I will look at another piece of (cleared) land when I go up there this week hopefully, but this is 20 acres of land where it's an easy 10-minute walk into town. I have always wanted acreage, but I don't like the idea of living somewhere where I have to drive every time I want to go anywhere. This area is being developed rapidly, and I doubt that there will ever be another piece of land this good for sale up there. I need to see it in person, but on paper it is my heart property!
thanks for the advice about hooves. If this does work out, what I'd ideally do is find a place to board them for a year or so while I'm getting the land cleared, house built, etc., and hopefully get some advice on that sort of thing, learn about what other issues are going to be new to me, find a farrier, find a vet, etc. But while I had thought about the difference in temperature, I hadn't thought about the moisture.
I haven't walked the property yet (apparently it's super overgrown -- my realtor did not offer to come with me when I walk it, but he did offer to lend me his machete) but from looking at the satellite image plus my own experience living there I expect it's the typical conifer mix you see up there, with some maples and madrona here and there.
It's in north Kitsap county, so depending on where in Seattle you are, we could be "across the water" neighbors, LOL.
I appreciate everyone's advice to just put it in the contract -- that makes a ton of sense.