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We live in Seattle and have been searching for this for a while, I am not sure it exists. We want something much much cheaper than where we are now. I don't think W.WA has anything actually cheaper, although there are crunchy small towns, just too much money! We don't know E. WA very well at all, but it seems there are cheaper small towns but not crunchy. We also open to Oregon and Idaho.<br><br>
Anyone who has any ideas about this?? We could really use the help. We want to own either an old house on 5 or more acres or to build a small house on 5 or more acres. I want a community of people, for me and for my children. We plan to homeschool, and semi-homestead with a big garden and animals. The area does not have to be super-crunchy, just have some people who are and people who are progressive/liberal. Don't want a mostly conservative area with all mainstream folks.
 

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Let's start a commune. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Hmmmm. Check out Pendleton and surrounding areas (Athena, Adams, Milton-Freewater).
 

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Spokane is not small by Eastern WA terms but is compared to Seattle area. There is a small but growing crunchy group there. Some nice smaller towns relatively close too. We just moved from there to Vancouver, WA.
 

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There are a lot of small towns in Idaho, like Emmett, Marsing, areas close to that. Its very conservative but also live and let live. Lots of homeschooling, no vaxing, natural living.
 

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Greenbluff is just outside of Spokane and it is beautiful up there...I used to live in Spokane and we'd go to Greenbluff to pick our fruits and veggies for canning.<br><br>
I don't know what it costs to live there (it's small, community wise) but there are orchards and farms all over and I always wanted to live there. I worked at one of the orchards there for a short time and there seemed to be a great feeling of community all the locals knew each other, very friendly!
 

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Thanks for the ideas! Keep them coming, if there are any more!<br><br>
We have thought of Spokane, but it is too big for us. Does anyone know about the small towns surrounding Spokane? We don't want to live in an area with all retirees or people who want to keep up their yard perfectly, but we also don't want to live in a really depressed area either. A small town with some liberal people, some homesteaders, would be great.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Well, I haven't lived in OR very long & don't really know much about anything yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> BUT, we visited a friend on the way way outskirts of Forest Grove (OR) the other day & it was GORGEOUS out there. I was shocked at the low price he paid for it all, too. At least, it seemed low to me, but like I said, I don't know a lot yet. He bought 8 acres 1.5 yrs ago for $180,000 & put a 3 bd room, 1500 sq ft brand new & modern & pretty manufactured home on it for only $50,000! DH & I were totally inspired, that is SO much cheaper than our average suburban home on 1/10th of an acre!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He said neighbors frequently sell lots of acreage out there. He lives right off of Hwy 26. It is totally within driving distance of Beaverton where there is a huge homeschooling community & park days & activities. I consider a drive of less than an hour do-able. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> It is also a 15 min drive to a MAX (train) station which our friend commutes to portland on.<br><br>
I also love the land out in Yamhill County but I don't know anything about public transit or prices out there yet.<br><br>
We're looking to buy property out in the sticks (but within an hour's drive of homeschool fun & a workable portland commute) within the next few years. I cannot wait!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 

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I'm in Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula, and while it's not cheap by most people's standards (at least around here), it is compared to Seattle. If you go 20 minutes west of here, you can get land a lot cheaper, too (of course you get TONS of rain, but if you're crazy like me you like that). I haven't looked into it recently, but I think you can still get a house on land for 250k or so, if you're not looking for 'new.'<br><br>
There's a large homeschooling community around here, and food stuff is great. We have the only raw dairy in WA (Dungeness Creamery), a great organic veggie store (Nash's), and a couple other places nearby for good, fresh seafood and hormone/free range meats. There are a lot of new crunchy people moving to this area, which is cool.<br><br>
There's also an overwhelming amount of churches. So if you don't want to be around Christians, it's the wrong place to live.<br><br>
Let me know if you have any more questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I also love the land out in Yamhill County but I don't know anything about public transit or prices out there yet.<br><br>
We're looking to buy property out in the sticks (but within an hour's drive of homeschool fun & a workable portland commute) within the next few years. I cannot wait!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"></div>
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Stay far away from Yamhill county. HUGE drug problems out there.
 

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Is it THAT much worse than the rest of Oregon? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So far, I have lived in Lane county and Marion county, and both have major drug problems.
 

