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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Poulsbo, Washington

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Where to Retire in Poulsbo and Home Prices

Zillow reports the median home value to be $572,124 in mid-2021, a 21.9% increase over the past year.

What Is Special about Poulsbo

Poulsbo, commonly referred to as "Little Norway on the Fjord", has the old world charm of a Norwegian community; the vibrant, very walkable downtown has specialty shops and historic attractions;  The town also has its own harbor with boat slips for visitors, and several parks which offer many outdoor activities, including a waterfront park with boating;  And you would never tire of the panoramic views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

What Is Not Special about Poulsbo

As with many tourist destinations, Poulsbo can become crowded during the summer months; high cost of living; winters can be long with cool temperatures

Climate and Physical Environment

Poulsbo's average January temperature is 41 degrees, and the average July temperture is about 61 degrees. The city receives approximately 35 inches of rain annually, and just a few inches of snow each winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Poulsbo is full of shops, waterfront restaurants and art galleries, and is home to Sluys' Poulsbo Bakery which is known worldwide for it famous Poulsbo Bread;  The town is proud of its Norwegian heritage which it celebrates with many festivals throughout the year, including the annual Viking Fest with artisans, food, and a parade;  The Summer Solstice is celebrated Norwegian style with the St.Hans Mid-Sommerfest that includes folk dances and a bon fire; The Lighted Boat Parade is a Christmas tradition held each year by the Poulsbo Yacht Club.

Crime

The crime rate in Poulsbo is slightly lower than the national average, with most involving theft.

Medical Facilities

Harrison Medical Center is nearby in Bremerton, and Peninsula Cancer Center is located in Poulsbo.

Transportation

Kenmore Air Harbor Seaplane Base in 33 miles away; William R. Fairchild International Airport is about 65 miles away, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about 70 miles away; The town has a marina for visitors who come by boat; Kitsap Transit offers service as do several ferries.

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