Illahee Real Estate Information

Illahee looks out over the water that separates Kitsap County’s’ mainland from Bainbridge Island. It crawls up a shoreline hillside and for some purposes extends all the way to Highway 303. It is a rural community just outside Bremerton and is loosely defined by its port district boundaries. It has a neighborhood store, a state park, a troubled creek, a landmark boulder, a public dock, a community fish-rearing program and a sea serpent. But it has no church, no school and no commercial operation other that the store.

The port is one of the purposes for which Illahee extends over the ridge. Highway 303 is its western boundary. It is also the boundary of what is called the Illahee trust land, a state-owned forest that is in peril of being sold for development. Some in Illahee and many elsewhere hope to preserve it for a park. But for most purposes, Illahee is the hillside and especially the shoreline between Illahee State Park and perhaps as far north as University Point.

Last fall was built, what no doubt will be an Illahee landmark, if it withstands the wind and waves, a driftwood and plywood sea serpent which now undulates on the shoreline, visible from Illahee Road. Its wooden components are anchored in the sand by steel tie-downs. Some think it is not an asset to the community. The ‘rock’ is a huge boulder that lies alongside Illahee Road as it descends to the water. It serves as a landmark for directions to places like Illahee Shores.

Despite some burglaries around 1990 that explains the steel grates on Illahee Foods, Illahee has the lowest crime rate in the county. It has a more moderate climate than its surroundings.

Illahee was a summer enclave for rich Seattleites at one time, and among its historic homes is one generally known as the Schutt house for one-time owner Dr. Robert Schutt. The silt-chokes creek that runs beside it also bears his name. The house was built in 1901 by Dr. Henry Lamotte, a surgeon with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

The creek beside it is evidence that in one key way, the area over the ridge is too much a part of Illahee. Tons of it have been washing down Schutt Creek and fanning out across a little valley all but dammed by Illahee Road.

The closest thing to an Illahee community festival happens in the summer when the fingerling salmon, fed by community volunteers at the Illahee dock, are released. The good thing about living in Illahee is it is a quiet community with friendly folks and a sense of community where neighbors help one another out. They know you at the Illahee store.