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Oak Harbor, Washington, is located on eastern Whidbey Island and named after its beautiful Garry Oak trees. It was once a very small town but has grown significantly since Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was established in 1942. The population is now around 20,000, and the community is flourishing.
If you and your family are being relocated to Oak Harbor and are looking to purchase a home, we recommend first getting pre-approved by one of our VA Specialists. Getting pre-approved will give you and your Realtor a head start in your search to find a home that is affordable for you. Fill out the short form below and one of our VA Specialists will be in contact shortly.
Although Oak Harbor is a smaller town, Whidbey Island is 45 miles long and is the second largest island in the contiguous US. With the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, the scenery around Whidbey Island is said to be some of the most beautiful in the country. The island is in the "rain shadow" of the Olympic Mountains, meaning it only rains 22 inches per year in Oak Harbor, compared to 37 inches in Seattle.
There is a strong relationship between Oak Harbor's civilians and NAS Whidbey Island service members. For 17 years, sailors have been very active in the school district and mentored and tutored the students. Fifty-five percent of the students in Oak Harbor's eight schools are from military or federally-employed families. If you and your family want a home near your child's school, your Realtor can help you find a neighborhood that best suits your needs.
Oak Harbor's downtown has much to see and do with its historical buildings, large festivals and many other events throughout the year. The Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor's community theatre, has been around for 43 years and has presented over 235 musicals, dramas, and comedies. For those who want to see some action, whale watching tours are available throughout the year. Fortunately, most tours are guaranteed, so if you don't see a whale on your trip, you can go out again for free.
The beautiful scenery, thriving culture, and strong Military presence in the community are obvious reasons why Oak Harbor is such a popular place for service members and their families. Let our VA Specialists answer any questions you may have to get you closer to purchasing a home in this great town.