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Old 04-28-2014, 12:39 AM
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we are considering buying a home in a MPC in auburn, either lakeland hills or lea hills. we are new to auburn. can i ask:
1. what is the main difference between lakeland hills/lea hills? where would you live?
2. anyone live in one of these MPC? pros and cons?
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:34 AM
Location: Auburn, WA
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Lakeland Hills is in Pierce County in South Auburn. Lea Hill is in King County in North Auburn. They aren't really close to each other (Downtown Auburn, a couple rivers, and Hwy 18 separates the two) and you'd really want to consider any commuting needs which should help you narrow down which one is better for you. If you work anywhere north of Renton, you may wish to cross Lakeland Hills off your list. Hwy 167 is a nightmare to deal with and often I-5 can be as well.

Lakeland Hills is more definite in character (because it's a MPC) and there are more services in and around the area so you'd need not really leave and go too far unless you want to go to a big box store. Lakeland Hills itself has decent roads but the negative is that there are fewer roads in and out of this area so traffic is worse as people are funneled to the main thoroughfares. Pierce County has been slow in upgrading the roads to match the development.

Lea Hill is not a Master Planned Community but has lots of newer development. It has a less defined character and it's mostly on the urban/rural divide (but that's changing fast). Services are a bit farther away than in Lakeland Hills but it's much more convenient to King Co. employment centers.
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