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Quality of Life in Washington : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 21, 2017
Dave Skow answered:
quite high especially if you compare it to anywhere except LA / bay area/ Chicago or NY
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Sun Dec 4, 2016
Michael Ross answered:
Gentrification is a complex and specific topic. I think you're asking whether Belltown is pricey, upscale, etc. I'm going to answer both ways though:

Belltown was never really a economically depressed, low-income area. It is right in downtown Seattle and has luxury, high-rise condo buildings that were built in the 1980s (so it's been a place for luxury living for at least 30+ years). There are areas of Seattle in which gentrification is in full-swing and is causing property prices to rise dramatically and is displacing long-term residents--Central District, First Hill, Columbia City, and other neighborhoods

From at least the early 1980s to now, Belltown continues to be a popular area for residential living and has seen a number of new, architecturally-cool buildings go up in recent years. There are no houses in Belltown--it's all condo living. A person that lived in Belltown could walk to work just about anywhere in downtown or South Lake Union. They could actually shop on foot for some seafood at the famous Pike Place Market and could walk a few blocks from home to catch a Broadway-quality show. It is truly urban living and the prices reflect that. In a recent rental survey, Belltown was one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Seattle with a one br median rent of $2,595.

What kind of people live there? inside the buildings, people who can afford that kind of housing payment. In terms of age & other demographics, it is perhaps a much more diverse neighborhood than many in Seattle; old and young, many different backgrounds. Outside of the buildings are quite a few homeless people or transients. If you want city living, with all it's pros and cons, Belltown is the place to be.
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Wed Apr 8, 2015
Rafael Toscano answered:
Mon Mar 16, 2015
Julie Griffin answered:
False, but a pool is not what a lot of buyers are looking for. The added cost and required maintenance can be a huge turn off for buyers. There are a handful of buyers that would love to have a pool, especially if it's in the sunniest part of the yard. I grew up in the NW with a pool in my backyard and it was awesome! ... more
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Ray Akers answered:
This is a question for an attorney (who has reviewed the rental agreement), and/or a tenant rights organization. Realtors shouldn't be offering legal advice.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Ray Akers answered:
That's a two-part question. "Are there locations in Seattle that have underground power lines?" The answer is yes. There are neighborhoods like Mt. Baker and Magnolia that have underground power lines. " that power doesn't get knocked-out in a bad storm?" Underground power has nothing to do with losing power. It makes sense that if the power lines are underground, they will be protected. But, when a bad storm hits, Seattle neighborhoods with underground power have lost power just like other neighborhoods. It's less about tree limbs, and more to do with an aging electrical infrastructure. ... more
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Sun Jan 5, 2014
jrbonin answered:
You should make contact with Northwest Justice Project or Columbia Legal Services for free legal assistance. If they are unable to help try Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services - all these entities can be found using the internet. ... more
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Kim Mulligan answered:
Diverse living situations. Well monied and not so rich people live on the islands for the same reason they live other places. The difference might be the the islands can feel more remote, the Puget Sound might be closer by and commuting can take much longer. Many people work they jobs remotely and only come into the city once a week or so, others might work their 40 hours or more in fewer days. Retirees, goat farmers, artists, young families, writers, contractors, permaculture instructors all have their own reasons for living on one of the many islands.

A better question might be what kind of lifestyle are your looking for? That might help to determine which and if an island would be a wise choice for your own needs.
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
Rdhinds answered:
Waitsburg schools are outstanding and the pace of life is easy. There is a wide range of housing available and there should be more in the near future. A 3/2 modular should be in the $130k to $180k range depending on in-city or more rural. An older home 3/2 or 3/3 should be available from $150k to $450k depending on quality of amenities and location. My family (no children) moved here just over a year ago and we love it. Bring on the kids!

Richard Hinds
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Wed Jul 31, 2013
Todd Clark answered:
Good evening Milly,

I would suggest Multnomah Village area. not only are there some great parks in the area, (Gabriel Park) but there are also great restaurants, stores and great neighbors. Best part is that is real close to PCC.

