Homes for Sale in Manchester

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Manchester, WA Community 


Right on the coast of the Puget Sound in southeast Kitsap County, you’ll find beautiful Manchester, Washington. 

The small town’s proximity to bigger cities ensures that locals are never far from plenty of shopping and dining options. At the same time, they enjoy all of the advantages of living among the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest within a community that loves making the most of this charming town. 

The Manchester Economy


The economy in Manchester has kept pace with the rest of Kitsap County. Over the last year, its job market has grown by 1%, and it’s expected to continue by another 36.5% during the next decade. This is even more impressive when you consider that the rest of the country is looking at an average job growth of only 33.5%.

On average, residents here make $31,989, though the median household income is $67,241. Again, this compares very favorably when you look at the averages for the rest of the nation, just $28,555 and $53,482, respectively. 

Most residents work in the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Educational Services
  • Public Administration

As Manchester is a relatively small town of only about 5,000 residents on 6 square miles, the majority of locals commute elsewhere in Kitsap County for work. 

The Manchester School District


Manchester is part of the South Kitsap County school district, which is made up of 14 different schools:

Elementary Schools

  • Burley Glenwood Elementary 
  • East Port Orchard Elementary 
  • Hidden Creek Elementary 
  • Manchester Elementary 
  • Mullenix Ridge Elementary (including Pre-K) 
  • Olalla Elementary 
  • Orchard Heights Elementary 
  • Sidney Glen Elementary 
  • South Colby Elementary 
  • Sunnyslope Elementary 

Middle Schools (7 – 9) 

  • Cedar Heights Middle School
  • John Sedgwick Middle School 
  • Marcus Whitman Middle School

High School

  • South Kitsap High School

There are also two alternative schools in the district. 

Explorer Academy is a hybrid school for children of all ages, offering both online and classroom courses. Parents handle the majority of the curriculum with support from consulting teachers.

Discovery Alternative High School serves students in grades 9 – 12. They offer mostly classroom education but still incorporate online courses and learning from home.

The nearest private school is in Port Orchard. Bethany Lutheran School offers kindergarten to eighth grade and has an extended care program.

Otherwise, most of the nearest private schools are in Bremerton. Each of these is about 30 minutes away from Manchester: 

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic School (K – 8)
  • Crosspoint Academy (K – 12)
  • Christ the King Lutheran School (Pre-K – 8)

Dining and Shopping in Manchester


As a resident of Manchester, you’ll most likely visit the Manchester Family Inn regularly. This restaurant has been a fixture here for more than 30 years and frequently hosts events for the entire community. 

While it looks like a traditional roadside café, the restaurant went through a complete remodel in 2014 and features an intimate dining room, lunch counter, and a lounge area with a bar and wood-burning fireplace.

The menu here includes everything from eight different burgers to seafood to an impressive list of wines and beer.

The other restaurant in town is Manchester Pub. While it advertises itself as a “biker friendly/biker owned company,” everyone is welcome. There is regular live music, free pool on Sundays with open mic nights in the evening, and great deals throughout the entire week. It’s worth checking out to enjoy a refreshing drink on the patio during the summer months when you can easily see Downtown Seattle across the Sound.

Manchester is also just a short drive away from Port Orchard, which has about twice the population and also offers two Mexican restaurants, a Korean restaurant, American-style diners, a brewery, and many other eateries. Bremerton is just about 30- 40 minutes away and, with almost 40,000 people calling it home, offers an even more excellent selection of restaurants and bars.  

Of course, as great as the restaurants are, many residents will tell you that you have to take a boat to find the best food in Manchester. Crabbing is a popular hobby here because so many crabs call the nearby water home. The local population even includes the highly valued and delicious Dungeness crab.

The season starts on July 1st with a two-day opener. People come from all over Kitsap County to participate. After the opener, crabbing is allowed Thursdays through Mondays until Labor Day weekend. Throughout crabbing season, you’ll see red-and-white buoys dotting the water, signaling that traps are located below.

Shellfishing is also extremely popular in these parts. The unique climate of Puget Sound makes it one of the best habitats in the entire world for these little creatures. Manchester’s coastline gives excellent access to shellfish, as well as oysters, clams, mussels, and geoducks. 

When you need actual groceries, your closest options will be in Port Orchard, but again, it’s not a long drive.

PJ’s Market has grown from a liquor store to a grocery store that sources fresh food from all around Kitsap County. They have partnerships with Macrina Bread, Minders Meats, and Theo’s Chocolates, to name a few. The store makes it easy for residents of Manchester to enjoy a massive selection without having to go very far.

