Sunday, November 10, 2019 / by Shayla Morford
Don't get me wrong-memories are monetarily driven sometimes, but I had to pay $64 to park my car for 2 nights. A bottle of water at the Santa Monica Pier is $4 (there is 6 of us and Heaven forbid the children share). This could get ugly for a long-term stay. Good thing it's only 7 days.
My work followed me to LA only when I started noticing the difference in the homes compared to Spokane.
I didn't see my traditional "For Sale" sign for the longest time. I had to dig to see what was available, and since curiosity kills the cat-I'm one less life today. There were over 800 Single family homes available, I saw about 5 signs my entire trip.
The first sign I saw was for a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home within walking distance to the beach for $485,000. Score right? It was an 822 square foot condo with dues of $622 a month for water and exterior maintenance of the building (and care of the palm trees of course).
There weren't really "yards" as I traditionally know then to be, with sprawling grass and room to run. The rocks, cacti and drought resistant plants took over tiny yards which often were even paved to make parking. The exterior condition of the homes was noticeably ravaged by the harsh sun and sea air. Every fourth home or so was jaw-dropping beautiful and yet the three to follow looked as if they were exaggeratedly un-kept for a movie plot after the Apocalypse.
I got to speaking with a gentleman about where I was from, (The tourist in me oozes out of my pores, supposedly) and I mentioned I was from Washington, but not Seattle, the inland side with the cows and wheat fields, opposite of most peoples first thought of the "Evergreen State". He has lived here before, small world they say. We also got to speaking about the Real Estate market differences between the two cities and it was unbelievable what he said next:
"I have to share a home with 3 other people and I work 3 jobs to pay my $1,800 a month rent payment."
I have never seen someone choke so hard when I mentioned I pay $879 a month for my 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home here in Spokane.
How could people live like that? Well, I know it obviously happens a lot, since the population proves that. I can drive from one side of Spokane to the other in half hour, tops. The 8 mile stretch of freeway I use gets backed to to about 20 MPH-ish during rush hour versus the bumper to bumper stop and go of the CA I-405. I save an average of $1.50 PER GALLON of gas I use. I couldn't imagine getting a call to show a home but having to put off the appointment 3 hours because I happen to be 30 miles away, and it's rush hour.
The main points of difference I noticed was price per square foot, number of homes advertised as being for sale, how crowded everything is (yes traffic, that means you also) and the cost to live there.
No wonder my clients are selling their 720sq foot home that's on a busy street and in shambles for half a million dollars and moving north where the average home price is in the mid 200 thousand with a yard, grass, a garage. Sure we have snow, but you can learn to drive in it! ( I hope).
Spokane, I apologize; the secret is out. I didn't do it!!