Homesteading in Washington

Homesteading in Washington – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in washington

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $2,500

 

Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!


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19 thoughts on “Homesteading in Washington

  • January 12, 2016 at 11:40 am
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    Each side of the state has its pros and cons. The west side or “wet side” has the ability to grow year round, too cold for citrus outdoors all year. Problem pests are negligible and on a decent sized piece of land managed well you can be self sufficient. Off homestead jobs are not hard to find. Land can be very expensive is certain counties. King, Pierce, Thurston, Snohomish are the most expensive. There is plenty of foraging.

    The eastside is more arid and harsher summers and winters. Water access can be an issue along with wildfires. Property much more affordable but off homestead jobs are harder to locate. Soil is still good for growing.

    No state income tax, and county sales taxes vary. Solar works on both sides of the state. Year round fishing and hunting.

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    • January 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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      Thanks Denise…great info.

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  • June 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    I have homesteaded for many years in Western Washington. I am in Montana now but am selling out to move back. The best part about Western Washington is the temperate climate. Growing season starts fairly early, and you rarely have to use much water to grow things. Many crops grow without you needing to water them. The hard part is finding land that is not grid connected. Most counties think you need to be connected to the grid if it is available, and different counties have different composting toilet requirements. The bad? You can expect some form of rain nearly everyday, even in the summer. More than 70% of the days in Washington have some measurable precipitation. Most of the time it is a heavy constant misting. But you do get used to it. The Good? Lots of Farmers Markets and places to sell your goods.

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    • June 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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      Thanks for sharing some great information Ridge!

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    • September 9, 2016 at 11:00 am
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      We lived for many years in Washington (both sides of the state). We moved to MT 6 years ago, and I find I just am not happy here. I would love to homestead, and most likely the west side of the state, since the temperature and climate is more condusive to that. Where do I start looking for places to do that in WA state? Do you know a good site to start looking for property, etc? thanks

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    • September 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm
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      My husband and I are wanting to live off the grid and find a nice place to call home but needing some help on getting started if anyone has any information for living off the land and getting away from all the riffraff.. God lived off the land so we should be able to do the same thing we don’t have any kids all grown up its just us and 2 dogs plz can anyone help us ????

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    • February 17, 2017 at 11:58 am
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      We are selling our off grid home in Elma WA,if interested call 360 470 1899

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      • March 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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        would like to know if it is for sell and is it a home or cabin or a-frame –heat does it have a wood stove –out house or composting toilet ?

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      • May 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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        Hey are you still trying to sell your off grid home in Elma if so you can text or call 2536200476

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    • March 31, 2017 at 9:47 am
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      hi there ridge, any ideas you can give to go to and started in homesteading? I’ve been looking for a place to do it and have made my mind up to go west. any who,what,where,and how to get started would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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  • February 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    I lived all over washington and must say the areas soth of mt baker near baker lake seemed to be the most beautiful area with the nicest people ive ever met. I am currently living in galveston texas but im nearing retirement and soon will be back living in the baker mt area. I cant wait.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 4:29 am
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    How are is it start living on if the land ? I watch Alaskan last frontier,bush people live bellow zero .they all make it look easy.plz let me know.hate city life ans love the peice and quite. Would live to live on port pertection.
    Thank you everyone.

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  • April 27, 2017 at 8:19 am
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    I’m an artist, musician, actor, writer, do goofed, and strong believer in that change begins on the inside. I live in Seattle and have been for many years. But I’ve always dreamed of living off the land of the grid with a collection of as least somewhat like-minded individuals. In my dream everyone has their own living quarters suitable to their needs (space, kids, light and other factors) then one large Central building where our “family dinners” meetings, parties, etc would happen. Everyone takes part in sustaining the life as everyone has a gift to share. My gift to share in this planned community is organization and communication and other things I’m sure…. I just don’t know where to begin making this dream reality. I follow the Good Red Road. I’m a 44 year old recovering addict with Co occurring disorders that can be a challenge, but I keep practicing. I’d love to stay in Western Washington… But like I mentioned… I don’t even know where to start! But I have heard from various sources that homesteading is the affordable way to go. If anyone has any info or wisdom in anything that I’ve mentioned, I’m eager to hear it!

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  • May 3, 2017 at 11:14 am
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    Thanks for sharing the information.I’m looking forward to settle down in Washington.Looks like a very nice place.

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  • June 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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    I’ve heard of some kind of bartering trading post that happens a few times a year in WA state. Does anyone know about this or perhaps where I can get information?

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  • August 1, 2017 at 3:39 am
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    I’ve lived in Washington State my whole life and interested in getting a Tiny house unit but finding land for one is a whole other monster. Would like to know everything I need to know about land for one long before I actually buy a unit. Anything helps!

    _TFP

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  • August 26, 2017 at 9:02 pm
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    We have a beautiful Off Grid Tiny Cabin For Sale on the Washington coast for $50,000. An easy and beautiful walk to the ocean and the Hoh river.

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    • October 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm
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      Hi Ruth,
      What size is the parcel?

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