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Old 05-18-2020, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Denver
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My wife and I are considering buying a small house in Washington in a couple of years.

We'd like:

1) Small house (2bd/2bath) on a lake or creek
2) With land to build a detached 4car garage (hobby) and have a large garden.
3) While snow is ok, we would prefer somewhere more rainy than snowy.
4) Under 500k
5) I work from home and would need access to an airport to get to Seattle once a month.

We really like the state of Washington, can you give us some recommendations of areas to look at?

Thanks!
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:31 PM
 
Location: WA
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Whidbey Island would be my #1 choice, but the airport is a long distance away. You'd need to take the ferry to Mukilteo and then drive. Here's a place in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...60887320_zpid/

Vashon Island would be a bit closer to the airport: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...48659266_zpid/

Gig Harbor, across the narrows from Tacoma would avoid the ferry ride: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...49227192_zpid/

You have near infinite options within Western WA. The main issue will be how far you want to be from SeaTac. The cost will largely be driven by how close you are to Seattle.
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Old 05-18-2020, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Whidbey Island would be my #1 choice, but the airport is a long distance away. You'd need to take the ferry to Mukilteo and then drive. Here's a place in the town of Langley on Whidbey Island: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...60887320_zpid/

Vashon Island would be a bit closer to the airport: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...48659266_zpid/

Gig Harbor, across the narrows from Tacoma would avoid the ferry ride: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...49227192_zpid/

You have near infinite options within Western WA. The main issue will be how far you want to be from SeaTac. The cost will largely be driven by how close you are to Seattle.
Thank you for the response!

My thought is that I can live far away from Seattle to avoid the high prices, can be close (under 2h) to Spokane or another airport to get to Seattle though.

This type of property is nice:

Lake Roosevelt
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...08189198_zpid/

Moses Lake:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...61939130_zpid/
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:04 PM
 
Location: WA
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Thank you for the response!

My thought is that I can live far away from Seattle to avoid the high prices, can be close (under 2h) to Spokane or another airport to get to Seattle though.

This type of property is nice:

Lake Roosevelt
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...08189198_zpid/

Moses Lake:
https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/8...61939130_zpid/
Those are on the COLD dry side of the Cascades which is what you said you didn't want.

when you say "shoreline" in WA most people think Puget Sound not lakes, which is what I assumed.
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Old 05-18-2020, 06:54 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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There are lakes and housing developments outside Olympia, that are more affordable. You'd have to ask an Olympia-area RE agent, though. Olympia has an airport with service to Seattle.
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Old 05-18-2020, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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I'm an Olympia area (and Southward, and Westward) Real Estate agent.

I grew up on Black Lake outside of Olympia/Tumwater.... I now live on a place with a creek running through it, there are lots of nice lakes and nice waterfont properties well within your budget in SW WA. Small lakes with no motorboats allowed, to big lakes with lots of recreation. And of course, yes.... we have salt water waterfront, but it's usually spendier than lakefront.

If you want to be pretty close to town, check out the lakes around and outside of Olympia to the SW and SE. There are several. Or Shelton, on the Peninsula!.

If you can be a little further out, go south to Mayfield or Riffe Lakes. They are more remote, but some of the prettiest scenery in the state. And affordable because of the remoteness.... for now.

I am just south of Oly, and about halfway between Seattle and Portland, about two hours to either one by car or aeroporter shuttle. At this point that's usually easier than any flight service to Seattle, but maybe we'll get there one day.
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Old 05-18-2020, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Awesome! thanks for the suggestions. I like the Riffle Lakes area, wasn't even looking there.

Something like this seems almost perfect: https://www.redfin.com/WA/Toledo/363..._campaign=copy

What would be the negatives of living at that location?

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Old 05-18-2020, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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My wife and I are considering buying a small house in Washington in a couple of years.

We'd like:

1) Small house (2bd/2bath) on a lake or creek
2) With land to build a detached 4car garage (hobby) and have a large garden.
3) While snow is ok, we would prefer somewhere more rainy than snowy.
4) Under 500k
5) I work from home and would need access to an airport to get to Seattle once a month.

We really like the state of Washington, can you give us some recommendations of areas to look at?

Thanks!
Does this even exist in WA?
I know that you can find this in OR but in WA?
OP to you have a plane?
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Does this even exist in WA?
I know that you can find this in OR but in WA?
OP to you have a plane?
That's why I am posting.

It seems this is pretty darn close:

363 Green Water Dr
Toledo, WA 98591

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M20046-99048
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Pretty nice as well -
https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...-79801?view=qv

Thoughts on this location?
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