Washington Real Estate

Washington Real Estate Deals: Ready to Move?

Few states offer the mix of cosmopolitan style and rugged, untamed beauty that Washington does. This northernmost of the western states offers rugged seacoasts, tall mountains (including Mt. St. Helens, the famous volcano that popped off in '81), massive oceanic straits reaching far inland, some of the biggest and wildest rivers in the world, and up-to-the-minute modern cities to gladden the heart of even the most dyed-in-the-wool urbanite. Washington real estate is so variable, in fact, that you may have trouble deciding where you'd like to live.

At last count, the population of Washington state was almost 6 million, most of which is concentrated in the urban centers of Spokane and Seattle, the Puget Sound conurbation that's trailed to North and South by smaller but substantial cities like Bellevue, Renton, Redmond, and Lynnwood. Seattle is particularly noteworthy as a center of culture, finance, business and high technology. You may know Seattle as the epicenter of the grunge and garage rock phenomena, as well as the birthplace of Starbuck's coffee. Redmond, just outside of town, is the home of Microsoft and Bill Gates, the world's richest man.

Work or play

If you're looking to start a business, especially a high-tech firm, look no farther than Washington State. Seattle in particular not only offers prime commercial and industrial Washington real estate, with full access to all the resources you'll need to get up and running, but also a substantial brain trust in the form of all those high-tech workers who've migrated there over the years. If you're moving there to join the high-tech club, the cities and their suburban hangers-on offer more than ample opportunities to invest in new and lived-in homes of all styles and sizes, condos (much more popular now than ever before), apartments, townhouses, you name it.

If, on the other hand, your idea of real Washington real estate involves towering trees, mountains, or trout streams, then you're in luck: away from the cities, much of the state remains as wild as it ever was. You can find homes in rural counties, fishing escapes all over the place, mountain havens beyond counting, and deep, dark forests where you can lose yourself (figuratively only, we hope) for a weekend's hiking or camping.

Getting started

It's hard to overstate Washington's many charms. Not only are you close to the cultural centers of Seattle and Spokane, you have the option of romping in the woods, visiting the mountains, going to the seashore, rafting down rivers, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, visiting Canada, going to Oregon, or heading for Idaho. If you've got something you particular like to do, there's surely Washington real estate for it.

By now, we hope you're itching to head to the Evergreen State permanently, but before you go and slap a down payment on that old ski lodge you saw from the highway, you need to do some homework. Of course those of us with friends or family in Washington will have a head start on the quest for Washington real estate, but the Internet also offers many opportunities to discuss property deals with Washington real estate agents. Just about anyone you contact should have descriptions and pictures of nice properties for you to review prior to your visit. Just be sure you do visit before you make a commitment, because that perfect piece of oceanfront property that seemed so sweet on the Internet might not look so inviting in real life.

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