Your big problem as far as homesteading in western WA is going to be land prices. Anything north of Olympia (excluding the peninsula) is getting to be horrendously expensive. South of Olympia is more affordable, but that's not where the jobs are.
As an example of horrendously expensive, 3 acre lots to the north of me are now going for $125K. Really. These are "view properties" (the view being a mountain side full of clearcuts) being sold to people who want to build vacation homes. That's what you'll run into trying to buy acreage, tho. Lots of city folk just looking for a cabin in the woods - there's nothing wrong with that, but it sure does drive prices up.
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