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Hi friends
As I stated in a post a little while back I would like to live in the country again and retire ,but since that hinged on me selling my home and or businesses and I have no takers so far, I've come up with an alternative plan. I'm not thinking of pulling some equity from my home and buying a fixer upper in the country.
After searching on line there seems to be a fair about of properties in the 1 acre or more range in parts of Washington state. I've zeroed in areas close to the coast (for cooler summers) around places like Raymond Wa. and Concrete Wa. (interesting name) .Because I won't have any income but my SS the property has to be in the 70k or less category .
I was hoping some folks that live or have lived in Washington state might have some input about areas they know about or even properties for sale that would fit my budget.

Thanks for your help
 

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I've not lived there, but some of my family (on my wife's side) live between Ferndale and Bellingham - north of Seattle getting up toward the border. My impression is that land and housing prices are pretty reasonable (as that area has been slower to recover from the recession) and it is beautiful country. Hope this is useful.
 

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Sorry Jim -
My family is in Eugene, OR, and some nephews in Portland.

For searching around, I like Zillow

http://www.zillow.com/homes/Raymond-WA_rb/

you can choose lot sizes, home sizes and price ranges, and see what pops up for the money you want to spend.

This one looked interesting…. a bit higher than your budget, but has a pole barn for RV/Shop space 3 car garage… but is DESPERATELY out of date… and been on the market 6 months.
 

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I live in Lynnwood WA and my daughter in law lives in Concrete. Concrete gets way more rain, and snow in the cool months and, in my opinion, is a damp and miserable climate compared with Lynnwood, just 87 miles away!
The Puget Sound area has many micro climates and you will have to do your homework to find one that suites you.
For me, I would not live anywhere else in the world, than right here!
 

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Hi Jim. We just got back from Washington State..visited my son in Ana Cortes. Very nice place and very nice climate all year. I don't know much about property value but I did visit a friend in Port Orchard and he has the family house right on Puget Sound for over 40 years and he said the taxes are quite high on the sound.
A friend of my son's live on the Swinomish Reservation and the houses there will now pay property tax to the Reservation instead of the city and they are unsure how that will shake out. They said that banks are reluctant to finance houses on the Reservation right now.

I will say that the ferries that run out there around locally and up to Victoria Island are just great. They have that down to a science and load and unload you very quickly and efficiently.

I did not like the traffic on the 5 or the 405 around Seattle. We just avoided that area. The Port Townsend ferry took us west of Seattle without going through the city.

Talk a lot to the locals before you buy to get the straight scoop. I'd trust that before real estate sales people.

Good luck, my friend!!.........................Jim
 

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Please, Jim, don't ignore eastern Washington. We live in Tonasket up near the Canadian Border. True that our weather is a little more extreme than the west but the lower cost of living more than makes up for it in our opinion. $70k could easily get you one acre or more in much of north central Washington.

The traffic in western Washington drives us nuts, even in areas like Raymond and Concrete. In our area, we have slightly heavier traffic only during opening day of hunting and fishing. The rest of the time two cars waiting at a stop sign is a traffic jam. In all of Okanogan county, we have three stop lights.

On the west side, it seems like everyone is in a hurry to fill their lives with activities. Here we have great folks eager to watch the Osprey fish and the baby Quail flock after mom.

As for woodworking, we have Bear Creek Lumber and Lombard's, both world class hardwood yards. Phil, my semi-retired and now legal pot dealing friend, runs a local reclaimed lumberyard and sawmill. Can't get any better than that even on the west side.

Like you, we only have SS. 2008 took all of our savings. However, with my wife's yarn shop and my little bit of woodworking, we actually live quite well. For instance, Lindy is off to visit grandkids in Geneva after the first of the year. Me, I like the view from our front deck.

Good luck with your search. PM me if you want more info on real estate.

Rick
 

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Thanks for your input Rick. I have noticed there are some bargains in the north east side of Washington and even into NW Idaho, but the reports I get from those areas are that there are hot summers and very cold winters . If we are going to the trouble of moving that far, I certainly don't want our summers as hot as they have been in southern Oregon this year. I certainly like the slower pace an easy going idea though.
 

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well jim, if you get into colder temps, be sure to have your back muscles in shape for shoveling snow, i have some good gear from my alaska days, you might look good in a beaver hat…the coat i have is for north slope workers, , filled with down and good for the minus temps…go for it, change your name to jerimiah johnson , make sure you have a canoe for those beautiful river trips.
 

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The traffic in western Washington drives us nuts, even in areas like Raymond and Concrete.

Always nice to hear from people on the internet that know what thier talking about.

The three stop lights in Raymond really drive up that traffic congestion in this town don't they Spindlemaker??
There couldn't be two more laid back towns in Washington with great people and an easy life style as Raymond and Concrete Washington…..................
 

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Howdy Jim, I was born & raised in the Tacoma area, and there's some great properties on the Kitsap Peninsula. The summer temps are fairly low there, also. Can't say what the cost would be, but the lifestyle there is great! Puyallup WA (further away from the Sound) may have some good deals, though.
 

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Hi Jim. Best of luck on your quest, 70k should get you 2-3 acres somewhere up there. Just make sure you get a good well drilled and a septic approval before you dive in too deep. Lots of rain, lots. But the country is beautiful, plenty of wildlife and mountainous territory to roam about on. I live just a few miles south of the Columbia river and about 60 miles east of the Pacific ocean, and consider this territory the best around for what I like. Take a good look at plenty of places, realtors can get you printouts of local properties in your range to choose from; be picky. New properties pop up regularly. I suggest looking in the winter time so you can see pools of water or other problems that are not visible in the summer. Sure hope you find what you're looking for.
 
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