Bainbridge Island Neighborhoods: Beautiful and Unique
Bainbridge Island has something for everyone. Whether it’s the glittering Seattle skyline or a piece of land with privacy, expansive waterfront estates or quaint condominiums, I love helping buyers find their ideal home. Bainbridge has a strong sense of community and it’s important to know about each neighborhood before making any decisions.
North Island Living
The northern neighborhoods of Bainbridge Island have a wide assortment of benefits for enjoying the island lifestyle. Featuring easterly beautiful waterfront estates and eclectic homes offering Seattle Skyline, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker views along Sunrise Drive, Point Monroe, and Manitou Beach. You could be equally fortunate to have the Westerly Olympic Mountain views along Manzanita Bay, Agate Point, and Port Madison. Rolling Bay has larger land parcels and there are also luxurious neighborhoods like Hidden Cove Estates. Another feature of north end living: Fay Bainbridge State Park. It’s the perfect place to beach comb while enjoying the Emerald City skyline. You can also camp there overnight! Bloedel Reserve is another fabulous indulgence of the north end. There are 150 pristine acres to enjoy there. Some refer to it as “forest therapy”.
The northern areas feature the closest proximity to the Kitsap Peninsula with a straight shot on Hwy 305 over the bridge to quaint towns like Poulsbo, Kingston, Suquamish, and Indianola.
Central Island Living
The central neighborhoods offer convenience with proximity to the island’s local shops theaters and the Seattle-Bainbridge ferry. You will find a more urban lifestyle closer to downtown Winslow. There are contemporary and “green” condos featured at Grow Village, Harbor Square and Vineyard Lane. Quaint cottages and homes found at Hillandale, North Town Woods and all along Ferncliff and High School Road offer a safe sidewalk passage for commuters and children walking to school. Of course, there are many stunning waterfront homes found along the Harbor Waterfront, including Wing Point and Yeomalt Point. Looking for a more neighborhood feel with safe roads for children? Commodore Lane, Garibaldi Place, and Ekin Drive are just a few great options. Wanting to live in a more stately neighborhood? Explore Stetson Ridge or the equestrian properties at Derby Downs. Central island living has something for everyone!
South Island Living
Most old timers call this area the “banana belt” due to the fabulous southern and western sun exposure. The southern part of the island has become its own little “urban lifestyle” in the last few years with the development of Pleasant Beach Village, next to Lynwood Center (featuring the historic movie theatre). With quaint boutiques like Barn Cat and fresh baked goods at Pane d’Amore Artisan Bakery, Pleasant Beach Village feels pretty picturesque. Enjoy delicious food at The Manor House restaurant, previously known as Mrs. Olson’s general store back in the 1930’s.
The south end also features quite a bit of the island’s history such as Blakely Harbor. Once home to the largest mill in the world, it’s now a beautiful waterfront park for all to enjoy! Another great spot is Fort Ward. You can meander the trails, discover the old army bunkers or enjoy a stroll along the paved waterfront. Of course, everyone loves the “Gold Coast,” another old island term referring to Pleasant Beach Drive. Years ago, this was dotted with cute cottages used as second homes for many Seattle families. Now, it boasts waterfront homes with long driveways and rolling lawns that stretch toward the shore. Point White and Crystal Springs are other desired waterfront neighborhoods with views of Mount Rainier and the ferry as it glides through Rich Passage.
If you desire a view of Seattle’s city lights, you’ll enjoy Country Club Road, Rockaway Beach, and Eagle Harbor neighborhoods. These areas feature historical landmarks that are now parks such as Pritchard Park and the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. There’s also the famous “Toe Jam Hill,” best known by avid bicyclers who endure the annual “Chilly Hilly Bike Race”. Lastly, the south end is home to Islandwood, a 250-acre campus dedicated to environmental and nature-based learning to more than 10,000 students a year. The South end is bright, filled with a multitude of recreational choices and a range of prices and options for fabulous island living!