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Old 07-29-2020, 09:59 PM
 
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Hi City-Data Folks,
Like a lot of IT folks, I have WFH these days. So looking at lots of places to live.

Was searching around in zillow and hit on Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Marysville.

They seem like they could be nice places to live.

Your thoughts on pros and cons?

What would you say those places are like?
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:43 PM
 
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Snohomish is not too far out and is nice. Lake Stevens is a little far out and economical. Marysville is economical but a little rough.
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Old 07-29-2020, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hi City-Data Folks,
Like a lot of IT folks, I have WFH these days. So looking at lots of places to live.

Was searching around in zillow and hit on Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Marysville.

They seem like they could be nice places to live.

Your thoughts on pros and cons?

What would you say those places are like?
Of those three places, if you can get close to the historic downtown, Snohomish by far has the most "soul". Great little core with coffee shops, cafes, antique stores.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:43 AM
 
Location: PNW
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The commute into and out of Lake Stevens can be difficult. There isn't a good way that isn't slow. Much of the area is sprawl. If you want an actual town, then Snohomish would be better. Marysville is also very sprawly.
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Old 07-30-2020, 01:37 PM
 
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Marysville is a hodgepodge of different areas, from old neighborhoods that are walkable, to run-down, and recent crammed places. It is mostly strip malls, but it has everything you can expect from a medium city - a cinema, bowling alley, roller rink, big box stores, outlet mall, etc.
Lake Stevens grew more recently, so it has very little shopping and few activities that aren't lake based. You have to drive to Everett or Marysville for a lot of things. The downtown is undergoing rejuvenation. Low crime relative the the surrounding areas and good schools. Lots of new housing.
Snohomish has several large old neighborhoods full of well kept old houses. The downtown has lots of boutique stores that come and go, but there is also an area of strip malls for several big box stores and smaller specialty stores.
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Hi City-Data Folks,
Like a lot of IT folks, I have WFH these days. So looking at lots of places to live.

Was searching around in zillow and hit on Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Marysville.

They seem like they could be nice places to live.

Your thoughts on pros and cons?

What would you say those places are like?
What are they "like." I'd take north end over south any day of the week, and lived in Mill Creek 11 years becasue that's what I could afford. We didn't have "WFH" and/or it was mostly a scam and excuse for loafing. The tech to make it not only possible but highly efficient has only been stable from < 10 years. I remember when Skype was bought by Microsoft, must have been 2011: they took it from semi-stable to magnificent (though now obsolete). Fat pipes help, I have a gigabyte down at my house.

Snohomish is a small town. Seems nice enough. The river floods out downtown occasionally. I'm sure it has typical small town ups and downs. Colleague of mine used to commute daily there to Renton. he was moivated, and well-paid. He'd work about 6 - 2:30pm, which was okay with the company.

Lake Stevens....yeah. I wouldn't live off Highway 9 on a bet.

Marysville....crappy fast food row, sprawled out. Tulalip Rez to the west, hmm. Is that better or worse for land values? I knew a guy with an nice homestead butting up against the Rez. He loved the quiet life up there. There's nothing there I find interesting other than the Outlet Malls (which are pretty interesting). To be sure, there is civilization to the north, and south, if you call Everett civilized .

They're way cheaper than Eastside, and about as far as practicable from the tech centers yet still commutable, if-barely. If you can always WFH, you're in business. Like you, it seems my next gig may be remote until further notice which is totally fine with me: keeps the stress low.
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Old 07-30-2020, 06:18 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Snohomish only if around Gold Creek or closer to Bothell/Mill creek
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:22 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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Snohomish County was once considered Seattle's "Hooterville". That is unfair, but was once a thing. But generally, costs decrease in Snohomish County, and there are still some small rural areas in the county that are affordable, though they are far from the major employment centers. Hey, my grandparents were proud Snohomish residents, so I love the county. Just understand the county still tends to be rural, with the exception of the southern portions near King County (Seattle). And the city of Everett has become much more urban in the last decade.
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:27 AM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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What are they "like." I'd take north end over south any day of the week, and lived in Mill Creek 11 years because that's what I could afford. We didn't have "WFH" and/or it was mostly a scam and excuse for loafing. The tech to make it not only possible but highly efficient has only been stable from < 10 years. I remember when Skype was bought by Microsoft, must have been 2011: they took it from semi-stable to magnificent (though now obsolete). Fat pipes help, I have a gigabyte down at my house.

Snohomish is a small town. Seems nice enough. The river floods out downtown occasionally. I'm sure it has typical small town ups and downs. Colleague of mine used to commute daily there to Renton. he was moivated, and well-paid. He'd work about 6 - 2:30pm, which was okay with the company.

Lake Stevens....yeah. I wouldn't live off Highway 9 on a bet.

Marysville....crappy fast food row, sprawled out. Tulalip Rez to the west, hmm. Is that better or worse for land values? I knew a guy with an nice homestead butting up against the Rez. He loved the quiet life up there. There's nothing there I find interesting other than the Outlet Malls (which are pretty interesting). To be sure, there is civilization to the north, and south, if you call Everett civilized .

They're way cheaper than Eastside, and about as far as practicable from the tech centers yet still commutable, if-barely. If you can always WFH, you're in business. Like you, it seems my next gig may be remote until further notice which is totally fine with me: keeps the stress low.
My sister bought a home on acreage that was on the reservation. I would have balked just at the number of "Please don't drink and drive in memory of ______" signs along Marine Dr. on the way to where she turned off on 62nd. For her the low price for a house on 7 acres was too good to pass up. She only stayed a bit over a year the sold and moved to Monroe. One problem was that the tribal police had jurisdiction, but seemed lax about serving non-tribal people. The other was running into (almost literally) drunk or stoned drivers when going anywhere. If you consider Marysville, I suggest east of I5.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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If you can completely WFH, look at Westport.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...55069423_zpid/

Broadband Internet through Comcast. Avoid Ocean Shores, which has cheaper prices, but crappy Internet.
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