Sunday, July 15, 2012

Eglon.


If you've been following along, you know I looked at a cabin on a little piece of waterfront property in Kingston, WA. Today I went back to look at another place. Technically, Kingston claims this house as its own, but as you drive to the house, it's clear it belongs to Eglon, a place I'd never heard of until today.

Eglon is an unincorporated part of Kitsap County. I passed farms, cows, and horses (the latter actually on the road) as I made my way to the house, which is perched on high-bank waterfront that seems slightly less likely to collapse into the salt waters of the Puget Sound than the last house I toured. The Eglon house is cute. Less of a fixer. And while it comes with 60 feet of beach, access hasn't been carved out yet. So that's a project.

But let's talk about Eglon. It's barely a town. It's got a church, the old school (above, which is now a community center) and a little beach with a boat ramp. No gas station. No stores. That's about it.

In the 20s, Eglon tried to become a port. Boats would bring people from across the water, but when tides were too high or low, people had to stay on and try again the next time their boat made the loop. Not super reliable, as ports go. So Eglon never really happened. From what I can tell, they're happy about that. The state occasionally tried to consolidate authority over small ports now and then. But Eglon, with no mayor, does have a port commission. Gene Duvall, port commissioner, has said, "The wish of the community is to keep the port basically as it is."

Here's the "port" (and Commissioner Duvall):

And here's the view from the house:

Eglon, while sleepy, is a contender.

13 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I love Eglon. My In-Laws own and live on the 10 acres on the corner of Eglon and Eglon - the grey and blue house with the dressage arena. t's such a peaceful area. If you have questions, let me know, they may know the current owners or history of the property. My husband lived there for years before college. Now that we live in Edmonds - it's just a ferry trip away.

stephendrucker said...

Enjoying your search. One real estate lesson that has never let me down: The one thing that bothers you about a house before you buy it will annoy you forever after you buy it. You' can tell yourself it doesn't really matter but you will never talk yourself out of it.

Decorno said...

Stephen - sage advice.

(Has this happened to you? Have you ever bought a place where that one thing kept bugging you?)

Melissa Crochet @ The Insane Domain said...

I know nothing about that part of the world but the outside of that house is amazing and the view is crazy! Just looking at it makes me feel relaxed. I'm sure you will pick the right one.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

stephen's advice might be true...but in reality i think you have to suck it up in some areas. especially for a view like that.

David said...

Won't slide into the water, less of a fixer, and that view? Pretty hard to resist.

Anonymous said...

What time do we show up for drinks?

Anonymous said...

Er, the body of water is called Puget Sound, not "the Puget Sound". As in, "You're looking for a house on Puget Sound."

"The Puget Sound" is short for "the Puget Sound region", and does not refer to the Sound itself.

Decorno said...

But what if I like saying "the Puget Sound" in the same way I like it when people call me "The Decorno"?

Anonymous said...

The Anonymous is an idiot.

LB said...

that is awesome. i'm not sure what you have to suck up? isn't the idea of a retreat to be able to retreat? so you have to plan a little for your food. probably better so you don't end up leaving broccoli in the fridge on accident!

Kristin said...

Why can we say "the Sound" and not "the Puget Sound" when referring to the sound specifically named Puget?

Anonymous said...

how much to carve out beach access? will you do it as a project, or hire someone? will it cost a lot? it should add value to the home-how much, i wonder? still get an expert to do the inspection and make sure the property is sound. did you envision truly getting away, or having a community, cute shops, restaurants, and amenities? when you thought of having a beach house, what was wrapped up in that? eglon may stay off the map. it may go white hot, and there you are, sitting pretty. how will growth be welcomed by people who've lived there for ever, and like it just the way it is, thank you very much? in my city, there's a LOVELY neighborhood called avondale estates. it's little strip has remained stagnant for decades-no one could agree on what should go there. so it limped along. is that what you want? it may be perfect for you. just know that going in. btw, what's the average age over there? retirees? middle aged? curious. lovely view.