Linda, the quality of life here on the Kitsap Peninsula is wonderful. We have the best of both worlds by having quick access to the Seattle city life by ferry boat, and the more relaxed slower-pace of life in a more rural setting here in Kitsap County. Silverdale is the retail mecca for the area, with the Kitsap Mall and many big box stores like Costco, Best Buy, Trader Joes, etc.. Chico Beach is a nice area along Dyes Inlet with Eastern exposure. As is rather typical of our area, there is an eclectic mix of homes along the water, but overall, it's a very nice place to call home. Chico Way used to be the main north/south road through Central Kitsap until Hwy. 3 was constructed. There are lots of great waterfront homes and neighborhoods surrounding the Kitsap Peninsula. Poulsbo (called Little Norway) is a very popular community just north of Chico, with a fun, artsy Scandanavian downtown area. Seabeck is situated along the shores of the Hood Canal with amazing views of the stunning Olympic Mountains.
About the only drawback of living here is getting used to the amount of rainfall we have. Most of its simply a slight drizzle, with lots of overcast days. But there's typically around 3 to 4 solid months of incredible weather that more than makes up for it.
Feel free to ask me any additional questions. I've got loads of photo galleries on my website and blog - www.KitsapLife.com and www.SoundBiteBlog.com