Living In Tehaleh, Bonney Lake Washington's Top Master Planned Community (Our Two Year Review)

Austin Robertson Real Estate Agent November 14, 2023

Two years ago, we made a life-altering decision. We packed up everything we owned, bid farewell to Missouri, and set our sights on a new chapter in the picturesque planned community of Tehaleh. Now, after spending a significant amount of time here, I feel compelled to share a candid breakdown of my experiences, the things I love and the aspects that don't quite align with my preferences. If you're contemplating a move to Tehaleh, whether to build a house or simply join the neighborhood, you're in for a treat because I'm about to spill all the details on what it's truly like to live here.
 
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Before we dive in, let me set the scene. Chris, myself, and our team at Titus Roberton Group are frequently bombarded with calls, texts, and emails from individuals like you, eager to embark on their Tehaleh journey. Whether you're planning to make the move in the next few months or have Tehaleh on your radar for the next few days, reach out to us, and let's make your transition to Tehaleh seamless; I promise you won't regret it. 253.225.2395 or [email protected]
 
Now, let's get down to business. First and foremost, Tehalehs outdoor scene is nothing short of mind-blowing. The abundance of parks and trails that weave through the neighborhood ensures there's never a dull moment. Big Sky Park, a favorite among teenagers, boasts incredible views of Mount Rainier and is perfect for leisurely activities like tossing a football around. On the other hand, Sprouts Holler, with its shortened basketball hoop, is a paradise for our 8-year-old, Finley, who envisions himself as the next Michael Jordan or LeBron James. And let's not forget the skate park, a hotspot for the younger crowd.
 
But it's not just the kids who get to enjoy the great outdoors. Tehalehs parks cater to adults as well. The network of sidewalks makes the entire community highly walkable, a far cry from the golf cart-centric master plan communities in the South. Whether it's strolling to the local 7-Eleven, heading to a nearby park, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee at the post, Tehalehs sidewalks make it a safe and pleasant place to explore.
 
Now, let's address the elephant in the room, construction. Since our arrival, construction has been a constant companion, particularly on a road called 198th. The expansion of the hill leading into Tehaleh, the only way in and out of the neighborhood, has been ongoing since before we settled here. While some traffic inconveniences are expected, there have been instances where we've found ourselves stuck for an agonizing 55 minutes, just to move a measly 2 miles. It's not always that extreme, but traffic and construction remain a persistent challenge, casting a shadow over the otherwise idyllic living experience.
 
Weather, too, plays a role in the Tehaleh tale. While snow is a rare sight, the region is no stranger to rain. Unfortunately, construction crews seem to struggle when the weather takes a turn, prolonging the construction process. It's a factor worth considering for those unaccustomed to the Pacific Northwest's climate.
 
Despite these challenges, safety is a shining beacon in Tehaleh. This community exudes a sense of security reminiscent of the '80s or '90s. Children roam freely, doors go unlocked even at night, and parents aren't gripped by fear. Mischief, if any, is usually the harmless antics of kids being kids. The commitment to maintaining a safe community, regardless of its growth, is palpable.
 
And speaking of location, Tehalehs strategic placement adds an extra layer of security. Surrounded by greenery and situated a bit out of the way, causing trouble in Tehaleh becomes a logistical hassle. The 410, a main road connecting to Mount Rainier, ensures accessibility to essential amenities, including supermarkets and shopping outlets.
 
Schools play a pivotal role in the Tehaleh experience, and the local educational institutions have proven to be a boon for our family. With Mountain View Middle School and Bonney Lake High School conveniently located on the route out of the neighborhood, ferrying kids to and from school becomes a streamlined process. Tehaleh Heights, where our youngest attends, has been a standout, ranking as the number one school in Pierce County. The emphasis on STEM education and ample outdoor activities make it an ideal learning environment.
 
Now, let's talk logistics. Tehaleh caters to diverse housing needs, from established neighborhoods to ongoing construction projects. Whether you prefer a resale house, new construction, or opt for age-specific communities like Trilogy for 55 and up, or the Wesley retirement community, Tehaleh offers a variety of options for every stage of life.
 
However, the transition from the Midwest to Tehaleh did come with a pinch, the cost of living. The average home price in Tehaleh hovers around $733,000, a significant jump from the Midwest's average. Gas and housing costs have been a tough adjustment. Still, there are silver linings, particularly in the realms of utilities and groceries. Our monthly utility bills have seen a substantial drop, ranging from $160 to $245, offering a welcome relief compared to our experiences in the Midwest.
 
As for groceries, despite a family of seven, our monthly expenditure remains consistent at $1,200 to $1,500. The steady prices, considering inflation, have been a pleasant surprise. Tehaleh may have hit us hard in terms of housing costs, but the relief in utilities and groceries has somewhat balanced the equation.
 
Finally, the holidays in Tehaleh are a sight to behold. Christmas transforms the neighborhood into a winter wonderland, with lights adorning every home, and even reindeer making an appearance for the little ones. But nothing quite compares to the festivities of the Fourth of July and Halloween. The community goes all out, with each pocket competing for the grandest celebration. Halloween, in particular, is a surreal experience. Every house is decked out, and the neighborhood attracts visitors from all over the county for the ultimate trick-or-treating experience.
 
In conclusion, living in Tehaleh is a multifaceted journey. It comes with its share of challenges, from construction-induced traffic snarls to the adjustment in housing costs. Yet, the community's commitment to safety, the abundance of outdoor activities, and the unbeatable holiday spirit make Tehaleh a unique and vibrant place to call home.
 
Whether you're considering a move, building a house, or simply intrigued by the prospect of joining this tight-knit community, Tehaleh has something for everyone. From picturesque parks and trails to top-notch schools and a variety of housing options, Tehaleh welcomes individuals and families at every stage of life.

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