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Old 06-21-2015, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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10-inches would be an anomaly.
For PA and most of Sequim, yes I agree CrazyDonkey.

From the DOE Watershed Plan publication for WRIA 17 (Quilcene-Snow). I was surprised when I first read this that Sequim Bay itself received less than 10 inches of rain.

"Precipitation averages 28 inches over the Sequim Bay watershed and varies from 35 inches in the upper watershed (Mt. Zion) to 15 inches at the lower elevations to less than 10 inches at Sequim Bay. Winter precipitation is primarily rain up to 1,500 feet elevation, with mixed rain and snow between 1,500 and 2,500 feet, and primarily snow above 2,500 feet. Most precipitation falls in the winter."

Given the micro-climates I mentioned above, there may be other pockets of low rainfall as well.
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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There's a huge Facebook group that you could get info from, too:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/portangelesgroup/
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:01 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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For PA and most of Sequim, yes I agree CrazyDonkey.

From the DOE Watershed Plan publication for WRIA 17 (Quilcene-Snow). I was surprised when I first read this that Sequim Bay itself received less than 10 inches of rain.

"Precipitation averages 28 inches over the Sequim Bay watershed and varies from 35 inches in the upper watershed (Mt. Zion) to 15 inches at the lower elevations to less than 10 inches at Sequim Bay. Winter precipitation is primarily rain up to 1,500 feet elevation, with mixed rain and snow between 1,500 and 2,500 feet, and primarily snow above 2,500 feet. Most precipitation falls in the winter."

Given the micro-climates I mentioned above, there may be other pockets of low rainfall as well.
Yes, you really have to talk to neighbors or a very knowledgeable realtor if you are picky about the weather. My parent have Blue Mountain up the road to the west and it blocks most of the clouds, so 10-13" of rain is normal, while on the other side of the mountain it can rain over 100". There is also more wind by the water, colder winters and more snow at higher elevations like where they are at 500'.
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:29 AM
 
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I have to add that it's really not that difficult to get to Seattle for medical care. I had very poor treatment from a specialist that caused permanent damage, that is why I go to Seattle...have had 3 outpatient surgeries there. You do have to plan ahead to catch the ferry, & they are crowded & cost more in summer. My Dr. in Seattle is used to having Peninsula patients, they are accomodating with appointment times & I get a pass from them that allows me to cut to head of line on ferry (only after surgery, not routine appointments). I know several people who go to Seattle for medical care.

It took us quite awhile to find a decent family practice MD in PA, & we have regular health insurance, not Medicare. I dread the day if/when our Dr. relocates or retires, but that happens everywhere.

BTW, it's been very dry here lately, as alluded to in other posts. I find that concerning, maybe others who have lived here longer can address that more.

Also. smell from the Nippon paper plant is a non-issue.

Re culture, it's a ferry trip to Victoria, BC, I have gone to the opera there.

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Old 06-22-2015, 10:19 AM
 
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My brother lives in PA and is on MEDICAID and has struggled horribly with getting medical care. When he goes to Seattle he has to use a voucher from Medicaid and take a bus or car and he has nightmare stories of riding in horrible pain back and forth for hours because of the stenosis in his spine. He needs to move out of PA, but never has the money because of the low disability amount he is on.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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My brother lives in PA and is on MEDICAID and has struggled horribly with getting medical care. When he goes to Seattle he has to use a voucher from Medicaid and take a bus or car and he has nightmare stories of riding in horrible pain back and forth for hours because of the stenosis in his spine. He needs to move out of PA, but never has the money because of the low disability amount he is on.
If he can't afford to move, maybe his family can pitch in.

He's got three choices for lower rents and proximity to options for medical care: Bremerton-Silverdale area, Everett-Lynnwood area, and Tacoma area. To look for lower-rent/subsidized apartments:

aptfinder | Low Income Housing at AptFinder.org

Click "Property Category":

If 62 or older, look at properties for "Seniors or Persons with Disabilities" (note: most of these properties rent only to seniors). Many of these properties have subsidized rents set at 30% of income (minus medical costs).

If under 62, look at properties for "Individuals and Families".
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:20 PM
 
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All good feedback, thanks. I'm one of those strange people that prefers overcast, rainy days so 20, 30" of rain per year is great. We'd be interested in a small, low maintenance property. Ideal would be a 1-2 bedroom house with a small garage. Can someone recommend a good, knowledgeable real estate broker? Are home sales brisk, slow, or somewhere between?
Thanks again.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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Are home sales brisk, slow, or somewhere between?
With respect to PA and as a generalization to get you started, "brisk" for homes under 200K, "somewhere in between" for homes in the 200-400K range and "slow" (or at least slower) for homes over 400K. The problem here at this time is market inventory or more precisely, lack thereof. Not a whole lot of listings to choose from currently it seems. Anything that is well maintained and realistically priced, particularly in the lower price point spectrum, seems to get snapped up fairly quickly.

Having said that, I'll toss out the City Data mantra that's been repeated here oodles of times. I'd suggest renting a home for a year or two prior to buying. You'll be able to get a feel for the area, climate etc. This will allow you to try PA on for size and determine if it's for you. If so, buy a home thereafter in your favorite part of town.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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Having said that, I'll toss out the City Data mantra that's been repeated here oodles of times. I'd suggest renting a home for a year or two prior to buying. You'll be able to get a feel for the area, climate etc. This will allow you to try PA on for size and determine if it's for you. If so, buy a home thereafter in your favorite part of town.
Well taken and excellent advice. That is likely what we'll do but I've never done well with rentals. This is partly because of the rental markets that I have lived in up until now. We currently live in a high growth area where there are good paying jobs and most of those jobs are short term, 1-2 years. This has driven rental prices sky-high and property owners do not take care of their rentals because they don't have to in order to keep them rented.
I realize most of you do not rent in the PA area, but a quick google search brings up many rentals from $500-$1000, all look pretty nice. Anyone with recent experience renting?
Many thanks for all of your help, it is valuable.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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I realize most of you do not rent in the PA area, but a quick google search brings up many rentals from $500-$1000, all look pretty nice.
Many of the rental homes available in PA are listed by property management companies. The two main ones in Port Angeles are James and Associates and Landmark Properties. You may want to look up their web sites to get a feel for what is available. There is a peninsula version for Craigslist rental listings as well.
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