Imagine heavenly lakefront living all year round in this charming & cozy cottage on Bear Lake.Fish from your own private dock,go swimming, row your boat around the lake, ...
Listing courtesy of Windermere R.E. Port Orchard.
Move-in ready, one-level living that should not be missed! This beautiful home has everything you've been searching for, with spacious formal living and family rooms, and...
Listing courtesy of SKP.
Attention homebuilders! This is a square shaped level property that is located just north of Olympic Fitness Center. Currently zoned UL (5-9 dwellings per acre) within ...
Listing courtesy of G Anderson Group LLC.
Beautiful Port Orchard rambler in a quiet and friendly neighborhood. Its many features includes 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, large family room with wood stove, fireplace,...
Listing courtesy of Windermere Chambers Bay.
Imagine your own turn of the Century finely appointed home boasting a wrap-around deck that you can enjoy warm summer evenings viewing panoramic views of Sinclair Inlet, ...
Listing courtesy of Century 21 Northwest.
This beautifully maintained and cared for 4 bed Craftsman home is the secret to getting away from the noise and the everyday hustle. Parkland Green is close to the freewa...
Listing courtesy of Windermere Professional Prtnrs.
Great Opportunity to own a New Construction Home In East Port Orchard. Completed Home that features 1845 sq ft with 3 bedrooms 2.5 bath. Kitchen opens into family room. T...
Listing courtesy of Windermere R E/Lake Tapps, Inc.
Tranquil retreat on a private lake w/ spectacular views, 79 ft of relaxing no care in the world secluded waterfront! A piece of NW Paradise w/ a new 1404 sq ft home. L...
Listing courtesy of The Ron Turner RE Group Inc.
Views for days! This adorable craftsman style home offers a grand owners suite that boasts an oversized, extra deep jetted tub, 5' shower w/ dual shower heads, and dual v...
Listing courtesy of John L. Scott Belfair.
Enjoy yesteryear w/charming 1920 home nestled on a large corner lot. Room for garden/play area. Home has had lots of updates for today's lifestyle! 4 BR* Large LR * Spaci...
Listing courtesy of John L. Scott, Inc..
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Port Orchard is one of the most popular cities in all of Kitsap County. Named for the strait that runs from Sinclair Inlet up to Liberty Bay, Port Orchard is also one of the larger cities in this part of Washington, with a population of around 15,000.
It’s not hard to see why so many people love calling this place home. Aside from the incredible coastline and scenic surroundings, Port Orchard offers residents a number of ways to enjoy themselves throughout the year.
Porch Orchard has a very healthy economy. It has remained relatively stable over the past 10 years, even when economic problems caused issues in other parts of the country.
During the last year, the job market here grew by 1% and is expected to continue improving by an impressive 36.5% over the next decade. That’s especially exciting when you consider that it’s only expected to improve by 33.5% for the rest of the U.S.
Among other things, Port Orchard’s economy benefits from the fact that it’s such a large city here in Kitsap County. Local businesses are bolstered by tourism throughout the year, but residents from nearby towns regularly visit and spend money here, too.
At the same time, living in Port Orchard doesn’t require working here, so many residents commute elsewhere for their jobs.
The most common careers in this city are related to:
The average annual income for residents here is $27,877. Although that’s just below the national average of $28,555, this is most likely because of how many retirees here work part-time or do seasonal jobs. That’s why the median household income jumps up to $55,521, beating the nationwide average of $53,482.
Port Orchard is a member of the South Kitsap County school district which is made up of 14 schools in total:
Middle Schools (7 – 9)
Port Orchard is also home to three private schools:
There are a few other options in nearby Bremerton, too.
Many residents will tell you that it’s worth living in Port Orchard just for the food. Though there are amazing restaurants all over the Kitsap Peninsula, Port Orchard might boast more of them than any other city.
It probably goes without saying that you won’t have any trouble finding amazing seafood here. Blue Ocean Fish & Chips and The Dock Bar & Eatery are just two examples of restaurants with awesome menus packed with fresh seafood. Mana Sushi & Teriyaki Wok has fantastic seafood, as well, and is a great example of why this part of the country has become renowned for its sushi.
There’s plenty of other dining experiences to enjoy in Port Orchard, too. Like most residents here, you’ll probably take regular trips to That One Place. The atmosphere is laidback and relaxed, but the restaurant’s incredible menu was clearly put together with lots of thought and care. They’re known for their handcrafted burgers, which are made with 100% grass-fed beef. The rest of their offerings are made with all-natural ingredients, too, and there’s no better way to wash down your order than with a hand-dipped milkshake.
If you love Thai food, you won’t be far from some amazing establishments over in Seattle. Fortunately, you don’t have to take the ferry every time you need your fix. Many aficionados of this cuisine will tell you that Thai Charlie’s Restaurant actually offers the best menu in all of Washington. From their fish cakes to their duck curry to their selection of stir-fried noodles, you’ll have no problem satisfying your need for Thai food.
When the game’s on, head to Everybody’s American Cookhouse & Sports Theater for great bar food and a screen that extends almost 15 feet from floor to ceiling. The founders visited more than 100 different sports bars all up and down the West Coast before designing their perfect version and it shows.
