Bremerton Real Estate Information

History: Bremerton was platted in the first decade of the century around the naval shipyard that at one time took its name. The city became a boomtown, with 80,000 people, during World War II when the shipyard reached its peak of shipbuilding and repair. Many ships damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor were repaired at the shipyard here. What is now Bremerton are actually a combination of the original Bremerton and the smaller communities of Manette and Charleston.

Major Attractions: Former Navy destroyer Turner Joy, harbor tour, ferries to Seattle, waterfront boardwalk and marina, Bremerton Naval Museum and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Gold Mountain Golf Course. Bremerton, the largest city in West Sound, bears the imprint of the US Navy. From the city’s identity as the Welcome Aboard City to fluctuations in its official population as large ships come and go to the domination of its downtown waterfront by naval industry, the city and the Navy are all but synonymous. A swing between 32,000 and 40,000 in the city’s population, depending on which Navy ships are in port, is "totally typical of Bremerton," says city planner Kay Wilson. The city had 72,000 people during World War II, and dropped to 27,000 shortly afterward. The fluctuations in 39,000s have been going on for the past 30 years. The official figure for 1995 in 39,610. Bremerton hopes to end decades of minimal growth by adding 20,000 new residents by 2015, according to its new comprehensive plan, which along with state growth management guidelines call for more population growth to be directed into areas already offering urban services. Bremerton could become a major commuter city if various plans for fast ferry serve linking to Seattle ever become reality. Planners say a 35 minute ferry trip would make central Bremerton an attractive an affordable place for downtown Seattle office workers. Until that happens, the Navy will continue to dominate Bremerton employment.

The once strong retail center of Kitsap County moved to Silverdale with the Bangor boom of the 1970’s and early 1980’s. There are ambitious plans afoot to rekindle the downtown Bremerton retail and residential scene, built around a proposal to develop the downtown waterfront as Sinclair Landing. Developers are trying to woo outlet stores, a major movie theater and a hotel for Sinclair Landing, as well as apartments and condos. While downtown is relatively quite, Bremerton still has two strong retail areas. The auto center at the west end of town accounts for most of the vehicles sold in Kitsap County every year. The Wheaton Way business district sports such large retailers as Eagle Hardware, Kmart, McMahan Furniture, Wal-Mart and an Albertson’s grocery. Port Washington Narrows divides the city in two. Without the Warren Avenue and Manette bridges, it would take a 20-mile drive through Silverdale to get from one side of the city to the other.