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Langley

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German immigrant Jacob Anthes founded Langley in 1891 at the height of western railway expansion and the resulting development mania. Anthes purchased land on a likely spot above Saratoga Passage where steamers had easy access and land contours dictated that roads would intersect. He enlisted the financial backing of Seattle’s Judge J. W. Langley and set about building a town.

Langley boomed while supplying prospectors during the Alaska gold rush. It saw busts as well. One came after the Great Northern Railway changed its terminus to Bellingham, strangling Whidbey’s access to markets. Following World War II, traditional occupations like logging, farming and fishing didn’t compare favorably with tantalizing prospects offered by the G.I. Bill. Business lagged until well into the 1960s when Langley’s dramatic site on Puget Sound and low cost-of-living attracted flower children inspired by civil rights, anti-war, and Age of Aquarius visions. Here was a remote paradise to compose music, plant crops, and reinvent the world. They revived downtown, opening businesses like the Star Store, The Clyde Theatre and Linds Pharmacy.

Today telecommuters and retirees join the mix. Langley is a vibrant community where arts thrive as robustly as Himalayan blackberry bushes. You’ll find writers and poets observing everyone closely in local cafes. Plays, concerts and dance performances are part of the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts schedule. Galleries feature the work of internationally-known painters, potters and glassblowers. Our local musicians win Oscars and Grammies.

You'll find a wide variety of homes for sale in and around Langley - feel free to view Langley homes for sale or review recent Langley real estate sales information.

Langley’s pace is slowed by long conversations at the grocery store check-out line, and no one would dream of honking their car horn except to say hello. Our village-by-the-sea is a place Agatha Christie would be glad to call home.

Looking for more Langley community information? Check out our Community resource page. You can also read more about what's new on Whidbey at our blog.

 
  • LATEST COMMUNITY INFORMATION

August 10th, 2016

Helping Children and Families Gear-up for Back to School

Getting your children prepared to go back to school is stressful enough. We all want to make sure that they are adequately prepared for the upcoming year. Now imagine that you also have to worry about how you’re going to pay for new clothing, shoes and school supplies—it can be quite overwhelming! Many parents …

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July 13th, 2016

Windermere Foundation Quarterly Report

  Dear friends of the Foundation, Thanks to your generous donations, the Windermere Foundation has collected nearly $818,000 in donations during the first half of 2016. This is an increase of 11 percent compared to this time last year! Individual contributions and fundraisers accounted for 61 percent of the donations, …

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June 14th, 2016

Support Your Local Food Banks During the Summer

Did you know that June is fresh fruits and vegetables month? That’s great if you can afford them. However, they are a luxury for people who struggle to provide even just the basic necessities for their families. Many families rely on their local food banks as a regular supplemental food source. And of those families, …

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