The store is also one of the best places in Kitsap County if you love craft beers. Aside from their standard inventory, they also regularly introduce brews from all over the country. You can even order them online and have your favorite beers shipped to your house in Manchester.

You’ll also find an Albertsons in Port Orchard for everything else you may need. The grocery store includes a Starbucks, Fed Ex drop off and pick up location, a US Bank, and much more.

The same goes for shopping. While there are some stores in Manchester, most locals travel to the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale when they need a more extensive selection or even take a ferry across the Sound to Seattle.

Having Fun in Manchester


The Kitsap Regional Library serves as a multifunctional building. Aside from its role as a library, it also hosts numerous communal events. For example, every Father’s Day, the city sponsors the Manchester Salmon Bake here.

In August, residents come together for the Manchester Annual Festival. Usually held on the first weekend of the month, it features live music, food, a market full of local goods, and plenty of fun activities for all ages. The proceeds from the event go to help improve this beautiful town even further.

Though Manchester is a small town, residents are never far from Kitsap Transit Foot Ferries. There are docks in Port Orchard, Annapolis, and Bremerton. These take residents to docks for larger ferries that go to Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Southworth Ferry is also just 20 minutes away and takes passengers straight across the Sound to Fauntleroy. 

So, residents are never without a multitude of ways to spend their days no matter what kinds of activities they prefer. 

Parks and Recreation in Manchester


Given its location, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Manchester is a paradise for boaters. The city has a public boat launch that’s perfect for getting in and out of the water, though you can’t park there overnight. 

Boaters who live here enjoy not just easy access to the Puget Sound but so many other great destinations, too. Blake Island is just a quick trip from the coast of Manchester. You can also head down along Vashon Island or explore the bays and inlets to the north. 

There is a Christmas boat parade held every December featuring vessels from a few different South Kitsap County yacht clubs. As Manchester is located right on the Rich Passage of the Puget Sound, you will continuously see boat traffic from the coast throughout the year, as well. This includes ships going to and from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. 

Kayaking off the coast is also a lot of fun. It’s easy to launch right from the beach. Once you’re in the water, you can head out into the Sound or paddle along the coast. Either way, you’ll enjoy plenty of exercise and incredible views. As Manchester is located right on the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, it’s a popular destination for kayakers from all over the area. Many stop in town for a bite to eat before getting back on the water, but others will camp out before continuing their trips in the morning. 

Residents enjoy plenty of activities on land, as well. For example, the town is home to many bike paths. Many lead out of the community, making them a great way to explore the surrounding area while getting a bit of exercise.

There’s also Pomeroy Park, a fun place to enjoy the weather and other outdoor activities. It features public restrooms and picnic benches, so it’s easy to spend an entire day there with friends and family. The park also includes a fishing dock and access to the beach along the marina. 

If you keep going north from Pomeroy Park, you’ll come to Manchester State Park, another fantastic place to relax while enjoying the weather here. Among other things, the park is home to three National Historical Monuments built during World War I and II. There are a former mining-casement building, a Navy fire-fighting station and fuel-supply depot, and a torpedo warehouse that was turned into an officer’s club but is now a picnic shelter and popular venue for weddings.

No matter how long you live in Manchester, you’ll probably never grow tired of beachcombing. Manchester State Park’s nearly 3,400 feet of shoreline is excellent for exploring the native wildlife. On any given day, you could come across crabs, starfish, birds, seals, sea lions, and so much more. The tidal pools always play host to a broad array of different animals, too.

There are even regular Manchester State Park Harbor Wildwatch Beach Explorations led by local naturalists. Held during low tide, these tours can last for 60 to 90 minutes but are entirely free. 

Homes for Sale in Manchester


Houses for sale in Manchester, Washington tend to move very quickly. For one thing, there aren’t that many on the market at any one time because of the town’s size. For another, this is such a fun place to live, that when a house does hit the market, buyers tend to make offers right away.

Still, if your dream is to live in Manchester, you won’t be disappointed if you keep your eye on the market. 

Most homes here are two or three bedrooms with one or two bathrooms. Many offer incredible views of the Sound, but all of them come with the benefits of living among the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the fantastic community that calls Manchester home.

Looking for a Home in Manchester?


Living in Manchester, Washington means you’ll never be bored. Every week, you’ll enjoy new opportunities to take in the natural surroundings and spend time doing fun activities with your neighbors. 

For more than 15 years, I’ve helped people move here and do exactly that. My experience with the area means I can quickly help you find the perfect home no matter what you’re looking for.

Whether you’re ready to get started right away or you have some questions first, feel free to give me a call at 425-495-0394, or drop me an email.  

I can’t wait to introduce you to all of the charms of Manchester.

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