If you love craft beers, you’ll have five different distilleries in Port Orchard to quench your thirst:
There are dozens more in the surrounding areas.
Most residents of Port Orchard do their grocery shopping at Port Orchard Public Market, Fred Meyer, or Albertsons. Just about everything else you need is at the local Walmart Supercenter.
There’s also the farmers market, which is held right on the waterfront. Every Saturday from spring until fall, you’ll find a wide selection of locally sourced produce and other goods.
For some truly one-of-a-kind shopping, look no further than Bay Street. Just a block from the marina, park, and ferry dock, Bay Street is home to a number of antique shops and stores full of unique repurposed creations you won’t find anywhere else.
Bremerton is only about a 15-minute drive away and is another big city with lots of fun shops and stores. Otherwise, it’s just about an hour to drive down Highway 16, cross over into Tacoma, and then up into Seattle, or you can opt for the ferry, which takes about the same amount of time. The Emerald City is full of countless ways to have to enjoy yourself, including CenturyLink Field, T-Mobile Park, and Memorial Stadium.
Port Orchard’s history goes all the way back to 1854 when William Renton and Daniel Howard settled it to build a sawmill. There are reminders of this history throughout the city. Once in town, you’ll immediately notice some of the older buildings and references to a time when this city was little more than a reliable source of lumber.
You can learn all about the city’s past thanks to The Sidney Museum and Arts Association, a nonprofit organization that has preserved local history and promoted the arts in this region since 1970.
They have done a phenomenal job.
The association runs The Sidney Museum. Located inside the Sidney Gallery building – which itself is more than 100 years old – the quaint little museum features everything from old photographs of the city to actual objects owned by some of the original inhabitants. New exhibits are on display throughout the year, so it’s always worth returning to learn more about the Pacific Northwest of yesteryear.
Another mandatory stop for anyone wishing to improve their sense of this city’s history is The Log Cabin Museum. It’s a recreation of what the living quarters of an “Orchard family” would have looked like 100+ years ago and what their daily lives would have entailed.
Throughout the year, the Bay Street area hosts festivals, events, and plenty of other ways to have a good time with friends and family.
Port Orchard is full of parks, so it’s the perfect place for people who enjoy getting outdoors and being active. This is also why it’s such a great city for raising kids. Even if you don’t have a large yard, you’re never far from a park where they can run around to their heart’s content.
South Kitsap Regional Park is easily among the best in the region. It features baseball fields, picnic areas, walking trails, and even one of the biggest skateparks in the area. It’s a fun place for getting exercise, holding playdates, or simply enjoying the nice weather.
Howe Farm Park is another good option for stretching your legs. At 83 acres, the park offers miles of walking trails. It’s also a popular place for dog owners who want to let their four-legged friends off the leash. Like so many parts of this city, the park features examples of both the Pacific Northwest’s incredible natural beauty and fascinating past. There are berry and rose bushes, as well as a picturesque pond. At the same time, there are still two barns that were originally constructed during the earlier part of the 20th century. They have been restored so that they look just like they did back when they were first built.
Given Port Orchard’s enviable location on the Puget Sound, it’s not surprising that the city is especially popular among boaters. Guest moorage is available at the Port Orchard Marina, so during the nicer months, people will visit the city by boat from all over the area.
Many residents enjoy kayaking. Sinclair Inlet is fantastic for it, or you can paddle out into the Port Orchard strait. You can also access the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trail. In fact, the annual Ride the Tide event starts in town. Every year, dozens of kayakers converge at the Port Orchard Boat Ramp, take a shuttle to the Tracyton Boat Launch located on the Dyes Inlet across the strait, and then paddle their way back.
Beaches abound in the city, providing gorgeous views of the Puget Sound. They’re also great for beachcombing and spotting the many animals that call the area home. Port Orchard Marina Waterfront Park is one of the best places for enjoying a walk along the coast. Aside from convenient beach access and parking, there is a covered seating area, restrooms, playground, and a huge lawn.
There are some really amazing houses for sale in Port Orchard, which include plenty of homes for just about every budget. Despite the town’s age, there is no shortage of newer houses, either.
Of course, many people who are looking for houses in Port Orchard dream of enjoying panoramic views of the Puget Sound. If you’re one of them, you won’t be disappointed by the many houses on the market that are right on the shore. Even better, a lot of them come with fairly impressive lot sizes of at least half an acre, so you’ll still enjoy sufficient privacy.
You can always purchase an empty lot, as well. There are still a number available throughout the city, many of which come with the aforementioned beautiful view.
However, this market tends to move fast. Port Orchard encompasses so many of the best parts about living in Kitsap County that house-hunters are constantly keeping their eyes on the market.
If you love the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest but still enjoy the creature comforts of living in a city, then I know you’re going to adore calling Port Orchard home. As a real estate broker with more than 15 years of experience helping people find houses in Kitsap County, I never get tired of watching someone’s reaction when they discover their dream house.
Whether you’re ready to start house hunting in Port Orchard immediately or you have some questions first, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My number is 425-495-0394 or you can reach out to me via email. I am always more than happy to help people explore their options for living in beautiful Kitsap County.
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