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Edmonds, WA

Love Edmonds, WA - 1/22/2012
Edmonds, WA is one of the best suburbs to live in if you are looking to work in Seattle. It used to be a short 20 minute commute downtown when I was growing up (the 70's) but now it is closer to an hour. Traffic in Seattle is tough because there are only two major freeways stuck between the mountains and water, so live as close as you can to work. Edmonds is great for young families and retirees. Right near the beach, a very quaint downtown with great shops, bakeries, restaurants and movie theater. Housing has gone up in the last 10 - 15 years even with the housing slump, because there is no more space to squeeze in new housing. If you are used to development type neighborhoods, this is not it - just basic houses from all eras plugged in whereever a spare lot was available. A bit hilly with beautiful views of the sound from many locations and close to take the ferry across to Whidbey Island and other locations. There is a great "Taste of Edmonds" event every summer with small bites from local restaurants that is really a big street party. Summers are usually pretty great but expect 9 months of rain a year and even in the summer it can take 3-4 hours in the morning for the overcast skies to burn off. I've lived in five different cities in WA, OR, CA and this would be in my top two...but of course when you grow up somewhere it is close to your heart.

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