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Old 10-12-2019, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Gilroy, CA
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Hello!
We currently live in Spokane WA ( yes...it is a real place and on the map!). My husband may have an opportunity in Kent. We are looking at housing options and it seems Maple Valley might be a good fit. How is the commute going into Kent at 5:30am and coming home at 4pm? What other options would be good for a family that homeschools and wants to live in a safe area? We need a 2200 SF home minimum. We may also have to drive into Seattle once a week for piano lessons.

Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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20 minutes in the morning, 30-35 minutes in the evening.
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Old 10-12-2019, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hi HappyDay,

Yes, we Westsiders know Spokane is real . I have some good friends who own a beautiful home in South Hill.

I think Maple Valley would be a great choice, not a bad commute at all. If you decide to switch at some point to public, the Tahoma school district is highly regarded.
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:18 AM
 
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I live in Maple Valley and commute to Kent. 30ish morning commute for me. 40-45 minutes in the afternoon. I have to take 516 most of the way which is all stop lights. So it’s hit or miss.
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Old 10-19-2019, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I live in Maple Valley and commute to Kent. 30ish morning commute for me. 40-45 minutes in the afternoon. I have to take 516 most of the way which is all stop lights. So it’s hit or miss.
How would you describe the people there? Calm, reasonable, not judgy?
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Gilroy, CA
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So do you take 516 because it is faster than other routes or is that the best direct route for you? What about 240th over? That it is pretty much a straight shot to my husbands job is located off the 167 past W James St. Also, how do you like Maple Valley?
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Old 10-19-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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516 is slow especially in the evening. 256th or 240th are much better.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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I take 516 because I drop my son off at Lake Wilderness Elementary first, then I take highway 18 to 516 to 116th into Kent. I work at an Elementary school in Kent. I’ve never tried 240...maybe I will one day. I’m new to the area from Texas so I just type in the address into my GPS and go!!

We like MV. It’s a good area for families and was the best fit for us coming from Dallas/FW. Everyone so far seems nice and welcoming. Good schools. My son really likes his school and teacher. So no complaints!!

A lot of locals complain about the roads bc they are building like crazy in Black Diamond, so that will cause congestion

It was hard spending So much more for a house on a tiny lot though. Sticker shock coming from the south. LOL But we are over that now. Much cheaper here compared to Issaquah/Bellevue though.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:27 PM
 
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How would you describe the people there? Calm, reasonable, not judgy?
Yeah, so far. But I’m still new to Maple Valley so I cant say with 100% confidence yet. We Just moved here from Texas this summer. People seem a little more laid back like I’m used to in the south. I haven’t seen the the fake ‘Seattle Freeze’ attitudes like I’ve seen in other areas.
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Old 10-19-2019, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Gilroy, CA
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I take 516 because I drop my son off at Lake Wilderness Elementary first, then I take highway 18 to 516 to 116th into Kent. I work at an Elementary school in Kent. I’ve never tried 240...maybe I will one day. I’m new to the area from Texas so I just type in the address into my GPS and go!!

We like MV. It’s a good area for families and was the best fit for us coming from Dallas/FW. Everyone so far seems nice and welcoming. Good schools. My son really likes his school and teacher. So no complaints!!

A lot of locals complain about the roads bc they are building like crazy in Black Diamond, so that will cause congestion

It was hard spending So much more for a house on a tiny lot though. Sticker shock coming from the south. LOL But we are over that now. Much cheaper here compared to Issaquah/Bellevue though.
It does sound like the best option for us. We are looking for a safe community to raise my kids, but also not so long of a commute. We are from California originally, then moved to Spokane, We lived in the bay area for a while....talk about sticker shock! Ughh
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