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Old 04-04-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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I am looking for a small town in WA, pop around 2 - 3K. Very picturesque - green; mountains very close. 30-40 minute drive to Wal-Mart, Lowe's, etc. Oh, and if WA has a place where the sun shines, that's the place.

I fell in love with such a place on an episode of Bones. They referred to this town as Aurora. I cannot locate any info on this town so it is likely fictitious but it was worth a try.

Thanks!!
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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The setting for that episode was actually Yosemite National Park, CA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_in_the_Bear
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Old 04-04-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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LOL well they do all the filming for these showa in Cali, I can attest there are plenty of small towns around Yosemite (I live in one)all within an hour of Fresno, maybe you are looking for the wrong state
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:39 AM
 
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Yeah, sounds like it. Any recommendations? I'm looking for that town shown in Bones or something like that.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:41 AM
 
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... I could throw in Leavenworth. It's up in the mountains, is very sunny, but has the 4 proper seasons. Not wet like Seattle. However... it's a tourist town and... is Bavarian styled. Its cute either way.

You can do the shopping in Wenatchee.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:39 AM
 
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Sequim kind of fits your criteria, but housing is expensive and jobs are non-existent... If you are retired and have lots of money, it's perfect. We have the mountains on one side and the water on the other. We have a Walmart and Home Depot, a tiny Sears and a tiny Penney's, but more things coming according to the newspaper. We get more sun on the peninsula due to the rainshadow affect, but we do get rain too. I've heard so many people complain that they have read that Sequim is the banana belt of NW Washington and then get upset when it rains. And we do snow sometimes too.

The closest mall is an hour away in Silverdale. The closest movie theater is in Port Angeles. Not much night life, other than the Casino and The Buzz's open mic night.

We also have lots of festivals all year round...
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Near Sequim, WA
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Consistent sunshine? OK, that pretty much narrows your search to east of the Cascades.

Yosemite like? Yeah, I agree that Cashmere, Leavenworth might work.

The tricky part is a town of only 2,000 people near a city large enough to have ammenities like Lowe's. Another option might be north of Spokane (Deer Park, Chewelah etc.). Those places are close to the Colville National Forest so they have some of that Yosemite look. But... it would be a little farther than a 1/2 hour drive to shop in Spokane.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:16 AM
 
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Deer Park is great if you like snow from October to April... we use to own property up on Loon Lake.
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Old 08-31-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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Loon Lake DOES have four seasons though, is close to many mountains, rolling pastures, and timberland- Colville National Forest (like Dendrite said), and has several lakes (besides Loon) closeby. It has a population of just over 2000 people, but it is spread out (avg 31 ppl/sq. mile). It is only 25 min. to North Spokane, which has all the amenities (Walmart, Target, Home Depot, a large cineplex, etc.) There are also plenty of closeby recreational activities such as golf courses, a casino, bowling, parks, etc. The housing prices are very reasonable...and dropping, like everywhere else. The job market is still pretty strong in Spokane, so a half-hour to hour commute to any part of Spokane is worth the beauty and serenity of living in the Loon Lake area (in my opinion).
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Old 09-01-2010, 12:20 PM
 
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Deer Park area is the first one that came to mind.

The Wenatchee area might be worth a look as well.
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