Feb. 26, 2014
You may have landed on this page for any number of reasons. Perhaps you've been offered a position at Hanford or PNNL?
Maybe you are looking for a nice place to retire?
Possibly looking to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and raise a family in a more relaxing atmosphere?
Could you be a fellow Realtor looking for a Real Estate broker in the Tri Cities to refer your clients too?
Or maybe you are just bored at work and surfing the web? :)
There are many reasons people choose to live and work in Kennewick, Richland or Pasco but rather than attempt to address as many as possible in a short blog post, I'll share with you why my family chose to live here.
Where we came from
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Seattle in King County Washington. Growing up there was great, we had access to many parks, beaches, boating on the Sound and all that Seattle had to offer, plus easy access to the mountains for hiking and exploring. As I grew up, we watched Seattle grow from a somewhat sleepy little city driven by the economic engines of aerospace, fishing and timber into a thriving world class city and arguably the center of the tech universe, sorry silicon valley. But it wasn't all sunshine and lollipops.
Along with all of that growth came a lot of extra people and urban sprawl. The infrastructure just couldn't handle the growth and Seattle now has some of the worst traffic in the country. Still a great place to visit, but it's just too crowded for us now.
When I met my wife, we bought our first home in the South Hill of Puyallup because that's where we could afford a home offering the lifestyle we were searching for. It was a wonderful place to raise our two oldest children but eventually development found Puyallup as well. The infrastructure in the Puyallup area just could not keep up with the demand for affordable housing and the traffic congestion reached intolerable levels for us.
Planning our escape from the West side
When our oldest two children were headed off to college, my wife and I realized we had a unique opportunity to move to another area that offered the activities, lifestyle and weather that we were looking for. It was a tough decision, after all we would be leaving most of the friends and family in the area and striking out on our own once again.
I had been working hard for 9 years to build a thriving and successful real estate brokerage and my wife had been with her employer for 13 years. We would both essentially have to start over in our careers, I would once again be building my real estate brokerage from the ground up and she would be starting at the bottom of the seniority list here. It was a big move and we needed to get it right the first time.
We began to research many areas in Washington, looking at school rankings, the local housing markets, existing infrastructure to handle growth, crime levels, recreational opportunities and the general feel of the community.
It was at this time that I realized how sorely the Tri Cities needed a website like TriCitiesLiving.com. There is a lot of statistical info available on the web, but I wanted to know what it was really like to live here. That info just wasn't available in one easy to access website.
We began to visit different communities around the state that appeared to offer what we were looking for in a new home. We needed somewhere with a stable, active real estate market, strong employment, great schools, excellent hospitals, nearby outdoor recreation and sunshine! We found all that and more upon our first visit to the Tri Cities.
In the Spring of 2013, we made a total of 3 trips to learn and explore more about the area and each time we came back more convinced that the Tri Cities was where we should call home. We ultimately made the move in the early Summer of that year and have enjoyed every day since. My only regret is that we did not move here years ago!
What is the future of TriCitiesLiving.com?
On the pages of the real estate website you will find information about the local real estate market, including all available homes for sale in the various communities that make up the Tri Cities. You are welcome to browse the listings and phone or email to arrange a convenient time to visit the homes you are interested in purchasing. If I can't answer the phone right away, I'll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can. While I've been a relocation real estate agent for years, having just gone through the process as a consumer has sharpened my focus. I understand the need for local information from someone who has experience living in the area more than ever.
If you are looking for more specific information about what it's really like to live in the Tri Cities, you'll want to browse through the future postings in my blog. It will be my goal to showcase my favorite parts of living here including, recreation, dining, shopping, adventures in the wine country and occasionally the real estate market.
Whatever the reason for your visit, I'm glad you stopped by and visited my website today! Stay tuned for more articles about living in the Tri Cities and I hope to talk with you soon.