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Port Madison

This section of shoreline is a quiet harbor with a high concentration of docks, buoys and the boats that come with that lifestyle.

 

THE SETTING AND LIFESTYLE

In 1854, Port Madison became home to a lumber mill on the east side of the bay which boomed into a prospering town before eventually shutting down in 1892 after almost four decades of production. In 1906, wealthy Seattleites established a colony of summer residences here, some of which have upheld the test of time.

Today, those seeking a home in the safety of a harbor to enjoy the boating lifestyle may find Port Madison on Bainbridge Island to be just the place to drop anchor. This inlet is surrounded by hundred-year-old trees, which keeps its mariners protected from the weather no matter the time of year.

Being on the north end of Bainbridge Island at the end of back roads, this area is insulated from through traffic, and it's likely who you pass on the street is a neighbor. As sleepy as this community is, it's also very tight-knit, and it's not uncommon for people to have lived here for decades or in homes passed down for generations.

Depending on the site, a home on Port Madison could face north, south, east or west. It could have a view of the Olympic Mountains, the Cascade Mountains, or just the territorial trees and homes on the other side of the water. The view may be tight to the land on the other side, or it may be wide open looking out onto the horizon for that "great plains" type of experience. The most dramatic part of the view in this location is undoubtedly the water and no matter the perspective, just about every home has a view of boats, leaving a never-ending scene to occupy your gaze.

As far as recreation goes, this is a common place for stand up paddle boarding and sea kayaking, in addition to boating. The Port Madison Yacht Club offers several divisions of regular racing events for sailboats, from dinghies to (3 divisions of) bigger boats. The club also organizes cruising events and hosts an active sailing school. In the summer, the public dock at Hidden Cove Park is the epicenter to kids plunging in Puget Sound’s waters or casting a line for trout or salmon.

There's even a home accessible only by a footbridge, on Treasure Island. The Seattle Yacht Club has an outstation here, which can draw a fleet of vessels for summer cruises. As far as wildlife goes - this stretch of shoreline is an estuary from which to observe dozens of species of animals.

The east side of this bay is home to the Port Madison Water Company (shared ownership interest by residents) which owns a pier and dock on about 1000' feet of shoreline with a large waterfront park.

BEACH ACCESS 

Most of the homes here are no bank or low bank, so access to the water’s edge is a breeze. Given the importance of water access to the lifestyle here, the homes that sit higher above the water tend to have step down to it. If one's home doesn't come with a private dock or a slip in a shared dock, there is an opportunity to register a mooring buoy in the open water or join the Port Madison Yacht Club. Over time, you will undoubtedly connect with a neighbor with a dock who may be willing to lease you a slip. It's worth noting that being a boater is not a requirement of living here, but it's common for residents to have this interest.

PRICE TRENDS

In 2018, just five homes sold in Port Madison. The average sale was $1,642,000. However, with a range from $620,000 for a mobile home to $3,265,000 for a 1922 estate with arguably the best private dock on the island, the small sample size doesn't tell us too much. If it is important to be on this part of the island, it's just a matter of time before something fitting your price range will become available.

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MORE WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOODS

Visit the overview page to explore the 10 neighborhoods of waterfront property on Bainbridge Island or just use this Google My Map or the menu to navigate around the other sections of shoreline.

I have also assembled a Google My Map for you to explore the quiet streets of these neighborhoods and utilize the several dozen public beach access points on the island.

And if you have questions about how these properties may suit your lifestyle, please just ask me (but first, learn about my expertise in the waterfront homes niche of the Bainbridge Island real estate market).