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Old 11-04-2019, 01:46 PM
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Originally Posted by mmcgrath View Post
I'm originally from Ashland area, which is a drier climate but lived in Eugene for a couple of years, so I am used to rainy weather. I'm not too concerned about the weather there. My partner is interested in being able to commute via motorcycle most of the year. Of course, there are rainy days here too, but then we also have 2-3 solid months of too cold/snowy weather during which he can't ride.

I'm also interested in learning more about the surrounding small towns/communities around Bellingham. We're definitely interested in purchasing property with a good amount of acreage (5+ acres) and I'm not sure we would find that in Bellingham..
If you're okay with the weather in Eugene, you're likely okay with Bellingham, with a couple twists- it doesn't get nearly as hot in Bham in the summer as the proximity to the ocean (or at least, Puget Sound/Salish Sea) moderates things a bit more, and we're occasionally subject to Canadian cold fronts moving down the Fraser Valley in the winter. But overall, it sounds like you'd be fine, and your partner would still be able to ride much of the time.

Regarding real estate, most of our past searches have been for places in town, but we've looked quite a bit in the surroundings, as well. It gets rural quickly out of town, so it's all about your threshold for distance from town/amenities and what you're comfortable with. Within a short distance you can find things that feel like they're a million miles away. I'd look in Whatcom County (near Ferndale, Deming) AND I'd also consider Skagit County. The Mount Vernon/Burlington area is close to Bellingham, centrally located to the islands, and access to the North Cascades. And again, the options vary from coastal wetlands to farmland to island, mountain or lakeside, so I'd definitely recommend a trip to explore.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:05 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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Originally Posted by SunGrins View Post
I lived in a town of 35,000 and many or most of the longtime residents were related. Some were actually close cousins and you would never know it. If you get crosswise with one you might start to have issues with another and not know why. There were a lot of transplants but many only stayed a few years. Most of the young people left town when they could. Some came back to raise their kids there. I lived there 35 years and was only being accepted toward my last few years (first name basis with bankers, pharmacist, librarians, etc.). It is hard to fit in if that is what you want.

There were some pretty big families which adds to the family connections. I had a friend who moved to a neighboring smaller town and went to the PTA meeting and complained about the poor turnout. People looked around and counted 22 noses and said "this is it, everybody is here". She had two kids and everyone else had six or seven all in school.
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