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02-20-2012 02:52 AM
Irahi Bellevue, or maybe as far east as Issaquah is as central as it gets. You're very close to snoqualmie/alpental, and about 70 minutes to Stevens and Crystal. You can tweak your drive times too by picking a place east/north/south if you'd like, Issaquah puts you 30 minutes from the slopes and still like 15-ish from Seattle, or you can get closer to crystal by going a little farther south of I-90.
02-18-2012 12:29 PM
Argo
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Enumclaw!!!!
This general are is somewhat interesting to me.... I do work in hospitals and take call so that's why I'm trying to stick to the 30 minute range.... I could work around it though. I love the vicinity of sandy/mt hood village to Mt Hood. I also love the vicinity of Bach to Bend. Crystal and snoq to Seattle is nice too...... I guess we will just spend a few days in each area this summer to scope it out....

Baker seems a little far to Bham for the amount of time we like to spent on the mtn......
02-16-2012 05:54 PM
BigmountainVMD Enumclaw!!!!
02-16-2012 04:03 PM
wrathfuldeity
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Is mt baker your closest ski/board area? What's the drive time?
From downtown Bham to Baker ski area, 70 mins leisure drive with usually stopping for gas on the way up...some kids in their wrx;s do it in 50-60 min. There are a couple of places to car pool or easily hitch from and on weekends you can catch a bus for $10 roundtrip.
02-16-2012 03:43 PM
Argo Is mt baker your closest ski/board area? What's the drive time?
02-16-2012 03:13 PM
wrathfuldeity Argo, I've worked in Chehalis, Olympia, Shelton, Bremerton, Mt Vernon, Anacortes and Bellingham...no desire to live in Seattle/Tacoma area. Lived in Olympia once and Bham twice...currently plan on dying here...but not anytime soon. I prefer North Puget Sound vs South Puget Sound or Central Puget Sound...south is a bit more warm, alittle longer summers, further from the water, more traffic, more sburbs. Central Puget sound, more parking lot traffic, more IT coffee snoobs and "isn't Seattle cool" shitheads.

Bham because you can get to the hills, islands, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving, kite boarding, all manner of biking, hiking, camping much easier, faster and there are a fair amount of devotees in each sport. Its abit cooler, summers a bit shorter and less temp extremes. Its more rural, farming fishing logging feel and not so burbish. If you want the cosmopolitan thing Vancouver is 45-60 minutes away and Seattle is 90 minutes and either Van/Sea is easily accessible by train. Bham is the "city of subdued excitement" or excrement. Alot of young single people say its hard to meet mates here but its a great place for families with kids. As for social and political stratification its alot more open or integrated and educated librail verses say Olympia or Bremerton where you have military, government and service and each stay to their own.

Anyway, it sounds like you might be in the medical field and I work in most of the ED's in the area. So if you/family are in the area for a visit let me know.
02-16-2012 01:54 PM
ShredLife
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Shred, I noticed that houses out in the area of sandy and further are pretty reasonable for what you get... Is it a pretty economically depressed area or something.... Nice houses on acreage of fairly cheap.... $300-500k with 5-10 acres and up to 4000 sq/ft.... I'm strongly considering selling my home in tx this year and relocating my shit up there....
well, like the housing market as a whole the market is down 'up there' on the mt as well. that area is dependent on tourism and most of the houses are retirees, rental investments, or 2nd homes for the wealthy... most of that stuff is still down
02-16-2012 01:42 PM
Argo I'll probably spend a few days in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area also in June as we do every year but this time focusing on places like puyallup. May even venture way north to Bellingham too.

Shred, I noticed that houses out in the area of sandy and further are pretty reasonable for what you get... Is it a pretty economically depressed area or something.... Nice houses on acreage of fairly cheap.... $300-500k with 5-10 acres and up to 4000 sq/ft.... I'm strongly considering selling my home in tx this year and relocating my shit up there....
02-16-2012 01:36 PM
HoboMaster Anything east of the Cascades is going to be generally hot and dry... Oreographic Lifting (all of the moisture gets squeezed out of the air mass as it rises over the mountains).
02-16-2012 01:29 PM
Whoracle i have lived in the puyallup/sumner/tacoma area all my life. I currently live in Sumner, its roughly 50m west of crystal and 45m south of Seattle. Its a very small town feel, everyone is nice and a fairly low crime rate (up just in this general area (the PNW) there are a lot of meth junkies though). For the most part our weather is mild all year long. It doesnt rain a lot, but it is cloudy/ slight drizzle a lot of the times. You really cant go wrong living in the sumner or puyallup area, they are definitely some of the nicer areas to live in for a middle class family.
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