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Old 04-18-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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Default Relocating Bremerton, Port Orchard

hello,
we are moving to the bremerton area in late aug from mo.
its myself, my husband and our 3 little girls.
we are looking for a fresh start
my job has offered a transfer opportunity to bremerton
i lived in port orchard when i was a teen for about a year but my memories of that time are from the point of view of a naive little kid i desperately miss the ocean and the mountains in wa.
so im wondering

how are the schools in the area? would it be better cost wise to live in bremerton or PO? is it difficult to find cheap housing?
and really if there is anything else you could mention about either of these towns i would really appreciate it.
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Hilltop
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Crime in West Bremerton near the shipyard put Bremerton near the top of the list of worst crime in the State with plenty affordable housing.

Port Orchard,East Bremerton is great but cost lots more,but with kids it would seem the logical choice...ask any other questions I know the area well including specifically which areas to completely avoid.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:07 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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For a fresh start, I would look to Silverdale and north to Poulsbo if you can afford it, or better parts of Bremerton.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:02 PM
 
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you may find more affordable housing down towards Belfair. It's about 20-25 minutes from Bremerton and North Mason schools are safe for the most part.
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC
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What about Kingston?
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:01 PM
 
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Crime in West Bremerton near the shipyard put Bremerton near the top of the list of worst crime in the State with plenty affordable housing.

Port Orchard,East Bremerton is great but cost lots more,but with kids it would seem the logical choice...ask any other questions I know the area well including specifically which areas to completely avoid.
im leaning toward port orchard myself i do remember it being a great place to be as a teen so i naturally want my girls to have the same experience but my husband is worried about the cost of living there verses living in bremerton so if you can help out with the comparison it would be truly appreciated

what is the average rent for 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments?
average electric bill for the previously mentioned?
what other financial differences have you noticed?

also what is your opinion/advice/comments on this
if we choose port orchard I'll have to take the ferry over to bremerton and take the bus to work if we live in bremerton my husband can drop me off before he goes to work (only 1 vehicle)

my job is on NE McWilliams Road does that make a huge difference on what area would have the best balance financially and keeping my girls in mind

thanks
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Hilltop
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East Bermerton or Port Orchard may cost the same search "Craigslist" for apts. East Bermerton is a completely different neighborhood that Bremerton and much safer for kids,it would also be lot closer to the Ferry as well.I live in Illahee and it takes me 7 min to the ferry obeying all speed limits and kids going to school,Have some friends that live just off the freeway in port orchard take about 15-20 min to the Ferry terminal so consider that.

Electrical runs us about $35.00 per month
Gas runs about $145.00 per month in winter can vary as much as $100.00 up or down depending apon how well insulated the place is-when you are looking for places bring a thermometer with you and insist on closing all the doors and windows and check the temp in each room-very large variations and you can expect you heating bill to be very high $200++.

Working on McWilliams rd,I would definately pick East Bremerton,there are very nice apts across the street from the post office,stay near the Illahee or Manette neighborhood and it will be a breeze to get dropped off at work.Schools are much better in East Bremerton as well for the kids.

We have friends that live in Port Orchard with 2 young kids and they love it.
what they don't love is the commute to the Bremerton Ferry terminal, so they sometimes drive into Seattle a few days a week when they wake up late.

West Bremerton I would avoid completely unless you can afford the waterfront or West hills area, I consider both areas very safe but definately not affordable in my opinion,I am not saying all of West Bremeton is awful but for someone new to the area another $150-$200.00 per month to live on the East side is a small amount for the safety available across the bridge..
on a side not if you look long enough you can find a smaller older home for a small amount more than an apt,again just pay close attention to the temps inside--you don't want to get a killer deal on a place only to find it seals like a cardboard box and cost you $300.00 per month to heat in the winter.
Good luck and welcome search online for "Manette" it is regarded as one of the best places in Washington state to raise a family.
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:07 AM
 
Location: ***Spokane***
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im leaning toward port orchard myself i do remember it being a great place to be as a teen so i naturally want my girls to have the same experience but my husband is worried about the cost of living there verses living in bremerton so if you can help out with the comparison it would be truly appreciated

what is the average rent for 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments?
average electric bill for the previously mentioned?
what other financial differences have you noticed?

also what is your opinion/advice/comments on this
if we choose port orchard I'll have to take the ferry over to bremerton and take the bus to work if we live in bremerton my husband can drop me off before he goes to work (only 1 vehicle)

my job is on NE McWilliams Road does that make a huge difference on what area would have the best balance financially and keeping my girls in mind

thanks
I grew up in PO and also lived there up to my retirement, so know quite a bit about this town and Kitsap County in general...Rentals are high throughout the west side of Washington as well as purchases of homes...but on the bright side, Kitsap peninsula is the lesser priced for housing, except for Mason county, which Belfair is located in....A good idea might be contact the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce and address your concerns and requests..They will provide you with maps, and general information of the area and prices of housing, schools, jobs , so on and so forth...Looks like your job will be in East Bremerton area.....housing in this area is similar to that of Port Orchard....John L Scott of Port Orchard normally has rental listings and have some good ppl to work with....Sheri is one I have worked with... Good luck...
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Old 04-23-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Vette dude might be right about Belfair. I guess I was looking at it from a home ownership perspective, not renting... Clearly there are more and more/affordable apartments in the Port Orchard area.
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Suquamish, Wa
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Sout Kitsap schools are a bit crowded, especially the high school. Ratings for Bremerton scholos are a bit low. If you went further north to Silverdale or Poulsbo, Central and North Kitsap school districts are much higher rated, and the commute to Bremerton wouldn't be that bad (although at $3.60+ per gallon for gas...well, you decide). Both Central and North have two high schools. Kingston High in North is brand new. All of the school districts have websites with boundary maps and WASL score averages to compare. Crime would be less of an issue in Silverdale and Poulsbo. Some parts of Bremerton are ok, other parts are just skanky. Home prices are a bit higher in North County vs South County. But in this market, the buyer has the advantage anyway. Silverdale is the main shopping area for the peninsula, with Costco, mall, etc. Whether you live in S or N county, you will be making a trip to Silverdale every now and then anyway.
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