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Old 02-19-2008, 01:39 PM
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we are considering moving from Nampa, ID to Tacoma, WA for a job opportunity. we are looking at towns south of Tacoma since it tends to be a little more expensive towards Seattle and north of Seattle.

Any comments about the area would be greatly appreciate in helping us find a place to live - schools, shopping, homes, neighborhoods, etc.
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Old 02-19-2008, 02:04 PM
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You actually aren't going to get much south of Tacoma, at least not without a drive. Just to the south of Tacoma is Fort Lewis and Machord AFB and there isn't anything in that area that you would want. Most of it is run down and can be pretty high crime.

Tacoma itself is about 25 miles south of Seattle and there is a TON of cities in between. You might look at Federal Way, Puyallup, Fife, Milton, Edgewood (but that is expensive), Kent, Des Moines, Auburn or Sumner. If you don't mind going a bit east you could look at Bonney Lake or Graham. I wouldn't suggest Gig Harbor if you are working in the actual city or anything that would require communting over the Narrows. It is high traffic and now has a toll. So it would get expensive.

If you don't mind a drive, then south of Fort Lewis and Machord is a fairly new city called Dupont. It is growing FAAAAST.

There is pretty much every kind of area and city and town around here. So to help you more, we would need to know what kind of area you want to be in city/ rural/ country that sort of thing.

And be prepaired for sticker shock when you move from Idaho.
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And North of Seattle for a job in Tacoma would mean over an hour commute. Just an FYI.
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I'd suggest looking into Steilacoom and University Place, also.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:05 PM
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Bonney Lake is booming with construction right now. Lots of houses and businesses. I kind of like the Sumner area. It still has the small town feeling but is close to shopping. My sister in law is a real estate agent if you are interested. House prices are pretty steep in Washington but there is a slump going on right now so maybe you can get a decent price.

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Old 04-19-2008, 11:40 PM
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Thanks for the advice - we ended up in University Place. Feels like a small home town area and is only a short drive to downtown Tacoma. You were right - I am shocked with sticker prices. All the Californian's comment on how cheap it is but this is very expensive compared with Idaho.
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