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Old 04-08-2012, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Default Tacoma to Bellevue commute?

I have a potential job offer (should know for sure the first week of May) in Bellevue. However, I have had better luck finding affordable, large dog friendly housing in the Tacoma area. Is it feasible (or even possible) to live in Tacoma and work in Bellevue by taking public transportation? Thanks in advance for info/advice
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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My guess using public transportation would be at least two hours each way.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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It would certainly not be a short or pleasant commute. Even if one lives right next to the Amtrak station in Tacoma and takes the Sounder train to Seattle, and a bus to downtown Bellevue, we're talking about 1 1/2 hours at least. And it can be worse than that, depending on home and work location.

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:36 AM
 
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That's what I was afraid of. Oh, well. Thanks for the quick responses
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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That's what I was afraid of. Oh, well. Thanks for the quick responses
What areas have you checked ? Woodinville is close to Bellevue and might be more dog-friendly, but I am not sure about rentals there (if you aren't looking to buy)
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:10 PM
 
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Keep looking - we looked all over Seattle and the Eastside for a rental that included our 100+ lb mountain of fur and slobber and we had surprisingly numerous options. You're likely to get hit with a large pet deposit, but we were fine with that because we were just so grateful that we'd even be able to find something that would let our beast in!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:45 PM
 
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I know you are looking for transit options, but I wouldn't discount the Tacoma to Bellevue commute completely. Yeah, it's rough, but atleast there are two routes, I-5, and SR 167. (167 offers a "hot lane" for a fee). However, there are relatively inexpensive areas between the two, namely Auburn and Kent, and Renton. I would avoid most areas west of I-5 however.
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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You might also check Fall City and Snoqualmie. There won't be a ton of options since they are smaller towns, but they're also closer and might match your criteria.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Default Renton Maple Valley

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I have a potential job offer (should know for sure the first week of May) in Bellevue. However, I have had better luck finding affordable, large dog friendly housing in the Tacoma area. Is it feasible (or even possible) to live in Tacoma and work in Bellevue by taking public transportation? Thanks in advance for info/advice
Try Renton / Maple Valley to live the Tacoma -Bellevue commute can be painful especially with the 520 tolls you will find lot more traffic on 405.
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Old 04-10-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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violeteyes1988,

My wife and I live in Spanaway/Puyallup (about 25 minutes SE of Tacoma) and I currently commute to Redmond every day (basically it's Bellevue). I take hwy 512 over to hwy 167 north, then I405 up to Bellevue/Redmond. That trip is about 1 hour and 45 minutes ONE-WAY. Granted, it'll be shorter coming from Tacoma, but it will still be at least an hour or more with traffic.

We just recently (as in, about 2 hours ago) confirmed a new rental home for us in the Auburn area and will be moving there later this month. That cuts my commute time in half, but still has me driving 40 to 60 minutes to work one-way with traffic.

Also, we have 2 dogs (25lb and a 60lb), a pet deposit was required, but after looking at dozens of places to rent over the past couple of months, there are a lot of pet-friendly rentals. We only looked at houses though, apartments are usually harder to deal with when it comes to pets.

You might also check out Kent (east hill) and Renton (East Highlands), Issaquah, or if you like the mountains North Bend and Snoqualmie City (or Fall City) are also great and affordable areas.

We chose Auburn (north end of the city) because of it's location, still close to Tacoma, but not too far away from Bellevue/Redmond (about 25 miles, vs the 50 miles I travel now) and it has some wonderful parks, and a nice/quaint downtown area. We'd prefer the East Highlands area of Renton, but prices start going up fast the closer you get to Bellevue/Redmond area.

Or try looking north. Lake Stevens or the city of Snohomish are very nice areas (definitely Lake Stevens! We lived there for 2.5 years, it's awesome). Other nice areas north are Bothell, Woodinville, Mill Creek and parts of Lynnwood.

You can also look East at Duvall.

I'm not a fan of the south-end, although there are nice areas (such as University Place in Tacoma and the city of Dupont and Lacey are nice, but they are much further south).
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