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Eagle Harbor

Eagle Harbor lies on the east central side of the island and is its connection to Seattle.

 

THE SETTING AND LIFESTYLE

This waterfront setting resembles the eastern seaports found in Maine or Connecticut. The curving beaches here give almost every orientation with its 5 miles of shoreline, though most of it faces north or south. This creates a sharp dichotomy between the lifestyles. The north shore and Winslow are the epicenter of island activity, facing south to soak in the valuable sunshine no matter the time of year. The southern bank, however, is three road miles (and a different, quiet lifestyle) away and can hide in the shadow of the trees for a more relaxed setting looking north at Winslow.

One could argue the views can be just as opposite each other - residents of Winslow look south to a shoreline of homes, while residents who look north are overwhelmed with details of an active boating harbor. Residents up at the head of the harbor enjoy the privacy and serenity of a small cove while residents at the mouth of the harbor may have the broad open water views of Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Eagle Harbor likely holds more variety of views from its waterfront homes than any other shoreline on Bainbridge Island.

The waters of Eagle Harbor have hosted a myriad of human societies in recent centuries. Native Americans were settled here long before the others, benefiting from nature's abundant resources - fish, game, and lush forests. Early European settlers harvested the surrounding forests into what would become booming lumber and shipbuilding industries of the late 1800's, connected to the region through a network of mariners providing ferry service to act as highways connecting the growing port towns. After the bust and through the Great Depression, the harbor fell to a sleepy place a bit removed from the ever-growing City of Seattle, perfect for reclusive artists. In 1951, the inception of the Washington State Ferries (WSF) suddenly provided Bainbridge Island with a regular and reliable connection to Seattle, making it attractive to people looking to raise families in a rural area while commuting to the big city for work.

Today, the inhabitants living on the shores of Eagle Harbor range from the liveaboard in a marina to the commuter or retiree enjoying the fruits of their labor in their million dollar waterfront condo or their multi-million dollar waterfront home.

WSF makes 23 runs in about 20 hours every day, so the presence of “the boat” is constant. In fact, everyone in Eagle Harbor knows what the ferry is doing based on the sound of the air horn. One of the original WSF Captains had his home strategically built so he could be out of town but still able to have an ideal vantage point for watching the vessels enter and exit the harbor. His home was just traded out of the family a few years ago.

BEACH ACCESS eagle harbor bainbridge island

Homes here are mostly no bank waterfront, but there is a section directly across from Winslow that is a medium/high bank. Many of the homes sitting atop the higher perch have steps down to a private or shared dock.

Depending on the location within this waterway and the strength of the tidal water, beaches here can be sandy, rocky, muddy, or even a lagoon full of drift logs.

PRICE TRENDS

In 2018, there were just four waterfront homes sold in Eagle Harbor, for an average sale price of $1,990,000, but a range from $1,025,000 for a modest beach cabin to $2,835,000 for a west facing estate with lush gardens and a sprawling single level home.

Maybe the only Puget Sound home to be built completely on a pier, and a masterpiece of local and world-renowned architect James Cutler, sold for $2,300,000 (15% over asking price, 5949 Rose Loop).

Also in 2018, 6 condos have sold for an average sale price of $900,000 and a range from $480,000 for a 631 square foot unit with deck facing the ferries to $1,525,000 for a 3BR unit with majestic views from Seattle to the east and marinas directly underneath.

And lastly, a slip in a private marina that could hold a 43' boat sold for $99,000. This type of real property has a title as a condominium.

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MORE WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOODS

Visit the overview page to explore the 10 neighborhoods of waterfront property on Bainbridge Island, WA 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).