I’m already a little Seattle-Sick

Jun 01, 2005

You know how you love vacation? You know how you hate to go home? Well, think that but then throw in the fact that you *hate* where you live. This town is the slime of the state. Seriously. Everyone knows it. Meth addicts love it. Rapists love it. Oh, yes, we harbor everyone here, fair and balanced.

So, I wanted to virtually share with you some of my favorite Northwest Washington Stuff:

The Mountain radio station.
My favorite church.
Views of UW (Mr. Flinger’s Alumni)
Favorite Coffee House.
My best friends who live up there.
My old.. and New friend who lives up there.
Whatcome Falls.
My old school, and where I’d die to teach at.
Ah, hell, just take a tour. I love it all.

And, here’s the reason I’m so totally depressed and doubt we’ll ever really move here:
Home prices. Um. yea. Crap.

Rbelle sent me some realestate listings from her area. Holy crap, y’all! We might have to move there, ‘cause it is AFFORDABLE. I know Erin posted about real estate links once before, but I’d like to also include a little virtual tour of your town (or state should you not feel comfortable saying what’s close).  So.. got anything good to share from where you are? At this rate, I’ll probably ONLY get to visit places virtually, so what’ya got?



  1. Love all the links!  Did you know that you can now stream KMTT music online?  It’s funny how you see a place differently when you live there.  I love Seattle…but as I’m driving back and forth across the floating bridge every day, my focus is usually on the crappy traffic, not the trees and mountains that are surrounding me.  Sometimes it’s hard to see the beauty of a place when you’re stuck in the middle of it.  I rarely take the time to stop and enjoy it, you know?  I’m not saying that you’ll find much to like in Oregon, but I’m just saying that I guess I need to appreciate what I have.  But that brings me to the housing prices…which I’ve hardly looked at because I know I can’t afford them!  Doesn’t help that I live less than 2 miles from the richest man in the world (Bill Gates) so I think the housing prices are a bit inflated here.  The median house value in Medina Washington in 2000 was $790,000!  I think we’ll be purchasing a house out in the sticks when it comes time to buy one!

    By Paige (CoraBelle) on 2005 06 01

  2. Found you a house here, Leslie! http://www.muljatgroup.com/MlsDetail.aspx?MlsNumber=2503477  It’s just a short commute to B’ham!  House prices here are really catching up to Seattle suburb prices.  We’re looking for a new house in B’ham and will list ours next week for almost double the price we got it for 5 years ago…crazy.

    By Amy_M on 2005 06 01

  3. I only have one thing to say:

    Move back to Texas.


    Housing is way more affordable and the people are nicer and you know what they say about the stars at night.

    By texasbelle on 2005 06 01

  4. LOL, Anne! Cute Cute. And trust me, it’s not that I haven’t asked. *sigh*

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2005 06 01

  5. Oh, yea.. Amy, we were looking in your neighborhood and couldn’t belive how much houses were! I was going to ask how in the heck you do it. that’s great news for you being able to sell high, but yowzer! A 900 SF house for more than our 1480 sf house cost… ouch.. At least it’s wonderful up there. smile

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2005 06 01

  6. Come on over to Utah. It’s a great place to live. very safe, every one is nice, and it is CHEAP! Our house is 2660sq feet, 3 beedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, garage, unfinished basement (room to grow), on .23 acres of land. We even have a custom built shed and RV parking. With closing costs and what not I think we paid almost 160k for it. We live right by the mountains. We drive 4 minutes and we could go camping and hiking. The view is beautiful from my backdoor.
    here are a few similar to ours that are close to us:

    So come move! I’ll even volunteer John to move your heavy stuff. smile

    By Rachael on 2005 06 02

  7. OMG - I am jealous of you Rach! I think median home prices here are like $200K. A nice house (that I want anyways) goes for about $375 on a acre of 2 of land - which is almost impossible to find. All they build here now are townhomes - TONS AND TONS of them! And those go for $250K! It’s insane. Since we lived here I think we are about $90K above what we paid.

    house close to our neighborhood - http://www.cbburnet.com/FHSearchListing_General.asp?mlsnum=3025430&PropertyType=SFCT

    By Nicole on 2005 06 02

  8. Oh but doesn’t it matter on the salary as to where you are buying? I mean here we get paid pretty well in the IT world. Like our jobs in Canada we would only be paid $40K (and that is not entry level). but I know that in FL salaries go much cheaper. CA goes higher. Maybe you should post about salaries (not specific but in general). That would make a much better comparision.

    By Nicole on 2005 06 02

  9. The whole salary thing is very true.  I just went to monster.com and used their Salary Center tool.  I’m an interior designer, and the national average for a beginning designer is $34,000.  Seattle’s average is $36,000.  LA is $38,000.  NY is $40,000.  But get this!  If I move to Fairbanks Alaska, the average is $42,000!  Other rural areas were under $30,000.  Definitely makes a difference where you live!

    By Paige (CoraBelle) on 2005 06 02

  10. OHMAGAH, Rachael! I LOVE LOVE those houses. LOOOVVEE them. i want them. I’m telling Mr. Flinger right now. LOOK! HOUSES! IN OUR PRICE RANGE!

    Nicole, that house was awesome, too, but Gack! 250! Shizzle! And yea, the salary thing? Good idea, ‘cause you’re probably right. I know I make a lot less than the average Prof at my little school. I’ve been told they pay crap. Of course, housing is affordable, so not such a big deal. Does this mean if I move to Seattle I’ll make a shiteload more? YIPEEE! wink

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2005 06 02

  11. YAY! Come move, you too Nicole. I could score you a job at Novell. they pay really well. I have heard that Utah sucks the big one when it comes to salary. Especially for teachers, they get paid shit. In fact I think we pay teachers the lowest out of all 50 states. BUT, it’s so cheap to live here that it comes out even in the end. Lucky for us John has a job that is in demand so he gets paid really well. And REALLY lucky for me that I scored such a cushy job that pays so well fo doing so little.
    But don’t let this sway you from moving. I need to recruit some friends LOL.

    By Rachael on 2005 06 02