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    I lived along the river about a mile away from campus for nearly 20 years. When I moved away, it was still a nice place, but I could definitely see the decline. I liked it because it was centrally located, close to downtown. If I were to move back, I'd probably look for someplace out in the Valley or north of town, off 395 or Hwy 2. My wife has some relatives that live out there and I've always enjoyed the area when we've driven out there.
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    I grew up in Wondermere area and really liked it. I think it is hard to beat the Little Spokane River and the north side. I have taken my wife all over town during out visits and she really likes the South Hill and Browns Edition areas.

    Nine-mile/Long Lake seems like a great place to retire to, but is too far If a daily commute for me.

    Several years ago there were some empty lots in Airway Heights on the cliff on the south bank of the river that I daydreamed about building a house on.

    From reading everyone else's posts, the take home message so far is that there are a lot of great places to live. Spokane has great food if you know where to look for it. At this stage of my life, I think I would want to be within 20 minutes of downtown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gu03alum View Post
    My dad used to live in Hillyard. It wasn't bad except for Christmas lights being stolen, random bullet going through living room window (luckily we were not home), needles and used condoms found in the yard, and multiple car break-ins. That was 10-15 years ago. Maybe it has changed.
    I think that Hillyard is getting worse. Have a relative who just three days ago.... while doing her laundry at 3 pm., someone was sawing her backdoor doorknob. This is what you don't hear in the news.

    In the positive side, Kendall Yards is a new upcoming area. Right next to the Spokane River and Centennial Trail that you can ride your bike all the way
    to Idaho. Oh, and the Central Food restaurant is really good.


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    It's pretty subjective, and it really depends on what you're willing to accept. Some examples.

    1. South hill, if within walking distance of scenery and parks you will enjoy, can provide value despite the fact that people overvalue the homes for what they actually offer. Be prepared to remodel whatever you can afford. If you're not going to enjoy the local beauty, you can do better elsewhere. The South hill technically the closest you can get to downtown without being completely overrun with indifferent renters and low income crime areas. If downtown is a must because you'll be there everyday, you might find south hill prices worth the price. Some south hill areas terrible in the winter to get around....because it's a hill. If your best way off the hill is Freya, consider the price of your all wheel drive vehicle before buying there. If you're near Manito the road down is far more reasonable.
    2. Completely avoid anything south of Wellesley anywhere in the north city. I'd go North of Francis if you're considering north. 5 mile into wandermere, mead and Colbert can be far more affordable and newer, but this is where the sprawl has taken over the last 10 years. The schools are overrun with new families because of new construction and it being in the far superior Mead school district. However, latest 5 mile school news I read somewhere was that 83 families were looking to send kindergarteners to a school with 8 spots. If schools are a big deal to you, realize that you're probably bussing to a far off place. If school not a big deal, then you get to buy a house/land/plot in whatever development you want (careful of the HOAs in these new areas) and plant your tree and watch it grow. Don't expect it to be south hill beautiful ever in your lifetime unless you're going to an older community up there.
    3. Valley can be a love/hate thing. It's the only area I've never lived, so my only common sense advice would be to avoid anything within a mile of I-90 unless you're past greenacres. I'm from Vancouver, WA and my parents live about a mile from I-5 and you can hear the freeway traffic. Maybe after a while you filter it out, but it's not my idea of awesome.
    4. The peone prairie north of the valley is really beautiful and provides better access to greenbluff growers if you're into that kind of thing. our family picks a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, so it's really nice to be within 20 minutes of that entire farm community.

    Overall it's going to be really subjective. Write down what your top goals are and an area of the city may reveal itself to you.
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    I've lived on the South Hill (mostly Manito area)
    for over 30 years and it's great. We're hoping for the Meadowood area(Liberty Lake) for impending retirement. You just can't go wrong with Spokane--many great areas

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    After I retired from full-time teaching in California, I did substitute teaching for several years. My favorite high school was definitely Gonzaga Prep, followed by Lewis and Clark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagNative View Post
    Southwest Spokane is great. I'm near 29th and Bernard and love it. Wilson grade school is terrific, and my kids loved Lewis and Clark HS. Access to downtown is super easy, and the crime rate is low. Beautiful area, a few blocks from Manito and Comstock Parks.
    This.

    I can't imagine anything being better, 5 minutes to downtown, great schools, great neighborhoods, Manito Park, a little more diversity in that it's not all people who've lived in Spokane their whole life, lots from all over. We love it.

    Of course, it's no secret that it's a great place for all those reasons, and the price of a home reflects it. One pays more for the same home than one would in most other areas.

    Oh, and the snow thing is real. It's always shocked me how noticeably the snow amount increases each block one gets higher up from downtown.
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    Thanks for all the thoughts and ideas. This weekend we checked out the Mead area, Morningside Heights area in Greenacres, and the South Hill by regal and 57th. All seemed ok in their own ways. South Hill was probably the best with good school ratings, close to shopping, close to biking/running trails. Now the prices just need to be lower!

