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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

March 2nd, 2017

Read Across America Day: Supporting Literacy Programs in Our Communities

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.” ~Dr. Seuss   Today is Read Across America Day! What started out in 1997 as a move to create a day to celebrate reading by the National Education Association, turned into an official day of observance in 1998.  Read …

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February 24th, 2017

Windermere Foundation By the Numbers

For the past 28 years, the Windermere Foundation has been helping those in need in our communities through donations to local organizations that provide services to low-income and homeless families. In 2016, the Windermere Foundation raised over $2.2 million in donations, bringing the total to over $33 million raised since …

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January 24th, 2017

Windermere Foundation Raises $2,246,829 in 2016

  The Windermere Foundation had another banner year in 2016, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Over $2.2 million was raised in 2016, which is an increase of seven percent over the previous year. This brings our total to over $33 million raised since the …

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