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Area Information Resources
Jefferson County Historical Society - Want to know more about Jefferson County’s past? This is a great place to start the process. The site includes historical information and describes the research resources the society maintains.
Jefferson County Property Information - Access tax records, plat maps and plat maps overlaid on aerial photos for all property in Jefferson County. Search by Tax ID Number, by address or by clicking on a map (Click on maps icon, then parcel map).
Jefferson County Recorded Documents - Search for documents recorded by Jefferson County, including deeds and recorded land surveys.
Kitsap County Assessor's Market Graphs - A series of graphs describing the real estate inventory of Kitsap County, including average selling price overall and by school district, average selling price by year and number of sales per year.
Kitsap County Property Information - Access tax records, plat maps and plat maps overlaid on aerial photos for all property in Kitsap County. Search by Tax ID Number, by address or by clicking on a map.
Kitsap County Recorded Documents - Search for documents recorded by Kitsap County, including deeds and recorded land surveys.
Kitsap Rainfall Map - A rainfall map for Kitsap County, showing in detail the rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains. Map Courtesy of All Point Home Inspections.
State Rainfall Map - Map showing the wide variation of rainfall in Kitsap and Jefferson counties due to the Olympic Mountain rain shadow effect.
State Well Report Data Base - A Washington State online database of well reports for all wells having them. A well report describes the location, ownership, construction details and the soil and rock composition of a completed well.
Traffic Cameras on Highways 3 and 104 - Cameras showing vehicle traffic flow in the vicinity of the Hood Canal Bridge.
Audubon Society - Includes best viewing sites for marine birds in the West Sound, an area with hundreds of miles of saltwater shoreline.
Foulweather Bluff Preserve - At the northernmost tip of Kitsap County, Foulweather Bluff Preserve combines forest, marsh, and 3,800 feet of beach, making it one of the most valuable wildlife havens on the Kitsap Peninsula.
IslandWood - A 255-acre natural habitat nestled into the south end of Bainbridge Island. Through scientific inquiry, technology and the arts, children and adults are immersed in a powerful, diverse educational experience.
Jefferson County Parks - Jefferson County Parks Department site includes directions to each facility, events, fee schedules and available sports programs.
Kitsap County Parks - Kitsap County Parks Department site includes directions to each facility, events, fee schedules and plans for future development.
Kitsap Events Calendar - Event calendars covering a wide range of activities from musical and theatrical performances to lectures about sea life under northwest docks.
Olympic National Park - Offers descriptions of facilities, program schedules, and maps for one of the most diverse parks in the National Park System. The Olympic National Park has old growth and temperate rain forests, jagged, glacier-capped peaks, and over 60 miles of wild Pacific coast.
Olympic Peninsula - A valuable resource for planning a trip to the Olympic Peninsula, or simply learning more about it. Besides the normal community and lodging links, it includes peninsula web cams and a description of peninsula lighthouses.
Parks and Public Lands - Looking for things to do in your neighborhood or in a travel destination? Oh, Ranger! is just the site for you. Thousands of parks and public lands are listed in its data base to help you plan your next adventure.
Port Townsend Events Calendar - Event calendars covering a wide range of activities from musical and theatrical performances to lectures about sea life under northwest docks.
The Historic Schooner Adventuress - Sound Experience sails the historic schooner Adventuress, providing hands-on environmental education and leadership experiences for youth and adults. On exciting voyages aboard the historic schooner Adventuress, participants learn about the majesty and vulnerability of our region's definitive resource, Puget Sound.
Washington State Parks - Links to the pages describing facilities at each state park, including several along the Hood Canal and on the Olympic Peninsula.

Buyer's and Seller's Resources

Buyer's Information - Information to help you understand the process of purchasing a home.
Glossary of Real Estate Terms - Wonder an ARM is? This is where you can find out. Click on the heading, then scroll down to the last item in the table on contents and click again.
Normal Lifespan of Home Components - Information provided by Freddie Mac that gives a rough guide for estimating the normal life of various household components. Complements of All Point Home Inspections.
Remodeling Payoff - Outlines the costs of specific remodeling and home improvement projects and the estimated percentage return in various markets should the house be sold a year later.
Seller's Information - Information to help you understand the process of selling a house.
Bainbridge Performing Arts - Bainbridge Performing Arts educates, entertains and encourages youth and adults in the performing arts of theatre, music and dance.
Centrum - Centrum—Port Townsend, Washington's home for the arts and creative education, where people of all ages and all places come to celebrate their passion for creativity, visual arts, traditional music, writing, jazz, dance, theatre, and classical music.
Olympic Music Festival - Imagine a turn-of-the-century dairy farm nestled on 55 acres of tranquil farmland on the Olympic Peninsula and the sounds of exquisite chamber music floating in the air. That’s the Olympic Music Festival’s "Concerts in the Barn.” An unforgettable Northwest experience!
The Admiral Theatre in Bremerton - The Admiral was transformed in the '90s from a 1940s era movie house into a one-of-a-kind live performance theatre and facility for multiple community uses. It hosts comedy, music performances, vintage movies, lectures and similar events.
The Jewelbox Theatre in Poulsbo - A unique and intimate theatre. The Jewel Box Mission Statement is: To enhance the community through theatre excellence in a destination setting.
Relocation Resources
Moving Boxes - Patented, reusable moving boxes direct from factory. Company claims that setup is easy, no tape is required, and boxes have handles.
Moving Consulting and Services - Moving Link works for the customer rather than the mover, linking that customer to a cost effective and quality moving service that fits their individual needs. Provides the leverage to secure the mover's best crews, deep discounts, and overall service.
