Hood Canal, Washington Real Estate and Information

Hood Canal, Washington Real Estate and Information

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Hood Canal, a fjord in Washington, is one of four main basins of Puget Sound. The canal has an average width of 1.5 miles and roughly 213 miles of shoreline. It separates the Olympic Peninsula from the Kitsap Peninsula. One of the more impressive distinctions that Hood Canal boasts is that it is home to the Hood Canal Bridge, which is the third longest floating bridge in the entire world. It also happens to be the only floating bridge that is built on saltwater. The beauty of the canal as well as its proximity to Mason County makes Hood Canal real estate quite desirable.

Hood Canal is also home to a large collection of coastal communities spanning three counties, Mason, Kitsap and Jefferson. The Laudet Camus Team serves the communities within Mason and Kitsap counties.

Shopping and Dining

Individuals who purchase Hood Canal real estate will find that they are within a short drive of many places throughout Mason County where myriad shops and restaurants are found. There are a number of excellent choices when it comes to traditional American food, such as Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub, Hoodsport Hamburger & Ice Cream, and NorthFork Bar & Grill. The close proximity to the Hood Canal means that residents living on Hood Canal real estate will have plenty of seafood joints to choose from as well, including Eagle Creek Saloon, The Tides and the Hama Hama Oyster Company. There are some great locally owned shops around Mason County as well, including arts and crafts stores such as Owly’s Wayside Nest, knitting supply stores such as Fancy Image Yarn, antique stores such as Garage Sale Maniacs, and hardware stores such as McLendon Scott Ace Hardware. Residents living on Hood Canal real estate will also find that they are within a short drive of the bustling city of Seattle and its hundreds of dining and shopping options.

Parks and Recreation

Residents living on Hood Canal real estate will find that there are plenty of parks for them to explore as well as tons of recreational activities to keep them busy. Anyone that has an appreciation for nature or loves spending time in the outdoors will absolutely adore the Hood Canal area. There are a handful of gorgeous state parks to explore that include Potlatch, Scenic Beach and Twanoh. The parks include recreation areas, beautiful views and miles of hiking trails. They can also go swimming, fishing, and even shellfish gathering along the coastline. Additionally, at the tip of the Hood Canal are the Theler Wetlands. This area is a protected environment for marsh and estuary birds and plants with several miles of trails available to the public. For those looking for a relaxing getaway, Alderbrook Resort and Spa is located just south of Hood Canal on Highway 101 near the Skokomish Indian Reservation. If a little more adventure is in order, The Ridge Motorsports Park is located in nearby Shelton. The park host a variety of races as well as events for car and motorcycle clubs.

Living

The population of Mason County is relatively small, with only 60,699 residents living within county limits--this an increase in population of around 23 percent from only a decade earlier. Although rural areas in the area have had a difficult time climbing out of the recession, the signs have been good as employment has begun to improve. In January of 2010, the unemployment rate was at 13.2 percent. This number decreased to 10 percent by just the end of the year. The largest area of employment in Mason County continues to be government, which was recorded to have provided 5,480 jobs according to the last time data was collected in 2012. Trade, transportation, and utility sectors also provided residents of the Hood Canal area with meaningful employment with over 1,900 jobs provided. The average annual wage in 2011 for residents of Mason County was $34,006. Government jobs paid the most on average with government employees earning an average of $42,536.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Because Hood Canal spans several communities and counties, the region is served by multiple school districts including Hood Canal School District, North Mason School District and Central Kitsap School District. Olympic College and Northwest College of Art & Design can be found in Poulsbo and options exist across Puget Sound in Seattle.

There are a variety of hospitals and clinics in close proximity to Hood Canal, including Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale, North Mason Medical Clinic in Belfair and Mason General Hospital in Shelton. The Mason General Hospital employs over 100 physicians in 18 different specialties. They also boast over 540 total employees and 100 volunteers and are known to be one of the top rural hospitals in the entire area.

 

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900 Pacific Ave Suite 110
Bremerton WA 98337
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