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Old 06-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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Looks like i'll be moving to Seattle the end of this month or Early July. Looking for some advice on where to look for a place to live. I'll be working out of my home office and traveling out of the airport frequently. I would prefer something that is less than 30-40 minutes away from the airport and is in a safe area. No wife or kids, it just myself.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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House or apartment? Price range? Getting a condo or apartment in the city with easy access to the link light rail system would be a very easy way to get to the airport.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:24 PM   #3
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I would like to spend $1400 or less per month. Honestly, I'm fine with renting an apartment, home or condo. I just don't want to live in some tiny studio or crap location. I'd prefer to rent a house in a nice area that's close (under 20 minutes) to downtown.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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I would look at Kirkland, the Renton Highlands, and Redmond

They all all areas about 20-30 mins from the airport. I use to fly a lot...

They are also about 20-30 mins from downtown Seattle with no traffic.

Rent is about the same if you're looking at apartments. The house I live in is 1675. 3bdrm 1.5 bath. 2 car garage. We have 3 cars so it made sense to rent a house instead of an apartment.
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:58 PM   #5
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I would look at Kirkland, the Renton Highlands, and Redmond

They all all areas about 20-30 mins from the airport. I use to fly a lot...

They are also about 20-30 mins from downtown Seattle with no traffic.

Rent is about the same if you're looking at apartments. The house I live in is 1675. 3bdrm 1.5 bath. 2 car garage. We have 3 cars so it made sense to rent a house instead of an apartment.
Is there a local newspaper to website to look for homes to rent? Or is good old craigslist the best option.
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:28 PM   #6
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Welcome to the PNW!

Personally I like the area between Seattle and Tacoma, though you need to be selective with where you pick. I'm in Auburn which is apparently meth-land, however I live up on the west hill. My neighbors have goats and chickens, just down the street are several horses and cows. Very quiet up here. Rent is $1,200 / mo for my place and I have a great land lord. If you want I can ask him if he has any other rentals open or opening soon.

I am about 20 minutes from SeaTac via either I5 or 167 to 405.

Edit: You're going to love the "winters" here. High 30's, low 40's are normal. Maybe one week of "snow" (in or less) that shuts everything down. If you want to ski etc... it's about an hour or so drive to the mountains, 2 hrs to the ocean (or 15-30 minutes to the sound) Plenty of hiking and mountain biking out here. One thing you will need to get used to is that the forests here can be claustrophobic as they are thick.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:25 PM   #7
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Welcome to the PNW!

Personally I like the area between Seattle and Tacoma, though you need to be selective with where you pick. I'm in Auburn which is apparently meth-land, however I live up on the west hill. My neighbors have goats and chickens, just down the street are several horses and cows. Very quiet up here. Rent is $1,200 / mo for my place and I have a great land lord. If you want I can ask him if he has any other rentals open or opening soon.

I am about 20 minutes from SeaTac via either I5 or 167 to 405.

Edit: You're going to love the "winters" here. High 30's, low 40's are normal. Maybe one week of "snow" (in or less) that shuts everything down. If you want to ski etc... it's about an hour or so drive to the mountains, 2 hrs to the ocean (or 15-30 minutes to the sound) Plenty of hiking and mountain biking out here. One thing you will need to get used to is that the forests here can be claustrophobic as they are thick.


Thanks for the info. I honestly have no idea where to start looking. I just accepted a job that places me in Seattle although I will be flying every week or other NW states. I think I would like to keep my rent $1400 or under as it will be just myself and possibly my dog (might give her to my mother, depending on work travel). I'm not sure if I would enjoy living in downtown Seattle or not. I enjoy having some peace and quiet, but I also dont want to be far away from a decent pub, restaurants, gym etc. Since I would be seeing the airport often, it would be nice to keep that trip under 30 minutes.

If you could ask about open rentals that would be awesome. I have to fly to Atlanta tomorrow for 2 weeks of training, then probably fly to Seattle the week or so after I get back to find a place.

I still have to clean out my townhome, contact a real estate agent and have them manage it.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:33 PM   #8
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I work in Auburn at a Pub. It has it's nicer areas and is right smack between Tacoma and Seattle. There is also a brand new apartment complex being built right next to the train station, so if you want to move in to that once it's complete it should be around your budget and will be a very easy way to get to and from the airport.
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Where exactly are you working (geographically)? 'Seattle proper' is very large and your living locations can vary immensely depending on which side or area of Seattle you're working in.

I live in Kent (next to Auburn) and am in a very quiet cul de sac on the top of the hill. Being that you're single, I imagine you'd probably have more "fun" being closer in to the city.
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Where exactly are you working (geographically)? 'Seattle proper' is very large and your living locations can vary immensely depending on which side or area of Seattle you're working in.

I live in Kent (next to Auburn) and am in a very quiet cul de sac on the top of the hill. Being that you're single, I imagine you'd probably have more "fun" being closer in to the city.
Technically my home is my office. I will be working for a medical device company. I will be in charge of the Washington Market as well. Honestly, I won't have much time to be out partying or living up the single life.

