Post # 1
He’s in the film industry (editing, producing, teaching) and I’m in cancer research.
It looks like, career-wise, Seattle is our best bet but we really like the following regions
- Gig Harbor
- Port Orchard (could we make a commute to downtown seattle living here?)
- Port Angeles (Seattle not an option)
Anyone have any opinions on the areas we’re looking at? Good schools? Good neighborhoods?
We’re looking to buy a house in the $200-$250,000 range
Any advice would be helpful as we don’t know anyone in the area.
Post # 3
@skippydarling: I grew up in Tacoma, it’s defently what I call home, but I personally woulnd’t live right in Tacoma because a good spot can be hard t find. It does have some lovley outskirt areas such as Milton, Fife, edgwood, puyallup, auburn, Federal way, which have a more small city/town feel and much better schools and clean, friendly neighboorhoods. Tacoma has improved greatly and has a great downtown area but is lacking in good public schools, clean neighboorhoods. I do like the 6th Ave and Waterfront neighboorhoods, they are nice.
Gig harbor is another fantastic option, it’s a stunning place to live. Great schools, great community…but you are having to cross that bridge if you have to report o seattle or tacoma for work….and therefore pay the toll. Most people have good to go passes and get a discount and don’t have to stop.
The other 3 places you mention are the “boon docks” to folks who live in Tacoma/Seattle….I am sure they are also very lovley with great schools, but I dont’ know much about them.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t advise living in Tacoma, personally. A) it stinks to high heaven there.. even driving through, you can smell the factory smells and it’s gross. B) there ARE nice parts of Tacoma, but for the most part it’s industrial/poor.
Port Orchard is pretty, small, but nice. It’s not too crazy to travel to Seattle from there, so that’s a good option for what you mentioned.
I live in Bothell, and I love it here. The Bothell/Woodinville/Kirkland area is nice because there are a lot of family friendly neighborhoods and some really awesome little areas to go to (shops, parks etc) but it’s a very convenient drive to Seattle and commuting isn’t terrible.
Good luck in your future home search and welcome to the Pacific Northwest!
Post # 5
My FI is from Washington. He would turn you away from Tacoma as well.
Everett is nice. Commuter distance to Seattle. So is Marysville.
Post # 6
@skippydarling: I personally wouldn’t choose any of those areas, especially Forks! I would try to stay as close to the Seattle area as possible if you’re looking for jobs in cancer research (Fred Hutch, etc.).
I’d recommend Woodinville, Kirkland, Bothell, Renton Highlands (less expensive than the other areas), Issaquah, or Redmond. If you’re interested in living in more of a rural area but still want to be semi-close to Seattle, I’d look at places east of Seattle, like Snoqualmie or Fall City. It’ll be a longer commute to downtown Seattle via I-90, but those areas (in my opinion) are WAY better than Port Angeles or Forks.
Can you tell me what it is about Forks, Port Orchard, Port Angeles, Gig Harbor, and Tacoma that interests you? That’ll help narrow down neighborhoods a little. 🙂
Post # 7
@seattlefashionista: I actually just applied to Fred Hutchinson! Here’s hoping!
I like woodsy – I like space – I like small, simple, rustic homes with charm. Thank you for any insight!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
Oh, I love North Tacoma! They have some of the cutest homes there, and it was really lovely! I went to school there, and always dreamed of living in a cute “Tacoma House.” Now I live just north of Seattle, though, and it is cute up here too!
Personally, I wouldn’t want to live in any of those places if I worked in Seattle. I just wouldn’t be able to handle all the driving. I used to commute to Seattle from the south, and it was either an hour each way driving, or an hour and a half taking the train/bus. I did that for like, 5 months before I moved to an apartment right downtown! But that is just me…
Maybe Bainbridge Island or something like that would be good? They have the woodsy-ness and it’s just a ferry ride away.
Post # 9
@NowDontLetsBeSilly: My current commute is 1 hour and 15 minutes so an hour long drive commute doesnt sound so bad to me.
Post # 10
I used to live in Mukilteo, I loved that area, right by the water and super charming. Everett and Renton are pretty nice too. I go up to Renton for work every couple months and I always enjoy my stays. I would also advise against Tacoma, not a fan.
Traffic to Seattle sucks though.
Post # 11
Redmond is expensive, so is Bellevue, but they are wonderful areas! Woodinville, Kirkland, Bothell, Renton Highlands are good areas as well, or even North Seattle. Everett isn’t a bad area. I would advise using our public transportation system to travel into Seattle; personally I hate the traffic on 520 and I-90.
Post # 12
@skippydarling: If you’re looking to work in Seattle, I would really, really, really think about it before you choose to live in any of those locations. Your current commute might be and hour and 15 minutes….but the traffic in and out of Seattle can be really horrible so don’t underestimate it! I live in the Lynnwood area which is north of Seattle and typically it only takes me 25-30 minutes (12 miles) to commute to work in Seattle…but there is always at least 1 day every week where that doubles or more. I have staff that live near Federal Way and their commute into Seattle is even worse. You KINDA get used to it but not really However, if you’re looking to buy in the 200-250 range, I would definitely look outside of Seattle.
Good luck with the Hutch! It’s a great place!!
Post # 13
But don’t get me wrong…I LOVE SEATTLE!
Post # 14
- Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA
I live in Gig Harbor and commute to Seattle via bus. It takes about 1.5 hours each way. It’s not horrible, but I would love to work closer to home! Unfortunately Seattle pays much better than Tacoma or Gig Harbor. If you take the bus, you don’t have to pay the toll, which is about $5. Most Seattke companies will give you a free bus pass. Gig Harbor is a super cute town, very family friendly and low crime rate. We just bought a house for $203k so you can definitely find one in your price range! There are a few bars, no nightclubs, lots of restaurants and shopping. Very woodsy!! I love it here, but sometimes miss living in Seattle since my friends live there. Let me know if you have any Gig Harbor specific questions!!
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA
Also, the only area in Tacoma I would consider is University Place. It’s such a cute area, not as sketch as other tacoma neighborhoods. They have the old school houses you like, and it would shorten your commute by about 20 min.
Post # 16
My husband and I moved to Seattle from the Midwest for better career opportunities a few years ago. Some areas I would recommend you look into that will put you within a fairly easy commuting distance to downtown Seattle are: Redmond, Bothell, Lynnwood, Everett, Mulkiteo and Woodinville (as well as Bellevue & Kirkland although they’re a bit pricey). We couldn’t be any happier with our decision to move to Seattle. To say we love it would be an understatement. Good luck!