Here is a link to homes for sale in that area
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Tue Jul 23, 2013
Michael Zaviska answered:
Hi Martin,

Though the two previous answers are correct, let me go a little bit deeper.

You will have to pay the Oregon state income tax if you either live or work there.

In Washington, there is no state income tax. There is a business tax though. As a Washington resident, you will have to pay sales tax (no sales tax for food). But as an Oregon resident, if you show your ID, you will be not charged with it.

But there are more financial advantages if you are living north of the Columbia River: The home prices in Clark County, WA are about 20% lower than in the Portland area and also the property taxes are substantially less than in Portland (15-30%).

So if you want to save a decent sum of money, buy in the Vancouver area (as we did for the same reasons). I think that Portland is more fun and there are more things to do, but all it takes is just a short drive over the bridge :).

I hope this rounds up the answers.
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Sat Jun 29, 2013
Gloria Matthews answered:
Hello... Well its true.. but there must be something about Camas that people find desireable!

.....and there is a reason why you are asking about CAMAS... Lets talk about that!

"Camas" covers a wide geography, and it is not all subject to the horrors you fear. There are other nearby communities that you may not experience any of the maladitites described.

The MILL is on the edge of Downtown, its a limited production paper mill, mostly paper towels for restuarants .. has been rebuilt and much of the production has moved towards paper product dispensers. It is under the highest scrutiny for pollution control... and most days.. you dont notice.

Still lets talk about what YOU are looking for and WHERE you can find it.. that meets YOUR GOALS

You mention "LAND", .. and if you are looking for acreage, that is pretty much going to eliminate downtown Camas anyway and towards some of the charming communities to the north and east.

Washougal, Fern Prairie, even Brush Prairie. I suspect that you want to be in reasonable geographic proximity to employment, airport, or some other target area, and within a certain time commute.

These things are entirely possible!! but it takes a little effort to listen to YOUR GOALS, desires and needs. Get in touch with me, if you'd like to really work at finding the gem you are hoping for.

I've attached the environmental report, in the link below I can only include ONE LINK, but can resource additional information for you

Gloria Matthews
Council of Residential Specialists
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Fri May 17, 2013
Jamie Flaxman answered:
Seattle offers so much to do that it's hard to answer your question with a short answer. In-city you've got beaches/parks such as Alki, Greenlake, the Arboretum, Golden Gardens, and Carkeek; you've got the typical tourist activities such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market; and you've got museums such as Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden of Glass, and Pacific Science Center. Going out of the city, there are hikes galore, there's Snoqualmie Falls, Summit at Snoqualmie for winter sports, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, and ferry rides to various places. I know I've missed a lot of items here, contact me if you'd like more ideas.

Jamie Flaxman
Coldwell Banker Bain
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Wed May 15, 2013
Dave Skow answered:
Wed May 15, 2013
Pamela Bowe answered:
Invite them well in advance of the event, allowing them to make alternate plans if desired. Let them know the time the party starts and the expected end time. Let them know you do not want to bother them and that their privacy is important to you. Make sure you are observing any noise or gathering ordinances.

If they are hesitant, offer to help them with something to offset the nuisance of the event.

Always, always, always let them know in advance. Have a great time!!!
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Sat Apr 20, 2013
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Fri Apr 19, 2013
Will Herlan answered:
If it has been raining for days, head to the top of Snoqualmie Falls to see more than the "Tourist Trickle" you get on your average day.

After May 1st, the Hyak tunnel is open - 2.3 miles of tunnel that long ago let the trains pass through the mountains. Bring flashlights and warm clothes.

June through August - Take a day to go to U-Pick some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Our family favorite is Bybee-Nims farm at the base of Mt. Si in August for blueberries.

Take I-90 to the Columbia river, and then to north a mile to the petrified forest.

Make the Whidbey Island loop with a stops at Deception Pass and Fort Casey. Enjoy the ferry ride at the end of the loop. Take along a kite for Fort Casey, there is always wind there.
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
Ear plugs. Turn up your music. Endure it. There really isn't much you can do about a noisy neighbor unless the noise violates the city's noise ordinance. Or, if your neighbor is operating a business in a residential might have recourse through zoning enforcement. ... more
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