I'm just used to Utah's cost of living. After looking at some apartment prices, I might have to up my spending to $2500 a month.
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I work in Auburn at a Pub. It has it's nicer areas and is right smack between Tacoma and Seattle. There is also a brand new apartment complex being built right next to the train station, so if you want to move in to that once it's complete it should be around your budget and will be a very easy way to get to and from the airport.
I thought about that, but I don't think it's scheduled for completion until October. He would be walking / crawling distance to Oddfellas and the Rainbow room though. Auburn really gets a bad rap. The "not so nice" areas are blatantly obvious and I never see "riff-raff" (like hobos etc...) in the good areas.
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Old 06-07-2014, 08:34 PM   #12
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What areas of auburn should I stay away from? I'll probably stay in an extended stay hotel for a week or two and look around the area.
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Pretty much the valley in general. Either hill is good, or east of Auburn way and north of main are pretty reliable. Downtown is fine, not sure how many apartments are there. As mentioned the new apartments won't be finished until at least Oct, but you can always do a short lease and move into a brand new place.

For extended stay hotels there is an extended stay America in Federal Way off 318th IIRC. Federal Way is close by as well, but I can't really comment on that.

For night life I would put downtown Tacoma along the waterfront over Seattle for convenience to fun ratio.

Actually Tacoma waterfront apartments would not be a bad idea at all. Would probably go over $1,500, but still under $2,500. Still about 30-35 minutes from SeaTac.
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I thought about that, but I don't think it's scheduled for completion until October. He would be walking / crawling distance to Oddfellas and the Rainbow room though. Auburn really gets a bad rap. The "not so nice" areas are blatantly obvious and I never see "riff-raff" (like hobos etc...) in the good areas.
I work at oddfellas, so I am a bit biased on the matter. I live in enumclaw and commute, but that would add almost 1/2 hour to a commute to the airport, but much quieter and nicer.
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My dad has a 4 bedroom house with 2 car garage in Kenmore that we're renting out for about $1700 a month.
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Old 06-08-2014, 03:03 AM   #16
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Greenwood, Northgate, and Lynwood are all good.
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I moved from California Im out in the boonies black diamond/covington maple valley area . nice living quite ,big trees,large land, but 45 minutes from seattle .
I would say renton or tukwila .
Central places , good shopping ,convenient more city like and jobs around.
You might want to think about if you don't have to drive everyday to work moving to areas like me .If you don't want live on top some one and want larger house and land the beauty of Mother Nature .
Offcourse. Bellvue is nice if you like city life and people with money.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:00 AM   #18
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I have a 3br house in puyallup I am leaving in august. I'm ending my lease early to go back to Phoenix. It's 1600. If I find a tenant I may be able to avoid my lease buyout fee.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:11 AM   #19
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The farther you move from Seattle the cheaper. I live in Capitol Hill - house w small 1 car garage. - Normandy Park is nice not sure how cheap tho. Lake City as well and close to Seattle
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If I was not married, with 3 kids, I would look at Tacoma, Lakewood, Federal way, Tukwila, area. Little bit further away from Seattle, but quick to get to the airport, and less crap to deal with if you plan it accordingly.

I would also look at Zillow, and craigslist for those areas. John L Scott also has listings for those areas as well. I believe they show rentable units.

Good luck, and welcome to Wahsington :-)
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:32 AM   #21
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Welcome to Seattle! I live in the Maple Leaf area which has been rated the best neighborhood in the country not too long ago. We just had our reservoir covered and turned into a great park with views of Rainier and Downtown including the needle. Rent is higher around here but downtown is 10 min or less in good traffic (airport is 20-25), crime is low, people are amazingly friendly, and it's a great central location. Not to mention we have the best coffee shop in Seattle called Cloud City (did I just start a war?)
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Thanks everyone for the info. Hopefully I'll get a chance to meet some of you.
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FWIW, I went through a similar move not too long ago. Not sure of where to move, I lived here in an apartment for 6 months before buying a house. We looked in Auburn on Lakeland Hills (one of the non-meth areas) and went with Federal Way in the end. I had similar desires - close to the airport, close to downtown Seattle, and close to reasonable entertainment.

After living on the waterfront in downtown Tacoma for those 6 months, I began to appreciate that scene as well as Seattle. We decided to move to Federal Way. That way, we can be to downtown Seattle in 20-25 minutes, downtown Tacoma in less than 15 minutes, close to shopping at Southcenter in 15 minutes, close to parks and the water etc.

Folks in Seattle are pretty negative on the Tacoma scene since its reputation was pretty bad for the past 30 years (I also lived there in the 80s - it was SCARY!). It's way better now and kind of like a cross between Seattle and Portland - weird but still grungy in a good way.

Of course, downtown Seattle is pretty awesome, but expensive to live. Consider Georgetown or, if you can find anything, SODO. Both areas are close to the airport and are up and coming neighborhoods.

Cheers and welcome!
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Any input on Kirkland (Juanita village area). I liked the area but not sure how long the commute to the airport would be or if there is much to do there
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Kirkland waterfront is pretty hopping you just may find it a little...... douchey.. . Getting to the airport during rush our from the eastside north of the bridges (520 and I90) means fighting the toll dodgers on 405 South. Otherwise you should be just fine in Juanita and if you want a little bit of nightlife you can go to the waterfront.

Since you are young and single I would be remiss if I didn't strongly suggest that you consider Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Fremont, Ballard and Wallingford as well.
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