Life on Bainbridge | February 2019
Winter is well under way and varying events around the island are celebrating the season! From a Valentine’s Day Concert to the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival, here is a list of local happenings for the month.
February 8th – 17th | Cupid’s Walk
Bloedel Reserve is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a walk that highlights the love story that it was build on. Discover a true expression of love.
February 9th | Wine on the Rock: Wine & Chocolate
Enjoy a special edition of this recurring event! Five Bainbridge Island wineries will be participating with wine and chocolate pairings that are sure to satisfy your taste buds!
February 14th | Grace Love: A Special Valentine’s Day Concert
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is preparing for a romantic evening with sweet treats and sweeter sounds! Tickets include a glass of bubbly and additional libations will be available for purchase.
February 20th – 24th | Northwest Flower & Garden Festival
Experts and enthusiasts from the region will be gathering for this annual event. Marvel in show gardens and shop the market to get your garden ready for the year ahead!
February 22nd | Meet Me at the Movies — Winter 2019
Delight in clips from a variety of films that are followed by discussion at this unique experience. Guests are invited to enjoy this free event on a first-come, first-served basis.
February 28th | Monthly BARN Bakealong: Graham Crackers
The Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network is dedicating their February bakealong to a crunchy treat! Each participant is invited to bring one guest to help bake up some fun.
Life on Bainbridge | January 2019
A new year has begun and the island is humming with activities for all ages! From a traditional Japanese tradition and live music to a book fair benefiting animals and an event with therapy dogs, the island truly offers something for everyone.
January 5th | Mochi Tsuki | 11am -3pm
Celebrate Bainbridge Island’s 30th annual Mochi Tsuki. The traditional Japanese gathering will be hosted at the Woodward Middle School, a new venue that can accommodate more guests.
January 6th – 19th | Heyday Farm House Events
This month Heyday Farms is hosting three events: A Sunday Supper on January 6th; a Cider Dinner with Finnriver on January 17th; and an Egg-cellent Cooking Class on January 19th. See details on their website.
January 17th | R.E.A.D. to a Dog | 4pm – 5pm
The Kitsap Regional Library on Bainbridge Island invites children to practice their reading skills by reading to therapy dogs. The recurring event will also be held on February 21st.
January 20th | Public Site Tour at Islandwood | 1pm – 4pm
Explore the magic of Islandwood at an afternoon site tour. The three hour walk will highlight the ecologically diverse campus and educate you about their onsite buildings and programs.
January 23rd | In-Store Book Fair: PAWS | 4pm – 6pm
Eagle River Book Company will be donating 20% of sales to PAWS of Bainbridge and North Kitsap during a two hour in-store book fair. Shop to support local animals in need!
January 31st | Jazz Jam | 7pm
The Treehouse Cafe is closing January with a Jazz Jam. Enjoy live jazz standards and, if you’re feeling courageous, you can even join in the fun onstage!
Bainbridge Island lets retirees enjoy the best of multiple worlds. The picturesque settings are dotted with welcoming shops and eateries, and a population of just over 24,000 protects the small-town feel while ensuring access to important amenities like health care. Plus, seniors who can’t find everything they need during retirement on the lovely island can hop a ferry to Seattle for big-city choices. Here are just a few reasons seniors might want to make a home on Bainbridge Island.
Safety and Security
Bainbridge Island has a low crime rate and is statistically safer than 72 percent of the cities in the nation. Seniors making a home here only have a 1 in 70 risk of experiencing crime, which compares very favorably with the 1 in 17 risk you run in Seattle. And while life on the island is slightly more expensive than in Seattle — that includes average home prices — seniors who enjoy the Pacific Northwest and want the benefit of having Seattle nearby may consider the uptick in security worth the slightly higher cost of living. Plus, since Washington state doesn’t have an income tax, your retirement disbursements go that much farther.
Seniors can easily get around (and off) the island even if they no longer drive. Bainbridge Island has a commuter service for seniors who want to keep a regular schedule or work during retirement, and the Washington State Department of Transportation runs ferry service to and from the island. Seniors age 65 plus or anyone with a Medicare card can access half-price ferry fares, making a trip to Seattle affordable.
Seniors who enjoy the outdoors will find plenty to do during retirement on Bainbridge Island. A visit to Bloedel Reserve lets you enjoy the flora and fauna of the area as well as more exotic options. The 150-acre reserve has enough to see that seniors can spend multiple visits here. A paved road lets those with limited mobility enjoy the natural surroundings, and the reserve offers wheelchairs for use on site. Seniors get a discount on admission, and if you want to bring your grandkids, children 4 and under are free while tickets for those age 6 to 12 only cost $6.
Other amenities on the island include an art museum, Japanese American Exclusion Memorial and a historical museum. Seniors may also enjoy numerous shopping areas, unique restaurants and green spaces and parks.
Health Care Providers
Seniors with chronic health conditions may want to settle in a neighborhood where health care options are nearby. While Bainbridge Island doesn’t have a hospital, seniors can seek preventative and urgent care at a variety of clinics and doctor’s offices. Seattle’s highly rated Virginia Mason Medical Center has a campus on the island — The Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center.
