My goal was to reach downtown Seattle from our listing at 6537 Columbia Beach Rd. (mls #84105) without using a car. How hard was it? Sitting at the dining room table I waited until the ferry pulled into the dock. With my coffee in hand I walked less than a city block to the ferry dock, walked onto the ferry and took the this picture of our Columbia Beach vacation home listing from the ferry.
After a 15 minute ferry ride we arrived in Mukilteo, a small upscale town about 40 miles north of Seattle. It's a five minute walk to the train station (The Sounder). As a part of this small group of people we only had to wait a couple of minutes for the train to arrive.
On board it is a comfortable ride - I like to have a window seat on the water side of the train. Until the train arrives in downtown Seattle it runs along the water, providing stunning views of the Puget Sound and land beyond. If you have a laptop, either 3G or wi-fi, you can sign up for the Sounder's Wi-fi, and you can join many of the commuters who use their laptops to get a jump start on their work day. Or simply catch up on your reading or bask in the view and enjoy your morning cup of coffee! It takes about 50 minutes to make the trip to the city with only one stop (at the Edmonds ferry dock.) What a way to commute!
There are four trains stopping at the Mukilteo ferry terminal in the morning and four returns in the later afternoon/early evening. There are extra trips for the baseball and football games. $4 one way from Mukilteo to Seattle. Once you arrive at King St. Station in downtown Seattle, if you're not within walking distance of your destination, just cross the street to the bus tunnel where you'll have free access the downtown bus service. How wonderfully stress free to leave the traffic behind!
One of our clients was asked if she was tiring of the commute. Her response was simply to email out a stunning picture of a winter sunset taken from inside the train on her daily trip back to Mukilteo.
The answer is, "It's a stress free, enjoyable commute to Seattle from Whidbey Island!"