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Need a good place to live between Seattle and Puyallup.

My niece and her boyfriend are moving and looking to live somewhere in the middle of Seattle and Puyallup. His work will be in Puyallup and her school in Seattle. They want to buy a house and are looking to spend up to $300k. What are the good area's and what should they stay away from? So basically looking for a good decent area to buy a house.

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not my side of the state but wish 'em well.
you're gonna have to swing over to the east side if you end up that close.
would be real cool to shake your hand brother.

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you're gonna have to swing over to the east side if you end up that close.

would be real cool to shake your hand brother.
That's on my to do list when I do go see her.
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It's really gonna be a bunch of compromises. Any good area will have the much-more-than-$300K houses, areas with houses they can afford will have increased crime rates and really bad traffic. To get what they want in a good place with low crime, they'll have to live east of the Kent Valley (rough!y halfway between downtown Seattle and Puyallup), which means crappy to terrible traffic on two-lane roads in most areas. Forget living in Seattle proper anywhere, as the closer you go to downtown Seattle within city limits, the far more expensive and absolutely smaller the dwellings get. My niece and her husband bought a condo in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood for $325K, giving them essentially a glorified 1-bdr. apartment, about 900 sq. ft. They literally need to get a paper King County map, and just get online, looking for houses at and below their price mark. One big problem going on in the Greater Puget Sound area, especially in Seattle, and the rich-money Eastside, some houses are bought strictly with cash, and attempting to buy long-distance results in getting aced out and massive frustration. Lots more to say, but there are solutions if they are willing to compromise. Likely 45 to 55% of all Seattle-area professionals and students have to compromise in one way or another.

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If they haven't already they can do some searching on zillow.com in an approximate area that they might want to live.
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That's what I'm talking about--using Zillow and a paper map to map out where they may be able to live. But they are going to have to understand, there may be some inconvenience and some necessary compromise. No area in the Greater Puget Sound is perfect.

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What is Tacoma like, she was looking at house's there and also Kent

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Kent is much better than Tacoma. The higher she goes East in Kent, the better. Known as the Kent Highlands. Tacoma is cheaper, but crime is higher than the median average.

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Out of curiosity, what college is she attending, and what job will he have?

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Out of curiosity, what college is she attending, and what job will he have?
Not sure what college she will be going to, and he will be one of the Manager's for the new Carmax in Puyallup

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Because if she goes to one of the farther North schools, from UW all the way to Seattle Pacific U, her drive will always be a nightmare, whereas his will be much easier. If she had decided to enroll in a school in Tacoma or thereabouts, her commute would also be counter to the rush hour traffic. So, Kent and Kent Highlands, an alternative for them would to look at counties on the Olympic Peninsula, where she takes a ferry from Bremerton to Seattle using transit, and he drives from there across the Tacoma Narrows bridge into Tacoma, then over to the highway that goes between the southern Tacoma area to Puyallup. Longer commute, but somewhat lesser home prices. Places like Key Peninsula, Port Orchard and South Kitsap county. They need a map.

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