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I’m posting this here in case anyone is interested. We are in the process of purchasing a house + about 10 acres across the Puget Sound from Seattle that we’re going to need to lease out for a few years. It is an EASY and FAST commute to Seattle! The target price is $3100 per month. It should be available July 1. This is such an awesome place that I can’t post everything, or even half of everything it has going for it, but I’ll hit some highlights:


  • I’m going to put in a fence to separate the bulk of the pastures (about six acres I’d say) from the house / barn / yard area. You could rent out just the house area or the house plus pastures, same price. But if you would be interested in just the pasture, I could probably do that also.
  • 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath, 2300 sq ft house; 1200 sq ft barn with loft that’s been converted to a workshop (it’s questionable whether barn is currently suitable for housing horses but if you want to put horses in there I will make it happen); separate workshop.
  • A little more than 10 acres, includes lots of pastures, fruit trees, “parked out” woods
  • House is located on a dead-end street off another dead-end street. However there is also a gate onto the highway (at the back of the long pasture) for emergency access.
  • If you like trail riding or just hiking, there’s a small system of trails at the end of the first dead-end street; within five miles there is a 800-acre forest with about 10-30 miles of riding trails, AND a 3500-acre forest with over 60 miles of trails (not sure if they are all suitable for riding, but some are).
  • The Olympic national park is less than an hour away.

PM me if you want more info.
 

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You're killing me. I live east of Seattle and have been casually looking around at land for our future house. That sounds like a dream. Unfortunately we signed a one-year lease recently and wouldn't be able to afford it anyway.

Welcome to the PNW!

edit: Which city is it in, if you don't mind sharing?
 

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It's in Kingston. Yeah, I know it's steep. This place was so expensive. I still get a knot in my stomach when I think how much we paid. But things aren't going to be getting any cheaper over there, and we (OK, I) wanted to buy in while there's still something worth getting. But it's just the perfect combination of being within an easy commute of Seattle, being right on the edge of a great small town, and having land!

Also Kingston is a great town. We actually lived there for two years when my daughter was born, then moved back to Texas. We've been back to visit almost every year since. Hopefully we'll move back there once she finishes high school. She is currently hoping to attend University of Washington at Seattle so she can live there (with her horse, obviously) and commute.
 
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@akihba there's actually 20 acres right next door to this one that's for sale, if you're looking for land. But I walked that land and I don't think it's really buildable. On the other hand, I suspect they'd be open to an offer (they're currently asking $400k). I can send you the MLS number if you're interested.
 

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@akihba there's actually 20 acres right next door to this one that's for sale, if you're looking for land. But I walked that land and I don't think it's really buildable. On the other hand, I suspect they'd be open to an offer (they're currently asking $400k). I can send you the MLS number if you're interested.
Thank you the offer! We're not looking at the moment, I'm just window shopping... with my face pressed up flat against the window, and some drool may or may not be running down it! :biglaugh: and my girlfriend and I prefer the eastside as opposed to the west. Waiting for the ferry isn't so fun :p

Anyway, you're going to have a great time living here! It looks beautiful over there :)
 

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That's funny, I LIKE commuting by ferry! It's relaxing (unless the weather is bad, LOL)! And the foot ferry costs just $2 each way! Probably the cheapest commute to Seattle you'll find.
 
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The Kingston Ferry doesn't go directly to Seattle. Doesn't it go to Edmonds?
Now THERE's a place I wish I had bought land 20 years ago!


No, the Kitsap Penninsula has grown hand over foot in the last decade, but it is STILL booming. You did well to buy the land, but getting it rented for that price will be hard. Unless the barn can be made inhabitable, such that the leaser can then sublent out to boarders, or in some way help to pay for the rent. Does it have a killer view?
 

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@tinyliny It's interesting, I guess word hasn't gotten out on the mainland yet. There is a direct Kingston-Seattle foot ferry now. It drops off right next to the main ferry terminal. It's the third such ferry that we know of in the past ten years, but unlike the others this one is run by Kitsap (county) transit, and we think this one is going to stick. I watched it unload one day after the first afternoon run (leaves Seattle around 2:00) and there were HUNDREDS of people getting off. So the ridership is there now. Kingston is really being developed, but they have a decent plan for density control. This place is one parcel away from the urban growth boundary, so it's conveniently close but not crowded.

It doesn't have a view per se, and that's really one thing my husband really wanted in a property over here, but he and our daughter just came to see if this week and they both LOVED it. They both want to skip the renter and just move there right now, LOL. Everyone who has seen it has used the same word to describe it: "Magical." It's so beautifully landscaped, with just the right amount of open forest and pasture. Plus about one acre of blackberries that I'm going to try to clear out. It's super peaceful and there are so many birds singing all the time. So, we think it doesn't need the view.

I don't think the barn is sub-lettable because while it has running water it has no hookup to the septic system. I guess we'll see. The leasing agent felt that she could get it leased out in less than two weeks at that price. Hopefully she was right. We can make it work if not, but we put down enough money up front to where the rental price should just about equal the mortgage + upkeep.

Also, LOL, I wish WE had bought property here thirteen years ago when we still lived here. Prices were so much lower then. But I do think they're just going to keep going up, with the population expansion in Seattle and the foot ferry.
 

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I would like to say Congratulations!!


Dreams do come true... :smile:
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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.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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@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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