Island Living...It's Closer than you Think!

Vashon Island is located in King County, Washington, and named for JamesVashon of the Royal Navy in 1792. Vashon was a friend of explorer George Vancouver, who discovered the island. The largest island in Puget Sound, it’s just a short ferry ride from Seattle or the Kitsap Peninsula to the north end ferry dock, and Tacoma from the south. There are no bridges connecting the island to the mainland, preserving the rural character islanders love and protect.

 This unique location—with its combo of proximity to Seattle-Puget Sound area and island solitude with a vibrant community—makes Vashon a very special place. Homes and properties enjoy steady appreciation, in a variety of terrain, architecture, features, and acreage. Residents commute, work on island, or are retired.

Vashon Island and Maury Island together make up 37 square miles of land, including miles of waterfront with mountain views. Waterfront locales abound, counting those on the outer shores of Vashon-Maury, as well as all those lining the large inlet between them. Views of Mt Rainier and the Cascades to the east can be seen from many places, as can the Olympics to the west. Sunrises and sunsets are enjoyed from decks, beaches and hilltops all over what is called simply ‘the island.’

Vashon is the largest island in Puget Sound, approximately the size of Manhatten Island but with only approximately 11,000 residents. 
The island is mostly residential in character and most residents commute to Tacoma and Seattle for employment. 

School children are served by the Vashon Island School District. There is one elementary, middle and high school to educate children from Pre-K through grade 12. Vashon Island High School has been the recipient of the Blue Ribbon award and a Learning Distinction award. Parents rate the school system highly, and that helps keep Vashon Island  real estate appealing to families with school children.

Whether you drive, walk or bike on to the ferry—or sail into the harbor—when you arrive you know you’re someplace all its own, and a world apart.


Events

Perspective residents looking for Vashon Island homes for sale will reveal in the events that take place on the Island. Vashon is also home to a number of events that are sure to delight everyone both young and old. One of the most popular events is the annual Strawberry Festival held each year to pay homage to the many strawberry fields that were once the mainstay of the area. Other events include holiday celebrations, charitable events, concerts and seasonal celebrations.

For more information, visit www.vashonevents.com
Connie Sorensen
Connie Sorensen
REALTOR®