A Moving Adventure

We have just moved across the state, from the Seattle, Washington area to the Spokane, Washington area! The place we left was a pleasant 1500 square foot house built in 1960, located in a hollow in the city of Shoreline, Washington, about three blocks north of the Seattle city limits. It was in an urban residential area, quite forested with tall evergreen trees. We had done a lot of work on the house and garden, and especially enjoyed the sun room in the back of the house, where you could sit and watch the birds and squirrels frolic in the back yard.

Front of the old house

Front of the old house

But I (Jennifer) was getting pretty tired of living in the city, dealing with the traffic, etc., and I also wanted to be able to spend more time with my dad (who lives in Pullman, Washington, on the other side of the state). Zach wanted a shorter commute and a bigger living space, without paying more for new real estate. So we decided to move to the Spokane area, which is a much smaller city with (at least for now) no traffic issues, relatively inexpensive real estate market — and the company where Zach works (F5 Networks) has an office here, I have four cousins with families in the area, there is really great cross-country skiing at Mount Spokane that we’ve enjoyed at Christmas time while visiting my dad, and there is also plenty of climbing, hiking, and canoeing in the area. So, we came out for a house-hunting trip in March, found a house, put in an offer, closed the deal on April 20th, and moved on April 30th, whew!

Chaos of boxes in the old sun room

Chaos of boxes in the old sun room


Moving van being loaded

Moving van being loaded

Our new place is located in the unincorporated semi-rural area of Otis Orchards, Washington, on a cul-de-sac street with 6 houses. It’s a slightly bigger house than the one we left, and is a “split-level” house (lots of half-flights of stairs), built in 1995. Otis Orchards is in the Spokane River valley, which is quite flat and mostly grassland, with a few trees here and there, and hills and mountains all around. The river has a really nice walking and bicycling trail all along it, which is about 1.5 miles south of us. There are 6 medium-sized trees in our new back yard, but I am not sure what they are (the leaves are not out yet) — I suspect there is at least one oak, based on the leaves in the yard (but they could be from a neighbor’s tree), and there may be an apple and a cherry tree — we’ll find out soon!

Front of the new house

Front of the new house


View out the front of the new house

View out the front of the new house


View of the back yard from Jennifer's new office

View of the back yard from Jennifer's new office


Chaos of boxes in the new living room

Chaos of boxes in the new living room


Kitchen in the new house

Kitchen in the new house

We were sad to leave a few dear friends, our Sunday board gaming group, Zach’s office camaraderie, the Seattle Drupal group, and my choir behind in Seattle… But we really like the new house and surroundings, and we’ve located a new gaming group and a couple of possible choirs for me, so we’ll adjust. And we only moved a 5-hour drive away, so I’m sure there will be visits — we’ll get back to Seattle, and hopefully our friends will come to see us here!

Note: The elevation profile below seems to be in meters instead of feet… and anyway we were driving and not cycling on this trip!

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Map (note: not exact). The green marker shows the beginning of the route. If you click on other markers, you will see a note or information about that spot.


Approximate elevation profile (markers correspond to markers on the map):

Elevation Profile

4 Comments

  1. Lori
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Is that the elevation map for all the 1/2 flights? ;)

    Love the view from your office!

  2. Geoff
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Good luck on the new home, and selling the old one quickly. I look forward to getting out sometime to seeing the new place in person.

  3. Molly Chambers
    Posted May 5, 2011 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Your house looks….new…with great possibilities! Wheeee! Have fun! The kitchen reminds me of the State Street home, with a table at the end of the kitchen… With love, Molly :-)

  4. Kedamono
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Glad to see you settled in you new home. Hope you two have a great time in Spokane!