Running away to a beach town is certainly a common fantasy of many a city-dweller—and Port Townsend, with its gorgeous Victorian architecture and extremely walkable waterfront, is at the top of a lot of wishlists. But what do you do once you get there?
Here’s one possible answer: Run a long-standing ice cream shop out of an extremely quaint 1860 storefront.
This waterfront commercial building is home to Elevated Ice Cream Company, an old-fashioned candy shop and ice cream parlor that has been operating in Port Townsend for 41 years. It’s also home to four office spaces, currently home to massage, physical therapy, and counseling offices, and the Inn at Waterfront Place.
Elevated’s owners are careful to point out that Elevated isn’t closing—just seeking new ownership. “[W]e want to attract someone who resonates with all of the elements which make [Elevated] successful, and who operate it in that spirit while perhaps growing it to another level,” said co-owner Julie McCulloch in a statement.
The ice cream and candy shop is certainly all ready to go, scooping up classic beach-town vibes, including an ice cream counter, booths, and space to pick up candy and keepsakes.
The Inn at Waterfront Place is currently a vacation rental, going for $155 to $185 a night depending on the season—but for someone looking for a place to live and willing to forgo that cash flow, it also seems like a cool opportunity to live above the shop. The inn space features a lofted bedroom with a vaulted, wood-beam ceiling, large windows facing the water, and a sun deck.
The property is listed for $1.8 million.
- 627 Water Street [Jan Garing]
This article has been corrected to reflect accurate current building tenants.