees looking to move out of the city, a large population of medical service professionals attending the new state of the art Harrison Hospital in Silverdale (which is set to build yet another building). We see families who are looking for a peaceful, private, environment with highly rated schools to raise their kids.  Young professionals & Entrepreneurs who enjoy the freedom of working from home with high speed internet. And of course Second Home Buyers looking for retreats on the water or stunning acreage at a great value.

Price Point:

We have two markets in Kitsap. Because of its proximity to Seattle (just 30 minutes away) the Bainbridge market enjoys a relatively higher price point than the rest of Kitsap County. The Luxury market qualifies at $1.1million on the island. Where the rest of Kitsap County qualifies at about $725,000. This means that at $725,000 homes offer a similar physical value to those with much higher prices elsewhere.

 

Market Stats:

Last year about 32% of our Luxury sales were second home sales. There were a total of 200 luxury sales in our market (44% of those being waterfront sales).

Now I would like to give you a quick comparison. The average price/sqft of +1mil Waterfront home sales in 2014.

–          King County:                      683 $/sf          

–          Bainbridge Island:             454 $/sf          

–          Kitsap (exclude BI):           322 $/sf          

As you can see, you can find amazing value for your clients in Kitsap County.

 

On a personal note: The Kitsap County Peninsula holds a special place in my heart. I have spent over 3 years traveling outside of the United States to over 25 countries. I have lived as a dive instructor in Thailand, worked for over 5 and a half months in Australia, Hiked 100 miles through the Overland Trek in Tasmania, and Canoed the National Parks in Quebec… yet I always find myself arriving in wonder on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula nestled between the Cascades, Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains… it is one of the most spectacular places in the world.

We encourage you to look just a little bit further, Kitsap has a lot to offer and we guarantee you will find value, beauty and an amazing lifestyle if you just open the door…

Or in this case hop on a ferry!

If you have questions feel free to reach out to Irene Wurden or Myself. We are the second and third generation Brokers in our family and have been working in Kitsap County since 1972. We are happy to share our world with you.

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Posted on June 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm
Irene Wurden | Category: Community, Real Estate | Tagged , , , ,

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