Home Buyers March 10, 2022

Low Bank vs. High Bank Waterfront Property

Imagine falling asleep to the lullaby of Puget Sound’s gentle waves in the waterfront home of your dreams. Bainbridge Island has some of the best waterfront properties in Kitsap County. So, how do you decide between a high bank or a low bank waterfront property? Although both are excellent options, one may suit your lifestyle more than the other. 

High Bank Waterfront

High bank waterfront properties offer enchanting views. Sometimes soaring hundreds of feet above the waterline, these homes provide owners with a bird’s eye view of the land around them. And, many of Bainbridge Island’s waterfront properties have front row seats to beautiful aquatic wildlife such as orcas and seals. However, it is important to note that many high bank homes do not necessarily have direct beach access. Typically, if they do, it will be through a long stairway. So, if you enjoy boating and other aquatic sports, a low bank waterfront property might be a better fit. 

Low Bank Waterfront

Low bank waterfront properties are much closer to the water level. Some low bank waterfront properties are closed off, and others have an attached beach. These homes provide easy beach access any time of day. Additionally, low bank homes with their own dock are perfect if you own a boat. From sailing to kayaking and everything in between, Bainbridge Island has a thriving water sports community

Waterfront Shorelines

It’s important to note that shoreline protection is critical when owning a waterfront property. Any development that removes trees and vegetation can harm the land around your home. Keeping the natural shoreline and native trees and shrubs will reinforce the slope against erosion, protect water quality, and keep the land organically rich. Any bulkheads and other “armor” can damage the habitat that is home to coastal species. Keeping the shorelines protected will preserve the land for years to come.

Our community strongly believes in land protection and conservation. The Bainbridge Island Land Trust works to conserve and restore our lands and waters. Additionally, The Land Trust works with willing private landowners to protect their land using Conservation Easements.  This voluntary legal agreement ensures The Land Trust will protect and preserve the land even if the property changes hands. 

Learn More About Bainbridge Island

If you’re thinking of moving to our area and want to learn more, check out our free Guide to Bainbridge. It has videos and articles about Bainbridge’s schools, recreation, real estate market, and more. If you have any questions, our local experts are here to help.