What would it be like to live in a nature reserve, a place where the shoreline is only an arbitrary border for wildlife and mankind alike? Or perhaps an historic seaside town on a beautiful island where mild weather attracts visitors to the ocean to kayak and whale watch or catch sight of eagles soaring above a grove of lush madronas? Or maybe an artists’ colony is more to your liking, or a foodie’s paradise, with the best mussels in the Northwest just a shell’s throw away?
There is something for everyone in Coupeville, and you can have it all – the incredible views, culture and history, recreation and inspiration, all in one small village on Whidbey Island, a long, lush , almost-peninsula in Puget Sound. At the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, twenty-two square miles of state parks, farmlands, beaches and ninety-one buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, you get the charming fishing village with its historic architecture, protected wildlife on land, sea and air, the vast ocean all around, and an active fine arts enclave. Just west of Coupeville is Fort Casey State Park, built in the 1890s, preserving the last fort of its kind in the US. Walk past galleries and studios, catch a whiff of cutting edge Northwest cuisine as you take in the concert series in the town park amphitheatre. The surroundings may have brought you here, but the people – their talents, friendliness and the welcoming atmosphere they foster – will make you long to linger. Coupeville is the second oldest town in the state, and yet still small with only 2,000 residents to its name.
From just under $200,000 upwards of a million dollars, single-family homes are mainly what you find for sale in Coupeville. However, there are also many homesites ready for you to design that perfect bit of Northwest aesthetic, with lots of windows to capture the stunning views. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of orcas chasing down some of the six species of salmon making their way along the coastline, or the ferries and tour boats taking enchanted passengers to Port Townsend or other points north. Whatever ethereal treasure you seek, you’re likely to find it in Coupeville.
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