Quilcene, WA

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Life in Quilcene: Peaceful Tranquility By the Bay

Nestled into a pristine bay, the unincorporated community of Quilcene offers a quiet lifestyle on the eastern edge of the Olympic Mountains. Take in the still waters, wander among the forest, harvest some oysters, and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes with a population of less than 600. A perfect spot to retire, particularly if you enjoy easy access to the outdoors.

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Custom Homes in Quilcene

Quilcene’s more remote location means potential for larger, more affordable lots, mostly forested, and some with mountain and water views. Building here comes with fewer zoning restrictions, along with more privacy and less traffic, but also added expense for well and septic. Estes Builders can help you navigate local permitting and understanding any extra costs with preparing your property to build.

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Here are just a few of the highlights of owning a home in Quilcene:

  • Shellfish heaven: Oysters are such a big part of life in this area that both Quilcene Bay and nearby Dabob Bay have their own named oysters. Don’t want to shuck them yourself? Enjoy some close to home at 101 Brewery or head 30 minutes down the road to Hama Hama Oysters.
  • Hiker’s paradise: In the shadows of the Olympics, it’s no surprise that hiking opportunities abound close by and a short drive away. Hike up to the top of Mt. Walker for sweeping views to Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Baker, meander among numerous bridges in Dosewallips State Park in nearby Brinnon, or breathe in the moss and fog along the Lower Quilcene River.
    Waterfall watch: Enjoy the cascading spectacles of Falls View, Murhut Falls, and Rocky Brook Falls.
  • Dive right in: The waters of the Hood Canal are ideal for SCUBA diving with plenty of sea life in view. Check out nearby dive sites.
  • Cars & carving: Quilcene’s Festival Weekend in September includes a car show, chainsaw carving, entertainment, and food. Many other small towns along this stretch of the Hood Canal also host frequent music and community events to keep you entertained.


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