Building On Your Own Land? What Washington Homeowners Need to Know

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Apr 8, 2019 10:28:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, Homebuilding Tips, East Puget Sound

Washington state is a popular place to live for a number of reasons. There are ample jobs in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, many places offer easy access to water views and recreation, there are countless outdoor activities, and there is no state income tax. Whether you already live here or are planning to move to the area, building your own home is an excellent way to put down some roots and have the type of living space you’ve always dreamed about.

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Local Land Listings: Northwest Washington

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 7, 2019 8:47:00 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, Northwest Washington, Finding Land

Living in Northwest Washington is a dream come true for many families. The fresh mountain air, easy access to the San Juan Islands, and proximity to so much natural beauty attracts homeowners of all types. Whether you want to retire with a view of majestic mountain peaks, have the ability to go for a daily paddle, or move into a family-friendly neighborhood where the kids will grow up, you can find it in this region.

Northwest Washington offers the opportunity to live in a larger city like Bellingham, a close-knit island village, or a small town with family-friendly values. We’ve rounded up six local land listings to help you in the search for the perfect lot for your new home.

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Family Friendly Outdoor Activities in West Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Mar 4, 2019 6:28:32 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, West Puget Sound

West Puget Sound is a playground for people of all ages, especially for those who love the outdoors. Whether you’re splashing around in the sound, hiking in Olympic National Park, or exploring the islands, you can find an outdoor adventure any time of year. The Olympic Peninsula is truly a special place, with old-growth forests, historic towns radiating with charm, and, of course, beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure for a day or a weekend, consider some of these outdoor activities in West Puget Sound.

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Exploring the Inland Northwest: 5 Adventures to Take with your Family

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Feb 11, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Topics: Spokane (Inland Northwest), Custom Home Washington

Anchored by the cultural hub of Spokane, the Inland Northwest region has something for everybody, but most people come here for the spectacular outdoor adventures. Canyons, waterfalls, and calming lakes are just some of the many types of landscapes you will encounter in this eclectic area. If you’re thinking of moving to the Inland Northwest or just want to try something new with the family, explore these five special places.

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Best/Popular Floorplans in Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Feb 8, 2019 9:34:15 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, East Puget Sound

When living in Puget Sound, it’s difficult to avoid a strong connection with the water. Whether you have a beautiful view of the sound, enjoy taking the kayak out for a paddle, or just enjoy the fresh sea air that permeates the region, water is a primary reason why many families choose to live in the area. Of course, the stunning mountain views and nearby majestic forests don’t hurt, either.

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Local Land Roundup: 7 South Puget Sound Lots to Build your Custom Home

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 30, 2019 8:40:32 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, South Puget Sound, Finding Land

With thriving cities like Tacoma and Olympia surrounded by spectacular national forests, it’s easy to see why people move to the South Puget Sound area. Whether you want to be near the hustle and bustle of the tech industry or enjoy the coastal life, the Pacific Northwest lifestyle is hard to beat.

If you’re looking to put down some roots in the region by building a new custom home, you’re going to need the perfect plot of land. We’ve gathered some local land listings to help you in your search. From tidy little lots near the sound in Hoodsport to a sprawling homestead by the sea in Port Angeles, you can envision your dream home on one of these properties.

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Affordable Home Pricing in King County? Try Building Custom

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 23, 2019 12:44:30 PM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, East Puget Sound

Whether you are considering buying a home in Seattle or one of the surrounding cities, if you have started your property search, you know that real estate prices are relatively high compared to other areas in the state. This can be discouraging if you want to fulfill the dream of owning your home, but purchasing an existing home is not necessarily your only option. Many people don’t consider building a new home because they assume it will cost more than buying an existing one. This isn’t always the case, especially in hot real estate markets where prices are continuing to go up.  

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Deciding Where to Live in Inland Northwest

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:34:33 AM

Topics: Spokane (Inland Northwest), Custom Home Washington

With Spokane and Coeur d’Alene in the heart of the region, the Inland Northwest offers residents the option to live in a vibrant urban culture, a comfortable suburban environment, or the scenic countryside. No matter where you live, the possibilities for outdoor recreation are endless with rushing rivers, majestic mountains, and rolling hills to explore.

The Inland Northwest region spans counties in both Eastern Washington and the northern Idaho panhandle. The climate is drier than the area to the west, primarily because of the distance from the sea and the location east of the Cascade Mountains. However, the seasons are not as moderate, with colder winters and hotter summers.

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Deciding Where to Live in West Puget Sound

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:24:30 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, West Puget Sound

The West Puget Sound area has a mixed climate depending on where each community is located. Some areas have the typical Pacific Northwest heavy rainfall, while others sit in the rain shadow of the mountains and enjoy more moderate climates. However, regardless of the season, many people enjoy outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle in the coastal and mountainous communities in Northwest Washington.

Building a new custom home in West Puget Sound ensures a lifetime of beautiful views, fresh air, and access to the majestic mountains of Olympic National Park. Retirees are attracted to the areas with consistently moderate weather, families appreciate the welcoming communities, and young professionals can be close to larger cities without the higher cost of living.

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Deciding Where to Live in Mid-Columbia Valley

Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Jan 4, 2019 7:17:59 AM

Topics: Custom Home Washington, Mid Columbia Valley

Spanning counties in both Washington and Oregon, the Mid-Columbia Valley is named for the mighty Columbia River, which cuts through it from north to south. Connecting to both the Snake River and the Yakima River in Kennewick, the area was historically a hub for steamboats and railroads. The fertile valley gives life to orchards, vineyards, and strawberry farms throughout the area.

Generally considered a politically conservative region, the Mid-Columbia Valley has an overall rural feel and a rich history in the agriculture and food-processing industries. As more manufacturing is coming to the area, job opportunities are increasing, and more people are moving to the small cities in the region to support this growth. There is often plenty of land in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, so if you are considering building a new custom home, this area presents a good opportunity to find a property that matches your needs.

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