There's a housing boom going on in Seattle. Back in 2003, when I was married, I closed on a house for 209K. Gone are the days of houses for first time homebuyers for anything under 300K. And even if people are lucky enough to score house in Seattle, the price tag is usually around 700K. I don't know anyone who is a first time home buyer who could afford something like that.
However, strolling along my favorite streets, in my favorite neighborhood, I take in the beautiful houses, the manicured lawn's. And I believe that someday I can actually have a house like that. But for now, it's a pie in the sky.