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By Seth Griffiths
From Golden, CO
May 27, 2012

hey everyone,

I will be moving to the Seattle area from Denver shortly and I am looking for some suggestions for good places to live. I am looking for a commute of no longer than 30 minutes (driving. If I can take a train or bus I would be willing to have a much longer commute) to Everett. I would like a location that I can access trails on the week day evenings and reasonable travel times (2hrs ish) to the Olympics and Cascades for climbing, skiing, etc on the weekends.

thanks for the help!


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By JonathanC
From CO
May 27, 2012

Hey Seth - We're making the move in the opposite direction (grew up in Denver and it's time to be around family). I've loved living in Seattle proper but my experience is going to be a bit different than yours due to your work location.

Nevertheless, it sounds like you should find somewhere to live on the North side based on the requirement to be in Everett. Monroe might be worth a look given the proximity to Everett and all the recreational opportunities as you head East on highway 2.. good trail running and bouldering in nearby Gold Bar; Stevens Pass has high quality backcountry skiing - though the ski area will be a bit of an adjustment for you coming from the mega-resorts of CO; a bit farther down the road, Leavenworth has a great Colorado-like climate with more sun, less precip and tons of trad, bouldering, and mountain biking. Snohomish or Lake Stevens might be other options in the Monroe area.

Anything North of Seattle is going to take a while to get over the to Olympics. You do, however, gain easier access to the incredible alpine of the N. Cascades by living up that direction. I love the city of Seattle but based on your commute, I'd highly recommend living closer to Everett and avoiding rush hour traffic on I-5.

Feel free to PM if you want more detail via email or phone. Good luck with the move!


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By Shapp
May 30, 2012

I lived in Everett for 10 years and just moved back to Oregon. We have a 2 bedroom house with a nice yard and garden area. I am actually going up to finish on some fix it stuff this weekend and am getting ready to advertise it for rent. I am a trad climber and it is a good location, close to index and all the great Darrington granite. Let me know if you are looking for a place in Everett, actually a pretty nice little town. Our place is in a good quite neighborhood.

Our house is less than 1 hour to index, 1 hour to Darrington crags such as green giant buttress and squire creek/illusion wall areas, a short ferry ride to the Olympic Penninsula, 5 minute drive from Vertical World and 2hours 10 minutes from Mt. Baker Ski area exactly on sunday mornings. Stevens pass on weekdays and evening is a little over an hour.

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By jacy
Jun 16, 2012

I live in Lake Stevens. 5 min drive to everett. Within 1 hour there are a lot of climbing options.
Index (great Trad)
Exit 32/38 (some good sport and trad)
Gold Bar (Bouldering)
Inddor Climbing at 4 or 5 different gyms one within 10 minutes.

withing two hours is leavenworth...world class trad sport and bouldering.

Within three hours. SQUAMISH (Amazing EVERYTHING). and Vantage good trad and sport)

Lake Stevens is just far enough outside of everett to not have the cramped city feel but it is still suburban.


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