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Old 10-24-2019, 12:49 PM
 
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Hey friends - having visited Seattle a few times over the years, I started applying for tech industry jobs in Seattle and Bellevue. I have a few promising leads with a few companies in the Bellevue area. I am in my 30's, own some properties in Austin, TX (where I live currently - selling one, renting the other). My girlfriend is coming with me and is a data scientist.

We have family in north Renton and they're saying that's a good area to live, but I heard living north of Bellevue is the way to go.

Here are our 'wants':
- 30-40 min commute to downtown Bellevue with traffic (the employers I'm talking to have talked about flex hours to avoid traffic, not sure what that looks like)
- 3bd house/townhome
- backyard for small dog
- at least a 1 car garage
- $2600-2700/mn rent max
- not ghetto
- not too far from grocery stores, dining, bars, places to bike

From window shopping on Zillow, I'm finding a few in Newcastle, E Bellevue and Redmond. But of course, window shopping only shows so much. Just seeing if there are other areas or neighborhoods yall would recommend.

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Old 10-24-2019, 03:16 PM
 
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Real ghettos don't really exist in the Seattle area except a few places in south Seattle.
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Old 10-24-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Hi MLOS, Newcastle isn't very bikeable, it's rather hilly with big roads cutting through. I think East Bellevue/Crossroads/Lake Hills area would be a good fit for you.
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Old 10-24-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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Would stay east of Lake WA, and north of I-90 for traffic reasons. Otherwise, it's all very nice and safe. Needing a yard is going to limit your pool enough so that it pays to be flexible. The closer you get to DT Bellevue or Kirkland or Redmond (or some body of water), the nicer it's going to be.

A slightly less expensive (relatively speaking) part of Bellevue, with excellent commutability, is the Crossroads area around NE 8th & 156th Ave NE. It's just south of Microsoft, very diverse, safe, and lots of shopping. It's also full of slightly older (post WWII) houses. They tend to be smaller and single story, but they often have big yards. The residential areas have lots of people out biking and walking, and you won't pay the same premium as you would closer in. Your neighbors will likely work at MS, the restaurants and bars tend to be more neighborhood hangout vs urban trendy, and there is a huge array of different cuisines to chose from. Commuting to DT Bellevue can be done via Rapid Ride B, and light rail is going in just to the north. In heavy traffic, the commute is ~25 minutes (otherwise ~15).
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Old 10-24-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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Would stay east of Lake WA, and north of I-90 for traffic reasons. Otherwise, it's all very nice and safe. Needing a yard is going to limit your pool enough so that it pays to be flexible. The closer you get to DT Bellevue or Kirkland or Redmond (or some body of water), the nicer it's going to be.

A slightly less expensive (relatively speaking) part of Bellevue, with excellent commutability, is the Crossroads area around NE 8th & 156th Ave NE. It's just south of Microsoft, very diverse, safe, and lots of shopping. It's also full of slightly older (post WWII) houses. They tend to be smaller and single story, but they often have big yards. The residential areas have lots of people out biking and walking, and you won't pay the same premium as you would closer in. Your neighbors will likely work at MS, the restaurants and bars tend to be more neighborhood hangout vs urban trendy, and there is a huge array of different cuisines to chose from. Commuting to DT Bellevue can be done via Rapid Ride B, and light rail is going in just to the north. In heavy traffic, the commute is ~25 minutes (otherwise ~15).
Completely agree with Kayela, have to love all different ethnicities playing chess at Crossroads Mall. Here is a link to Lake Hills Park as well as a sidebar with all the other Bellevue parks: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-governme...community-park
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Old 10-24-2019, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Hey friends - having visited Seattle a few times over the years, I started applying for tech industry jobs in Seattle and Bellevue.

Here are our 'wants':
- 30-40 min commute to downtown Bellevue with traffic (the employers I'm talking to have talked about flex hours to avoid traffic, not sure what that looks like)
- 3bd house/townhome
- backyard for small dog
- at least a 1 car garage
- $2600-2700/mn rent max
- not ghetto
- not too far from grocery stores, dining, bars, places to bike

From window shopping on Zillow, I'm finding a few in Newcastle, E Bellevue and Redmond. But of course, window shopping only shows so much. Just seeing if there are other areas or neighborhoods y'all would recommend.
Your window shopping is not the worst idea ever. Back when I did it, decades ago (wow!), it was easier. I landed in Redmond, for a job with World's Largest Software Corporation. Stayed a year and a half, made an investment in an up and coming area, did more wheeling and dealing of properties o'er the years. Before it all got way, WAY out of hand on the Eastside where a million bucks will today buy you a nice, not spectacular, place in good parts of town. Best schools are areas are heinous money.

I liked Redmond and still do. It's growing and changing, all sorts of condos sprouting up. Might want to give that a go. Not sure it ever had much "character" per se, but I made the best of what there was including walks on the slough, shopping at the couple plazas nearby (Bella Bottega and similar). No real complaints, it's kicked back, still.

For something to do, get on 85th westbound until it dead ends / turns into Market, heart of Kirkland. I couldn't be dragged away from about a mile north of downtown, or anywhere in the general vicinity. Tons to do and beautiful ...if not gorgeous...rolling hills.

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Old 10-25-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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The influence of the tech industry on the Eastside (from North Renton to Issaquah and up north to include Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland) is a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, the influence of six-figure salaries on a wide swath of the populace means that -- for the most part -- you will not see ghettos in this area.

The bad part of that is that there is no downward price pressure in this part of the market. Everything is expensive because there are so many people here making six-figure salaries who are competing with people who pay cash for million dollar properties.

I said all that to say this: prepare yourself for not getting everything that you want. Your price point is possible but not probable ... because you have so many people here already hunting for properties in that price point, it's likely that the stock you will find will be on the older and not-as-desirable end of things. Up that amount by about $300/mo and you can most likely get nearly all that you want (including the commute).
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