Area Information



Originally known as Appletree Cove, Kingston was founded in 1853, and by 1880 had begun to grow into a lumber town. The area’s many loggers and settlers soon began referring to the rustic logging community as “King’s Town”, likely in jest, but the name stuck, and eventually evolved into Kingston; the current name today.

When the local lumber industry began to wane in the 1890’s, developers dreamed of turning Kingston into a resort town for vacationing Seattle residents, complete with a luxury hotel; though residents did eventually come, it was in far fewer numbers than anticipated, and the idea was abandoned. Instead, Kingston experienced a slower, natural growth to its present population of just over 2,000 residents.


Like the rest of the Puget Sound region, Kingston’s climate is moderated significantly by the Pacific Ocean. Summers are warm, but not hot, with temperatures usually topping out in the mid to upper 70s. Winters are mild as well, with thermometers rarely dipping below 40 on the chilliest nights. The Pacific Northwest’s lush forests are supported by significant rainfall, with Kingston averaging over 36 inches of precipitation annually. However, the vast majority of rainy days occur between November and April, with the spring and summer months remaining relatively dry.



Educational needs in Kingston are served by the North Kitsap School District, which includes several elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. Other nearby school districts includes Bainbridge Island School District, Bremerton School District, and the South and Central Kitsap School Districts. Higher education can be pursued at Olympic College in Bremerton, or in Seattle at the University of Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University among many others.

Transportation between the many islands and peninsulas of the Puget Sound region is provided by Washington State Ferries. Once a collection of small steamer lines known as the “Mosquito Fleet”, Washington State Ferries has since developed into the largest ferry fleet in the United States and third largest in the world, carrying over 11 million vehicles annually.


Kitsap County boasts over 250 miles of saltwater shoreline, ideal for bird-watching or launching your deep-water fishing adventure. Fun in the mountains is just a short trip to the east, where you can take in the majesty of Mount Olympus, Olympic National Park, or the famous Mount Saint Helens. Snow skiing in the Cascades is a popular winter sport, with resorts such as Stevens Pass, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Mission Ridge and Echo Valley satisfying adrenaline junkies and vacationers alike.

And of course, nearby Seattle is the preeminent sports city in the northwest; home to the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, MLB’s Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Sounders of MLS.

Whether it’s fun on the water or in the mountains, on a quiet shore or in the heart of the city, the Puget Sound regions offers something for everyone. Contact us today to find your perfect Puget Sound waterfront home for sale, western Washington timberland, or Kitsap County real estate for sale and find your freedom in the Pacific Northwest.

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