The Geography of Home: The Call of the Water Doesn't Quiet Down Once Summer is Over

Summer is the season we  typically associate with waterfront living  and this is no different in the central Puget Sound areas, particularly as these regions offer the uniqueness of both lake and sound frontage. The central Puget Sound region comprises waterfront homes in King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties. The tides were rising in 2015 with a 14% increase in the total number of waterfront homes sold during the 4th month of the selling season (June through September) compared to a year earlier.

A thorough report on waterfront market activity, including active listings, solds and values by city and county can be found in RSIR's most recent On the Waterfront.

However, this is perhaps the best time to find the waterfront property, be it on sound or lake, that keeps on tugging at your thoughts. Outside of peak season can  afford you less competition and more affordability not to mention the thrill of discovering a treasure. This is especially true if you consider going a little further south of the Seattle/Bellevue metro neighborhoods. There you will find greater value, less congestion and more chance of finding views that are not compromised. The best kept secrets are in South Puget Sound, if you don't care about daily commuting access to Seattle/Bellevue and they are much more convenient to Sea-Tac airport. There is both a strong sailing and motoring legacy here with numerous marinas and regularly scheduled regattas; the waters are simply more open. With less traffic, fewer bridges and a calmer pace, the waterfront views are often likely to be less encumbered and more expansive, like the one below, which neighbors the historic Brown's Point lighthouse.

Visit to see this stunning example that will make you wonder if this really can be the Pacific Northwest.

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