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Old 06-01-2016, 07:14 PM
 
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I have seen some very affordable houses in Kelso (Zillow). If houses are cheap, there's usually a reason! The houses I'm looking at are very small and probably not what most people are looking for, but still, compared to small houses in other areas, prices are low. What's Kelso like?
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Old 06-01-2016, 09:39 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We have spent some time there on our frequent road trips to Portland, in fact we always stop at the Kellso Dutch Bros Coffee, soon much better than Starbucks. The main reason for low prices I would attribute to it being a small city with no major employers, the biggest being the school district. The median family income is only about $35,000, so home prices are drastically lower. There is also a lot of property crime, probably due to the proximity to I5 and low incomes.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Washington State. Not Seattle.
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We have spent some time there on our frequent road trips to Portland, in fact we always stop at the Kellso Dutch Bros Coffee, soon much better than Starbucks. The main reason for low prices I would attribute to it being a small city with no major employers, the biggest being the school district. The median family income is only about $35,000, so home prices are drastically lower. There is also a lot of property crime, probably due to the proximity to I5 and low incomes.
So, right now Starbucks is better, but your psychic abilities are telling you that Dutch Bros will become better in the near future?
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:12 AM
 
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Kelso is about 20 minutes of where I live. As you go further north from Portland/Vancouver, the property becomes cheaper. There are some beautiful homes in Kelso that have river views. I suppose there are many people who commute into Vancouver, or even Portland to work. It is any easy commute into Vancouver, worse into Portland when approaching the bridges. Kelso has a small shopping mall. It is adjacent to a larger city, Longview. Longview has a reputation of higher crime than other areas, but I don't know the extent. Crime around here seems to be car/home break-ins. You need to be diligent no matter where you live. Kelso is close to mountains, on the road to the beach, close to a bigger city if that is what you want. As property values keep rising in Clark County, I expect Cowlitz County will continue to see growth and rising prices, though at a slower pace.

For the record, I like Dutch Bros Coffee much more than Starbucks!
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Was Midvalley Oregon; Now Eastside Seattle area
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Has an Amtrak Station. 5 up. 5 down.
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It is next to Longveiw

That is what reflects the cheap prices. + it is real hard to sell properties there (I have 2 friends who are builders in Kelso), I had options on commercial properties there, I am SO GLAD I did not exercise the options. (following a few months of research).

There are nice areas too... If you buy, plan to stay. Do not buy in the restricted areas of Kelso where the homes have been sliding down the hill.

I really prefer nearby Carrolls, WA (if you like country living).
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:18 PM
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So, right now Starbucks is better, but your psychic abilities are telling you that Dutch Bros will become better in the near future?
No, this silly IPad autocorrected so. . . I just found out that a new Dutch Bros is opening in Renton soon.
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:00 AM
 
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Thanks for your replies. There is a cute house near the elementary school. Kelso seems like a nice location generally, but I'm guessing these nicer areas referred to within Kelso are probably not the ones with the cheap houses
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Longview WA
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Ive lived in Longview for a couple years. I commute 50 miles via highway 30 to Hillsboro for work. I live in a pretty sketchy area but its still not as bad as people make it out to be. I looked into moving closer to my work a year ago, but its hard to argue with the prices in Longview/Kelso. I just made an offer on a house on 5 acres. The same house and acreage would have easily cost twice as much in Washington county where I work. Overall I like the area, pretty much has everything I need, except for Costco.
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:13 PM
 
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Thanks flatlander for the insight. I see one of the homes I was looking at now has sale pending, so someone else is seeing it hard to pass on the price!
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