Anacortes, Washington is a beautiful area with so much to offer it’s hard to mention it all in one place. In this article we’ll look at what makes Anacortes a wonderful place to live. Also, we’ll look at key points to consider when selecting an area to live in Anacortes or the surrounding area.
Anacortes is in Skagit County about 80 miles from Seattle and has a population of approximately 16,000 people. The area is known for being the location where the state ferries serve travelers heading to the San Juan Island Archipelago and British Columbia. The town was officially incorporated in 1891 and was named for Annie Curtis Bowman.
Anacortes has a wide variety of activities available. Including numerous hiking trails, parks, kayaking, whale watching, boating, fishing, sailing and more. The weather in the area is mild due to being in the Olympic Mountain rain shadow which makes outdoor activities an attractive option for much of the year. It gets about half the rain of Seattle each year.
Anacortes Waterfront Real Estate
Waterfront homes in Anacortes are numerous. The western side of Fidalgo Island has some of the most amazing sunsets anywhere. Skyline is an example of one of the more well-known neighborhood locations with some of the best views of those sunsets. Many of the homes are set up on a hill providing fantastic water and island views. On the North side there are many homes facing the Guemes Channel with views of Guemes Island.
A wide variety of homes are for sale in Anacortes at any given time. Prices vary widely from a few hundred thousand dollars to some multi-million dollar waterfront homes. Whatever you are looking for, you can find on Fidalgo Island. Waterfront views, homes close to great schools or equestrian properties are all available in the area. If your ideal lifestyle is to wake up in the morning and walk out onto a rocky beach, we can find that for you here in the area. If your ideal day is to walk out of your home and right into town a few blocks away and have lunch at a quaint café while seeing people you know from around town, we can find that for you. Or if your ideal day is to wake up and walk out of your home right onto a forest trail where you can enjoy a refreshing hike and see all the natural beauty of the area then we have that too. The selection is wide, but time is limited because homes don’t stay on the market for long on the island. But the hunt will be worth it when you are living in your dream home. The Mayo Home Team will make sure you get there.
There are many different neighborhoods in Anacortes and the surrounding area. Some of them are listed below. If you have any questions on any of these neighborhoods, please contact us for help. The Mayo Home Team can help you weigh the pros and cons of any of these areas to determine if they are a fit for you. Factors you may want to consider when selecting a neighborhood to live in will include access to services, proximity to the school you prefer if you have children, commute times if you work off the island and much more. Here are some of the neighborhoods you may encounter in your real estate journey.
- Cap Sante
- Biz Point
- Campbell Lake
- Cranberry Heights
- Del Mar
- Dewey Beach
- Fidalgo Bay
- Similk Beach
- Guemes Island
- Island View
- Marine Heights
- Old Town
- Sinclair Island
- Sunset Cove
- The Pointe
Let’s look at one of these neighborhoods. Skyline is an old neighborhood in Anacortes and known to most everyone who has lived in a town for any length of time. Pros of living in Skyline would include possible views and a marina right in the neighborhood. Many of the residents can just walk right out of their home to their boat in the marina. Skyline is also very close to Washington Park. Washington Park is a 220-acre city park that offers camping, boat launch, day-use picnic sites and a popular sandy beach area with a playground. There is also a scenic loop road that offers a changing array of spectacular views. Many people walk the loop road daily for exercise. One con of living in Skyline would be that it is on the Western side of the island and can add a significant amount of time to your commute if you work in another city in Skagit County such as Burlington or Mt Vernon. Another possible con of living in Skyline would be potentially running into ferry traffic on your way to town. This becomes a consideration when popping into town to pick up groceries. It’s just one of those factors you have to weigh when selecting a neighborhood to live in on the Island. If you would like a report of all the pros and cons you should factor in for any neighborhood you are considering, give us a call at The Mayo Home Team and we’ll be happy to provide an in depth look at any area you might have in mind.
Another Thing That Makes Anacortes Great: Art!
Anacortes is a community that appreciates the arts. The community bonds around arts of any kind. For more than 50 Years the Anacortes Arts Festival has brought people together to celebrate and support the arts. The festival brings visitors from all over to the world, it is widely supported by local community businesses and enthusiastically attended by residents. The community offers diverse and thriving arts organizations with artistic endeavors in music, theatre, visual and literary arts. The city showcases a variety of public art in locations ranging from city streets and buildings, to waterfront settings, forest lands and parks.
Here are a few options to explore for art in the Anacortes area.
Anacortes Arts & Crafts Festival
The Heart of Anacortes
Outdoor concerts, art exhibits & more
Anacortes Arts Commission
City arts organization fostering engagement in the arts for all citizens
Enjoy an online collection of more than 20,000 photographs including the Anacortes Mural Project
Anacortes Community Theatre
Year round live dramatic and comedy theater
Vela Luka Dance Ensemble
Music and dance celebrating Croatian heritage
Dance classes and performance for youth and adults
Jazz at the Library
Anacortes Public Library’s extensive collection of jazz CDs & literature for streaming or loan, scheduled jazz & blues programming
Monthly meetings offering education and exhibition for photographers
First Friday Gallery Walk
Monthly Friday evening event showcasing local and regional artists in various locations
Selling a Home in Anacortes
If you are planning to sell your Anacortes or outlining Fidalgo Island Home, then you may want to consider a few points. While it is possible to sell your home on your own, working with a Realtor will make the process easier and likely result in a faster sale. Today’s real estate shopping process is largely done online and having a realtor with a strong web presence and understanding of digital marketing in the local real estate space is key to finding the right buyer quickly. Once the right buyer is found, your agent can help you negotiate and guide you safely through any potential pitfalls that can occur during the home selling process. The market in Anacortes is tight and there are typically lots of buyers. A good realtor will help you get the best price for your home and understand which buyers are perfect for you. A well connected real estate agent will likely have quick access to the right buyer for your home as well.
Tips for Buying a Home in Anacortes
While buying a home in Anacortes is roughly the same process as buying real estate in other geographic locations, there are some tips that are unique to the area that can help you find what you are looking for and help you get a good deal in the process. The market on the island is typically competitive so it is important to keep that in mind from the start. You will want to make a decision quickly once you find the right home for you, so it helps to understand and be clear on certain points before you find the home of your dreams. Doing so will help you decide without hesitations. Points such as a narrow list of areas or neighborhoods that you would like to live in. Being clear on what factors in your dream home are must haves and which ones are “nice to haves” will help you be ready to make tough decisions when the time comes as well. Since the market is competitive you will want to be pre-approved for a mortgage and understand exactly how much you can spend. That way you will go into any negotiating situation completely understanding what you can do and how much you are willing to flex in order to get your dream home. A good Realtor has a list of resources and lenders are at the top of their list. Your Mayo Home Team Realtor will put you in touch with a local lender that will get you to the closing table.
The Mayo Home Team is a family business and we are here to help you find the home of your dreams. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or ready to settle down in a retirement home or looking to sell your current home we can help you. We can help you achieve your financial goals through real estate investing as well. Find all island homes for sale with The Mayo Home Team! With experienced Realtors on your team you will have the leverage and resources applied to your home buying or selling process.