Whidbey Island Community Living & Real Estate Information
The Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is a U.S. Navy base located in Island County, Washington. Ault Field is the station's airfield and main facility, where most of the military operations take place. The airfield is equipped with two 8,000-foot long runways and supports EA-6B Prowler, P-3C Orion, EP-3 AIRIES II, C-9 Skytrain and MH-60s Knighthawk aircraft. Ault Field honors Commander William B. Ault for his brave leadership in an instrumental attack on enemy forces in the South Pacific in 1942. Called the Battle of the Coral Sea, the mission resulted in destruction of one enemy carrier and severe damage to another.
Whidbey Island NAS was commissioned in 1942 and played a key role for the navy's West Coast presence during World War II. Situated near Oak Harbor, the base is approximately 80 miles north of Seattle. Located on the eastern shore of Whidbey Island and the edge of Oak Harbor, the Seaplane base houses the Family Service Center, Housing Office, Personal Property, Commissary, Exchange, Navy Lodge and some of the family housing units.
NAS Whidbey is a popular duty location because of the station's excellent quality of life and close relationships with its neighbors. Stationed personnel enjoy enhanced housing whether it's waterfront resort-like housing or single-family dwellings, thorough training programs and many opportunities to interact with neighboring communities. The station has earned positive recognition for its recycling programs, its actions to restore and protect the environment, and its participation in the Drug Education for Youth Program.
Whidbey Island Real Estate Market: Price Range of Whidbey Island Houses for Sale
Whidbey Island has a large selection of real estate properties. Resort-style homes with water views or water frontage are available, as are cozy secluded cottages. Some homes look out onto the crystal waters of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Prices for detached, single-family homes range from the high $100,000s up to about $1 million or more. The median price range is $280,000 to $295,000.
Whidbey Island Real Estate Stats and Trends for the week of May 5th, 2014: homes priced around $470,180 compared to $703,865 the previous week, showing a decrease of less than -50%. For Wednesday, July 30th, the current national mortgage rate for a 30 year fixed mortgage is 4.19%; the 15 year fixed rate is at 3.23%. For a loan larger than conventional conforming loans, or 'jumbo' loan, the 30 year rate is 4.68%, while the 15 year jumbo rate currently is at 3.70%. You can calculate your mortgage rate with our mortgage calculators. Get local info and homes for sale in Whidbey Island WA. View active real estate listings for different types of properties including new homes, houses for sale, foreclosures, short sales, and price reduced listings. Find information and property resources including prices of recently sold homes, neighborhood information, crime stats, home values, and schools in Whidbey Island to help you find the best home!