Welcome to Mason County!

On behalf of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, welcome to the magnificent Northwest and to the natural beauty and friendly neighborhoods of Mason County WA. Close enough to the big cities for easy access by car or ferry, but also removed from freeway congestion and city stress, we enjoy a peaceful and prosperous lifestyle in harmony with the brilliant blues and greens of our land, skies and waterways. 



The Realtors of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate are proud to make Mason County WA our home, and we welcome you to make it yours, too.  From our office in Shelton, we would be delighted to introduce you to neighborhoods that suit your taste and lifestyle.  From golf course communities like Alderbook, Lake Limerick, to Harstine Island and its many Mason County waterfront homes, you’ll be pleased with the diversity these communities offer, the reasonable cost of living, and the friendliness of the people here.  You’ll feel right at home.  Begin your search for Mason County homes and real estate using our search page.  




Scenic beauty and a variety of outdoor activities make Mason County a unique place to work and live.  Thrilling mountain vistas, 28 spectacular lakes and 5 golf courses to choose from make this a favored Washington destination for outdoor activities.  Surrounded by the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the Olympic Mountain range, Mason County offers fresh shellfish, salmon fishing, crabbing, and shrimping while the adventurous can take advantage of rugged hiking and biking trails, kayaking and deep saltwater diving. 


All can enjoy the breathtaking views around every corner.  Our history and economics have long been linked to timber and fishing, although recent decades have brought increased diversification and economic growth.  Whether you are moving here to work, retire, or improve your quality of life, we welcome you to our little corner of paradise!      



Mason County History

From the Shelton Mason Chamber of Commerce -- http://sheltonchamber.org/community-information/mason-county/history/

History of Mason County

Exploration of the area in the late 1700s and early 1800s was limited to a few hardy individuals like Captain George Vancouver who explored and named Hood Canal, and the Wilkes expedition which explored the Puget Sound waters.

Thomas Webb and Franklin Purdy became the first known settlers to move into the area. As a result of their 1851 settlement of the Skokomish Valley, the doors of the area seemed to open up. Mason County was created and organized a few years later when the Washington Territorial Legislature divided Thurston County. For the first ten years of existence, the county was called Sahewamish County. In 1864, the name was changed to Mason in honor of honorable Charles H. Mason, the first Washington secretary.

As the forest industry began to develop, so did the logging camps and sawmills that harvested and cut the rough timber. By the end of the 1850s there were several mills operating throughout Mason County.

By 1887 three railroads were operating and moving timber within the borders of Mason County.

Farming, fishing and the oyster industry were also beginning in other areas of the county at that time. The first shipment of oysters from Oyster Bay left Kamilche in 1878.

By 1888, Shelton had grown into a fair-sized city with a newspaper, schools, hotels, a funeral home and railroads. Many other communities like Union, Allyn and Matlock began to thrive at the same time and continue to be active.