On the Snoqualmie River’s east bank, between Duvall and Fall City, in the Snoqualmie Valley, is the agriculturally rich city of Carnation, Washington. The community is the ideal location for residents who crave a hushed, rural lifestyle while still having quick and easy access to all the creature comforts and amenities offered by the nearby cities of Bellevue, Redmond, and Seattle.
The area is also rich in history, featuring three landmarks, including Eagles Hall – built-in 1895, Entwistle House – constructed in 1912, and Commercial Hotel – erected in 1913.
In its early years, the area was home to numerous dairy farms, most of which were established in the 1900s. Among them was a research farm for the Carnation Evaporated Milk Company. Today, farms make up the majority of the city and provide both food and recreation to the locals and people in surrounding areas.
Spend a morning picking fresh fruits and vegetables, visit a farm fun park, explore a conservation center, or meander through a farmers’ market. You can even cut down your own Christmas Tree at the Carnation Tree Farm.
Other areas of interest in the community include the Tolt Historical Museum and the Camlann Medieval Village, a living portrayal of rural England set in the year 1376, combining recreation with learning opportunities.
The Riverview School District manages the public schools in Carnation. Some students attend schools that are located in Duvall. Younger students attend Carnation Elementary, Cherry Valley Elementary, and Stillwater Elementary. Eagle Rock Multi-Ate and Tolt Middle School educate older students, while high school students attend Cedarcrest High School.
There are numerous private schools, religious and secular, in surrounding areas.
Thirty-five colleges, universities, technical, and trade schools are within 50 miles of Carnation, including Bellevue College, DigiPen Institute of Technology, City University of Seattle, Northwest University, and University of Washington Bothell Campus.
Homes for Sale in Carnation
Carnation gets the perfect combination of sunshine and rain to make it one of the Northwest’s agriculturally productive areas.
It rains approximately 50 inches each year in the community, which is a bit higher than the national average of 38 inches. However, it snows far less than the U.S. average, which is almost 28 inches. Carnation gets about three inches of snow in a year. Collectively, there are about 174 days in the area when the precipitation can be measured.
January winter low temperatures average at about 35 degrees.
There are 152 days of the year when the sun shines its golden rays on Carnation, ideal conditions for enjoying the great outdoors and natural beauty of the area.
High summer temperatures in July hover at about 76 degrees.
Living in Carnation
The city of Carnation spans just 1.18 square miles and serves as a quiet, comfortable home for about 2,282 residents in King County’s 98014-zip code. The median annual household income for people living in the area is about $112,392, considerably above Washington’s estimated median annual household income of $78,687.
Homes in the area come in a variety of styles, sizes, ages, and price points. You’ll find pockets of developed neighborhoods, but more common are wide open rural properties and farms. The estimated median home value in Carnation is $541,258 compared to the state’s $387,600 median home value.
The area’s public transportation is The Valley Shuttle, a small bus for a small city. The shuttle, which runs on a deviated fixed-route schedule, travels up and down Snoqualmie Valley and connects riders to Metro bus stops between Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, North Bend, and Snoqualmie for transportation to Issaquah, Bellevue, Redmond, or Seattle.
Travel by air is accommodated by the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 37 miles from town.
Carnation truly does offer the best of everything. Residents enjoy the beauty of all four seasons in full glory in a comfortable rural setting while being able to quickly access shopping, dining, recreation, and entertainment.
The area also offers excellent schools, a tailored public transportation system, and plenty of things to do, including farmers’ markets where you can enjoy locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and hand-crafted items.
When you’re looking for your next Washington home in a rural setting with a touch of luxury, ask your real estate agent about living in Carnation.