Jefferson County is large in area, yet is primarily made up of the southern portion of Olympic National Park. On its east side, however, are some of the Olympic Peninsula’s most unique waterfront communities, including Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, and Marrowstone Island. This area of the county is ideally located for home buyers who want to be away from city and suburb life yet not too far from amenities. A short drive to the south reaches the more bustling Kitsap Peninsula and ferries to Seattle, or head west to the heart of Olympic National Park, Lake Crescent, and coastal beaches.
Places to Live in Jefferson County
- Port Townsend: The county seat and economic hub of Jefferson County oozes Victorian charm, with a quaint downtown filled with historic homes, fun shops, and waterfront dining. Beachcombing is easy here, and Whidbey Island and points north are a ferry ride away. There’s also plenty to do, with many festivals and events, a thriving art community, and bustling farmer’s market. Learn more about building a home in Port Townsend here.
- Port Ludlow: This small enclave of fewer than 3,000 is nestled by the water just off SR 19, providing for an exclusive, cozy vibe. It boasts a marina, resort, and more than 30 miles of trails. The active community is a tolerable commute to jobs to the south and east. Learn more about building a home in Port Ludlow here.
- Chimacum: While most of the towns in eastern Jefferson County border the water, Chimacum is an inland gem surrounded by thriving agriculture. Its central location is perfect for accessing outdoor activities of all kinds, while staying close to employment opportunities to the north and south. Learn more about building a home in Chimacum here.
- Quilcene: One of the few towns in southern Jefferson county, this blink-and-you-miss-it area is gently sandwiched between the national park to the west and Dabob Bay to the east. It’s the perfect spot for those seeking a quiet, off-the-beaten path property, especially if you want easy access to all the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Learn more about building a home in Quilcene here.
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