Waterfront Homes Puget Sound: December 2011

Just general thoughts on the the direction, conditions, and energy in the local Waterfront Real Estate market. Throwing in a good dose of humor from time to time and a dash of opinion.

Des Moines, WA....A Waterfront City on Puget Sound

Des Moines, WA....A Waterfront City on Puget Sound 

I love Des Moines! I live in Des Moines, so I am partial to the area. But, I want to give you an idea of what is the town is like for people who have never been there. Here is the 1st of a series of blogs on Des Moines, WA. Now, I will be adding some additional post on the Housing Market, History, Demographics, etc. But, when choosing if a town is right for you, what do you really want to know?

Here is a list I have come up with.

  • Schools
  • Neighborhoods
  • Amenities
  • Commute
When it comes down to it, it is about location. You have all heard the term "Location, Location, Location".  But what does it really mean? Real Estate wise, the more desirable your location, the more valuable your property will be. But what do you we mean by desirable? What I desire in a location may differ from what you desire. Selling Real Estate for a living, I find these are the general factors why people pick a place to live.
Des Moines WA Schools: We have a rating of 5 out of 10 from greatschools.org. We have some really top notch schools and some average schools. The rating is based on public school test scores.  I would venture to guess that most Public School Districts land in the middle. The main component is to look at the individual schools to find what options are there and fit your child's needs and goals. Other options are:
  • Private schools
  • Co-op Schools
  • Christian Schools
  • Montessori
  • Community College
Neighborhoods: Des Moines has plenty of Great Neighborhoods. My favorites include Zenith, Redondo, and Woodmont. All of these neighborhoods has gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Most of the waterfront homes sit on a tall bluff. You can find anything from new to old, small to large. Here are a few of the waterfront homes.
 
Amenities: Des Moines has everything you could want. There are major park and hiking trails all around. You can hang out at the beach or walk on the marina. Fish for salmon, shrimp, and crab off the pier. The Marina is huge with its own gas and moorage. Lovely boutique, international, fine dining, and seafood restaurants are all around. Major grocery stores in town, and big malls and home improvement stores are very conveniently located.
 
Commute: Des Moines is located right in the middle of Seattle and Tacoma. If you travel national or internationally the Sea-Tac international airport is only 10 minutes ways. The link light rail into Seattle is at the airport. Bellevue is only 20 minutes as well. This is one of the most centrally located city in all of WA.
 
Des Moines in my opinion is a beautiful little gems in WA state. It has everything you are looking for in a metropolitan area with a small town feel. Come and visit it and check it out!

Thanks for reading my blog, and if you have some favorite places in Des Moines, or questions please comment.
 
 

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Ryan Allie
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2 commentsRyan Allie • December 14 2011 02:45PM
Des Moines, WA… A Waterfront City on Puget Sound
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Des Moines, WA… A Waterfront City on Puget Sound I love Des Moines! I live in Des Moines, so I am partial to the area. But, I want to give you an idea of what is the town is like for people who have never been there. Here is the 1st of a series… more