Life in North Kitsap

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Kitsap County, Washington, is truly unique. Made up of a large peninsula and an island, North Kitsap County is firmly in the heart of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, with water influencing nearly every aspect of life, from work to play to simply getting around. North Kitsap County, made up of Bainbridge IslandKingston, and Poulsbo, offers some of the best features unique to the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by water and a short drive to mountains and trails, this part of the county has access to nearly any outdoor activity. Yet multiple ferries keep Seattle within easy reach. If you’re seeking a small-town feel that isn’t short on activities and lifestyle, North Kitsap County is the place to build.


Places to Live in North Kitsap County

  • Bainbridge Island: Though it feels and lives like a small rural town, Bainbridge Island is home to nearly 25,000 residents. “Island time” is a real lifestyle here, whether you’re in retirement or making a daily 35-minute ferry commute to downtown Seattle. Enjoy numerous on-island trails, plenty of beach access, local farms and goods, and lots of family-friendly activities. Learn about building a home on Bainbridge Island here.


  • Poulsbo: Known affectionately as “Little Norway,” Poulsbo embraces its Scandinavian roots, from its giant Viking welcome statue to its village-like historic downtown. This small town of 12,000 blends bay and Olympic views, and offers plenty of options for walking, biking, and kayaking. There’s lots to choose from when it comes to retail and restaurants—whether you like mom-and-pop shops or need a chain store experience—as well as property and home types. Learn about building a home in Poulsbo here.


  • Kingston: With both a passenger-only ferry and a car ferry serving its shores, Kingston is a short trip to the east side of Puget Sound, yet maintains a cherished off-the-beaten-path feel. It’s a main route to points West, including Port Townsend and the Olympics. Enjoy the small-town vibes of locally owned eateries and shops. Properties here include secluded wooded lots or waterfront parcels with views of the Cascades. Learn about building a home in Kingston here.


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