Neighborhood Profile

Poulsbo

Neighborhood

Highlights

Average Sale Price
$522,000
Price Range
$148K-1.9M
Avg. Price/Sq.Ft
$236/Sq. Ft.
Average Rental
$1,300/mo

In the 1880s, a small group of Norwegian immigrants led by Jorgen Eliason happened upon a piece of Washington land so rich and beautiful, it reminded them of their own homeland in Norway. It was a verdant valley nestled between two snow-capped mountain ranges, the Olympics and the Cascades, with water lapping at its shores from a bay that on calm mornings reflected the blue sky like an exquisite looking glass. The immigrants, who missed the fjords of Norway with heartbreaking intensity, immediately claimed the land as their own and eventually founded a small town.

This town, Poulsbo, or “Little Norway” I as it is known around the world, was molded in the image of the immigrants’ mother-country. Through the years, its residents have remained proud of their heritage and Poulsbo has become a regional tourist destination where old-world charm meets Scandinavian sophistication. Although Poulsbo is a fascinating place to visit, the nearly 10,000 residents of the town all agree: it is an even better place to live.

Although Poulsbo is surrounded by gorgeous natural beauty, the town itself is also a beautiful sight to behold. This is apparent in the picturesque downtown core most of all, where rosemaled storefronts mix with historic murals and blooming flowers. A walk down the main streets of Poulsbo showcases the best of what the town has to offer, from Scandinavian-themed shops and restaurants, to heritage exhibits, to calming green space tucked here and there among the buildings. It is a town filled with interesting gift shops and delicious bakeries. The scent of baked goods permeates the streets.

The beauty and small-town feel of Poulsbo have made it a great local destination, but its focus on Norwegian culture has made it famous world-wide. Indeed, Poulsbo is to Norway as Leavenworth, Washington, is to Germany. Norwegian culture is served up everywhere in town, from local restaurants to annual events like the Sons of Norway Lutefisk Dinner and Viking Fest.

Although the old-world town is proud of its Norwegian heritage, it is also a hotbed of Scandinavian and European sophistication. Sprinkled among its charming shops are trendy restaurants serving delicious food from around Europe, lovely wine stops, beautiful cafes, and several pubs featuring award-winning local micro-brews. Poulsbo is a place where even the pickiest foodies are satisfied with steaming hot spaetzle, Swedish meatballs, and Norwegian lefse.

The diversity of food available in Poulsbo is mirrored by the diversity of its residents. The town is a mixture of blue-collar and white-collar residents, many of whom enjoy an 18-mile ferry boat commute to work in Seattle and other surrounding eastern cities. Many Poulsbo residents also commute to nearby Bremerton for work at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, or to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

Poulsbo is a popular place to live for many military families because of its small-town feel, low crime rate, great schools, and full line-up of year-around events. It’s also regarded as an excellent stepping-off point for adventures around the Kitsap Peninsula. Many residents enjoy weekend trips to Bainbridge Island and Vashon Island. Poulsbo is also a gateway for trips to the coast, including Victoria, B.C., and the Olympic National Park. For urban adventures, Bellevue and Seattle are just a short ferry ride away.

Top Walk Scores®

Living in a neighborhood with a top Walk Score® is more than a sidewalk-lined street. When your favorite coffee shop is just around the corner, the grocery store is nearby when you run out of milk, and on a sunny day you can skip your way to the park – you’ve found yourself a walkable neighborhood....

Waterfront

For some, the call to live life at water's edge is undeniable: The sunshine reflecting upon the water’s surface, boats or ferries passing by, birds soaring overhead, the glimmer of a wavy sunset. From boating and beachcombing to kayaking and birdwatching—find these activities along the shoreline....

Island Living

Calling an island your home often means your living among a tight-knit group of neighbors. Among Washington's island paradises, communities bond in their way of living, whether they're there for a place of retreat, providing seclusion and a tranquil refuge, or for those looking to indulge in the waterfront...

Poulsbo

Neighborhood Lifestyle

Featured

Poulsbo Listings

Pending
$1,595,000
21512 Miller Bay Rd NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.75 Baths
  • 2,830 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
$130,000
Kippola Lane NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 8.75 Acres
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
$125,000
9999 NE Big Bear Lane
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 2.5 Acres
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
$2,400,000
Johnson Rd
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 26.85 Acres
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
Pending
$2,275,000
22180 Rhododendron Lane NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 18.64 Acres
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
$1,890,000
11085 Courtney Lane NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 4 Beds
  • 6.00 Baths
  • 6,528 Sq. Ft.
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
New on Market
$1,500/mo
18667 9th Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 2 Beds
  • 1.00 Baths
  • 1,200 Sq. Ft.
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
$1,300/mo
997 NE Holm Ct
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 1 Bed
  • 1.00 Baths
  • 700 Sq. Ft.
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
$1,200/mo
15580 Orweiler Rd NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 1 Bed
  • 1.00 Baths
  • 720 Sq. Ft.
Listed Courtesy of Northwest MLS
Sold
$1,850,000
2615 NE Passage View Lane
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.75 Baths
  • 4,503 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
Sold
$1,630,000
25875 Canyon Rd NW
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 3 Beds
  • 3.50 Baths
  • 5,611 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
Sold
$1,350,000
1240 NW Comyn Rd
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.75 Baths
  • 2,728 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
Sold
$1,400,000
3270 Wheeler St NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.50 Baths
  • 2,590 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
Sold
$1,100,000
16201 Norum Rd NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.00 Baths
  • 3,291 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty
Sold
$1,127,500
14400 Sandy Hook Rd NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.50 Baths
  • 3,280 Sq. Ft.
Listing Courtesy of Realogics Sotheby's International Realty

Location

Poulsbo, Washington United States
Poulsbo

Community Info

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Vinland Elementary School

Grade :
PK-5
Distance :
2.32 mi
Middle SCHOOL

Poulsbo Junior High School

Grade :
6-8
Distance :
0.91 mi
High SCHOOL

North Kitsap High School

Grade :
9-12
Distance :
0.71 mi

Private Schools

  • School
  • Grade
  • Distance
  • Glen Eden Institute (Will close: Winter 2015)
  • 3-4, 10, 12
  • 0.06 mi
  • Gateway Christian Schools
  • K-8
  • 0.41 mi
  • Poulsbo Adventist School
  • 1-7
  • 0.58 mi
  • West Sound Academy
  • 6-12
  • 2.56 mi

School data provided by GreatSchools. School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly.

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