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Old 04-18-2020, 08:43 AM
 
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Hi! I am new here so I hope I am posting in the right place.

I am planning to move to Washington this Summer, I have a job in Kent and have been looking for apartments but I can't quite decide which neighborhood/area I should live in. I would love to hear some thoughts on:

Commute (I would drive to Kent around 6:00 AM and likely drive home around 4:30-6:00 PM)

The general feel of different neighborhoods

Safety (relative to other areas in Seattle)

Access to nature

Access to downtown (Could I take a train or bus?)

Some areas I was considering are: West Seattle, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Bellevue, Columbia city, Tukwila, I'm open to other suggestions as well

I am 22 years old (F) I'd like to live in an area with other young professionals. I love nature and the outdoors. My ideal spot would be somewhere that is a little bit quieter with good access to nature/hiking/places to run with downtown accessible by train or bus.

Thank you for reading my post.
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Good morning dataturtle!

Columbia City might be a good choice, fun area with shops, cafes, pubs, eclectic and diverse. You can drive down Rainier Ave S to get to Kent without getting on freeways, there also is very nice woody Seward Park nearby for a great close in walk/hike. One more plus, there is light rail stop there for when you want to go downtown.

Some of the other places you mention (West Seattle, South Lake Union) would put you too far from work, time and commute wise. Hope this helps!
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:36 AM
 
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Thank you that is very helpful!
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Old 04-18-2020, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
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I grew up in the kent area in the 60's and 70's. We lived on the east hill above Kent. I know it's changed a great deal over the years, but there were always lots of recreation opportunities, rivers and streams, lakes, hiking trails. I think the commute would be easier then coming from west Seattle.


Good luck on your move!
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:24 AM
 
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Thank you! I'll definitely look into living in Kent
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Old 04-18-2020, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I grew up in the kent area in the 60's and 70's. We lived on the east hill above Kent. I know it's changed a great deal over the years, but there were always lots of recreation opportunities, rivers and streams, lakes, hiking trails. I think the commute would be easier then coming from west Seattle.


Good luck on your move!
You're right, but they wouldn't have the cool neighborhood options, character and Seattle access that Columbia City offers. The commute from there down Rainier Ave S really wouldn't be that bad, kind of reverse commute to the direction most people are going.
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Old 04-19-2020, 05:06 AM
 
Location: NW Seattle
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You're right, but they wouldn't have the cool neighborhood options, character and Seattle access that Columbia City offers. The commute from there down Rainier Ave S really wouldn't be that bad, kind of reverse commute to the direction most people are going.
This.

I think it's more important to be physically close to social and cultural opportunities than to nature. You can always drive to a trail somewhere.
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Old 04-19-2020, 08:27 AM
 
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Thank you! That is definitely a big consideration for me. Since I'm moving across the country and don't know anyone in Seattle yet, I don't want to make it harder to meet and make friends with people my age. On the East Coast, I've had some 45-1 hour-long commutes to and from Boston. Which is not great but there are always gonna be some trade-offs.

I was wondering from a relative safety sense how does Colombia City and Kent compare? I was looking at crime rates but those don't always show the whole picture for particular neighborhoods.
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Old 04-19-2020, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Central Ohio
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Not sure where exactly in Kent your job is, but you might take a look at Covington or Maple Valley. They might be too family oriented for you, but close to nature, Mt. Rainier etc. At any rate, driving into Seattle is not that big a deal from either location, if you need a dose of city living occasionally....assuming we get back to normal someday and you can go to things like sporting events, concerts, etc.
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Old 04-19-2020, 12:11 PM
 
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Okay, thank you! I hope things are improving in Seattle, Vermont is slowly getting better.
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