The folks at Estately recently crunched the numbers to find out which are Washington State's most up-and-coming cities? They combs through population changes, home values, income levels, poverty levels and education levels to make their determination. In the end, they discovered that Issaquah is the clear winner.
Once a small mining town, Issaquah's recently become on of Washington's fastest growing and wealthiest suburbs. The city came in first in four of Estately's six categories: population increase, crime reduction, income improvement, and increase in bachelor degrees. Issaquah enjoys close proximity to outdoor recreation and many of the top employers in the Puget Sound area. Other Western Washington cities in the top tier include No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Bellevue, No. 5 Sammamish and No. 6 Bellingham. Meanwhile, Des Moines was the most "down-and-going" city, joined at the bottom of the rankings by Everett, Lakewood and Federal Way.
After the jump, let's take a look at some available listings in Issaquah to find out what everyone else already seems to know.
On the high end, you've got this 5-BR/5-bath Tudor at 3169 NE Harrison St. asking $2.85M. Situated on a 17K+ sq. ft. lot, the mansion boasts an open chef's kitchen, covered outdoor entertaining space, home theater,walk-in wine cellar, elevator and oversized 3 car garage.
Looking for something with a little privacy? Here's a 3-BR/2-bath Squak Mountain home asking $419K. Not one but two walkout decks as well as a lot of space inside and out (10K sq. ft. lot).
Finally, if you're looking for something more neighborly, try out this 3-BR/2-bath townhome in the pedestrian village of Crofton Springs. Asking $425K, it offers a sizable kitchen, high ceilings and a loft-style bedroom up top.
· 10 Washington State Cities On The Rise In 2014 [Estately]