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Old 03-30-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: White Center
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Sounds like you are doing well where you are. If I were you I would not throw that away and instead, stick and make the most of it. Seattle is expensive. You'd have to live a different life style than you have now and do everything to save money, like cook all your own food and cut way back. And tech jobs are a dime a dozen. Plus we are due for the Big One and no one is really prepared. It will be a nightmare. People CAN BE rather smug, as if nothing you do is ever good enough. There is little sunshine so you'd have to supplement with Vitamin D3 for sure. I've been here 20 years so I've gotten over it and figured out how to make it work for me. If Japan's nuke plants go **** up, we will get the rad cloud. You don't want that.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:25 PM
Status: "Enjoying the winter" (set 26 days ago)
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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If Japan's nuke plants go **** up, we will get the rad cloud. You don't want that.
Actually. I saw a computer simulation indicating that California would get the worst of it, not enough here to cause any health risks.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:04 AM
 
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David Aguilar's list pretty much outlines WHY it's expensive up in Seattle. But come down to Tacoma (about 35mi south of downtown Seattle) or Federal Way or Auburn (about 10mi north of Tacoma) and you might find something reasonable. So what is your "standard" and your price point and I can tell you what you can get and what your "standard" will cost in Tacoma. Seattle is expensive and many (myself included) choose to live down in Tacoma and commute to Seattle to work each day. Since being laid off from a regular full time job I work as a real agent from Tacoma but having to work there and look for houses for clients my sphere of knowledge spans from Tacoma to downtown Seattle & Capitol Hill/Central area. These are some of the places I've lived & worked in over the past 10yrs.

Oh and if you really want to be close in to Seattle, check out Burien and Renton as well as Whitecenter and the areas around the Westwood mall in W. Seattle. You'll find some reasonably priced homes around there. The neighborhoods are not that great but there are some worst ghettos than that elsewhere.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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A $400,000 -$500,000 house would be the minimun price in Seattle for very small two bed room older home. There is a frantic buying of this price of home because this is about all most people can afford, so you're going to have to get into a competing bidding war just to get into one of these. Your 3,000 sq. ft. home in Michigan will cost you one to two million+ dollars in Seattle. We've got a lot of million dollar+ homes on the market but the vast majority of people moving here can't afford such high priced homes. And, don't even look at San Francisco because it's much worse. San Francisco is probably the most expensive city in the nation.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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There are houses for less than that. Please don't spread inaccuracies. Feel free to visit realtor.com or redfin if you disagree. You can get a 2BR condo in Belltown for $400k and that's the highest $/density area of the city. There are lots of homes in good neighborhoods below $400k. You won't be on Green Lake, Market in Ballard or other hot spots, but you can find a perfectly nice house in a safe neighborhood for less than $400k.

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Nearly everyone is a prissy, self-absorbed dullard who thinks they literally are the center of the universe, well out of the Fremont neighborhood area, BTW. I am so happy that soon I will no longer be burdened by your smug, rural-minded wanna be urbane 'mindsets' devoutly espousing what you think is right for everyone in that strange rain-soaked, grey-skied atmosphere most of you have assimiliated. Come out of the ganja cloud and stop running from reality. Bloated real estate prices combined with high state and local taxes, fees and tax-funded political idiocy do not make a rapturous utopia for everyone and Oz absolutely must keep you!
I think I speak on behalf of the rest of the city when I say don't let the door hit you on the way out. It's nice to hear all of that anger is going with you.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Near Graham WA
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It's interesting that the OP hasn't posted since January.
Wonder if s/he is reading these responses?
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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A $400,000 -$500,000 house would be the minimun price in Seattle for very small two bed room older home. There is a frantic buying of this price of home because this is about all most people can afford, so you're going to have to get into a competing bidding war just to get into one of these.
You're just making stuff up here.

Maybe in downtown or Queen Anne those are market prices, but in the very desirable Fremont, Ballard and Green Lake areas, $450k will get you a 2000-2500sf three bedroom home. No bidding wars required. By the way, if you ever get a request from the bank for your "best and final offer" (i.e. invitation to bidding war), say you already provided your best and final or lower your offer a little. Don't get emotionally attached to any one home, especially when the seller tries to put on some pressure.

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Your 3,000 sq. ft. home in Michigan will cost you one to two million+ dollars in Seattle.
3246 44th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199 | MLS# 178746
9257 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 | MLS# 186872
4707 48th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 | MLS# 196704
1519 Magnolia Blvd W, Seattle, WA 98199 | MLS# 169773

That's four listings for homes well over 3000sf for under $600k either in downtown Seattle or in very desirable neighborhoods/school districts within a mile or two of downtown Seattle. All need some work, so call it $700k, and that's if you offer anything close to the asking price. Don't do that. Homes are selling well under asking prices these days (it's a buyer's market).

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We've got a lot of million dollar+ homes on the market but the vast majority of people moving here can't afford such high priced homes. And, don't even look at San Francisco because it's much worse. San Francisco is probably the most expensive city in the nation.
True, the high dollar listings aren't moving much at all. The most expensive city in the nation is Manhattan and NYC. There are neighborhoods in the Bay Area that are competitive with Manhattan on price/square foot, but not overall.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Embarrassing, WA
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I'd say the original poster has it good where he's at with the pay vs. cost of living, which is what it's all about if you ask me. Moving to WA would be a step down.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Downtown Seattle
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Oh and if you really want to be close in to Seattle, check out Burien and Renton as well as Whitecenter and the areas around the Westwood mall in W. Seattle. You'll find some reasonably priced homes around there. The neighborhoods are not that great but there are some worst ghettos than that elsewhere.
I recently moved to Renton and agree on more reasonable costs- cheaper overall compared to the city. No bad areas anywhere near me. In fact it feels somewhat rural where I am.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Downtown Seattle!
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About a year ago, my wife and moved from Cleveland to Seattle. We left behind our suburban 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath condo to a renter and moved into a 650 sq/ft. apartment in downtown Seattle and are much happier with our lives. We're enjoying ourselves much more in the city. Also, as of a month ago, we're car free and loving it. Public transit, cabs and zipcar have worked out very well for us.

I know what the original OP must feel since he/she is used to a big house, new car, etc (the Midwestern mentality). But you have to remember, in the big picture, those things tend not to mean as much as really enjoying life.

Good luck!

Joe
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