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Old 05-25-2015, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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I just got a job where I work at an office about 2 days a week and at home the rest, on average I will work 8-12 days a month. While I plan on living in seattle at first, I want to move to a area where I can be in a more rural setting. Distance isn't a huge factor as I wont need to get to the city too often, but I don't want it to take hours to get there. My price range for a house when I decide to buy will be at around $300,000 and I want to get around a acre of land. I've seen homes in Gig Harbor that meet this requirements, do you think a drive from gig harbor to seattle 8-12 times a month is a reasonable commute? What are my other options? Thanks!
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:54 PM
 
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Look up north in Snohomish County. Always better to be north than south in the Seattle area.
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Try Port Orchard (a ferry ride to West Seattle) and north like Chris says, Arlington, Stanwood, Monroe. You may not get an acre but maybe a half acre.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:36 PM
 
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Monroe and Snohomish will probably provide the easiest commute (approximately 1 hour, give or take).

Anything on the Peninsula is going to be approximately an hour and a half commute time (one way), and that is the bare minimum, absolute best case scenario.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Phill, guess I should ask where your job is going to be?
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, Wa
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I'll be working in seattle
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Don't forget that Gig Harbor does give you the toll on the Narrows bridge...and that toll just keeps going up.

I agree - North Snohomish County. There are some nice places also in rural Snohomish (I am speaking of the city of Snohomish here).
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I just ran a search and for a home with .5 to 2 acres, under $325K. The options in your price range south (mostly in Pierce County) are best in Graham, Roy, Buckley, Eatonville, Enumclaw and Bonney Lake. In south King County, rural Kent and Auburn create a few possibilities as well. Up north (Snohomish County), options came up in Monroe, Sultan, Stanwood, Arlington. Of course, you could create more choices if you were okay with a smaller lot.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:27 PM
 
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Don't buy anything until you're sure you want to stay here, love the job, and will be happy with the commute (and the community!!). Anything that you can get for $300K with an acre won't appreciate very much over the next few years, so you would be stuck with it if your job didn't last. You Really need to be here and do the commute before you decide what is acceptable.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Well, if you want land:

590 Big Creek Rd, Cle Elum, WA 98922 is For Sale | Zillow
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