The Crossroads of Skagit Valley is an apt name for the town of Burlington, Washington. With Mount Baker at its back, Puget Sound to the west, and the spread of rich agricultural land surrounding it, Burlington could have remained merely a transit point in a larger road trip. However, nearly 9,000 people call it home, and for good reason. Burlington is the largest and fastest growing business community in Skagit County, the midpoint between Seattle to the south and Vancouver, British Columbia to the north. It is also at the intersection of Highway 20 – a passageway to the Cascades to the east and shoreline communities to the west, with ferries that can take you all around the Sound – and Chuckanut Highway, a rambling route through the fertile farmlands down to the ocean and a cliff-hugging trip south.
If you were just passing through from the I-5 Freeway, you might assume that Burlington would be a great stop to go shopping. Several shopping malls, with anchor stores such as Costco and Ross, and an outlet mall pepper the east side of the freeway. But if you proceed north, you discover a delightful historic district centered on Fairhaven Avenue, which had constituted the original business district of Burlington. Nowadays the annual Berry Dairy Days festival each June attracts all of the residents and then some to the quaint old buildings and shops of the old downtown. A parade, carnival, salmon barbeque and the construction of the world’s largest shortcake celebrate the bounty of the region. At the other end of the growing season, the Fall Festival and Pumpkin Pitch cap off the summer in style, with trebuchets merrily flinging the orange squash.
But the rest of the year, Burlington continues to support and entertain its residents. Some of the best youth sports fields in the state are here, as well as a new library and city hall. Good schools, a golf course with panoramic views, and plenty of recreation available via the nearby Skagit River, North Cascades National Park, and Deception Pass State Park keep the locals active. Camping, fishing, all types of boating activities and water sports, as well as float trips for eagle observation, are all at your fingertips when you live in Skagit County.
And for all that you are getting here, housing in Burlington is very affordable. A starter home might be priced in the $100,000s, but you can also get a beautiful executive-class home with stunning views for less than $800,000. Condos and townhomes, as well as apartment buildings, dot the area, and you can start from scratch with a lot and create your own private palace, farm or ranch. Come to the Crossroads of Skagit Valley, and build your vibrant future in Burlington.
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