Many people want to buy a home that has easy access to the trails for hiking, biking, trail running and skiing. This is, after all, one of the reasons many of us live in the Pacific Northwest, and area that some of us also call Cascadia.
In the Seattle area, it’s actually pretty easy to figure out where to buy a home of you want to be near the trails. The thing to do is look at a map, and put a dot in North Bend and a dot where you work, and pick the spot between the two. That’s the spot for you!
You may want to skew this one way or the other, depending on your priorities. If you have to commute to work every day in a spot with nasty traffic (and let’s be real, that’s pretty much everywhere around here), then you might want to live closer to where you work. Maybe you want to go carless for your commute and walk to work.
Then some of you may want to be able to ride your mountain bike the trail head in places like Saint Edward State Park, Big Finn Hill, Soaring Eagle, Grand Ridge or Duthie Hill Park. Being able to ride your bike the trailhead is a dream of many of us. To do this you should pull up the trail guide from Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at http://evergreenmtb.org/trails/ and find the area listed above that you’d like to live near. Paradise Valley Conservation Area is another option you should look at if you live near the Snohomish County line in Woodinville or Bothell.
Other than Paradise Valley and Big Finn/Saint Eddies all the good local riding areas are near I-90, so live with easy access to the freeway. A good person to use is a Realtor at http://jvpre.com/evergreen/ who can help you find a house and will actually donate some money to help build trails with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.