Port Townsend is a picturesque Victorian seaport town of about 8,800 population on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The marine trades, a paper mill, and the nearby U.S. Navy Indian Island facility are the largest employers in the city and surrounding Jefferson County (total population about 29,000+). Tourism is also a major employer. In addition to a steadily growing retirement population, the area is also becoming popular for professionals with home-based businesses. Monthly rental amounts for homes (single family residences) in Port Townsend listed below do not include city utilities (water/sewer/garbage) which have usual basic rates between $70-85/month. Duplex, condo, and apartment monthly rents include the cost of city utilities unless otherwise noted.
Cape George Colony
Cape George Colony Club is a private community about 6 miles west of Port Townsend proper. Many of the homes have marine views of Discovery Bay. All homes are on septic systems, water is provided by a community well system (water not included in rent). While the roads are private, it is not a gated community. There are strictly-enforced CC&R's regarding yard maintenance, pet control, etc. Club amenities are not available to renters. Port Townsend School District.
Kala Point is a beautifully-maintained private, gated community bordering Admiralty Bay about ten minutes south of Port Townsend. The community's private beaches, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, nature trails, and other amenities are available to renters at no additional charge. Homes, town homes, and condos are all available as rental units from time-to-time. There are strictly-enforced CC&R's with regard to vehicle parking, boat/RV storage, yard maintenance, pet control, etc. All homes are on septic systems, $14 monthly fee. Port Townsend or Chimacum School District.
The Tri-Area is a contiguous area of the three unincorporated towns of Port Hadlock, Irondale, and Chimacum. While there are a few housing and apartment developments, most residential areas are a mix of homes of various ages, sizes, and styles, including rural farm lands and homes on acreage. Much of the area is served by the Jefferson county water system PUD (home water bills about $30-35/month), but all homes (and businesses) are on septic systems. Rentals in the areas of "Center Valley", "Beaver Valley", Marrowstone Island, Oak Bay, and Discovery Bay, all rural areas to the east and south of the "Tri-Area", are also included in this listing section. Served by Chimacum School District.
Port Ludlow is an award-winning planned community bordering the Puget Sound and Ludlow Bay, six miles north of the Hood Canal Bridge, 25-30 minutes south of Port Townsend. The community has private amenities (pools, tennis courts, marina, beaches, championship golf course, clubhouses/rec center, etc.) which are available to renters at an additional charge, and which vary in the different sections of Port Ludlow. Strictly-enforced CC&R's regarding vehicle parking, boat/RV storage, yard maintenance, pet control, etc. Port Ludlow has its own water system and sewer system. The community has condominiums and there is also a resort area with a hotel, restaurants, convention facilities, etc. open to the public. Chimacum School District.
The communities of Paradise Bay, Shine, and Bridgehaven to the south are included under this section. Homes in these areas are on septic systems, water is from wells or community water systems.