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post #11 of 18 Old 06-19-2019, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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I've been in the area since 1962. You cannot believe the growth I've seen.
Wow, I can imagine. We moved to Kingston in 2005 and then moved back to Austin (boo) in 2007. Kingston was still pretty sleepy then. It's really the last few years that there has been a lot of new developments.

And yes, now that I am here, it is time to close the door to anyone else, LOL. Absolutely.

@horselovinguy thank you, this really is a dream come true. I still can't really entirely believe it. We close on the place in 10 days! Even if we can't move there now, knowing that it's there waiting for us (and our horses) is amazing. The only thing is I may have to get a grazing muzzle for Pony. I will feel so sorry for him in his little mouth cage. But better that than founder.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-19-2019, 03:43 PM
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A friend of ours moved to the Seattle area ten years ago, sold their house for five times what they paid for it last year, and used that money to buy a 140-acre horse farm in Missouri.... I love the PNW, but no way I could ever afford to live there.
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post #13 of 18 Old 06-19-2019, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it's SO expensive. But also so beautiful. It's still a lot cheaper where we're buying (across the Puget sound) than on the Seattle side. There wouldn't even BE a place like this on the Seattle side (where you could have 10 acres but be within a mile of a major public transportation hub), let alone one that cost anything reasonable. I just now, out of curiosity, looked, and found a simialr place, although without the public transportation, about 10 miles away from Seattle and the asking price was about $8 million dollars. OMG.

I was looking at real estate listings in the city across the sound, which is a bit north of Seattle and they are selling dumpy old 700-sqft condos now for $350,000+. It's no wonder Kingston (where we bought) is growing so fast all of the sudden.
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post #14 of 18 Old 06-20-2019, 12:52 AM
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A friend of ours moved to the Seattle area ten years ago, sold their house for five times what they paid for it last year, and used that money to buy a 140-acre horse farm in Missouri.... I love the PNW, but no way I could ever afford to live there.



'they just happened to time things right. It is not always that you can sell a house for five times its purchase price, in only 10 years.


We bought our house 28 years ago. It is now worth about 6 time that purchase price . . . but that is over 28 years. This is more normal. and typical. Booms come. . .and they go.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-10-2019, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well, just on the off chance anyone here is interested, our place has been listed for rent:

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1..._content=image

It really is a beautiful, beautiful place. It looks so nice, I want to rent it myself. But I don't think I could afford it...

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post #16 of 18 Old 07-19-2019, 02:31 PM
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From a 'native's point of view, everyone who comes here, trying to 'beat the crowd' of incoming folks, ARE the crowd. Everyone wishes that the growth would stop. AFTER they get in.


I've been in the area since 1962. You cannot believe the growth I've seen.
I was born in the Santa Clara Valley in California, so yes, I can believe it. The town I was born in had one sleepy little business street, called "Main Street". It had a library and a post office and a city hall all in the same small building. One cafe and one bar. 75,000 people there now.

I live in a town even smaller than the one I grew up in, but it's 3000 miles away.

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-19-2019, 04:59 PM
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It's really pretty! much nicer than I imagined. I 'd love to rent that, or at least the studio. Would be my dream to live and work in a nice studio like the detached building could become.


I hope you find a really good family to rent it.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-19-2019, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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@tinyliny and it's twice as pretty in person, maybe more so. Our property manager thought it was rare to have a horse property where everything was so nice, the house, the land, everything. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found it.

The studio has a water hookup but no connection to the septic system. We actually thought about renting out the house and keeping the studio for ourselves for whenever we're in town, but I think laying a new sewer line would be expensive, not to mention I think the septic is rated for the house only, no additional buildings. Also the studio itself is pretty tiny, like maybe 12 x 20? The loft area above the barn is somewhat bigger. My husband and I are each trying to claim that loft area, him for a workshop and me for a home office / maybe some horse-related storage.

I hope we get a nice family, too. Someone who would stay there for a few years and take care of the place until we can move in!
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