Scandia Real Estate Information

If you head north from Highway 308 on Viking Way, then grab the first right, you will drop down a relatively steep hill into a little valley. Some of the scattered homes there are surrounded by tilled fields. The area presents a strong pastoral image, invoking visions of the productive small farms which once dominated the valley. This is Scandia, another of those many Kitsap County place names marking what once were thriving but isolated settlements.

At the turn of the century, the community had its own dock and store and was pretty much independent from the big city of Poulsbo across Liberty Bay. Today on the bay, there are three such smaller locales in addition to Scandia - Keyport, Pearson and Lemolo. Poulsbo and Keyport, of course, survived and prospered, while the other became residential neighborhoods.

While many might logically believe that the history of Liberty Bay is the history of Poulsbo, they would be wrong. In fact, the settlements on the southwest side predate those on the Poulsbo side. The first European to settle on the bay, a doughty gent by the name of Ole Stubbs, picked the Keyport area for the bays first homestead. Stubbs, who hailed for Naulsdal, Norway, rowed over from Seattle in 1875. When he rowed into the bay, he found it teeming with dogfish. Consequently, he named the place Dogfish Bay, which remained its name for a number of years until someone decided the settlers should opt for a name with a bit more pizzazz.

Ole and his son, Henry, each had a 20-acre homestead at Keyport on what is now the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. Other settlers soon joined Stubbs, some building near the head of the bay to start the community of Poulsbo. Still others began at what is now known as Pearson and Scandia. By the turn of the century, several prosperous farms had been cleared from the forest in the Scandia Valley.

Charles Nelson owed the farm in the crook of the right-angle turn made by Scandia Road. Today the old Nelson place is owned by Dwight and Pauline Droz, who have made it famous in Central and North Kitsap as the ‘Scandia Patch’. The pair made the Scandia Patch famous to generations of area residents for its flowers (cut or dried) and produce, especially pumpkins and a variety of squashes.