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There’s no place in the world quite like the Kitsap Peninsula. While it’s only a couple hours from Seattle – home of giant companies like Starbucks and Amazon – it couldn’t be any more different. In this part of Washington, you’re never far from a beautiful view of the Puget Sound or the Olympic Mountains, and wildlife surrounds you wherever you go.
The community of Indianola offers all of this and more. Located right on Port Madison, a little more than 3,500 residents love calling this area home for its small-town feel, natural settings, and all of the fun activities unique to the Kitsap Peninsula.
Like much of Kitsap County, Indianola has enjoyed a reasonably stable economy over the past decade, even while other parts of the country struggled. Since last year, Indianola’s job market has increased by 1%. Over the next ten years, it’s expected to grow by another 36.5%, which is higher than the national average of 33.5%.
The median household income here also beats out the national average by a significant amount: $65,875 compared to $53,482.
Most residents here work in the following industries:
This includes residents who work within the city limits and those who commute to the surrounding cities for their jobs. Many only live in Indianola for part of the year, too. They keep homes here to enjoy the incredible beach weather that comes every summer.
Indianola belongs to the North Kitsap School District, which comprises ten schools and serves nearly 6,000 students from 7 different communities. The schools in this district are:
Elementary Schools (Pre-K – 5)
Middle Schools (6 – 8)
High Schools (9 - 12)
Although there aren’t any private schools in Indianola, there are a couple of options in the surrounding area, including:
All of these schools are within a 30-minute drive of Indianola.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a bite to eat in town, head over to the Indianola County Store, it’s been a part of the Indianola community for more than 90 years. Their deli is an excellent place for sandwiches, and the connected coffee shop carries everything from your standard brew to shots of espresso.
This store is also where you can find all of your groceries, including fresh produce.
During the summer months, head to the Bud Merrill Pavilion on Saturdays for Indianola’s farmer’s market, another excellent option for locally sourced produce that’s as fresh as possible. Nearby Poulsbo and Kingston have farmer’s markets you can visit, as well,
There’s also the unique Persephone Farm, which is part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement. Since 1991, “subscribers” have paid a fee in return for a season’s worth of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. They can also choose additional offerings from other local producers. People from all over Kitsap County participate in this popular service, and there are even days when the farm is open for events, so you can see where the farmers do all of their fantastic work.
Indianola is not known for its buzzing shopping district or even an abundance of stores. For any shopping needs they can’t meet in town, though, residents can quickly drive to Kingston, Suquamish, and Poulsbo. For anything else, locals only have to drive 15 minutes to the Port of Kingston to take a ferry ride across the Sound to Seattle.
That said, Indianola still offers plenty to do. The local activity center regularly holds events. It features party rooms, meeting rooms, a full kitchen, conference room, computer lab, and much more.
The Suquamish Museum is a fantastic cultural location that every resident should visit at least once. Located just 15 minutes south in Suquamish, the museum tells the story of the tribe that has lived on this land since before recorded history. As Indianola is located on the Port Madison Native Reservation, there are also numerous opportunities throughout the year to learn about the Suquamish Tribe’s history and culture.
You also won’t want to miss the Indianola Days festival. You can enjoy a salmon bake, games for kids, a sand-castle building contest, fun run, and even a talent show. Many residents also attend Kingston’s Annual Arts Festival, which has been going strong for 60 years.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet your neighbors and spend some time outdoors, there’s the Indianola Beach Improvement Club. The group is dedicated to preserving their community’s natural beauty. Their monthly publication, The Breeze, is also a great resource about fun events being held in Indianola throughout the year. If you’re thinking about moving here, it’s worth checking out a few issues to see just how much there is to do here.
Take a quick trip up to Kingston, and you’ll find White Horse Golf Club. This 18-hole course is surrounded by cedar, fir, and pine trees, making for a gorgeous backdrop. You’ll most likely cross paths with some of the local wildlife, too.
Indianola is only about five square miles, which means almost everything is within walking distance. So, while it doesn’t hurt to own a car, you’ll probably find you can often walk to wherever you need to go when the weather is beautiful.
The Indianola pier is a fun site to visit and probably the most well-known in town. Originally built back in 1916, this pier was used for the Mosquito Fleet, privately-owned ferries that would transport people across the Puget Sound.
Though the fleet no longer exists, the dock still stands, stretching 900 feet from the coast. Over the years, it has been structurally reinforced to support the many locals and visitors who walk down it for amazing panoramic views, swimming, fishing, and even stargazing at night.
In fact, because of Indianola’s location right on the water and its complete lack of “light pollution,” it’s probably the best place in all of Kitsap County to enjoy the Pacific Northwest’s legendary celestial landscape.
Speaking of the coastline, it should come as no surprise that residents of Indianola love taking advantage of their proximity to the Puget Sound. There’s almost no bad location to access the water from, but most choose to do so at the Port of Indianola. During the summer, you’ll see crowds congregate here to swim, fish, explore tidal pools, go crabbing, or relax. The port also allows owners to dock their boats overnight, so people come to the area from all over the peninsula.
However, most boaters prefer Port Madison. It’s located in a deep-water bay that stretches down to Bainbridge Island, which makes it perfect for all kinds of crafts.
The bay is also home to the Port Madison Yacht Club, which offers opportunities to meet other boat enthusiasts, rent from a broad array of vessels, and even learn how to sail if you’re a novice. Those who are already experienced can also participate in local races. While it’s located on Bainbridge Island, it’s only a 20-minute drive from Indianola thanks to the Agate Passenger Bridge.
Many residents here in Indianola indulge their love of the water by kayaking. You can head either north or south from town for some fantastic kayaking trails, whether you want to stay close to shore, head into one of the nearby bays, or explore the deeper waters.
Finally, if you feel like keeping dry but still want to want to be in a natural setting, head up to North Kitsap Heritage Park in Kingston. There, you’ll find almost 800 acres of trails and old logging roads to hike. It’s an excellent place for people who enjoy relaxing walks surrounded by tall trees, flowers, and wildlife.
There is generally a large selection of Indianola homes for sale throughout the year. This includes larger homes meant for families, as well as seasonal houses and cabins. Many people choose these smaller houses for an escape from the hustle-and-bustle of Seattle, while others pick them for their retirement homes.
However, there are usually just as many open lots for sale. As with the homes here, the available lots include a diverse selection. They come in all different sizes, both inland and near the coast. This makes Indianola a fantastic place for those thinking about building. There’s most likely an available lot that would be perfect for whatever you have in mind.
So, if you love the idea of being near the Puget Sound and never lacking for reasons to get outside and enjoy Washington’s natural surroundings, rest assured that there is a house or lot in Indianola that can give you all this and more.
As a real-estate agent with more than 15 years of experience working in Kitsap County, I love showing people around the beautiful community of Indianola. For a smaller town, it is packed with reasons to love living here.
My familiarity with the area also makes it easier for me to find houses or lots that suit my clients’ unique preferences. This saves time and ensures you never have to worry about missing out on the perfect spot.
If you’d like my help exploring all that Indianola has to offer, or you have some questions before your house-hunting begins, please feel free to contact me at 425-495-0394 or via email.
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