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Gig Harbor North

Gig Harbor North

Gig Harbor North is the most recently developed area of Gig Harbor. It offers an active and convenient lifestyle while living near the heart of the historic downtown. The Washington State Growth Management Act helped to preserve the nearly 700 acres North of downtown Gig Harbor, allowing a space that could be used to fulfill future growth. Planning for this area began in the 1980’s and started blossoming when Gig Harbor annexed it in 1998. As a result, Gig Harbor gained a host of essential city businesses and big box stores, meaning people no longer have to cross the Narrows for basic services. What’s more, the charm of the historic downtown has been preserved. Gig Harbor North has become a major hub of the area and greatly benefited from planners creating neighborhoods with parks, connectivity, accessibility, and community.
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Locations

As the name implies, this area lies just North of the downtown center of Gig Harbor. Gig Harbor.

It has easy access to Highway 16 which is the Highway that crosses the Narrows Bridge over Puget Sound (This inlet stands out on a map of WA state as a “finger of water separating the....

Location | Gig Harbor North

As the name implies, this area lies just North of the downtown center of Gig Harbor. Gig Harbor.

It has easy access to Highway 16 which is the Highway that crosses the Narrows Bridge over Puget Sound (This inlet stands out on a map of WA state as a “finger of water separating the Olympic Peninsula from the rest of WA state. Technically all of Gig Harbor lies on the Olympic Peninsula and the Narrows Bridge is the main access point to take one to Seattle, the international airport, and the many cities along the East side of Puget Sound.

Tacoma can be accessed by most areas in 15-25 minutes. Without traffic you can get to Seattle in about an hour, but during peak traffic times that could nearly double. Puyallup can be reached in 35-40 min. Auburn can be reached in 30 minutes and Olympia to the south is about 45 minutes. All of these commutes vary greatly depending on traffic through the Tacoma area.

 

Attractions

The main attraction of this district is the convienence of Gig Harbor’s main commercial hub and accessibility for commuting.

Some of the amenities here include the large modern YMCA offering recreational programs and....

Attractions| Gig Harbor North

The main attraction of this district is the convienence of Gig Harbor’s main commercial hub and accessibility for commuting.

Some of the amenities here include the large modern YMCA offering recreational programs and services for all ages including a swimming pool, climbing gym, sauna, indoor running track, youth center, and more. This community based non-profit offers empowerment and an inclusive space where people of all ages can learn, grow and improve health.

Another family-oriented resource is the Gig Harbor North Discovery Village. This unique center is not just a preschool but event center, and hands-on museum for children 0-9 years.

Aside from offering easy access to highway 16, this area also is 5 minutes from downtown Gig Harbor with all the opportunities for dining and maritime activities. During the summer there are kayak rentals, paddle boarding, fishing, and other boating but you also will find great events at the waterfront park like weekly concerts, the Gig Harbor Maritime Festival and large Gig Harbor Art Festival.

The beautiful Gig Harbor Maritime Museum is not only a great place for history education but a dynamic community event space with live music and other public events.

I love that this area offers modern suburban amenities like big box stores and still gives you access to the historic vibe of this maritime village.

There are numerous parks within 10-15 minutes including the Skansie Brother’s waterfront park featuring a long floating fishing pier, Crescent Creek Park with tennis and volleyball courts and the 98 acre Sehmel Homestead Park.

 

Outdoor Activities

Nearby downtown Gig Harbor offers everything from sailing and fishing to scenic walks and parks. You can rent kayaks and even take a ride on an authentic Italian Gondola!....

Outdoor Activities| Gig Harbor North

Nearby downtown Gig Harbor offers everything from sailing and fishing to scenic walks and parks. You can rent kayaks and even take a ride on an authentic Italian Gondola!

Right in Gig Harbor North is one of the area’s most prestigious golf courses at Canterwood Golf and country club.

The many nearby parks offer tennis courts and fields for activities and sports like soccer and baseball.

Walking probably tops the list here and locals love it, expect crowds on the waterfront in good weather and Gig Harborites love their dogs so expect to run into many. Not far from downtown is the ease of access to the Cushman Trail. This very long walking park stretches nearly to the Narrows Bridge. It is friendly for walking, biking, and pets. A bonus is that most of it passes through wooded green belts and yet is very safe.

Shopping

Gig Harbor North offers big box locations like Costco, Home Depot and Target that you don’t find in other parts of Gig Harbor. buzz down Peacock Hill into downtown Gig Harbor and you will find small local shops and boutiques for “retail therapy”.....

Shopping | Gig Harbor North

Gig Harbor North offers big box locations like Costco, Home Depot and Target that you don’t find in other parts of Gig Harbor. buzz down Peacock Hill into downtown Gig Harbor and you will find small local shops and boutiques for “retail therapy”. About 15 minutes away is the modern Uptown Shopping Center with J Jill, Chico’s, Ann Taylor Loft, Marshall’s and other clothing shopping options. For food shopping, Uptown also offers Safeway, Fred Meyer, Harbor Greens and the Luxury grocery, Metropolitan Market. But you don’t have to go to Uptown for grocery options. One of the anchor stores of Gig Harbor North is the “super-size” Albertson’s that meets nearly any food shopping need.

Type of Properties

Gig Harbor North offers a variety of homes. From large luxury homes on Canterwood Golf Course to condos and retirement living.

This area being a later developed district of Gig Harbor features more modern homes than many....

Type of Properties | Gig Harbor North

Gig Harbor North offers a variety of homes. From large luxury homes on Canterwood Golf Course to condos and retirement living.

This area being a later developed district of Gig Harbor features more modern homes than many neighborhoods but there are also homes that were built in the 80s and 90s in certain areas.

In certain areas you will find homes with large private lots if that is a high priority.

This may be one of the districts with the most diverse properties available but it also may have less selection since the golf course, commercial development and freeway take up much of the land in this area.

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