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Old 05-12-2011, 03:06 PM
 
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Hi,
I will be moving to Seattle pretty soon to work for Amazon. I will be working at the new Amazon HQ building just south of Union Lake. I have no prior knowledge about Seattle and its surrounding areas.
Could someone give me a head start on what to expect with my conditions:
- Married no kids
- Renting budget: $1000 - $1500 (2 bedroom is nice)
- Don’t care much about night life
- Do care about quiet neighborhood and things to do outdoor (walk, run…) after work

What I like to know
- Where to live
- Commute experience to work (bus, train, car drive)

Thanks
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Berlin, Germany
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If you don't care about neither night life nor the outdoors with your budget you could try and find an apartment right in South Lake Union. That way at least you've got a minimal (walking) commute and don't need to shell out for one of the Amazon parking spaces. There's not an awful lot to do in SLU after office hours but there are a few restaurants (more and more all the time) and it's a quick walk or bus ride to practically to anywhere withing the more central Seattle areas.

Another option could be lower Queen Anne which is, depending on your exact location, also walkable to the Amazon campus. It's got more of a real community feel and there are more bars and restaurants there.

Your budget will definitely get you a 1-bed apartment in both these are. You'll probably find an older 2-bed as well. If you want 2-bed and fancy you probably have to move a little further away from SLU.

Sorry, misread your post...you DO actually care about outdoors...maybe Greenlake would fit the bill if you still want to be close to SLU. It's quieter than the areas around SLU and you've got a lake to go running at. If you want it even more quiet than that your commute is probably going to be a little longer.

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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There's a lot of new apartment construction going on around South of Lake Union. They call it the 'Cascade' district. Nothing beats walking to work and you are practically downtown, so you can easily walk there as well.
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