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Dean Workman

I never wanted to be a salesman.

I'm a Realtor, but I don't actually sell real estate.  Instead, I help buyers and sellers clarify their goals, and then I pave the path to realizing those goals.

If you're buying a home or property here on Whidbey Island, you need dependable information about island living, and about Island County.  I can help you.  Are you out-of-state, and want a closer look at an available home?  I can help you with that, too, with a virtual tour via cell phone or video camera.

I've you're thinking of selling, I can provide an accurate estimate of the present market value of your home.  When you ve priced your property and we've helped you find a buyer, I will make sure that your transaction is completed, with the minimum amount of stress to you.  You make the decisions - I handle the paperwork. 

I've lived in Washington State all my life, and in the Puget Sound region since 1965.  Along with my career as a real estate consultant, I've spent time as a mechanic, a gas station owner, and a music producer for public radio.  I've been a Whidbey Island Realtor since 2006, and am on the Whidbey Island Association of Realtors board of directors.  I served as president of the board in 2014, and was elected to the position again for 2021. 

That's Connor and Riley, in the photo. Along with our canine kids, my wife, Laura, and I have three grown children scattered around Washington State.

Here's a handy resource for information about Whidbey Island.

Government Offices

Whidbey has three unincorporated population centers, Clinton, Freeland,and Greenbank, and three incorporated towns, Langley, Coupeville, and Oak Harbor. 

Island County offices are open Monday through Friday.  You're likely to get an answering machine for most departments.  Leave a message; they'll call back.

The links below are for the government entities on Whidbey that maintain websites.

Island County



Oak Harbor

NAS Whidbey Island.

Power and Gas

Power is the easiest utility to order here, because just one company services the entire island:  Puget Sound Energy.  Here's a link to their connection page.

Puget Sound Energy

PSE also manages the natural gas main to Oak Harbor.  A lot of us like to cook with gas, but live outside of Oak Harbor.  We manage with propane tanks and scheduled deliveries. 

Here's a bit of information that you might find helpful:  If you lease propane tanks, you'll be married to the provider.  Other vendors will be prohibited from filling the tanks.  If you purchase your own equipment, you'll be able to buy propane from anyone who sells it.


Clinton, Langley, Coupeville, and Oak Harbor operate public water systems.  The rest of the water on Whidbey comes from community or private wells.  (A well requires a one hundred foot radius circle of undeveloped land, so you won't find a private well on a small parcel.)

You'll find information about community wells here. You'll need to enter the name of a water system. If the name seems right, it probably is (Scatchet Head, Deer Lake, Beverly Beach).

Our public water systems are listed below.  If you're moving to the island, your Dalton real estate professional will tell you whom to contact for your water hook-up.

Clinton Water District

Langley Public Works

Coupeville Water

Oak Harbor Water Division


In this case, "Wastewater" is a polite way of saying "Sewer."  We have four of them on Whidbey, in Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Langley, and the Holmes Harbor Golf and Yacht Club.  If you're purchasing a Holmes Harbor home, you can connect to the sewer district by calling them at 360.331.4636.  The municipal systems have web pages, listed below.

Oak Harbor