Post # 1
Any Bees out there from the Spokane area? We are looking to relocate to Spokane from Southern California for many reasons. The main ones being housing costs and seasons. Can anyone give me some advice or suggestions on neighborhoods to check out? Ones to avoid? I know the downtown area can be pretty sketchy but not sure how far that extends? What about schools? Shopping? Outdoor activities, hiking, camping, etc?
Also if there are any real estate / mortgage experts out there, how would we get prequalified for a loan with a new job? How do I show my income if my job there hasn’t started yet? My husband is going to be going to school full time and I’m going to be esentially transferring my job up there, so I will be the sole bread-winner.
Post # 3
Ahh! My beautiful hometown!
Regarding neighborhoods, the cost of housing is so low, that lots of areas are becoming more gentrified lately. In general, Hillyard is on the sketchy side, same with *parts* of West Central. That being said, I bought a house in W. Central and so did one of my best friends. It’s a block by block sort of deal. The schools overall are awesome. If you want to get a sense of populations of schools, just search for the % of free and reduced lunches at each of the public schools (I’m thinking elementaries).
Shopping isn’t super great. The downtown area has Nordstrom, Macys, some boutique places. Valley has the Rack and Old Navy. The nice thing is that traffic is a cinch even in “rush hour,” so traveling isn’t a big deal.
Spokane is flush with outdoor activities: great hiking, biking, kayaking just minutes out of town. Several great ski hills (CHEAP and NOT CROWDED!) within a couple hours drive. Everyone either has or knows someone with a lake place and boat in the summer.
Did I mention the cost of living is seriously dirt cheap? It’s a real “community” small city. I don’t know where you’re coming from, but I’ve lived several places and always pine for going home. It’s just so easy to live there.*
*snow tires in winter required. We make jokes about the emigrant Californians not knowing how to drive and causing lots of accidents.
Post # 4
@drlolaz: Such helpful information thank you!!! I would probably be one of “those Californians” when driving, but at least I’m prepared! I’ve never driven in the snow and honestly that’s the one thing that makes me nervous.
We currently live in San Diego County, which is beautiful but getting SO expensive! I’m looking forward to reasonable house prices, more land, and nice neighbors!
Some of the neighborhoods I am drawn to are the Manito Park area, love all the old charm, and the Mead area, for the schools. I’ve also looked at several houses up near Indian Trail and Nine Mile Falls (I think?). I do tend to judge the neighbohoods by the school ratings. Seems like a good general guideline, so thanks for confirming 🙂
Is there a large military population near the airforce base? We live right near a large marine base now and wouldn’t mind a break from that. The noise they make during their “training” is unreal!
Post # 5
I went to Mead schools. They’re fine, but really all of Spokane schools are great. Indian Trail and Nine Mile are really nice areas, very wide open suburban backing into undeveloped land. Out by the airforce base there isn’t much, except a casino. It’s kind of getting built up lately, but certainly not a part of town I’d be looking into.