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Old 02-13-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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Default affordable places to live in Seattle

Hi,
I would like to have an idea of affordable places to live in Seattle, where the commute to work (downtown) is not so long. I would like to know of places childfriendly.
thank you
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Old 02-13-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Smile how is living close to university of washington?

I will be moving to Seattle in the next two months. I currently live in Salt Lake city and have always lived in university housing. I would like to know how is life close to the University of Washington and if the neighborhoods are good over there. I like a lot the University feel and would like to explore this possibility. Are there parks over in these area? is it childfriendly? How long is the commute to Downtown Seattle? I am thinking of renting an appartment.
any suggestions are appreciated.

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Old 02-13-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi,
I would like to have an idea of affordable places to live in Seattle, where the commute to work (downtown) is not so long. I would like to know of places childfriendly.
thank you
You would have to define "affordable" in $$$, but West Seattle might suit you.
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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Are you going to go to University of Washington? -- For Educational Purposes?
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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What is affodable - and the housing by the University is very "college kid", some of the houses that rent are worn out and a few spots in the University area are not too safe

And the schools are definately not that good! NOT child friendly

YOu need to tell us what affordable is
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:18 PM
 
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PS - will you need daycare?

I use Bright Horizons Downtown for my child - it's $1600 per month

There is a Bright Horizons also in University Village - hope that helps
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:45 PM
 
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PS - will you need daycare?

I use Bright Horizons Downtown for my child - it's $1600 per month

There is a Bright Horizons also in University Village - hope that helps
If you don't mind me asking CityGirl, is this for an infant? If I decide to move, I may need after school care. By then my son will be in the 3rd or 4th grade, so I am wondering what the ball park figure would be for that.
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Old 02-14-2008, 09:49 PM
 
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I will be moving in the next two months and am thinking on renting first while I get a feel for the city. NO I won't be working or going to school at the University of Washington. I had lived close to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for 6 years and liked the student feel to it. I just though of the university of Washington's surroundings because of that. I will be working for Seattle Public health making about $26 hr. I have two small children (3 and 4) and will like to rent a 2bdr apartment with a playground close by. I will like to be in a place that is safe, and where commuting is not too bad about 20-25min if there is such place.
Thanks for all suggestions.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:51 AM
 
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I will be moving in the next two months and am thinking on renting first while I get a feel for the city. NO I won't be working or going to school at the University of Washington. I had lived close to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for 6 years and liked the student feel to it. I just though of the university of Washington's surroundings because of that. I will be working for Seattle Public health making about $26 hr. I have two small children (3 and 4) and will like to rent a 2bdr apartment with a playground close by. I will like to be in a place that is safe, and where commuting is not too bad about 20-25min if there is such place.
Thanks for all suggestions.
My advice? Google "Sandpoint Seattle". The Sandpoint neighborhood (which is really a large area east of the University) has easy access to the UW but is also very family focused. There is a good range of real estate out there, from apartments to rental houses and so on.

Another good neighborhood would be Ravenna, also not far from the UW.

Check out Seattle's Craigslist for good deals, and good luck!
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Old 02-15-2008, 07:06 AM
 
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Isn't Sandpoint extremely expensive?? Citygirl lives in Ravenna, so she could comment further on that....

I am sorry, but $26 an hour with two children? Living IN town??? Not going to happen.... even commuting in town, unless you are in walking distance or ride a bus a stop or so, you are not likely to find a 20 min commute.
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