Welcome to Washington’s Bavarian Village
While a mere two hours away from Seattle, Leavenworth truly feels like it’s a world away. From its Bavarian-style buildings to its pristine glacial rivers and thriving cultural scene, everything about this city has a distinctly European flavor.
Despite its German-inspired vibe, however, this city is a true-blue American success story. After the closure of the local logging industry, the city suffered through decades of economic hardship. Today, it has successfully leveraged its scenic location and has transformed itself into one of the most popular attractions in the state. Its gumption and indomitable spirit has earned Leavenworth the moniker “The Miracle Town”.
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A closer look
Leavenworth is part of the Wenatchee−East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. This charming city counts less than 2,000 residents, but it welcomes over two million tourists each year. And many who visit the place wish to call it home—for many excellent reasons.
So much to do, so much to see
One cannot talk about Leavenworth without discussing its signature feature: the grand, Bavarian-esque structures. With their wide facades, wooden balconies, two-toned timber frames, and shingled roofs, these buildings appear straight out of a classic fairy tale.
This German-inspired theme continues throughout the city. You’ll find beer barrels being paraded down the street. You can enjoy authentic sausages and cheeses at restaurants. You can even purchase finely crafted cuckoo clocks as a souvenir.
And with over 300 days of sunshine, Leavenworth is home to events year-round: there’s the Maifest in the spring, the Kinderfest during summer, autumn’s Oktoberfest, and a traditional Christmas tree lighting in December.
Nature is your backyard
Peer out of any window in Leavenworth and you’re bound to catch views of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains in the distance. This proximity to nature makes the city an ideal residence for lovers of the great outdoors.
Explore 800 miles of forest service hiking trails. Go whitewater rafting on the Icicle River. Catch fresh salmon, which can be found in abundance in Wenatchee River. Or why not try rock climbing at the Peshastin Pinnacle?
Leavenworth is the perfect city in which to unwind even as you enjoy the finer things in life. It is home to a dozen vineyards that offer wine tastings and winery tours. And food in the city is globally inspired yet locally sourced. You’ll find German, Italian, and South American restaurants all within walking distance of each other. To cap off your day, treat yourself to a luxurious spa session or be rejuvenated by the crisp mountain air as you take an outdoor yoga class.
Leavenworth, WA real estate options
Many of the properties for sale in the city are single-family homes that are ideal as a full-time residence or a vacation home. What’s more, many are well within most people’s budgets.
For a budget in the mid- to low six figures, you can get a charming 1,400 sq. ft. townhouse with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
In the mid- to high six figures, you’ll be looking at five-bedroom, three-bathroom properties measuring over 3,800 square feet located in prestigious communities.
Of course, there are also expansive 5,600-sq. ft. estates that boast fireplaces, swimming pools, and designer kitchens listed at seven digits.
Looking to live in one of the country’s most picturesque cities? If you’re interested in buying a home in Leavenworth, WA, get in touch with Coldwell Banker Cascade Real Estate at 509.888.8887 or send an email to info(at)cbcascade(dotted)com.