    We live in the West Hazel Dell/ Lakeshore area of Vancouver for those that know it. So we like old mixed with newer and close to trails and the city. Reason we might have to move would be to take care of parents in the area. I work from home so it doesn't really matter where I live, which is why we would rather move to Europe.

    Thanks again for all the info, so keep it coming!

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    JMHO... Grew up in the Valley... went to U-High. So I am a touch partial. Valley is a great choice.
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    I love living in the valley. I am also surprised no one mentioned Liberty Lake or Millwood. Both areas are up and coming.
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    It appears there are some really nice craftsman-style homes in Spokane for reasonable amounts; here's an example

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3271...okane-WA-99205

    I have no opinion on neighborhoods, etc. I have been following Spokane listings on Trulia for about three months now. If I was worried about school districts, crime rates, and more, I would certainly find this a valuable thread.

    Have been considering Spokane, possibly Twin Lakes Village (Rathdrum) for a retirement destination. There's a 2BD,2BA fully furnished condo at TLV listed for $149K right now, for example. I've got (knock on wood) three years of the daily grind to go and then it's off to retirement-ville.

    Good luck, 'Zona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoZag View Post
    It appears there are some really nice craftsman-style homes in Spokane for reasonable amounts; here's an example

    https://www.trulia.com/property/3271...okane-WA-99205

    I have no opinion on neighborhoods, etc. I have been following Spokane listings on Trulia for about three months now. If I was worried about school districts, crime rates, and more, I would certainly find this a valuable thread.

    Have been considering Spokane, possibly Twin Lakes Village (Rathdrum) for a retirement destination. There's a 2BD,2BA fully furnished condo at TLV listed for $149K right now, for example. I've got (knock on wood) three years of the daily grind to go and then it's off to retirement-ville.

    Good luck, 'Zona.
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    Wandermere - Mead area.... in the county....city does a poor job of snow removal, Spokane Valley the same....my road is cleared daily in the winter if there is snow on the ground...gorgeous area...great school district....first saw area in 1958 and wanted to live here then....that was back when Spokane started at Francis Ave and the old highway ran past Commelini's Junction....moved into this house in 2001...the area has all the benefits of being in the country yet I'm only 2 blocks from shopping center....works for me...

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    I am a native born and bred South Hillian and it is definitely worth a look but...

    1) You're going to pay more.

    2) With recent changes in zoning, the upper south hill is not-the-same as the Moran Prairie/Mayberry days of old. Traffic on S. Regal is god awful (for Spokane).

    3) I think you'd be pleasantly surprised at the academic status of both North Central and (gasp) Rogers. The teachers and administrators there are focused on getting those kids edjumacated. There are some really nice places around Corbin Park.

    I actually think west of Hangman Creek is a steal - 5 minutes to downtown, 5 minutes to the airport. Be careful in that the dividing line between Cheney and Spokane schools wanders aimlessly out there. Cheney is an excellent school district but it's the wrong direction for parents who work in the city for the most part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjstoph1 View Post
    I am a native born and bred South Hillian and it is definitely worth a look but...

    1) You're going to pay more.

    2) With recent changes in zoning, the upper south hill is not-the-same as the Moran Prairie/Mayberry days of old. Traffic on S. Regal is god awful (for Spokane).

    3) I think you'd be pleasantly surprised at the academic status of both North Central and (gasp) Rogers. The teachers and administrators there are focused on getting those kids edjumacated. There are some really nice places around Corbin Park.

    I actually think west of Hangman Creek is a steal - 5 minutes to downtown, 5 minutes to the airport. Be careful in that the dividing line between Cheney and Spokane schools wanders aimlessly out there. Cheney is an excellent school district but it's the wrong direction for parents who work in the city for the most part.
    You are sure correct about south regal it is horrible!!!
    And when there is something going on at the sports complex just avoid it like the plague!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kjstoph1 View Post
    I am a native born and bred South Hillian.
    "native born South Hillian?"

    Isn't that a fancy way of saying cake eater?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo Roncalli View Post
    "native born South Hillian?"

    Isn't that a fancy way of saying cake eater?
    It is much different than a south hylian.


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    We live out in Chattaroy along the Little Spokane River. We like living out of town for being closer to camping, lakes, skiing, flying, hiking, etc. When we get too old to take to the mountains/lakes, etc. we'll likely move into the downtown area. Downtown Spokane gets better and better. I've never felt unsafe anywhere in Spokane. If you're keen on the out-of-doors you'll have lots to choose from - and some pretty darn good weather to go with it. Hard to beat Spokane summers! Only thing I see getting worse about Spokane is the traffic. Been joking that the epitaph I'll have on my headstone will read "Is the N/S Freeway done yet?" .... And i hope to live for 30 more years!
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