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November 18, 2004

A critical move

A reader responds to my column Wednesday on King County land-use rules:

This insane King County Critical Areas Ordinance is just one more taking of land-use rights that makes the place so incredibly unaffordable for the general population. Most people who have owned their homes for more than 15 or 20 years could not afford to buy their own home today.

This reader says he moved from King County to Spokane two years ago:

I thought long and hard about leaving the Bellevue Kirkland area where I lived for 36 years, but it became very apparent that there are much better places to live in the Great Northwest. One simple example of the differences between the two areas is the home I live in here in the north part of Spokane.

I bought this very lovely home 18 months ago for $226,000. It was built in 1987 and has 3,500 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 car garage, lots of brick, and sits on a 12,000 square foot lot. The same house (the plans were purchased by this homebuilder from a Bellevue builder) in the Issaquah/Bellevue/Redmond area goes for around $650,000 usually on a smaller lot.

Land-use control is not the only reason why houses in King County are more expensive than in Spokane, but clearly it is part of the reason.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at November 18, 2004 05:00 PM



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