The Accessible Island
One hour north of Seattle, Langley has New England charm and a skip in its step, possibly due to the extra sunshine it receives behind the Olympic Peninsula’s rain shadow.
Despite the island’s easy access, Langley (population 1,072) has maintained its small-town calm and local character. Architect Ross Chapin says they make it work with a “smaller is smarter” attitude, particularly when it comes to housing.
So far, home prices have not ballooned into the astronomical second-home stratosphere, and they also have held relatively steady in the bad market.