The Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

A custom weather vane on a Hillandale Home, their trademark.

Each home has an original, from rabbits to orcas, no two are alike.

A home in the Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

One of 36 charming homes in the Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island.
Nestled behind Weaver Creek on the corner of Weaver Road and Wyatt Way is the Award Winning Hillandale Neighborhood. Hillandale is a neighborhood of 36 homes that all line a circle and share a grassy, central open space. Built Between 1999 and 2005, Hillandale homes have Nantucket Style charm and are all personalized with their own custom weather vanes. The homes were built by local builder Dick Allen and are popular for their timeless appeal and quality finishes. Clever touches like built-in bookcases, main floor masters, and storage nooks big enough for a play space, make these homes inviting and easy to live in. Beyond the charm of the homes themselves, their proximity to downtown Winslow and the ferry terminal make them very popular. Homes in Hillandale range in size from 2100 square feet to 4300 square feet, most between 2300 and 3300. Lot sizes average about .20 acres.

A home in the Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

One of 36 homes in Hillandale.

Shared open space in the Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

The shared open space in the heart of the Hillandale Neighborhood.
Picnic tables, grass, and trees, make it an inviting and attractive amenity.

A home in the Hillandale Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

A charming home in Hillandale on Bainbridge Island.
On September 25, 2009, in Neighborhoods, Photos, by
Commodore & Commodore West Neighborhoods on Bainbridge Island

A home in Commodore on Bainbridge Island

A 1980’s era ranch style home in Commodore. Well manicured lawns and mature native landscaping enhance the neighborhoods.

A home in Commodore on Bainbridge Island

Another ranch style home in Commodore. Love the fall colors, trees are abundant in this neighborhood.

A home in Commodore on Bainbridge Island

And another Commodore home. This is an updated custom home built in the 1970’s. Many of the homes have large daylight basements and homes can range in size from 1500 square feet to 3500 square feet.

A home in Commodore West on Bainbridge Island

Now, moving into Commodore West, this is an early Chaffey home (above), built in the 1990’s, as is the home below. Further down you can see a typical cul-de-sac in the neighborhoods. With the larger .30 lots, home spacing is not as tight as some of the other in-town neighborhoods.

A home in Commodore West on Bainbridge IslandHomes in Commodore West on Bainbridge IslandA home in Commodore West on Bainbridge Island

Moving further into the Commodore West neighborhood, the homes get newer, this one built in the 2000’s.

A home in Commodore West on Bainbridge Island

And, a brand new home by Chaffey, sold December of 2010.
Commodore and Commodore West

Between the two connected neighborhoods of Commodore and Commodore West, there are about 130 homes. The neighborhoods are connected by a foot path and the distinctive difference between the two are the age of the homes. Commodore (known to locals as Old Commodore) is just that, primarily homes built in the 70’s and 80’s and the homes line the West end of the high school. At the end of the 80’s Chaffey, a prominent builder in the North West, started developing in some empty lots and then expanded the neighborhood and created Commodore West. Homes were built in the 90’s-2007 in Commodore West, all but one by Chaffey. Two main roads, with no outlet, encompass the neighborhoods and cul-de sacs branch off the main roads, creating less traffic, which is good for small kids playing or riding bikes. Another appealing thing about Commodore is that it is adjacent to several schools. By foot, even on trails, kids can access Ordway and Odyssey, two of the elementary schools, Sakai (5th and 6th Grade), Woodward (7th and 8th grade), and the High School (9-12). This also means that soccer and baseball fields, the aquatic center, the library, and Safeway are walking distance too.Home sizes vary greatly and range from 1500-3500 square feet. Lots sizes are a big reason the Commodore neighborhoods are so popular. Most lot sizes are a third of an acre, putting a comfortable distance between you and your neighbors.


On September 25, 2009, in Neighborhoods, Photos, by
The North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

A home in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge IslandA home in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge IslandHomes in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge IslandOpen space in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

The open space in the center of North Town Woods. Many, but not all, of the homes back to the large open space.