The Center offers general care as well as specialty care for oncology, neurology, cardiology and other niches important for seniors. The center is open for some evening and weekend hours in addition to regular daily hours, making it easier for seniors to get appointments when needed.
Seniors who want to live on the island but need more assurance of fast access to medical care may want to consider retirement in one of the available assisted living communities.
From the Kitsap Regional Library branch located right in the heart of town to the Ted Olsen Nature Preserve in the north, the area in and around Bainbridge is unique, beautiful and a great place for retirement. Seniors can work with an experienced real estate agent to find the right home on the island or sell their Seattle property to downsize to island living.
If your interested in our Beautiful Island give me a call, or visit SonjaJones.com. Let’s bring you home!
Life on Bainbridge | December 2018
There is a chill in the air and its officially the most wonderful time of the year! Local shops are filled with cheer and residents across the island are ready to celebrate. Find out where you can enjoy twinkling lights and build gingerbread houses below.
December 7th – 26th | An Actor’s Carol
Enjoy a Christmas classic from Charles Evered. This rendition of A Christmas Carol features holiday music from Bainbridge Island’s Jon Brenner.
December 11th | Winter Wonderland | 4pm – 7pm
The third annual event is the perfect place for seasonal family fun! Enjoy light features, face painting, cider, cookies, a boat parade and more. Rumor has it Santa will stop by, too!
December 8th – 15th | Gingerbread Houses
The Kids Discovery Museum is hosting a DIY workshop to decorate gingerbread houses. Stop by any day to enjoy this self-guided activity with little ones.
December 15th – January 6th | Holiday Village
Bloedel Reserve is magic of the season with a tiny town that will leave big memories. The handmade village offers imagination galore that all ages are sure to love.
December 20th – 22nd | Solstice Walks
Explore nature with a candle-lit walk through Bloedel Reserve. A pathway lit by lanterns make this event unlike any of the other experiences offered all day.
December 31st | Noon Year’s Eve | 10am – 1pm
A new year is almost here, and the Kids Discovery Museum is ready to celebrate ‘Noon Year’s Eve’ with a countdown and balloon drop.
Life on Bainbridge | November 2018
The holidays are drawing near and all over the island events are celebrating the season! Enjoy our peaceful natural landscape, participate in a fun-run fundraiser and start your holiday shopping.
November 8th | Outdoor Family Nature Club | 10am
Join the Outdoor Families Nature Club for education, hiking and playtime. The group meets every week, rain or shine.
November 11th | American Hero Sew-In | 12pm – 5pm
The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild invites you to celebrate Veterans Day at this year’s American Hero Sew-In, an event dedicated to providing quilts for men and women who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
November 15th | Late Fall Plant & Tree Walk | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Bloedel Reserve is celebrating the season with a walk centered around the beautiful fall colors. The walk will occur rain or shine, so be sure to dress accordingly!
November 17th & 18th | Celluloid Bainbridge
The annual film fest is here! Enjoy two days of films that have a connection to wonderful Bainbridge Island at the historic Lynwood Theatre.
November 22nd | Turkey Trot
Battle Point Park will be transformed for a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day with two fun-run courses. Register today and help raise funds for Helpline House.
November 30th – December 2nd | Christmas in the Country
The holiday season is underway and Christmas in the Country offers the perfect opportunity to start searching for gifts. Click below to learn more about the event and see participating locations.
Life on Bainbridge | October 2018
The Fall season is now in full swing, and Bainbridge is celebrating with festive events all month long. From a pancake breakfast to a haunted hayride the island truly offers something for everyone.
October 6th | Island School Carnival | 12 – 4pm
The Island School welcomes all ages to their 35th Annual Carnival. Open to the public, this event includes games, BBQ, live music and used book sale. Admission is free, game tickets are $1 each or $25 for unlimited access.
October 13th | Ride the Farm Fresh Race | 9am – 3pm
Johnson Farm invites you to this year’s Farm Fresh Race! Events range from a Juicebox Race (for those 8 and under) to a Competitive Mountain Bike Race. Click below for official rules and more details.
October 13th | Pancake Breakfast | 8am – 12pm
Show your support for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department at a pancake breakfast! Enjoy a tasty morning treat and a ride on the truck.
October 12th – 13th | Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk
Celebrate the season with the annual Pumpkin Walk at Bainbridge Gardens. Stroll along with historic Nature Trail and enjoy a grand display of lighted pumpkins, wander through the hay maze or enjoy a treat from New Rose Cafe.
October 22nd – 24th | 4th Annual Haunted Hayride
Come to Battle Point Park for festivities including face painting, crafts, games and prizes before enjoying a spooky ride along the pumpkin-lined trails to see ghosts, zombies, monsters and more.
October 31st | Halloween Walk | 4 – 6pm
Get dressed up in your costume for some community fun! Shops along Winslow Way will be closing at 3:30pm to sponsor a safe trick-or-treating evening filled with fun.
