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Old 09-09-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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I currently live in Cincinnati, OH and am debating the move to Seattle, WA for a new job at a new company. I'm 24, debt free, and will make in Seattle about $75K/year. I would like to live in a city that known for it's "green" image but is also somewhat affordable (Chicago was too costly).

If I were to move I would prefer to live in an area where lot's of Yuppies live - young/single people.

I have heard that West Seattle is a good place for that. Is this true?
I'm looking to spend about $250k on a house. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:23 PM
 
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250K in West Seattle isn't possible, but you could rent and enjoy the benefits of the area.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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Hmm, based on the yuppie keyword, the stereotypical yuppie part of the area is the Eastside.

Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, stretching it a little, but Woodinville (more rural).

Houses, as in detached single family homes, are way out of the $250k range there.

You should be able to find a 1-2 bdr 1 bath garden apt style condo in that range, which might suit your purposes.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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Mayfair - thanks for reply.

What price to you think is reasonable in West Seattle?

Is that the best place to live for someone who is young and single?
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:40 PM
 
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You'll love Seattle and yes, it's a cool place for young people. I've lived in Texas most my life but spent a nice year there.

When you refer to west Seattle, I take it you mean the hillside that faces west, overlooking downtown and Puget Sound. Very cool. The east side would be the east side of the range, facing east and surrounding Lake Washington.

Face it, property is costly in Seattle. Brace yerself.
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Old 09-09-2007, 04:51 PM
 
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You might find a condo In W. Seattle for $250K. The median home price for Seattle is over $400K. As a single person I think you'd like the areas near downtown Seattle more than the eastside (of Lake Washington). It depends on your interests and commute also.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:12 PM
 
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You might find a condo In W. Seattle for $250K. The median home price for Seattle is over $400K. As a single person I think you'd like the areas near downtown Seattle more than the eastside (of Lake Washington). It depends on your interests and commute also.
Yep, and by condo, in that range, you're talking 1-2 bdr, 1 bath less than 1000 sqft apt type deal, not a townhouse or detached condo property. That's more or less regardless of east or west side of the city, or the nearby suburbs.
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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I'm looking to spend about $250k on a house. Is this possible?
No. Not even for a condo.

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(Chicago was too costly).
Then Seattle will be too.

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but is also somewhat affordable
I wouldn't consider any part of the Seattle area as "somewhat afforable".
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:56 PM
 
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If you are young and single - I would not reccommend West Seattle as much as Capital Hill/First Hill, or Fremont, or Wallingford or Ballard - or Belltown (if you can afford it)

Even Queen Anne
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:19 PM
 
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I can't add too much to the discussion other than I just quickly looked at the MLS and everybody's right, there are no single-family houses for sale currently in the entire city (which are listed on the MLS) that are under $279K ...a few condos but no houses.

Houses in the so-called "yuppie" areas will probably be closer to the one million mark in the central city. You could probably be in a suburban yuppie area for a bit less but they'll be family oriented areas.
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