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Bellingham, Washington, all the way. It might be a little on the spendy side, but it's gorgeous, it's totally crunchy, has waldorf schools, support for homeschooling, and as far as I can remember, alot of alternative choices. I lived there for about 4 years in 96-00.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I haven't lived in OR very long & don't really know much about anything yet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> BUT, we visited a friend on the way way outskirts of Forest Grove (OR) the other day & it was GORGEOUS out there. I was shocked at the low price he paid for it all, too. At least, it seemed low to me, but like I said, I don't know a lot yet. He bought 8 acres 1.5 yrs ago for $180,000 & put a 3 bd room, 1500 sq ft brand new & modern & pretty manufactured home on it for only $50,000! DH & I were totally inspired, that is SO much cheaper than our average suburban home on 1/10th of an acre!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He said neighbors frequently sell lots of acreage out there. He lives right off of Hwy 26. It is totally within driving distance of Beaverton where there is a huge homeschooling community & park days & activities. I consider a drive of less than an hour do-able. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> It is also a 15 min drive to a MAX (train) station which our friend commutes to portland on.<br><br>
I also love the land out in Yamhill County but I don't know anything about public transit or prices out there yet.<br><br>
We're looking to buy property out in the sticks (but within an hour's drive of homeschool fun & a workable portland commute) within the next few years. I cannot wait!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm in Port Angeles, on the Olympic Peninsula, and while it's not cheap by most people's standards (at least around here), it is compared to Seattle. If you go 20 minutes west of here, you can get land a lot cheaper, too (of course you get TONS of rain, but if you're crazy like me you like that). I haven't looked into it recently, but I think you can still get a house on land for 250k or so, if you're not looking for 'new.'<br><br>
There's a large homeschooling community around here, and food stuff is great. We have the only raw dairy in WA (Dungeness Creamery), a great organic veggie store (Nash's), and a couple other places nearby for good, fresh seafood and hormone/free range meats. There are a lot of new crunchy people moving to this area, which is cool.<br><br>
There's also an overwhelming amount of churches. So if you don't want to be around Christians, it's the wrong place to live.<br><br>
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Hey, I'm from Port Angeles! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Some of my family is still there but I haven't lived there since I was a toddler. My grandma used to be county comissioner of Clallam County for a long time and my grandpa is a professional story teller in the community. <b>danotoyou2</b> you should check him out sometime, he's amazing and kids love him! I always dream of going back someday. It's GORGEOUS! We have a family cabin on Lake Crescent and I dream of living there year round. We're actually headed out there this weekend for a little vacation.
 

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I appreciate all of the responses! What we are looking for may not exist hereat all, and we may be moving out of state. We have been looking for a while and have not found anything.<br><br>
Bellingham is much too much for us, as is the location given in Oregon. We want a house with acreage for under 200 or land for under 100. A tough order out here, so when I say small town, I really mean it! We need something CHEAP but still a bit liberal, maybe with homesteaders there too. Port Angeles is still too much for us. Areas around Spokane may be an option, but are any of those at all alternative/progressive?<br><br>
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i know that valleyford (<b>small</b> town about 10-20 minutes south of spokane) has been a haven for homeschoolers. the prices are cheap in the small towns south of spokane (mica, freeman, spangle, fairfield and more) but they are definately SMALL towns. you will end up in spokane for most anythng you desire. these are all towns that will be conservative though. thats how the farm communities are here.<br><br>
you could go south to the palouse area. moscow, idaho is a lot more progressive, but i do not know about the home school communities down there. it is just under 2 hours from spokane. moscow and pullman (10 minutes away) are both college towns, but moscow is the more liberal of the two. but you can definately tell that you are in farm country. there are several small towns close to there that you could find land in, palouse, albion, garfield, oakesdale, steptoe, thornton, colfax and more (i know more of the WA side). these small towns too will be conservative, but close to get somewhere that is not.
 

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If you truely want small, check out Salmon, Idaho. 3000 people, most of them LDS but you can tell them to go away (they will come a'knocking) and they listen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> If you're already LDS or interested, well, no problems there!<br><br>
Land/housing is <i><b>cheap</b></i>, but you'll want to shop in Missoula, MT (3+ hrs away) or Idaho Falls (2.5 hours away), so the price of gas might be a bear you don't want to deal with.
 

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Bellevue/Hailey/Ketchum Idaho fit the bill, except for the cheap part. The Wood River Valley as it is referred to is probably the most liberal place in Idaho. However, real estate and acreage are absolutely ridiculous. I live in Carey, about a half hour drive south. Depending on what you call affordable, it might be your style (although Carey itself is very, ahem, conservative and ass-backwards IMO.) 1/2 acre lots in my sub sell for ~85K
 

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Home/land prices in Kootenai county in (north) Idaho are high, at least to me, but if you're from Seattle they might seem like a steal. On our way to Post Falls the other day we saw a ton of signs advertising a house action sometime soon. Bidding for a 3bed/2ba house in Athol with 10 acres was starting around $174K. Which if you got it for under $200K would be a steal for around here. And Athol isn't all that far away from CdA depending on where in Athol the place is. But PF, CdA and Hayden are all *really* growing. Post Falls just got a Sonic Drive In if you can believe that.<br><br>
Gardening's great, but it is a semi-short season. Definitely shorter than Seattle.<br>
Our <a href="http://www.kootenaicountyfarmersmarket.com/" target="_blank">local farmers market</a>.<br><br>
If you can fine the acreage and are zoned correctly, you can definitely do animals. There's a house that hits the corner of our property that was an old farmhouse - 1 acre with a 1910 farmhouse that you can tell has been added on to over the years. That property has a grandfathered-in clause where the owners can keep animals on the property if they wanted to. The new owners haven't, but they could.<br><br>
Homeschooling/unschooling isn't a problem. Idaho's one of the easiest states to homeschool in, it's nice.<br><br>
Little towns nearish Spokane like Newman Lake or even crossing the border to Hauser or maybe Rathdrum or something might be closer to your budget. Otis Orchards wasn't really spectacular back when we were looking at houses, and Liberty Lake was too pricey for us.<br><br>
I think there is a bit of the conservative thing going on here, but it doesn't really bother me until I see a vehicle with a GWB sticker on it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: But you can bet Idahoans aren't going to jump at voting *for* things that take away your rights. Which is kinda nice, really. And right now I believe gas is around $3.05/gallon, and CdA is typically the cheapest within a few hours drive (gas in Spokane is always higher - more [state] taxes).<br><br>
Idaho does have state income tax, 6% or 6.5% sales tax and relatively low property tax, where as WA has high property tax, varying sales tax, and no income tax. Just another thing to keep in mind.
 
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