Why I like living in Asotin, Washington

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson

 Last summer I relocated from Lewiston, Idaho to a quaint little town called
Asotin, Washington.  Asotin is just across the snake river from Lewiston,
so it wasn't like I moved far away.  In fact, I can look out my front picture
window and see the city of Lewiston, as well as the city of Clarkston,Washington.
In my community, the Snake River separates Washington and Idaho.  I am licensed
to sell real estate in both states.  Living here, a Realtor almost has
to have a license in both states-even though I know successful Realtors
that do not have both.

A lot of people ask why I moved to Asotin..well to tell the truth, it was
for the house that I found while "out in the field". But that is a whole other
story.  This blog is titled "Why I like Asotin."

Asotin is a small town of just over 1000 people. It's one of those towns
where the sidewalks roll up after 6pm.  One store that is combined with a
gas station which is open 24 hours. That store seems to be the hub of all
activity here, along with a little restaurant/bar located just behind it.
That is currently closed and listed for sale, but I'm sure it wont be available
for long and soon the parking lot will be full of patrons once again.

The local post office is always busy as well..the city of Asotin does not
have mail delivery, so all the locals run into each other while getting their
mail, stand inside, or by their cars and visit..

This is pretty much Asotin..it is a very quiet town that is not full of
noise, or lights.  In fact, at night you can see a ka-jillion stars.  My husband
and I lay on our lounge chairs in the summer and just look at them..watching
an occasional one fall.

Asotin has a lot of School Pride!! In fact our local High School football team,
the Panthers are the state champs!! There is always a sporting event at our
high school, and you an count on cars being lined up on the streets and parking
lots full when there is.  Car windows are painted in Orange and Black, parents
are wearing school colors, and the sound of the band are ringing through
the little town!! It's exciting!! 

As for the Education?  It is one of the most sought after school districts!!
It's a small school, with Pre-school, elementary, J.R. High and High School all
in one area, a total of 547 students. The Teacher-student ratio is 14.3 to 1.
I volunteer every Wednesday in my daughters class.  I can tell that the
students are very happy, and it seems like every teacher thoroughly enjoys
being there. I've heard, even though I haven't seen the numbers myself,that
our little school scores very high on the standardized tests. 

During the summer in Asotin, the sounds of jet boats are in the air.  Which
I like.  Currently the city is only 4 blocks wide and at the bottom is the
Snake River.  Many homes has a river view!!  There are also homes that are
directly on the river..(one is for sale now for just under $500,000).
There is a bike path that runs around the river as well.  It starts here in
Asotin, and crosses the bridges that takes you to Lewiston and runs
north and south on the Idaho side. 

There are a lot of deer in this town.  Yes, they just walk the streets.
If you are a gardener, precautions need to be made to save your crop.  I
think it is relaxing to sit on the patio, and watch them mill around on
a warm summer night.

So, Asotin may be small, and quiet, and not much going on in the since of
shopping, and "things to do".. but I'm only 5 miles away from Clarkston, and
one more mile to Lewiston...I describe living in Asotin as living in
a one horse town, but having the heard just a stone throws away!!

If you are ever in the area, I suggest stopping by and enjoying the park
by the river.  Take your dog for a walk on the path, or through town.
I think you will like this little town too!

Comments (6)

Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Shari, I love the sound and feel of Asotin. You're very fortunate to live in such a small, personal community. I didn't realized that you were licensed in both states. But it makes total sense.
Jan 25, 2007 06:54 AM
Bob Volanti
Keller Williams Realty Fresno - Clovis, CA
Fresno and Clovis, CA Realtor

Looks beautiful and peaceful Shari. Keep us posted as to the town happenings. More pics too. I never heard of the town, but it sounds like my kind of place. Particularly the lack of people. I'd bet the one's there are a friendly sort. And to have a short jump to other amenities is nice too. Starbucks, grocery stores, shopping centers, and the like. Sounds, what's the word. Idyllic! Enjoy the silence.

Bob Volanti-Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate

Jan 25, 2007 10:33 AM
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN
Just awesome, what can I say, you are indeed a lucky person to live in such paradise.
Jan 25, 2007 12:19 PM
Shari George
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson - Lewiston, ID
It is a quick hop to everything..including Starbucks!!  I'll take some pictures and share them....
Jan 25, 2007 01:13 PM
Laurie Manny
Long Beach CA Real Estate - Long Beach, CA


What a wonderful post about your quaint little town.  If you write more of these incredible posts your town wont be so little for too long.  You will be inundated with new clients and residents.  Nice job!

Jan 25, 2007 06:26 PM
Shari George
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson - Lewiston, ID


I was thinking the same thing..

Thanks for the kind words,


Jan 26, 2007 03:44 AM