Samara Behler at New Love Coffee Liberty Lake, WA

Seattle to Spokane Relocation: 6 Perks of Life in the Mid-sized River City

For those considering a move from the bustling streets of Seattle to the charming river city of Spokane, there are some fabulous perks that can be enjoyed daily! Tucked in the heart of the Inland Northwest, Spokane offers a unique blend of urban amenities, nearby natural spaces, and a thriving cultural scene that are enjoyed by locals and newcomers alike.

Here are six undeniable perks enjoyed by Seattleites who now call Spokane Home.

Perks of a Seattle to Spokane Relocation

More Sunshine = More Serotonin

Escape the gray skies of the West Side and bask in Spokane's sunshine. Spokane averages 20 more days of sunshine per year than Seattle. 20 days may not seem like much, but coupled with less consistent precipitation, it makes a world of difference. The Inland Northwest is removed from the coastal fog and maritime dampness of Western Washington. And, overall, Spokane enjoys a relatively mild climate. Yes, we have snow, but typically it doesn’t stick around too long unless you’re up in the mountains enjoying a ski day.  With a drier climate and more sun, I find that I still enjoy outdoor activities for much of the year.  Whether you're hiking, biking, skiing or simply spending time with loved ones on the back patio, you'll appreciate the region's sunny and drier temperament.

Green Spaces Center our City

For the outdoorsy types, the Spokane region is waiting to be explored. The city is home to an abundance of parks, trails, and natural areas, providing endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Riverfront Park, with its iconic Spokane Falls and picturesque scenery, is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Other notable green spaces include Manito Park, Finch Arboretum, and Dishman Hills Natural Area. 

Looking for more information on parks? View my blog Blooms & Basalt Rock: 8 Favorite Parks & Green Spaces for a diverse selection of locations to enjoy - all within a 20 minute drive from Downtown Spokane. In the post, I include information about if your pooch can join you, and other things to know before visiting. 

Click to view a few of our gorgeous city spaces.

Traffic or Not-so-much

Say goodbye to gridlock and bumper-to-bumper commutes. Unlike the congested streets of Seattle, Spokane residents enjoy manageable traffic flow and shorter commute times, allowing locals to spend less time behind the wheel and more time enjoying life.  With all that extra time you might even be able to start checking off my list of fun things to do in Spokane this spring.  Whether you're commuting to work, running errands, or exploring the city's attractions, you’ll be glad to have more time outside of your car!

Spokane Breweries, Wineries & Restaurants

Spokane's flourishing craft breweries, wineries and owner-operated restaurants are a testament to the city's entrepreneurial spirit. There's no shortage of flavors to sample and savor. For beer, my recent favorites include Lumberbeard Brewing, No-Li Brewhouse and Uprise Brewing Co. which all offer great selections.  For wine, I love the Maryhill for their great selection and modern vibe, and Barrister Winery for their reds and historic brick space. As for restaurants, there are honestly too many to list. Stay tuned for a blog post on that soon.  Until then, when you're looking for a brewery, winery or restaurant in Spokane Visit Spokane as great, up-to-date resources. 

Mountains, Lakes and Recreation Nearby

In addition to natural spaces within or close to city limits, Spokane offers easy access to a wealth of nearby natural wonders.  With 76 lakes, 16 golf courses, and countless hiking and mountain biking trails close by, outdoor adventure is never far away. Explore the sparkling waters of so many lakes (Coeur d'Alene, Priest and Deer Lakes are some of my favorites), tee off Qualchan Golf Course, take a drive on the rolling hills of the Palouse Highway or hike to the summit of Mount Spokane for breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Give yourself a couple hours (or far less!) in the car, and there is truly so much nature to enjoy.

Relaxing on the banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene's City Beach. Just a 35 minute drive from Spokane.

Reasonable Housing Prices in Unique Neighborhoods

This might be the biggest reason for why you’ve considered a move to Spokane and it’s definitely one of the main reasons I’ve heard from past clients who have moved here. One of the most enticing aspects of relocating to Spokane is the affordability of housing compared to cities like Seattle. According to data from Zillow, the median home price in Spokane is significantly lower than that of Seattle, making homeownership more attainable for many. According to the MLS, the median home price in Spokane for March 2024 was right around $460,000 offering more bang for your buck in terms of square footage and amenities. Luxury properties or homes on acreage in Spokane might even work within your budget. And, there are so many wonderful and unique neighborhoods to choose from.  

Learn more about the some lovely Spokane neighborhoods:


Relocating to Spokane from Seattle is a decision that promises a change of pace, a lower cost of living, and a wealth of urban and natural experiences to discover. I grew up in Spokane and I love advocating for how fulfilling life in Spokane can be.

Ready to begin a new life in Spokane? Take a look at available homes, at my portfolio, or reach out to me for more information about finding your Spokane home. 

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