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Old 12-12-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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I will be starting a job in Tacoma in the Hilltop area in January. I am finding some nice rental housing in Gig Harbor on craigslist, but I am not certain of the time to drive from the Gig Harbor area to the Hilltop area of Tacoma. Has anyone done this commute? I'll likely be working 8:30am -4:30pm. Thank You
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Old 12-12-2011, 11:23 PM
 
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It'll depend on how far you are from the freeway in Gig Harbor. There's traffic on that route but it hasn't ever seemed too bad when I've driven through, I'd say maybe half an hour, forty-five minutes if things get chunky. You'll also pay a toll one direction across the bridge.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:07 AM
 
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I will be starting a job in Tacoma in the Hilltop area in January. I am finding some nice rental housing in Gig Harbor on craigslist, but I am not certain of the time to drive from the Gig Harbor area to the Hilltop area of Tacoma. Has anyone done this commute? I'll likely be working 8:30am -4:30pm. Thank You
Gig Harbor is a very nice little town but isn't there a toll on the Narrows Bridge now ? I would certainly hate paying a toll every day to get to work.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:12 AM
 
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Gig Harbor is a very nice little town but isn't there a toll on the Narrows Bridge now ? I would certainly hate paying a toll every day to get to work.
Well, it works out either way. Live closer to Tacoma, pay a higher property taxes. Live in GH with much lower property taxes and a daily one-way toll that ultimately still would be lower than what one would be paying closer to Tacoma.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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I live in Gig Harbor and commute to Tacoma over the Narrows Bridge every morning. I finish up my commute about five minutes from the Hilltop area. It takes me 13 minutes most mornings. I leave around 7 am. Traffic does pick up a bit later in the morning commute. I live near the bridge so I don't have to drive thru GH, which enforces speed limits and isn't conducive to quick pass thru driving. That is part of its appeal.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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We're in the far north part of Gig Harbor, as far away from Tacoma as you can get, and it takes us about 19min to get to Tacoma General, right on the Hilltop. We are close to the FWY, but even if you go west, far away from the fwy, you won't be more than 20min from the Hilltop.
The toll is $2.75 round trip, but that may be increasing to $4 if the state gets its way in January.
If you're looking at rental properties, then Gig Harbor's lower property taxes won't affect you. However, do to the urban vs rural aspects, auto insurance tends to be much cheaper (as does renter's insurance should you opt for that...which I would) in Gig Harbor.
The drive is easy, very little traffic at all. The toll is a non issue as you can usually make up that cost with insurance or simply cutting out a small extravagance each day.
Utilities, depending on what your landlord pays, may be another issue. Cable is much more expensive in GH than Tacoma (Comcast vs Click). Water tends to be pricier too.
Depends on what else you're hoping for. Do schools matter? Quiet town vs city?
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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It depends where in Gig Harbor you are coming from, but since it is a small town the drive should range between 20-30 minutes (max). It's really not that far and the hilltop is pretty accessible from the highway. The one thing to think about is the toll. Coming from Gig Harbor to Tacoma costs a couple bucks, so getting a good to go pass is recommended if you are going everyday. You can skip the toll booth and be charge each time without stopping.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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As far as paying the toll over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, I recommend getting the good to go pass. It saves about 40% as opposed to paying at the toll booth plus it saves time by just driving right on past the toll lanes.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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Hi - Just a quick comment. I'm paying to cross the bridge sometimes more than once per day. I cross to go to Trader Joes or to do clothes shopping, visit friends, etc. It's a bummer and expensive. However, I wouldn't live in Tacoma. The neighborhoods are a mix of great and terrible unless you're in a fantastic neighborhood, but you have to shop in the not-so-wonderful. Hope that helps.
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