Poulsbo - Eagle Tree RV Park - Located between Historic Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island.
Poulsbo - Manor Farm Inn - Century-old weathered white farmhouse on 25 pastoral acres.
Poulsbo GuestHouse Inn - In the heart of Poulsbo.
Poulsbo Inn & Suites - The place with the Olympic View.
School and Neighborhood Reports - Access reports on communities and public and private schools in the area and throughout Washington. Also you can request reports for communities and schools anywhere in the country.
Waterfront and Marine
Area Marina and Protected Moorage Information - A page I have compiled with descriptions, and links where available, for marinas in the area and protected bays where one might find year-round deep water boat moorage. Includes the ability to search for homes in the area of the marina or waterfront homes on the protected bay.
Beach Access - Cable Cars and Trams - Accumar is a Poulsbo manufacturer that specializes in cable and track lifts for high bank waterfront and steep slope access.
Beach Access - Stairs - Brockman Builders is a Kingston company specializing in the design and construction of stairs for beach access.
Port Townsend Marine Science Center - Offers hands-on, live exhibits and educational programs. A great chance for kids to see all sorts of Pacific Northwest sea life up close.
Puget Sound Shorelines - Information about shorelines and aquatic wildlife plus tips about building and living on waterfront property.
Shoreline Management - Website provides property owners with information that will help them manage their shoreline properties with the environment in mind, including soft shore measures
Shoreline Stewardship Guidebook - A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife publication, "Your Marine Waterfront, A guide to protecting your property while promoting healthy shorelines." Downloads a PDF File, so download time may be long.
Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Using Vegetation: A Manual of Practice for Coastal Property Owners - Basic information about slope planting techniques to manage soil erosion and shallow seated land movements. Includes lists of recommended plants.
Surface Water and Groundwater on Coastal Bluffs - General information about the management of water on coastal slopes, including general criteria for evaluating site drainage and potential drainage control techniques.
Vegetation Management: A Guide for Puget Sound Bluff Property Owners - A companion to “Slope Stabilization and Erosion Control Using Vegetation,” this site focuses on the management of existing vegetation on waterfront banks.
Washington State Aerial Waterfront Photos - Washington State Department of Ecology aerial photos of marine shorelines to view and to purchase.
Washington State Marine Biotoxin Bulletin - Learn of closures of seafood harvesting due to contamination by naturally occurring biotoxins. One common biotoxin is often called red tide.
Washington Tide Tables - Tide tables for Washington State, with locally corrected tables for specific sites like Poulsbo, Seabeck and Port Ludlow.
Washington Waterfront Ownership Principles - This document is a brief overview of the principles affecting the ownership of waterfront property in Washington State, including definition of terms like meander line, and first and second class tidelands.
Wooden Boat Foundation - The Wooden Boat Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of traditional maritime skills, culture, and heritage through education.
Wooden Boat School - The Northwest School of Wooden Boat building's mission is to teach and preserve the skills and crafts associated with fine wooden boat building and other traditional maritime arts.
WSU Shorline Steward Website - Provides a wealth of knowledge about such topics as how to manage water runoff, reduce erosion and landslides, and safely prune trees for a view.
Home Ownership
Fine Homebuilding - Online edition of a great printed magazine for homebuilders, trades people, do-it-yourselfers, and people planning to have a home built. Contains tips and selected articles from the magazine.
Green Depot - Their goal is to offer sustainably made products that perform as well and look as stylish as conventional ones, without costing more. If you are considering building a green home, or making green improvements to you existing home, this is a great place to start.
Green Home Environmental Store - A comprehensive source of green products for use throughout the home. Offerings include such diverse products as recycled paper products, natural personal care products, LED light bulbs, windup radios and high efficiency refrigerators.
HouseLogic - National Association of Realtors® web site, a free source of information and tools that can help you make smart and timely decisions about your home.
Hummingbirds - A resource to help you make your garden more hummingbird friendly. The site includes feeder and plant suggestions.
Onsite Sewer System Handbook - If you own a home with an Onsite Sewer System (OSS - also called a septic system), or are considering buying one, this handbook is invaluable. It helps you understand how the systems work and how to maintain them.
Pet Safety - Toxic Plants and Substances - What is safe for our pet cats and dogs to chew, eat, and gnaw on? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a posted a list of plants and substances poisonous to cats and dogs at this site.
Remodeling Payoff - Outlines the costs of specific remodeling and home improvement projects and the estimated percentage return in various markets should the house be sold a year later.
Wild Flower Information - The web site of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The site contains a national directory of over 1000 native plants, including photos, range and habitat for each.
General Interest
Atomic Clock - Displays the exact time as provided by the two time agencies of the United States. Offers downloadable software that enables your computer to synchronize its clock with the time supplied on this site.
Comprehensive Information Source - An amazing compilation of links ranging from extensive news resources (including international, on-line television, business and lifestyle news), to health and travel resources.
How Things Work - How Stuff Works contains thousands of descriptions of how stuff works. From engines to sunglasses, nuclear reactors to Christmas--there is something for everyone.
Technology Terms Defined - Online dictionary and search engine for computer and internet technology terms that range from the basic, such as cookie, Internet, network, and html to the more technical 802.11, SCSI, TCP/IP and SSL.
Weather - Current and Forecast - Packed full of weather related information for the US and the world. You can search for weather by city, Zip Code, airport code or country. Local towns include Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island and Port Ludlow.
Worldwide Satellite Photos - Visit virtually anyplace in world with satellite photos. Click on an area and zoom in to see the details.
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