Go Play Outside

The cherry blossom are in full bloom and it is not raining. That makes for a great first day of spring in the Pacific Northwest.  Since I love maps, I thought I’d share some of my favorite outdoor resources for the island.

The Bainbridge Island Parks District has a great map of all the island parks – see below. You can also click here for a larger version.

Another map I love is the Guide to Walking, Cycling and Paddling Trails.  It used to be in print, but now just available online.

A third resource is the website Bainbridge Island Trails.  You can sign up on the site for new trail updates.  A good, resource, with a lot of little known trail options.

Another I like, that is also hard to find is the map of the Waterfront Trail Loop in Winslow.

Have fun.  I’ll see on out there!


Bainbridge Island Trails Map

On March 20, 2015, in Activities, Community, Parks, by

The Bainbridge Island Community

The kindness of the community is what really made us take the leap to relocate to the island. There are many beautiful places around the world, but knowing that we were coming to a place where folks were eager to incorporate us into the day to day activities of life, made the transition so much easier.

And after that transition phase, we have experienced first-hand that this is a community rich in education, the arts, humanity, and nature — a place where our family can flourish. From the Farmer’s Market on Saturday to swimming lessons at the Aquatic Center to a Sunday matinee at the performing arts center theater, there is always something interesting to do on the island.

Snapshot of Bainbridge Island

  • Population of 23,380
  • 833.9 persons per square mile
  • The island is 27.78 square miles, with 53 miles of shoreline
  • The island is approximately four miles wide and twelve miles long
  • Average rainfall per year 37”
  • Average July temperature 75 degrees
  • Average January temperature 34 degrees
  • The growing season is approximately 180 days
  • Median age of residents 47.7
  • Median income  $99,0000
  • Median home price is $524,650 (as of 1/2014)
  • Percentage of families (vs. single residents) 73%
  • Average student teacher ratio is 26 to 1
  • Home ownership rate 78.9% (2007-2011)
  • Median Household Income $96,130

We have two major grocery stores (Safeway & Town & Country Market), a hardware store, several banks, numerous doctor’s offices, dentists, orthodontists, gyms, etc. – you get the idea.  You do not need to leave the island for your everyday needs.  The local Bainbridge merchants have everything you need to survive, and you can acquire it without driving in traffic or going to strip-malls.

Data From Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, The Bainbridge Island Almanac and Windermere Bainbridge – updated 3/2014

On March 9, 2014, in Activities, Moving, Personal, Schools, by

I like/need to exercise and I prefer to do it outside versus a gym.  I received a Bloedel Membership for my birthday this summer and have not used it nearly enough.  So last week on one of our glorious sunny fall days (like today), I took my three mile walk through the trails at the Bloedel Reserve.

The Bloedel Reserve is great for nature lovers, gardeners, walkers, joggers, photographer, history buffs – there are so many reasons to go and enjoy the splendor that the Bloedel family developed.   Bloedel is a 150 acre public garden that includes a Japanese Garden, moss garden, family estate home, reflection pool, ponds, views of the sound, wildlife, and more.

Bloedel is glorious right now with all of the colors of fall, but I also can’t wait to see it with snow. And, the Magical Holiday Village and Model Train Exhibit goes on display December 4th.

Click here for hours and admission/fee info.  A membership is NOT needed, nor is a reservation.

Bloedel Collage - by Jen Pells


On November 15, 2011, in Activities, Community, Parks, by

A Waterfront Walk Through Fort Ward Park

Not too long ago a friend of mine who has lived here for over two years said she had never been to Fort Ward Park.  I was shocked.  Fort Ward Park (having formerly been Fort Ward State Park) is on most maps.  There are a lot of cool, little known places to walk and hike, but this one is easy to find. Yet, I think my friend is not alone in having not explored it.

I talk about this walk/run in an older  post about jogging routes, but thought I would add a little photo essay. Most of these are taken with my iPhone. Click here to see the older post and a map of the route. At least three times a week I will do this 3.5 mile jaunt from the boat ramp at the Fort Ward Park entrance to the bitter end of South Beach, past Toe Jam Hill Road.  It is a flat, mostly paved walk, easy to run or walk with kids.

Unlike the track at the High School, this route is a visual feast.  Most of the walk is along the water or via gorgeous waterfront homes.  You will see one or two ferries, eagles, cyclists, the ever changing natural landscape, the fish hatchery, and at least three or four friendly dogs.  Toward the end of the walk is the ‘dog water ‘ stop below, I often wish they had ‘human water’ too. But, the dog water is cute, quaint, and so Bainbridge.

Fort Ward Walk collage - Jen Pells

On October 26, 2011, in Activities, Parks, Photos, by

These graphs take a step back and look at the last three years.  We are certainly on a downward trend in regards to price per square foot, but we see that irregular, erratic market at play through all of the seasons.  Winter months like December of 2008 and January of 2009 prices dipped down below the latest data from August of 2010, yet in February of 2008, there was an upward spike in price per square foot, followed by the highest of the three years in June of 2008. And, as I pointed out in the last data post, we saw spikes in the volume of homes sold this past summer of 2010 – likely due to the tax credit.  Stay tuned as we finish out the year.

For Sale vs. Sold vs. Pended 2007-2010

Bainbridge Island Housing Market 2007-2010

Average Price Per Square Foot 2007-2010

The pricing data used below is for homes priced up to 2 million.

Bainbridge Island Housing Market 2007-2010

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