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Old 02-12-2010, 07:18 PM
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Hi All,

After job downsizing (it has now vaporized!), current logistics and a strong desire to be less than 3,000 miles from my (adult) daughter, I've decided to relocate to the Seattle area. The last 5 months have provided ample opportunity to assess my current living situation. My plan is to be there in about 4 months.

I own a small home and will have to work out the details of sale and/or rental of the property. Action was started and is currently "on hold."

There is no other debt than the mortgage. I live simply and will be downsizing even further. All my possessions, including one feline, can fit comfortably in my small truck. Understandably, this is a tough market for job searches and real estate transactions. My desire to be with family has becoming increasingly a priority the past few years, and outweighs my concerns of losing even more in today's market. I'm prepared to give it a year or two, then recalibrate my efforts as needed.

Most of my Seattle family live in and around the Lake Union neighborhood. I believe I'd like it there too. Everyone lives in rather small quarters, so it is critical for me to find something, even temporarily, that I can rent soon after arrival.

I'd appreciate your suggestions of which neighborhoods, even areas outside of the city proper, that would best suit someone who is:

1) looking for a small studio apartment (or condo) to rent around May/June 2010, maximum $1,000
2) seeking a safe neighborhood
3) seeking easy access to public transit (have car but prefer taking bus, etc.)
4) Single adult, one cat
5) Seeking office employment
6) eager to try an urban lifestyle over their present life in suburbs
7) very, very appreciative of quiet environment at night (within realistic expectations of city living). Prefer not to be near hospital, fire dept siren routes - LOL!

Thanks in advance for your ideas and concerns.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:30 PM
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Queen Anne would be my first choice for you! My father in law is 70 and just moved here last year from the East Coast and he is really enjoying it. I found a few rentals for just under $1000 by searching for Queen Anne on Craigslist. It is just up the hill from Lake Union, has a diverse population in age range and singles, families and has just a ton of character. Lots of old Craftsman and Victorian homes. Beautiful, quiet areas yet walkable to great restaurants and shops. Good luck and welcome to Seattle!
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:33 PM
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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This is the post I found...

Cool duplex (http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/apa/1598716077.html - broken link)
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:39 AM
Location: Seattle, WA
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I suggest you look at Wallingford, Green Lake, and upper Queen Anne. They all should be relatively quiet and easy to get around. Madison Valley is another often overlooked option. The area is just lovely, safe, and there are wonderful little shops and places to eat along Madison.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:17 PM
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Texastrigirl, Queen Anne is one of my favorite areas. Surprisingly, it reminds me of some places I have enjoyed on the east coast. I'm asking my tribe to keep a lookout for something in that neighborhood. Wallingford and Green Lake has also been suggested by friends.

Baba-yaga, I don't remember Madison Valley and will be sure to ask the fam.

Thanks for the suggestions. I appreciate your responses.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:24 PM
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Green Lake, Queen Anne, Madrona, the UW area CAN be quite...Toga parties ruin that occasionally...
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