Relocating to Spokane WA / mortgage question

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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.

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