It's interesting, I guess word hasn't gotten out on the mainland yet. There is a direct Kingston-Seattle foot ferry now. It drops off right next to the main ferry terminal. It's the third such ferry that we know of in the past ten years, but unlike the others this one is run by Kitsap (county) transit, and we think this one is going to stick. I watched it unload one day after the first afternoon run (leaves Seattle around 2:00) and there were HUNDREDS of people getting off. So the ridership is there now. Kingston is really being developed, but they have a decent plan for density control. This place is one parcel away from the urban growth boundary, so it's conveniently close but not crowded.
It doesn't have a view per se, and that's really one thing my husband really wanted in a property over here, but he and our daughter just came to see if this week and they both LOVED it. They both want to skip the renter and just move there right now, LOL. Everyone who has seen it has used the same word to describe it: "Magical." It's so beautifully landscaped, with just the right amount of open forest and pasture. Plus about one acre of blackberries that I'm going to try to clear out. It's super peaceful and there are so many birds singing all the time. So, we think it doesn't need the view.
I don't think the barn is sub-lettable because while it has running water it has no hookup to the septic system. I guess we'll see. The leasing agent felt that she could get it leased out in less than two weeks at that price. Hopefully she was right. We can make it work if not, but we put down enough money up front to where the rental price should just about equal the mortgage + upkeep.
Also, LOL, I wish WE had bought property here thirteen years ago when we still lived here. Prices were so much lower then. But I do think they're just going to keep going up, with the population expansion in Seattle and the foot ferry.