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Oak Harbor City

Oak Harbor City Hall is located at 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277; phone: 360-279-4500.

Homes in the South Capitol Street Neighborhood Historic District, Olympia, WA, National Register

Photo: Benjamin Loers House, ca. 1911, 2046 Swantown Road, Oak Harbor, WA. The visual impact of the Loers House, at the time of its completion in 1911, was a powerful one. Situated high on a hill above the tiny settlement of Oak Harbor, the onion-domed mansion was an incongruous addition to the surrounding rural landscape. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Photographed by user:Jon Roanhaus (own work), 2014, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed October, 2016.

Oak Harbor was settled in the early 1850s and was incorporated in 1915. It is the largest town on Whidbey Island. The Deception Pass Bridge is a National Historic Monument.

Oak Harbor's [1] housing is relatively young. Less than two percent of the city's housing pre-dates 1939. The city's oldest homes are located in and around the Central Business District, and are mainly in the American Craftsman style (circa 1920).

As one would expect to see in a town that "grew up" with the military build-up of the mid to late 1900s, much of the city's housing (particularly in the city's older east-side neighborhoods) was developed in the "tract" style of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. These tract homes are characteristically small, simple in form, and inexpensively constructed. Because of these features, they are known to be relatively affordable. Even though Oak Harbor's population is primarily transitory, the local supply of tract housing has been well maintained, and it is expected that these homes will have a relatively long life-span.

In recent years local home builders have responded to demand for greater affordability by expanding the local supply of condominium style housing units, by developing single family homes on smaller lots, and by building more multi-family housing to accommodate the needs of more transient military households. Manufactured housing continues to fill a niche in the local housing market, supplying less than ten percent of the city's housing stock.

  1. City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Comprehensive Plan, 2010, www.oakharbor.org, accessed October, 2016.
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