I was 7 months pregnant when we moved from our little house in Manson into our current home in Leavenworth. Somehow, we threaded a needle and were able to find a rental – a two bedroom house in a nice neighborhood for less than $2,500 a month.
There was nothing to rent for under $3,000 a month around Chelan and that we found something in Leavenworth was, and is, incredible. My landlords have become like family and my neighbors are amazing people. I love this neighborhood, I love my home.
Finding this house was not as simple as looking around at yard signs or asking neighbors. I literally sat in front of the computer for days and hit refresh on the Craigslist page every two minutes.
Literally. Every two minutes. For. Days.
AS SOON as the posting for this house came up, I called. By no means did my instant response provide any advantage in securing a lease. We had to be the best renters ever. Fortunately, our landlord in Manson and our references, said that we were.
But if we hadn’t been tip top, this house would not have been our home – there were other tip top people in line for this place.
Recently, I’ve had cause to look for a home for a single male. In looking online today, there are two options: a 280 sq foot apartment for $983 or a 250 sq ft. cabin for $800 with a composting toilet and an extra fee for WiFi.
If you go onto Air BnB’s site, there is plenty of housing in Leavenworth.
If you look closely at Chelan, you’ll see a lot of people leaving out of frustration that they can’t find a home to buy or rent. You’ll see a lot of people looking for land to build on or put a trailer on until they can afford to build. You’ll see that taxes have been raised 38% in the last 10 years. What you won’t see are a lot of people who can afford to work in the shops, restaurants, ski slopes, and hotels in the area.
Every economy needs those workers. Every neighborhood needs people, who want to work and live in the same town.
So then, I will be announcing a Sunday Puzzle. It’s going to be a challenge, really. Find a house or apartment to rent for less than $3,000 a month or less in Leavenworth that will house a family of four. I will give the winner a March Bitte Bitte Box.
If you cannot find a rental house for less than $3,00 for a family of four, please contact our Chelan County Commissioners and leave them a voice mail telling them of your experience. Our Chelan County Commissioners don’t see Short Term Rentals as having an effect on their voters.
No shade on our County Commissioners, but if you care about having neighbors, friends, people to work in your businesses, it’s long past time they heard from you.
Here are their names and numbers.
Kevin Overbay email@example.com (509) 667-6215
Bob Bugert firstname.lastname@example.org (509) 667-6215
Tiffany Gering email@example.com (509) 667-6215