Coupeville Real Estate Information in Washington
Coupeville, Langley, Freeland and Clinton, Washington are unique towns situated off the coast of Seattle in Washington's famed Puget Sound. Coupeville, with a population of 1,915, is the oldest town on Whidbey Island. Isaac Ebey staked the first claim in 1850, and the town was officially incorporated in 1910. Coupeville is located on the east side of the Island, overlooking placid Penn Cove. Established by Captain Thomas Coupe and his wife, Maria, the town thrived as a shipping port for wool, lumber, grain and apples.
Part of Coupeville's charm is a number of 19th century homes and storefronts, more than 50 of which are listed on the National Historic Register. Steeped in Island history, Coupeville is filled with a variety of specialty shops, restaurants and fine art galleries, all within walking distance of the picturesque wharf. The oldest surviving wharf in Puget Sound, it was build when all traffic to and from Coupeville was via the waterways.
Coupeville is the county seat for Island County and is home to Whidbey General Hospital, the only public full-service hospital facility on Whidbey Island.
Coupeville is in the heart of a unique unit of the National Park Service -- Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Preserved much as it appeared when settled, the area tells a dramatic story of Northwest history, Native American culture, European settlement, historic forts, and more.
Langley, with a population of 1,080, overlooks the Saratoga Passage. Historic buildings, flower-filled walkways, fine restaurants, and eclectic shops, make this little waterfront town an enjoyable place to explore. Browse for handmade clothing, jewelry, art, glass, furniture, gourmet items, books and antiques.
Langley has a thriving creative community. Artists and galleries are prominent. Langley is a place where you can find country roads for riding bikes and miles of shoreline for walking.
Take a walk along the beach, accessible from Seawall Park, and look for resident populations of bald eagles, herons, and sea lions. You may be lucky enough to spot a migrating gray whale (most often in the spring) or a pod of orcas feeding in the waters off Whidbey Island.
Homes in the Langley/Bayview area are as varied as in other areas of Whidbey Island. Within town limits, homes include post-WWII vintage and newer, with lots from 1/8 to 1/2 acre. In size they vary from cottages to homes of gracious dimensions.
A few of the homes within Langley are sited on high-bank waterfront lots but the topography is generally less view-friendly. Adjoining areas, however, boast many homes and estates with expansive water and mountain views to the east. Several neighborhoods feature beachfront living, while others are wooded or lakefront.
Freeland, the fastest growing community on Whidbey Island, was free land that originally enticed settlers to homestead this section of Whidbey Island. The land, unfortunately, is no longer free, but many people are still finding it a good place to settle. The residents of this unincorporated haven have geared up for growth with town hall meetings and planning discussions dubbed Visioning 2025.
They are wise to protect this gem, overlooking beautiful Holmes Harbor with panoramic views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. This commercial center provides a wide variety of retail shopping and dining options, and its south location keeps it mainland accessible.
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., provides an industrial base, building tugboats,catamarans, and river cruise ships.
Holmes Harbor, three-miles long and less that a half-mile wide, makes fishing, boating and sailing opportunities convenient. Freeland Park has playground equipment, picnic sites, and boat launching facilities.
Clinton, an unincorporated town at the south end of Whidbey Island, is the site of the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry terminal. Dozens of businesses, stores, restaurants and tourist attractions serve visitors and the local community.
In 1870 Frank Ball first settled the area now called Clinton. The town was first named Phinney, but was renamed Clinton in the 1880's after the hometown of H. C. Hinman, a local store owner from Michigan. Farms, orchards, and logging spurred Clinton's growth. By the early 1900's Clinton was a regular stop on the steamer runs.
Clinton's hillside views take in Saratoga Passage, Everett, Camano Island and the Cascade Mountains. The Dan Porter Memorial Park has a full array of recreational facilities. Deer Lake Park offers good fishing and swimming. The southern tip of the Island, Possession Point, offers Department of Natural Resources public beaches that are home to red rock and Dungeness crabs. These beaches are accessible only by boat. Clinton's Possession Park offers picnic sites, boat launch, beaches, fishing from the shore, and beautiful views. Beach combing and bird watching are favorite pastimes in this peaceful sanctuary of simple pleasures.
In addition to homes clustered on the beach and hillside overlooking the ferry landing that anchors this south Whidbey community, the Clinton area offers beachfront homes in more secluded neighborhoods. Inland, expect a smattering of neighborhoods, but most of the housing inventory is sited on expansive acreages. It's an area in which solitude is easily achieved.