Life on Bainbridge | September 2018
The island continues to celebrate the community as summer starts to wind down. Whether you want to watch one last movie outdoors or partake in a group event to clean our beaches, this grouping of events offers an array of activities for all ages.
September 7th | Movies in the Park | 8pm
The Movies in the Park Series concludes with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Light concessions are available for purchase and the movie will begin at dusk.
September 8th | Quilt Festival
The streets of Winslow Way will be colored with quilts on September 8th. Walk through the town and enjoy quilts hung on storefronts.
September 9th | Beach Clean-Up
Join KiMiDu and Sustainable Bainbridge to help keep the community clean. Register today so organizers can anticipate how many helpful hands will be on site!
September 16th | Nature’s Medicine Chest: Forest and Field
Discover a world of natural remedies at IslandWood’s workshop. Learn ancient techniques, make your own take home samples, enjoy lunch by IslandWood’s chefs and more!
September 23rd | FBW 10 Year Anniversary Party
Fletcher Bay Winery is turning 10! Celebrate the occasion with live music on the 23rd, or stop by to enjoy one of their other September events.
September 29th | Animal Krackers
Delight in a night filled with fun at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort benefiting the Kitsap Humane Society. Registration includes dinner, auction access and the chance to snuggle an adoptable animal.
Life on Bainbridge | August 2018
Summer events on the island are all about enjoying our surroundings. See what is happening this month.
August 4th & 5th | Annual Dahlia Show
Explore incredible flowers at the 94th Annual Dahlia Show presented by the Kitsap County Dahlia Society.
August 7th | BIPD National Night Out | 5pm
Celebrate the Bainbridge Island Police Department while strengthening the community by participating in this nationwide event.
August 10th – 12th | Summer Studio Tour
Twice a year artists through the region come together to display works of art through Bainbridge, providing the perfect chance to find your next great piece of art!
August 18th | Summer Golf Scramble
This year marks the 15th golf scramble, a wonderful event that supports the Chamber of Commerce.
August 19th | Calligraphy at BIMA
Prepare to create the letter of a lifetime! BIMA’s Calligraphy workshop will help you create a wonderful handwritten letter.
August 26th | Concerts in the Vineyard
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of live music at Bainbridge Vineyards. This free event welcomes all ages, and allows guests to purchase wine. Cheers to a wonderful season!
It’s been an exciting first half of the year on Bainbridge Island, as buyers flock to our slower pace of life and close-knit community. Looking at trends on a quarterly basis, Bainbridge Island served as a bit of an outlier compared to other areas around the Sound, as one of the few areas that didn’t feel the relief of growing inventory. Though other regions reported slight gains for three consecutive months, Bainbridge Island saw a decrease of homes for sale with just 1.8 months of inventory. The number of homes sold likewise decreased, while the average sales price remained relatively steady between Q2-2017 and Q2-2018 at $965,000 and $972,000, respectively.
A quarterly comparison reveals home values on Bainbridge Island continue to rise.
A lack of inventory can be attributed to a decline in the average days on market, as homes sold in just 26 days, down nearly 40% compared to this same time last year. The average price per square foot grew at a slower rate than it did in the first quarter of 2018, increasing 2.5% from $355.35 (Q2-2017) to $364.2 (Q2-2018).
Narrowing down to just single-family waterfront homes on the Island, it appears more buyers are eager to embrace the allure of the water’s edge, as the average days on market from Q2-2017 to Q2-2018 fell by over 50 percent to just under one month (27 days). Despite the inventory dip felt on Bainbridge Island as a whole, the number of waterfront homes for sale increased slightly compared to this same time last year at 3.1 months.
Increased inventory translates to more choices for buyers, which is likely a culprit in the slight decline in average sales prices reported for waterfront homes in the second quarter of 2018—with an average of $1.293M, down from just over $1.4M in the previous year. While the average sales price was down slightly, the average price per square foot in Q2-2018 grew by just under 2% at $530.84, indicating that the value of a waterfront home on our coveted Island remains steady.
Life on Bainbridge | 4th of July Edition
Bainbridge Island celebrates tradition every year on July 4th. It is always great to see the community come together and engage in a variety of activities. Read below to see details for this year’s holiday.
July 3rd Street Dance | 6pm – 11pm
Bainbridge Island Downtown Association will be hosting the annual street dance on Winslow Way. Come dance, eat and enjoy as the community celebrates.
Pancake Breakfast | 7am – 11am
Start the day with a traditional pancake breakfast at the Town & Country Market’s west parking lot. Enjoy a delicious meal that benefits the High School’s Boosters Club.
Mile Long Hometown Parade | 1pm
This year’s annual parade will showcase over 100 units along Madison Avenue and Winslow Way.
Rooftop Party at Fletcher Bay Winery | Noon – 11pm
Enjoy live music and good eats on the winery’s rooftop deck overlooking Eagle Harbor. As a ticketed guest, you can come and go all day as you please.
Fireworks Display at Dusk
End the day with a spectacular show over Eagle Harbor. Visit the fireworks website for event details and find out how to help with next year’s display.
If you would like to learn more about July 4th on Bainbridge Island, visit GrandOld4th.com