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Old 08-25-2019, 02:38 PM
 
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Looking into possibly moving to this area of WA within a year. What is it like living in either of these areas? Climate? Work and/or business ownership? High schools? Community college? Cost of living?
Please share any helpful info if you are currently living in the area or have lived there. Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:10 PM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My parents have been in unincorporated Port Angeles for 20 years, my brother just bought in Sequim two years ago. Amazingly you can still buy a nice home on half an acre for under $300,000 there.

Other than the Hospital in Port Angeles most jobs are service related and don’t pay well.
My brother works at a supermarket, his spouse is also in retail. My parents’ neighbors worked for Clallam County, another at an auto repair. The really good jobs there are paying only about $50,000 but the cost of living is much less than here in the Seattle area.

Peninsula College is in Port Angeles, but had staff layoffs last spring due to a budget deficit.

Beautiful area to live in, and less rain/more sun than most of the Northwest.

I would suggest looking at Poulsbo, more expensive but better jobs in nearby Silverdale and Bremerton, and Olympic College has campuses in Poulsbo and Bremerton.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Sequim is in a rain shadow due to the Olympic mountain range. Much better weather then Seattle or Port Angeles.
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:59 PM
 
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My parents have been in unincorporated Port Angeles for 20 years, my brother just bought in Sequim two years ago. Amazingly you can still buy a nice home on half an acre for under $300,000 there.

Other than the Hospital in Port Angeles most jobs are service related and don’t pay well.
My brother works at a supermarket, his spouse is also in retail. My parents’ neighbors worked for Clallam County, another at an auto repair. The really good jobs there are paying only about $50,000 but the cost of living is much less than here in the Seattle area.

Peninsula College is in Port Angeles, but had staff layoffs last spring due to a budget deficit.

Beautiful area to live in, and less rain/more sun than most of the Northwest.

I would suggest looking at Poulsbo, more expensive but better jobs in nearby Silverdale and Bremerton, and Olympic College has campuses in Poulsbo and Bremerton.
Are there a lot of running/mountain biking trails close to town and periods of nice weather for being outdoors during fall and winter part of the time?
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Old 08-25-2019, 06:10 PM
Status: "Enjoying the winter" (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Are there a lot of running/mountain biking trails close to town and periods of nice weather for being outdoors during fall and winter part of the time?
There are plenty of trails, in fact my parents used to volunteer with the county parks department helping maintain some of them. Whether they allow mountain bikes, I don’t know, but you could google it.

Even in winter there will be some clear dry afternoons, but may be cold.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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Ok, good to know. Thank you so much!
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