Best Washington City

  1. where is the best washington city?
    Last edit by Gem_jewelry on Jul 8, '04 : Reason: Best Washington City
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  3. by   December716
    I'm not sure what you mean by "best". In terms of nicest area, I like the east side (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, etc.). In terms of lowest cost of living, the south end is where you'd want to be (Kent, Tacoma, Renton, Federal Way). I live on the east side. It's more expensive but it's so much nicer. You can't buy a house up here without expecting to pay $300,000. Down in the south end, you can get away with paying $200,000. But I think it's worth it.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I sure do like Olympia and the area west of it, myself. No real desire to ever live in King or Snohomish Counties at ALL. Nor Pierce (Tacoma and vicinity). I would also live east of Spokane....just beautiful.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Also just LOVE Bellingham!!!!!!!!!!! Whatcom County is just beautiful.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Also just LOVE Bellingham!!!!!!!!!!! Whatcom County is just beautiful.
    Yes I agree! Bellingham is beautiful! :hatparty:
  7. by   kids
    I am very, very partial to Vancouver, WA.

    Mild climate, easy commute to everything and no Oregon income tax.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i Have a friend from Hazel dell.....it is pretty there. But I think its far nicer up North....the further north ya go in Wa, to me,the prettier it gets. And fewer people.....maybe there is a coincidence? rofl.
  9. by   tntrn
    When deciding about the "nicest" place to live, be sure to factor in the tremendously exorbitant property taxes that you'll pay, depending on where you live. The Sumner//Bonney Lake area, which 10 years ago was a very pretty place and quiet too, to live, is starting to look like South Hill of Puyallup or the Federal Way area. Way too overgrown with questionnable expansion plans being approved by the city and the county. It's the second-most sought after place to live in Washington now.

    Median house prices in Pierce County just announced at $199.900, up about 20K from last year. Our property taxes every year increase. This year they are $8500.00

    We love living here, but will be priced out soon. The good news is that new homes even on small pieces of property are starting in the high $300's and going up to $700K or more, so when we are ready to move on (or be forced to) our property will command a good price and we'll have cash in hand to build our next place. It's going to be south and west, where the prices are still low, the population is sparse and the taxes are a fraction of what they are here.
  10. by   RNonsense
    We have a place in Birch Bay, Washington. Absolutley gorgeous!!! Bellingham area is nice too.
  11. by   sophieness
    I live in bellingham...I think for me it is the best washington city. not too big, not too small, a lot of young people and events/music.
  12. by   shudokan-RN
    Olympia, gets my vote. so much to do, minutes from the sound, close to ocean and mountains. has a small town feel
  13. by   smk1
    Quote from kids-r-fun
    I am very, very partial to Vancouver, WA.

    Mild climate, easy commute to everything and no Oregon income tax.
    im just up the road from kids r fun and gotta agree, Vancouver is a beautiful fairly inexpensive safe place to live. lots of neighboring small towns too that are close enough to commute but still are very "country" living and Portland is a nice midsize city with all the ammenities. 1.5 hours to Mt. hood, 1.5 hours to seaside (pacific ocean) camping everywhere, same with lakes. Come on out!
  14. by   WAstudent
    Whatcom county is beautiful. Even more beautiful is Skagit County, and the city of Mount Vernon received the "Best Small Town to Live In" award.

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