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Old 03-09-2017, 07:16 AM
 
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Looking for recommendations on an area/town/city that's either in or near the mountains (prefer to be on eastside so less rain) that's also known to be good for families. We are looking for good schools, amenities, parks and decent access to mountains, and cost of living not crazy high. Don't mind being a bit remote but thinking at minimum a population of 5k and within half hr of things like target, Home Depot, libraries, Walgreens, etc.

Thank you!
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Northwest Peninsula
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Looking for recommendations on an area/town/city that's either in or near the mountains (prefer to be on eastside so less rain) that's also known to be good for families. We are looking for good schools, amenities, parks and decent access to mountains, and cost of living not crazy high. Don't mind being a bit remote but thinking at minimum a population of 5k and within half hr of things like target, Home Depot, libraries, Walgreens, etc.

Thank you!
Not sure what you mean by a mountain community but I live in a community that is right up next to the Olympic Mountains and about 15 minutes from the Strait of Juan de Fuca which is the water way between Washington and Canada.
Costco, Walmart, Home Depot and Office Depot to name a few and most in one area with more scheduled to built shortly, Walgreen and two major grocery stores. Also a 'Y" with swimming, basketball courts, handball and exercise rooms.
All with a population of 6K in the city.
No one way streets except in some residential neighborhoods. Only about eight traffic lights and no four lane streets. Even the so-call freeway (bypass) is two lanes. Schools are average and we have a small library, which if you are computer inclined like myself I read mainly on a Kindle, I don't need the library as much as we did the old days.
Our park system is expanding as we speak...adding pickle ball courts and soccer field for all ages along with a skate board park, softball fields and large children's play ground all withing walking distance for each other. The park also has a outdoor concert pavilion which holds summer musicals. There is also a children's fishing pond (14 and under) that is stocked with rather large Rainbow trout around Memorial Day each year.
In the park is a multi use community meeting place and outdoor covered tables used for things like birthday and reunions.
Any other questions you may have I will gladly answer.
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Looking for recommendations on an area/town/city that's either in or near the mountains (prefer to be on eastside so less rain) that's also known to be good for families. We are looking for good schools, amenities, parks and decent access to mountains, and cost of living not crazy high. Don't mind being a bit remote but thinking at minimum a population of 5k and within half hr of things like target, Home Depot, libraries, Walgreens, etc.

Thank you!
Gold Bar is more centrally located, but east of Seattle. It's a beautiful town and you've got the Cascades right there. I looked at Wikipedia; it states the population was 2075 in 2010. I'm sure it's increased in the past 7 years.
I drive through Gold Bar on the way to Leavenworth, and have noticed there are quite a few shopping areas including a Fred Meyer within 30 minutes.
I wish I could give you more information, but we only drive through and stop for lunch. Nice old fashioned small town feel there.
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Old 03-09-2017, 11:58 AM
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If you like tourists Leavenworth, WA or Lake Chelan for small towns. Leavenworth probably has better schools and is closer to Wenatchee and the mountains. Lake Chelan has a great big lake and is closer to the Okanogan and about 45 minutes from Wenatchee.

For a real city....Wenatchee. http://adventure.nationalgeographic....natchee-travel

Be forewarned.....from Thanksgiving to Presidents Day the weather is just as awful as it is in Seattle. But once the sun angle get high enough it improves in a hurry.

Also.....be careful about purchasing a house. ONLY 75% of the homes in Chelan County have access to the local municipal fiber optic network. Also speeds top speeds right now are limited to 1Gbps. Same for Douglas County, but the local network serves even fewer residents.

Library service is all part of North Central Regional Library. Home Page | North Central Regional Library | NCRL | Washington Library. It use to be an exceptional library system, but since the library cards and professional librarians showed up it has been going down hill. However, still better than most small city libraries. It serves five counties so the same level of service in all those communities.
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Old 03-09-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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For the "Eastside": The Wenatchee and Cle Elum areas could fit your bill, depending on what you mean by "cost of living not crazy high".
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Old 03-09-2017, 07:11 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Cashmere (Near enough to Wenatchee) Far enough away from Leavenworth. $$$

Beware of wildfires (in the entire region)
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Northwest Peninsula
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Anywhere on the east side of the Cascades is cold and snowy in the winter and hot and dry in the summer.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:01 PM
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Anywhere on the east side of the Cascades is cold and snowy in the winter and hot and dry in the summer.
All of that is relative to "northwest pennisula".

Wenatchee is dry in summer. Hot...sometimes. Most of the time in the 80's and 90's. Be aware that the perfect temperature is Wenatchee, due to low humidity, is 85 degrees. It usually cools down at night.

One in five winters is cold and snowy. The other four winters are just as awful as Seattle with rain and similar temperatures.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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Looking for recommendations on an area/town/city that's either in or near the mountains (prefer to be on eastside so less rain) that's also known to be good for families. We are looking for good schools, amenities, parks and decent access to mountains, and cost of living not crazy high. Don't mind being a bit remote but thinking at minimum a population of 5k and within half hr of things like target, Home Depot, libraries, Walgreens, etc.

Thank you!
Spokane or Walla Walla spring immediately to mind.

Wenatchee and/or Yakima might also suit, although they are a bit less "cosmo" and more strongly oriented toward agriculture.
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Old 03-11-2017, 11:29 AM
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Spokane or Walla Walla spring immediately to mind.

Wenatchee and/or Yakima might also suit, although they are a bit less "cosmo" and more strongly oriented toward agriculture.
What??

Wenatchee is a micro-metropolitan area and for a area of just over hundred thousand residents it is pretty "cosmopolitan". However, you are correct that it is not about "urban cool". But the area, has business contacts and companies that operate throughout the world.

Wenatchee is strongly oriented towards the medical community, public utility districts, and administrative functions for the fruit industry. State government also has a lot of their regional offices.

There is still agriculture, but it is becoming less important year by year. They do have a lot of political clout even to this day.

The cost of living in Wenatchee isn't bad, but housing costs are very high. Also the current rental vacancy rate is less than 1 percent.
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