Welcome to Langley, Washington, where you'll find the best of the Pacific Northwest!
Also known as Langley-by-the-Sea, this quaint little town occupies the north-facing coast of southeastern Whidbey Island, the largest island in the Puget Sound and the fifth-largest in the contiguous United States. With a population of about 1,000 year-round residents in the city itself, and with about 4,000 more people in rural areas who use a Langley zip code and mailing address, Langley is the second-largest community on Whidbey Island, behind Oak Harbor at the island's northern end. Langley is also the island's most popular tourist destination, and Langley, WA homes are immensely popular with mainlanders who are seeking a summer vacation property or a second home. Of course, many people who purchase Langley, WA homes for that purpose may find themselves choosing to make Whidbey Island their permanent residence. The island's relaxed pace of life, friendly people, and incredible natural beauty all combine to make "part-timers" want to stay permanently.
Langley is a lively community, with a large resident population of artists and craftsmen, and many shops and galleries just waiting to be explored. The city is also home to many of Whidbey Island's best restaurants: there's even an authentic Mexican restaurant located just a few miles outside of town. The Puget Sound provides a never-ending source of entertainment, from fishing to kayaking, beachcombing to sailing, and more. The air is always fresh and clean, and the views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains are always stunning.
Langley is waiting for you! If you're ready to discover island life for yourself, contact your professional Whidbey Island Realtor today for a complete list of Langley, WA homes for sale.
Life in Langley
There's always something fun to do in Langley. Although the peak tourism season lasts from May to October, winters on the Puget Sound are generally mild, and don't preclude outdoor activities. Whether it's hiking the bluffs, kayaking in the Sound, or browsing the city's art galleries, there's something for everyone to enjoy near Langley, WA homes.
Langley is home to several of Whidbey Island's annual festivals, including the Choochokam Festival, which is held the week after Independence Day each year. During the Festival, many of the city's streets are closed to traffic, and both local and national artists flock to display their wares while musicians perform on a stage downtown. The Island County Fair also takes place in Langley, during the third week of August. The Fair attracts so many people that the Washington State Ferry runs extra service from Clinton to Mukilteo, and provides shuttle buses to Langley from Oak Harbor and Clinton. The Island County Fair includes rides, food, animal shows and more. During the Langley Mystery Weekend in October, the entire city transforms into the scene of a fictional murder mystery, and the entire community takes part in what could be compared to a massive game of Clue.
When no formal festivities are in play, Langley is still a lively place. People who are considering Langley, WA homes will surely find no lack of activity in the local downtown area. Shopping here is anything but run-of-the-mill: with so many local artists in residence, and with the presence of both the Island County Fair and the Choochokam Festival, you'll find an abundance of art galleries and boutiques showcasing locally made crafts, as well as reputable antiques dealers and clothing boutiques. Indulge your sweet tooth at the local chocolate shop or catch a matinee at the 1930s-style Clyde Theater. Dine at one of the city's fine restaurants, or grab a quick bite at the deli. Sip an espresso at the local café, or stroll along the waterfront. There's always exciting something to do near your new Langley, WA home.
Homes in Langley
Langley, WA homes are as diverse in design as the people who own them. From thoroughly modern contemporary homes to cozy cabins, and from seaside estates to quaint retreats surrounded by 10 acres or more of forest, you're sure to find a Langley, WA home that's perfect for you.
In the city itself, you'll find Langley, WA homes in all shapes and sizes. Many homes date back to the early 1900s, while others are less than 20 years old. Lots may be slightly smaller than those enjoyed by homes in the rural outlying areas, but residents enjoy a short and pleasant walk to the downtown area, plus easy access to the harbor area. Many older properties have been restored and updated with the most modern amenities, with significant focus on retaining the original style and charm of the property. There are some planned communities in the Langley area as well, including Lone Lake Shores and Whidbey Shores, where you'll find spacious homes built in contemporary or traditional styles. Many of these homes feature water frontage and are set on thickly wooded lots for privacy.
Outside the city proper, there are still a number of large parcels of land for sale, perfect for building your own custom Langley, WA home. You can purchase a pristine piece of Whidbey Island up to 20 acres or more, ideal for creating your own picture-perfect getaway. Many home sites offer stunning views of Puget Sound, Camano Island, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, as well as the true privacy that can only be gained by being surrounded by untouched woodlands and fresh Washington air.
If you're seeking a different kind of escape, you're sure to be thrilled by the homes at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. The combination of the beautiful 18-hole golf course - one of the finest in the Seattle area - and the incredible beauty of the Whidbey Island landscape make this community incredibly popular and highly exclusive. Owners of Langley, WA homes at the country club enjoy use of the Club's many facilities, including a pro shop, swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurants, included with membership.
No matter what type of property you're looking for, you're sure to find your perfect place in Langley, where this most charming city by the sea is waiting for you. If you're in the market for a Langley, WA home, or if you're considering investing in Langley, WA land for sale, please contact expert Realtor Gary Ingram at 360.331.0373 today.
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