Oak Harbor is Whidbey Island's largest city with a population of 23,360 in 2009. With such great Oak Harbor, WA real estate, that number is sure to keep growing. The waterfront community also has been home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island since 1942. Consequently, many residents are active-duty personnel, retired veterans or linked to the base through business or relationships.
Nineteen active-duty squadrons are based at NAS Whidbey Island, including 15 EA-6B Prowler squadrons. The Prowler's highly specialized electronic intelligence receivers and jamming equipment enable the Navy to degrade or destroy enemy radar and command-and-control capabilities, resulting in safe passage for other aircraft. This Pacific Northwest area will definitely make you feel safe with the Navy on site.
Oak Harbor's small-town flavor continues to be displayed in the numerous annual celebrations. Searching Oak Harbor, WA information reveals the community's Dutch heritage, which is celebrated the last weekend of April during the annual Holland Happening celebration. Whidbey Island Race Week, held each year in July, has been rated among the top 20 yachting regattas in the world and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007.
Whidbey Island is a great place for outdoor recreation in the Pacific Northwest. Fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, boating, bird watching, clamming, golfing and camping are favorite activities for owners of Oak Harbor real estate and visitors alike. Some enjoy sailboarding and diving. A full-service marina in Oak Harbor, Washington is available for boaters.
The island also offers many state and county parks along the shoreline. Deception Pass State Park draws more than 3 million visitors annually. Deception Pass is a narrow, deep and turbulent channel. Many walk onto the two bridges, about 180 feet above the water, to gaze down upon it. Oak Harbor, WA realtor Susan Stecher is knowledgeable about the area and can provide plenty of information to help you decide if you want to relocate to Oak Harbor.
Whidbey Island is linked to the mainland by the bridges over Deception Pass at its north end and two state ferries to the south. Some residents commute on the 20-minute ferry between Clinton and Mukilteo, just south of Everett. Another ferry with a 30-minute crossing time travels between Keystone and Port Townsend on the Olympia Peninsula. If you decide to search the Oak Harbor, WA MLS you'll see there is easy access to many Pacific Northwest areas.
Education for residents of Pacific Northwest homes in Oak Harbor is provided by the Oak Harbor School District. A Whidbey Island campus of Skagit Valley College is located in Oak Harbor.
If you are searching for Pacific Northwest real estate, you need the assistance of Oak Harbor, WA realtor Susan Stecher to make the entire home-buying process easier. Contact Susan today to start your search of the Pacific NW MLS for the perfect Oak Harbor property.
Quick Links:City of Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce
Oak Harbor School District
Skagit Valley College
Deception Pass State Park