Before I moved here, I had a hard time visualizing what the island was like (even after a week long visit). I wasn’t sure if there were many actual “neighborhoods,” and I was not clear as to where they were in relation to Winslow (or the ferry terminal). There are in fact a number of neighborhoods on the island, the kind where kids can ride their bikes and play in the street – some even have common open space and playgrounds. Some of the in-town neighborhoods have lots that average .30 acres, and some have lots that are more like .15 acres.

North Town Woods

About a mile North of Winslow is North Town Woods, a neighborhood of 80 Craftsman style homes. Eight different builders, including Jerry Reese, Dream Home Builders, Gordon Hansen,  and Kitsap Trident built homes in this neighborhood between the years 2000-2007. Homes vary in size from 1800 square feet up to 3300 square feet. In the recent years (2017-2018) homes have sold between $650K and $750K. North Town Wood’s homes are known for classic charm and their colorful Craftsman Style. The 80 homes line a loop that also has shared open space and shared play grounds. Inside, the homes follow in the Craftsman/Mission style vein with warm wood work and smart use of space with functional built-ins. Many of the homes have detached garages with guest spaces above the garage, a popular feature. North Town Woods is very close to schools, being directly adjacent to Sakai Intermediate and Woodward Middle School. North Town Woods also has easy access to 305 and is still walking distance to groceries, aquatic center, etc.

A home in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge IslandPlay area in the North Town Woods Neighborhood on Bainbridge Island

One of two playgrounds. This playground is adjacent to the central open space.
Updated 10/2018
On September 24, 2009, in Neighborhoods, Photos, by

Sour Cream Blackberry Muffins

School has started, Labor day has passed, my tomatoes are finally ripening and the blackberry crop is thinning. Unfortunately (since summer here is always way too brief), all signs point towards fall. However, we are fortunate to live across the street from an easement that is loaded with blackberries. This time of year, the picking is good and I force myself to flash freeze them for the winter. Our favorite concoction for the berries is a muffin recipe that has become a staple for our weekend breakfasts. I think it is the sour cream that makes them so moist and yummy. And even though I love the sour cream, when out, we have used yogurt instead and it still tastes swell.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 Tbsp warm melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 11 oz of fresh blackberries, cut in half (often available at Trader Joe’s) (You can use frozen blackberries if fresh are not available, defrost and drain them first.)


1 Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups. (Actually, with the berries you’ll have more batter than just for 12 muffins. This batch made 18 muffins.)

2 Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

3 In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, sugar, butter and vanilla.

4 Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add the berries. (If you are using frozen berries, defrost them first, then drain the excess liquid, then coat them lightly in flour.) Do not overmix! Overmixing will cause the muffins to be dense, not fluffy. The batter should not be smooth.

5 Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, 17-20 minutes (or longer). Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack.

Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking.

This amazing recipe is from Elise who owns and manages Simply Recipes. A very cool website I am sure you’ve seen before. I am happy to say she is from my old Sacramento stomping grounds – she is a very smart cookie – her site has won several awards and I love using it.

On September 14, 2009, in Activities, Personal, by
Shrinking inventory + increase in the number of pending sales + increase in median sales price since January 2009 = a stabilizing marketplace!

Here are the statistics:
Active Listings August 2009 = 2029
Active LIstings August 2008 = 2769
26.72% decline in inventory (that is a good thing, less supply = more demand)
Pending Listings August 2009 = 362
Pending Listings August 2008 = 293
23.55% increase
Closed Transactions August 2009 = 256
Closed Transactions August 2008 = 242
5.8% increase
The median sales price declined 12.45% (August 2009 compared to August 2008). However, the median price increased approximately 4% during the past several months (January 2009 compared to August 2009).
Data courtesy of:
Mike Eliason
Association Executive
Kitsap County Association of REALTORS®
and the NWMLS.

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