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Houses in King County, Washington Are Still Available, Yet Are Becoming Increasingly Hard to Buy

Ahhhh, Seattle. It’s a great place to live in our opinion. An opinion we share with countless others too who, for years, have been clamoring to call The Emerald City, the crown jewel of King County, their home. Residents of this most-desirable county are facing a conundrum, however. Pricing for many of the houses for sale in King County is out of reach.

What should savvy shoppers like yourself do? Think outside the box. Or outside the metropolis that is, and if you’re willing to go a little farther afield, we know of a few neighborhoods that are as dazzling as the city lights.

History of King County Washington

History of King County Washington

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Before the Denny Party landed their schooner at Alki Point, a neighborhood that today is still as popular as it once was, the area was inhabited by the Duwamish Tribe. The Duwamish are Indigenous peoples who have stewarded the land since the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago or circa 8,000 BCE.

As consistent with their Native protocol, the Duwamish routinely greet visitors to their land, and the encroaching white settlers were no exception. When the Denny Party first arrived at the area that has now become Seattle, they found dozens of Hudson’s Bay Company employees and a thriving Duwamish community numbering in the thousands.

Many accounts of the interaction tell of how the Duwamish taught the settlers how to subsist in this new climate, and helped them build structures in order to survive their first winter. The city of Seattle and all of King County owe their modern settlement of today to the generosity of these people.

Since the landing, the Seattle settlement had been chugging right along, as well as the formation of King County. On December 22, 1852, the county became official, according to the Oregon Territory legislature. When Washington Territory was formed a mere three months later, King County took its rightful place as the county seat of the new geographic region.

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King County Namesake

King County Namesake

King County Courthouse, Seattle, 1927

The eponym of King County is an interesting one, having once stood for something entirely different than what it does today.

Originally, the county was named for William Rufus Devane King, the newly elected Vice President of the United States. King died shortly after election and never got the chance to serve his country. Over the years, this left King County residents wondering why they still used his name when his principles did not serve their county’s moral fiber.

Devane King was a slaveholder who the King County City Council said, “earned income and maintained his lifestyle by oppressing and exploiting other human beings.”

The new Washington Territory differed from the Oregon one in that Black settlers were not banned from holding property and settling the area. This meant that Devane King’s ethos did not align with King County’s, and with much community support and tireless efforts from Council member Ron Sims, King County changed their eponym and logo in 1986 to honor a different, more widely-respected King: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today’s logo, an image of Dr. King, and the eponym, his name, is now emblazoned on roadways, buildings, common spaces, parks, and more all throughout King County. It’s the result of decades of hard work and civic action that King County citizens are known for.

King County Courthouse, Seattle, 1927

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Ahhhh, Seattle. It’s a great place to live in our opinion. An opinion we share with countless others too who, for years, have been clamoring to call The Emerald City, the crown jewel of King County, their home. Residents of this most-desirable county are facing a conundrum, however. Pricing for many of the houses for sale in King County is out of reach.

What should savvy shoppers like yourself do? Think outside the box. Or outside the metropolis that is, and if you’re willing to go a little farther afield, we know of a few neighborhoods that are as dazzling as the city lights.

King County, WA Demographics

King County, WA Demographics

So You Want to Live in King County…

So you want to live in King County? Well, you’ll join the very solid ranks of almost 2.3 million others then. This desirable county in Washington is home to some of the state’s largest, most populated cities. As the twelfth-most populous county in the entire country, it is by far Washington State’s most populated county and metro region.

King County is home to what seems to be an unfair share of large corporations and industries. Perhaps you’ve heard of Starbucks, Costco, Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, or Weyerhaeuser? All of these Fortune 500 companies call King County home and provide jobs for many across the region.

Not only that, residents of King County receive one of the highest minimum wages in the nation—an important factor in residents’ ability to afford the steep cost of a house in King County.

Those who do own a home in King County reported to the 2020 Census that their median value was $601,100. This translates to monthly mortgage costs of $2,588, with rents for single-family units not far behind. If you are able to buy into a house in King County, it makes sense to do so, as values and rates are only increasing.

The King County government reported that the demographic trends of the county are showing explosive growth, with the population being around 1.5 million residents, to the nearly 2.3 million residents of today—an increase of 50%. With that, it’s no wonder why houses in King County can sometimes be hard to find. Read on to discover some great places to look…

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Why should you buy a house in King County, WA?

Why should you buy a house in King County, WA?

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Why Should You Invest In Real Estate In King County?

Real estate is real estate, no matter your locale. But in King County, real estate is a solid investment with values increasing by the day, and more residents looking for new homes every night.

Houses for sale in the King County area are experiencing a “get it while you can” type of market, and though you may need to pack your patience to close a deal, certainly don’t sleep on making an offer.

Let’s explore some of King County’s most favorited neighborhoods to house hunt:

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Unreal Neighborhoods in King County, WA

Unreal Neighborhoods in King County, WA

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Why King County?

Why King County?

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In closing, we wish you the best of luck closing on a house in King County. At times, the pursuit of a new abode may seem like an uphill battle, one that is steeper than the hills that seem to leap vertically from the shores of the sparkling Sound. Rest assured, it’s a battle that is well worth it though—because owning a house in King County is akin to reaching the pinnacle of a mountain top: a worthy feat, but a lot of effort. King County residents experience a high quality of life. They are able to find high-paying jobs, and look forward to experiencing the highlights of all the county has to offer. They take pride in their county and enjoy where they live. Will you become the next happy resident?

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