A favorite downsize solution for many is to move from urban areas to a nearby small town. The advantages are lower home prices, a slower pace of life, less traffic, cleaner air and tight-knit community. Not all small towns are the same, however. The more desirable small towns have many of the big city cultural amenities such as performing arts, museums, historical societies, and professional sports teams. but in a smaller scale. Many have colleges or universities. Most have gentrified neighborhoods of older homes with walkable neighborhoods. If you dream of retiring with a view or waterfront property, smaller towns have those too, but at affordable prices.
Larger desirable small towns in the area include Edmonds, Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham and Olympia. Smaller towns that are popular include Laconnor, Snohomish, Bainbridge, Langley, Squim, Port Townsend, and Lacey. You may recognize many of the above list as places for your favorite weekend getaways. Why not live there?
Contact me if you find any of these interesting. I go to many of them, and for the ones too far away i can refer you to other Realtors who specialize in working with downsizing buyers.