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Port Ludlow

Originally settled by members of the S’Kallam tribe, Port Ludlow was named in 1841 by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes during the first U.S. Navy expedition to map and chart Puget Sound and the waters around the Olympic Peninsula. Lieutenant Wilkes, (an inveterate name who also gave Elliott Bay its name) liked to pepper his maps with the names of crewmembers, friends and often, people he simply admired. Thus, he bestowed Port Ludlow with the name of a naval officer, Lt. Augustus C. Ludlow, who died in the War of 1812. In addition to naming Port Ludlow, Wilkes also provided this area with one other footnote in history: Wilke’s obsessive personality and harsh discipline with the cat-of-nine-tails whip reportedly made him the model for Herman Melville’s character, ‘Ahab’ in Moby Dick.

In 1853, Port Ludlow became the site of one of the Northwest’s earliest sawmills. The mill supplied lumber to pioneers and settlers until 1878, when Andrew Pope and Captain William Talbot purchased and invested heavily in renovating the operation. Pope & Talbot, as the venture came to be known, transformed the small mill into a thriving logging, milling, and shipping enterprise. Port Ludlow became a swash-buckling shipbuilding town and with the money came businesses, churches, and plenty of social options from card playing to dance halls and bawdy houses. During this era, many homes were built for workers in the eastern style of the owners’ hometown of East Machias, Maine. During the Great Depression, the mill lost business and the owners were unable to fund new equipment to keep the operation competitive. It was finally closed in 1935. Many of the homes constructed during Port Ludlow’s glory days were loaded onto barges and transported across the Hood Canal to Port Gamble or Bremerton for military housing. By 1950, Port Ludlow had declined to a near-ghost town, though farmers and small logging businesses still operated in the area.

The 1950’s brought a new beginning to Port Ludlow with the increasing value of Port Ludlow’s Real Estate. Also the post-war population growth created a market for recreational home sites and property. In the early 1960s, a floating bridge was constructed to span the Hood Canal. The bridge became an economic lifeline for the eastern part of the Olympic Peninsula, providing easy access from Kitsap County and the greater Puget Sound area. In 1966, Pope & Talbot recognized that Port Ludlow’s unique water and mountain views and pristine natural environment — now with a fast bridge connection — would provide a spectacular place for a residential community. Thus, they began the first phase of a planned residential community at the site of the original Port Ludlow mill.

The Resort At Port Ludlow is committed to maintaining the integrity of the natural environment of Port Ludlow. In developing the area with homes, resort amenities and public utilities, environmental concerns are foremost in determining what projects to undertake and when. The Port Ludlow Golf Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative, and has been since November 2000. Port Ludlow maintains an interpretive trail system around Ludlow Bay and to Ludlow Falls and supported successful efforts to bring Salmon back to the streams.Because of these efforts the Port Ludlow Marina has healthy colonies of eelgrass, a telling factor for a stable aquatic environment. Wildlife is abundant in the area; Raccoons and Black-Tailed Deer are spotted frequently. Otters can be seen frolicking in the bay with Blue Herons standing stoically in the mist. One of the most beautiful local attractions is Ludlow Falls, an active Salmon stream and in season, visitors can watch as Salmon fight their way upstream to begin a new generation. Osprey and King fishers can be spotted, as well as Pileated and other Woodpeckers.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to the only temperate rainforest in North America as well as hundreds of species of plants that are native only to the Olympic Peninsula. Area museums and Burner Point celebrate the Native American heritage of the Northwest, and Seattle even derives its name from Chief Sealth, a famous Native American leader who negotiated with pioneers in the creation of the city.

Of course, being located in the Northwest, the question everyone wants answered is “How much does it rain?” Port Ludlow is in a unique location, known affectionately as the “banana belt” of the Northwest, because it is in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains. As a result, it rains much less in the vicinity than most other locations in the Northwest. Although Port Ludlow still gets it’s share of rainfall throughout the year, even on rainy days, the scenery is spectacular.

To set up a personal tour of Port Ludlow, please contact John L. Scott Port Ludlow at 360.437.9434. Information about the Resort at Port Ludlow can be found at www.portludlowresort.com

Port Ludlow Home inventory breakdown by property type

Of the 60 homes for sale in Port Ludlow, the breakdown of property types is as follows:
48% Land/lot, 45% Single Family and 7% Condo.

48% Land/lot
45% Single Family
7% Condo

Area details, home facts and figures

Homes for sale 60
Average Home Size 1,026 ft² / 95 m²
Price Range ($17,900 - $900,000)

Weather in Port Ludlow

The average high temperatures in Port Ludlow range from 45 in January to 74 in July

Average home income in Port Ludlow

The average household income of a Port Ludlow resident is $88,187 with an average home value of $401,129

Population of Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow has 3,639 residents.

Home ownership in Port Ludlow

The average level of home ownership in Port Ludlow is 86%.

Education breakdown of Port Ludlow

Education levels of residents of Port Ludlow include: highschool 19%, associate 7%, bachelor 21%, graduate 20%.

Households in Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow has 1,792 homes, built on average 26 years ago.

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You are Viewing 1 to 20 of 60 homes for sale in Port Ludlow. These homes are comprised of Land/lot, Single Family and Condo. The average list price of these property results is 313,101. Prices are listed as US Dollar. For more information on these homes for sale in Port Ludlow please contact our member brokerages to schedule a showing or view an open house.

The 60 homes for sale in Port Ludlow, WA are represented by 2 member brokerages serving the Port Ludlow area. Member brokerages representing the 60 homes include John L. Scott Real Estate - WA/ID and Windermere Real Estate.