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Old 03-18-2008, 10:28 AM
 
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Question Moving from LA to Seattle . Need help

We are moving to Redmond from Los Angeles. My husband will be joining Microsoft.
I am looking for a locality which will be close to work but at the same time a very happening place. I have a 7 month baby with me, so I am more keen on settleing down at a place where there are library and parks around and where I can move out and about. I know that it rains all the time in Seattle unlike LA we could go out anytime we wished.

Also can anybody let me know if there is a Indian Store in the city and any palce where the Indian community generally stay. I am looking for a 1 bedroom in the range of 750$ - 1000 $ is that reasonable. My husband has a car , does it mean we should consider living in Seattle and commuting to Redmond so that we do not miss out on the restaurants and fun life of the city and is also economical.

Do you also have lots of Asian , Mediteranean , Peruvian , Brazilian Restaurants around Redmond? Please let me know which is the best mode of transport to get around the city.

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Old 03-18-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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We are moving to Redmond from Los Angeles. My husband will be joining Microsoft.
I am looking for a locality which will be close to work but at the same time a very happening place.
Hi, Sens. Welcome to western Washington!

One great benefit that Microsoft will provide for you is a "relocation specialist" who can answer every question you have asked us, and more, and will help you find a place to live that suits your wishes. MS provides a relo person to help your husband and his family move here in order to work for MS. It would be a great help if your husband contacts that person and starts now to get their assistance.

There are many very recent threads on this forum which answer every question you have about where to live near Microsoft. MS has more than one location, so if you could be more specific...
For places to live near MS, there are Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Issaquah. If you Search for "MS" or "Microsoft" on this forum, you will find all the info you could want! You will find that your budget requirements are very important in choosing location.

There is no such thing as "a very happening place" in a wide area near Microsoft. That's not what suburbs are. Seattle itself can be called that; not the suburb cities. Unless I don't understand what you mean -- perhaps you could be more specific as to what exactly you mean by "happening"?


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... a place where there are library and parks around and where I can move out and about.
Each town center (Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Woodinville, Issaquah) has a library; there are small parks scattered throughout the cities and towns.

What do you mean by "where I can move out and about"? Do you mean drive? You can drive everywhere here. Do you mean walk? You can walk everywhere here. Do you mean go places by public transportation busses? You can take busses to lots of places. What exactly do you want to do?


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I know that it rains all the time in Seattle unlike LA we could go out anytime we wished.
Of course, it does not rain all the time in Seattle. If it did, no one would live or work here, right?
Here, you can also "go out anytime" you wish. 3 million people here actually do go out anytime they wish.


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Also can anybody let me know if there is a Indian Store in the city and any palce where the Indian community generally stay.
I'm going to assume here that you mean "Indian" as in India.
There are many Asian stores. Do you mean food store? Something else? The food store locations would depend on where you choose to live. When you choose a city, you can Google Indian store ______ (city name) and find whatever is located near there.

The Indian community (as in India) are generally dispersed throughout western Washington, many living in Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Woodinville, as well as in Seattle and other cities.


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I am looking for a 1 bedroom in the range of 750$ - 1000 $ is that reasonable.
That price range is low, but somewhat possible. It's not likely that you will find that in any location near the Microsoft campuses. They are located in more expensive neighborhoods (Redmond), and so housing near them is also more expensive.

This link for NWSource, the combined Classifieds of the two leading newspapers for the wide area in and around Seattle. It will give you a quick overview about rentals -- how much space, for how much money, where:
NWapartments: Seattle apartment rentals, house rental listings, rental classifieds and other property rentals in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and other Washington areas, cities and neighborhoods
If you click on locations on the MAP on that page you will see where the various locations are.
There's also: rent.com, forrent.com, and apartments.com. You might also want to check Craigslist. BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR MICROSOFT RELOCATION PERSON HELP YOU.


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My husband has a car , does it mean we should consider living in Seattle and commuting to Redmond so that we do not miss out on the restaurants and fun life of the city and is also economical.
Good. Having a car will allow you to go anywhere you want to have fun -- the ocean, the mountains, the desert, Oregon, Canada, and everywhere in between, especially on the weekends.

But living in Seattle and commuting to Redmond is a hard life: the commute is slow and crowded. You could live in Seattle and commute to Redmond if your husband takes the bus; it would leave him right at the main MS campus, and would give him a good 30 to 40 minutes each way, each day, to read, think, work, whatever. Driving from Seattle to Redmond and back, during commute times, is just annoying and unpleasant. City-Data posters are always recommending that you live near where you work.

There are many interesting and excellent restaurants on the east side of Lake Washington, where MS is located, and more are opening all the time. You do not need to go into Seattle every day for an interesting restaurant. As for "fun life of the city", that depends on what you mean. And since you have an infant, your "fun life" will be different now.

The most "economical" areas in or near Seattle would be a long commute and sometimes a complicated commute to and from MS, and some of those areas would not be as safe as you want for your baby. A Microsoft salary generally can afford a higher rent than the budget you've indicated.


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Do you also have lots of Asian , Mediteranean , Peruvian , Brazilian Restaurants around Redmond?
No.
There are Japanese, Chinese and Thai restaurants on the east side of Lake Washington, more in Bellevue than in Redmond. There are a few Vietnamese restaurants but more in Seattle. There are several Indian restaurants in Bellevue and Redmond. There is one Peruvian restaurant west and south of Seattle in White Center. There is a Brazilian restaurant in Seattle and I believe one more in Issaquah. Some Mediterranean cuisine can be found in many types of restaurants on the east side.


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Please let me know which is the best mode of transport to get around the city.
Do you mean Seattle? Definitely bus.
Do you mean Redmond? Definitely car.


Have fun narrowing down your ideas!
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:40 PM
 
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You'll find several East Indian grocery stores in the Overlake area. Overlake is an area that straddles the Redmond and Bellevue boundaries and is a few blocks from the Microsoft main campus.

There's a very busy grocery store in the strip mall where my favorite teriyaki place is located in the Overlake area. Again, just a few blocks from the Microsoft campus:

Mayuri Food & Video, 2560 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA

Here's a partial list of some other stores in the Seattle area:

Things Indian - grocery stores in Washington state (Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, etc)


There's a huge Indian population in the Overlake/Crossroads area of Bellevue. Crossroads is just over a mile south from the main Microsoft campus.

Bus service feeding the Microsoft locations on the eastside is good in the area and is steadily improving.
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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This link may be of some help to you: Seattle Indian (India, Desi) is an Indian Community Portal for Indians living in and around Seattle Area

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:07 PM
 
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Hi, Seattlerain. What a good idea, but I can't get that link to work.
But Google produced this which might help:
Seattle Indian Community : Seattle IndiaGrid.com indian (http://www.indiagrid.com/seattle/index.shtml - broken link)
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Old 03-18-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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I think I fixed it, Seattlerain.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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thanks for all your replies.........
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