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Old 01-15-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Bexley, Columbus, Ohio
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My husband and I are considering moving to Seattle (mid 30's, Caucasion, Democrats, no kids yet.) Initially, when we visited, we liked Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Greenlake. However, we did not visit west Seattle. My husband is now talking about looking at homes there due to more beaches, and lots of bike trails into downtown (yup, he's an IT guy) What are the big differences in these two areas? I'm grateful for all advice!
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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West Seattle is (for now) less expensive and less crowded. It's easy to get into downtown but that might change when the Alaskan Way Viaduct is torn down/falls down/is replaced.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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West Seattle is pretty nice. But I'm not sure there are bike trails to downtown, I could be wrong. The beach is nice there but it is beyond busy when it's nice out. If you live within walking distance of Alki beach then it's worth it but if you have to drive down there then it's almost not because you will be driving at 2mph the whole way and forget about finding a parking place they're almost non-existent. I would prefer any of the other places you mentioned below over West Seattle as they are all relativly close to eachother and each have a lot to do there. While West Seattle is close to downtown it always feels so far away from the rest of the city. Don't forget Seattle is very spread and covers a lot of area.There are other beaches in Seattle that are better and slightly less crowded, although the view from Alki can't be beat.

Hope this helps!
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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West Seattle is like living in a small town, but only 10-15 minutes from downtown Seattle and an easy 18 minutes to Sea Tac airport.
It's a wonderful place to live!
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Is West Seattle very walkable?

As far as urbanness and walkability how does it compare to Fremont and Ballard?
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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West Seattle is larger than Ballard, but to me, they have a lot of similarities.
They are both walkable, and both have great views. Fremont is smaller and denser...All three have great restaurants, but given my druthers I'd choose West Seattle. West Seattle has various neighborhoods in it, such as Alki, Admiral District, Fauntleroy, etc, where Ballard and Fremont doesn't really...They all have urbanness, but West Seattle is large and has dramatic scenery and some great parks for hiking, old growth forest..
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