The lovely Puget Sound is funneled in by the Pacific Ocean and feeds all the creeks and rivers that flow through the far northwest coast of Washington state. It is a fascinating landscape where dozens of cities, including Seattle and Tacoma, sit on the water. In this geography, cities are separated by bays and passages that require ferry crossings or bridges. Kingston perches at the edge of a small peninsula that juts into the sound just north of and across from Seattle. Kingston’s location makes it difficult to access and exclusive, a contrast that reflects the actual cost of living in Kingston real estate.
The city of Kingston is sweet, quaint, and has an old-world feel to it offset by grand, stately homes. Even the smaller homes have a character that is quintessentially Pacific Northwest. You’re far from the city, so you will have to take a ferry to get anywhere off the sound, and the housing here is a bit more expensive than in other locations around the state. At the same time, you have the luxury of living in a highly sought-after, remote community set in beautiful surroundings with high-ranked schools and a fun downtown to explore at your leisure. The perks far outweigh the drawbacks when deciding to buy a home in Kingston.
Cost of living in Kingston, WA
Transportation adds extra expenses
In the case of Kingston, the commute to the nearest major city (Seattle) is via ferry and takes an hour. You can skip the ferry and drive south, but the trip doubles to two hours. For those who work in Seattle, that is quite a commute, one that requires driving your car onto a ferry and hoping the schedules are consistent and reliable. Even if you don’t work in Seattle, it can feel like a pain to make that long trip just to get into the big city when you could live in one of the cities closer to Seattle and not across the water.
Thus, Kingston's highest unexpected living costs are the need to own a reliable, comfortable vehicle to commute for hours, pay for ferry fees, and spend extra money on gas. Considering how high the prices of cars and the cost per gallon of gas is right now, those expenses are significant.
Still, Kingston is easily one of the nation’s most beautiful places to live. Both surrounded and filled with nature, from green spaces and trees to large bodies of water, you cannot help but feel like you are living in a gentler, more relaxed time. There are no rundown or empty neighborhoods, nor will you find highly industrialized or crowded areas. The community has maintained its beauty from the charming downtown, along the suburban streets, and out to its borders. You’ll also find gorgeous walking and hiking trails in Kingston that encourage you to breathe in nature and breathe out stress. While you will pay more for a home in Kingston, you certainly get what you pay for.
Industry is minimal
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