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Old 04-22-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Olympia
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Halen,
I would also recommend the area around Elma and McCleary. You're off the beaten path, but you're close enough to I-5 to get to Seattle with 90 minutes, Tacoma within 60 minutes and Olympia within 20 minutes. Home prices are affordable and the countryside is very scenic.

Good Luck!

Sandy
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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You could consider Twisp, Winthrop, etc. if you are not set on a coastal climate. Wenatchee area also a possibility. To avoid growth and sprawl, basically get away from the I-5 metro area and stay away from the Interstates...IMHO
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Old 04-24-2008, 03:59 PM
 
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Try Chimacum, which is just outside of Port Townsend, you would love it!
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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I don't know about the available land for riding horses, but if money is not an issue; then I would definitely recommend Port Townsend, or anywhere else on the Olympic Peninsula. Washington doesn't get any more beautiful or peaceful than this area.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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acreage isn't likely something you'll experience on the islands unless you're sincere about price being no concern. There are still large tracts of land on Whidbey but you'll pay dearly.

My inlaws live in Langley and that area has exploded over the past 2-3 years in terms of growth (retirees), and will continue to do so.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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I don't know about the available land for riding horses, but if money is not an issue; then I would definitely recommend Port Townsend, or anywhere else on the Olympic Peninsula. Washington doesn't get any more beautiful or peaceful than this area.
I agree for the most part about the beauty, but large tracts of land are becoming scarce. Since I've lived in this area prices have doubled and tripled. A few years ago you could get rural 20 acres for under 100k. Now you're lucky to find that under 200k, and realistically are looking at 300k and up.
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Lake Stevens, WA
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San Juans are beautiful. I suggest looking in Skagit or Whatcom Counties.
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Old 05-07-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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Well, you don't want Orting as it's in the projected direct path of pyroclastic flows from Mt. Rainier, whenever that will occur. You might want to read this thread:
Mt Rainier: Concerned it will erupt in the future.
Besides opinions, there's quite a bit of scientific data in that.

This is the link you'll be most interested in in this regard:
Geotimes April 2004 Paths of Destruction: The Hidden Threat at Mount Rainier
Has the map --scroll down a bit -- showing the RED and ORANGE projected paths of flows.

Also:
KING5 Seattle News | KING 5 News - Mount St. Helens Anniversary (http://www.king5.com/news/specials/volcano/stories/NW_050505WABmtrainierEL.2469135af.html - broken link)
In terms of "timing", they state, "A major lahar on Mt. Rainier happens about once every 500 to 1000 years. And it's been about 550 years since the last one."
They say the evidence for mud flows is in "Ashford, Elbe, Orting, Puyallup, Auburn, Commencement Bay, Kent and even Renton."
They state that the towns "in direct danger" in the case of a volcanic eruption would be "Orting, Sumner, Ashford, Elbe, Packwood, Randle, Greenwater and parts of Puyallup. The flow could also affect parts of Tacoma, Buckley and Enumclaw."

So the next Lahar could occur tommorow, or in 400+ years. If you like the Orting valley, Puyallup, Graham or Eatonville areas, move there and live your life. Being afraid of what might happen is a waste of time. Be prepared, yes, but don't let what MAY happen SOMEDAY dictate how or where you choose to live. Any significant volcanic/pyroclastic event on Rainier is going to wreak havoc on the entire Puget Sound region, and the state, whether in terms of direct damage or economic damage.

People live all over Western Wa knowing that a large (7.0 or so) earthquake is coming, someday, but they still live there.
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