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Old 06-10-2010, 10:40 AM
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We moved to Washington last summer. We are currently living in Puyallup south hill. I was hoping to move this summer into a permenant home. I like the sunrise area and the schools over there but i have had trouble finding affordable housing. We found a pediatrician in Bonney lake and the schools seem as good or better than puyallup. Any opinions about Bonney Lake versus Puyallup?
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:44 AM
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Bonney Lake is a clone of South Hill, strip malls, traffic, high density housing, and really not much in the way of entertainment except shopping. There is a large number of low income housing that has resulted in the overall degradation of the area. That's not to denigrate those of who are low income but the general appearance of some of the neighborhoods suggests that some of the folks who live there don't care much for their homes, cleaning up your yard is cheap, but you'd have to care about such things in order to do it.

I lived on South Hill in the late seventies and saw the overdevelopment ruin a nice area, if I was to go back to the south pierce area I'd be looking at the areas further south, Kapowsin, Elk Plain, etc. The truth is that most of washington has experienced some terrific growth that has ruined a great deal of what used to be some really nice country.
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Old 06-14-2010, 02:40 PM
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I've lived in South Hill for over 10 years and go into Bonney Lake occasionally. I agree with jertheber that Bonney Lake and South Hill have some similarities but have a more positive opinion about both of them. Its interesting that you can't seem to find affordable housing here in South Hill but can out in Bonney Lake. I moved to South Hill because, at the time, it was much more affordable than anything I could find in the areas I preferred. (All I could find were fixer uppers or houses in area with a lot of rentals and I didn't want either.)

I don't know much about the schools in Bonney Lake but have been pleased overall with the schools here in South Hill and the afterschool variety of programs around here. My daughter is in college now so I'm not really up to date about what's going on currently. I think there is more to do in the South Hill/Puyallup area than Bonney Lake. It all depends on what you and your family like to do in your free time.

Traffic, especially at commute hours, is a pain in both places. I'm able to get around the worst of it here by avoiding Meridian. I don't know how many options you have in and out of Bonney Lake to avoid 410. 410 is really awful in the icy weather.

Good luck in making your decision! Feel free to ask me any specific questions you might have about the South Hill area. My perspective is strictly that of someone who lives here and raised a child here.
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