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Maple Valley Named to 40 Safest Cities in Washginton List

Maple Valley Safest Cities List posted its list of the 40 Safest Cities in Washington for 2015, and Maple Valley, WA--one of our favorite cities in South King County—made the list. With its close proximity to some of the area's most beautiful natural areas, a low crime rate and beautiful homes, Maple Valley is a great place to consider in your next move.

Low Crime Rate Lands Maple Valley on the List Two Years in a Row

Maple Valley has a low crime rate of 0.60 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 13.35 property crimes per 1,000. This means that those who purchase a home Maple Valley have a less than one in 1,000 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime.

Maple Valley Named on Best Places to Live in Washington was not the only site to notice the benefits of living in Maple Valley.  Only in Your State also named the town as one of the best places to live, citing its excellent schools and natural beauty that make it a great family-friendly location. Affordable real estate option also helped it land a spot on this list.

Are you looking for a great place to buy a home? NerdWallet named Maple Valley as one of the top five places in Washington for homeownership due not only to its safety but also to the affordable properties in the community. With a homeownership rate of over 83 percent and low property costs compared to the average household income, it is a logical choice for those looking to move to the Seattle suburbs.


A Family Friendly Community

Finally, Maple Valley has won numerous accolades for its family-friendliness. also named it among the Best Towns in Washington for Raising Kids. Businessweek Magazine called it one of the Best Places to Raise Kids, and Family Circle Magazine called it one of the 10 Best Towns for Families.

What makes Maple Valley so popular with families? Schools rank at the top of that list, with award-winning programs through the Tahoma School District. Low housing costs are another reason. Finally, the natural beauty of the area, centered on Lake Wilderness Park and the Lake Wilderness Arboretum, are a big draw. Because of all of this, the city is growing, seeing a 63 percent growth between 2000 and 2010. blog banner

If you want to get in on the growth and benefits of life in Maple Valley, contact Sheri Goldman and her team for help searching for Washington real estate in this thriving suburb. With experience in the local real estate market, will help you find your home.


Holidays in Maple Valley WA

Maple Valley WA Christmas Tree Farms

Holidays in the Northwest are a wonderful affair. Residents of Maple Valley, WA live in an area full of holiday cheer, a variety of events, and beautiful, green trees. Finding a place to get your Christmas tree is easy, but selecting the perfect one can be a challenge when there are so many to choose from. Whether you want to go for fresh cut, or prefer a precut tree from a local family-owned seller, here are six wonderful nearby places to find the ideal Christmas tree.

1.  Wilson Tree Farm and Nursery

Find quality trees, wreaths, and a small gift store at Wilson Tree Farm and Nursery in Maple Valley. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., or weekdays by appointment, come and select your tree. Services offered include flocking, bailing, shaking, cutting, and custom fresh made wreaths. The Wilson Tree Farm has been in the family for 110 years.

2.  Three Tree Farms

Get the whole country Christmas experience at Three Tree Farms. Nestled in the Cascade Foothills in Maple Valley, you can wander well-maintained trails, indulge in hot chocolate and cider, and choose from a fresh-cut selection of Nobles, Nordmanns, Grands, and Fraziers. The helpers at Three Tree Farms are happy to assist you with loading your dream tree. The farm is open Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to dusk.

3.  Crystal Creek U-Cut Tree Farm

Create the family tradition of searching, finding, and cutting down your own Christmas tree. At Crystal Creek in Maple Valley, WA, you'll search through Nobles, Nordmanns, and Turkish trees. Make the outing even better with a quick round of hide and seek in the trees. Remember to bring the right tools for cutting (gloves and a good saw). Open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk. Don't forget to ask about their Charlie Brown specials.

4.  Enchanted Winds Tree Farm

Enjoy events, décor, gifts, trees, and more at this delightful u-cut farm near Maple Valley and Renton in Issaquah. On December 12th you can see the Newfoundland dogs in action, or choose and cut your own tree Thursdays through Sundays.

5.  Mountain View Tree Farm

There are plenty of amenities at the Mountain View Tree Farm. Get a live tree, u-cut, or receive cutting assistance when you choose from from a large selection of Northwest favorites. The farm is open on weekends, or during the week by appointment.

6.  Papa's Tree Farm

Papa's is a popular place that is open daily and offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Enjoy face painting, a gift shop, and stunning trees. Get there quick before the stock runs out.

Christmas Trees Maple Valley WA


Creating a Family Tradition

Memories are built on special family traditions. In a place like the Northwest, tree farms make a wonderful alternative to grocery store lots. Gather the family and embark on an entire day of fun. Start with finding your tree. When you get home, put on the Christmas tunes, pull out the hot chocolate and marshmallows, and decorate your home together. To pick the right tree for your family, follow these simple tips:

  • Measure your space, width and height, before you go
  • Know what you like, a little research can help
  • Test for freshness of precut trees
  • Cut straight
  • Transport the tree in your vehicle or under a tarp blog banner
If you'd like to make this beautiful area of Maple Valley your home for the holidays and the rest of the year, contact Sheri Goldman today.


Fall Family Fun in Maple Valley WA

Maple Valley WA Things to Do

Fall in Washington is spectacular, and Maple Valley offers exceptional views and brilliant fall foliage colors. As you are considering the different things to do with the family in and around Maple Valley, make sure you plan plenty of time to drink in the fall splendor. Rated by Family Circle magazine as one of the 10 best towns for families, Maple Valley offers plenty of places to enjoy nature and a little bit of fun with the kids.

Spend the Afternoon at Lake Wilderness Park

If you are looking for thins to do in Maple Valley, Lake Wilderness Park is the place to be. Not only can the kids run off their energy at the playgrounds, but you can also get some exercise on one of the walking paths, enjoy a game of tennis with a friend or put together a pickup baseball game on the baseball field. There are restrooms and barbecue grills to take care of your needs while you are there.

At the center of Lake Wilderness Park is the park's namesake, a beautiful and well-stocked lake. A boat launch allows you to take your boat, as long as it does not have a combustible engine, out on the water for an afternoon of fishing, and the city offers boat rentals in the summer. You can also fish from the dock or shore.

Explore the Lake Wilderness Arboretum

The Lake Wilderness Arboretum has 42 acres of trails and gardens celebrating the plans and flowers of Maple Valley. Families appreciate the many family-friendly events hosted at the Arboretum, and some enjoy sending their preschoolers to Little Sparrows Forest School, where they get the chance to play out in nature instead of in a traditional preschool classroom. In the fall, the arboretum's trees come to life in brilliant fall hues.

Take a Hike

Hiking is a common pastime in Maple Valley, and it's no wonder with the beautiful natural area surrounding the city. The Cedar River Trail runs through part of Maple Valley, connecting Lake Wilderness Park to Four Corners. The entire trail starts at Renton and travels 17 miles to Landsburg. Pick any portion of the trail and enjoy the beautiful views and lake access along the way. The fall colors will be exceptional at any point of the trip.

Watch a Race

Every weekend, PCP Motorsports Park in nearby Kent is a great place for fun. Watch 4 Stroke Racing or join up in your own fall series racing league, and bring the family to watch you race. This is a unique event that is one of the favorite things to do in the area. blog banner

As you consider all of the things to do in and around Maple Valley this fall, you may find yourself considering making the move to the community so you can enjoy its beauty all year long. For the help of an experienced local REALTOR®, contact Sheri Goldman.

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