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Old 06-12-2011, 12:39 PM
 
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I mean which areas have the most concentration of tech companies? I'm moving to NW and I want to live outside the City--being more of a subrub/one story/greenery person (may be renting something on acreage even). So, I'd want to live outside Seattle proper but be close to work, without having to take stuff like ferry or being stuck in long commute. Is there a "silicone valley" near Seattle are companies pretty much concentrated around area where Microsoft is?
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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I mean which areas have the most concentration of tech companies? I'm moving to NW and I want to live outside the City--being more of a subrub/one story/greenery person (may be renting something on acreage even). So, I'd want to live outside Seattle proper but be close to work, without having to take stuff like ferry or being stuck in long commute. Is there a "silicone valley" near Seattle are companies pretty much concentrated around area where Microsoft is?
I'd say that in the Seattle area there are a few mini Silicon Valleys:
Downtown Bellevue. Redmond. Downtown Kirkland. Pioneer Square within Seattle, Fremont within Seattle. Issaquah. Microsoft is in Redmond, of course, but also has people in Issaquah, downtown Bellevue, and Pioneer Square. Google has a presence in Fremont and in Kirkland. Adobe is in Fremont. Amazon is in downtown Seattle, near South Lake Union.
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Old 06-12-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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Depends on what kind of tech company. Microsoft and Nintendo rule Redmond, Microsoft, Expedia, Drugstore.com, Bungie, and many, many others dominate Bellevue. Queen Anne has F5 Networks, Big Fish games, and others, but that's Seattle. Could go on all day. It all just depends on what kind of tech company you're looking for.

Just like not every tech company in SV is concentrated (if you posted this in the California forum, people would be pointing out Los Gatos, Palo Alto, Mountain View, etc.), such as the case here.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The only areas that really meet your requirements are Issaquah and Redmond, where you could live outside Issaquah on Squak or Tiger Mountain or Hobart, or in Fall-City/Carnation/North Bend. For those it means Microsoft, (but then they could assign you to work in Seattle or Bellevue) or one of the smaller companies in those areas.

If you get an interview post the work location and we can give you ideas. Generally affordable property with acreage is going to come with a commute. There are properties near Microsoft with acreage but they are going to cost 7 figures. Look at Bridle Trails in Bellevue.

http://www.redfin.com/neighborhood/2...ls-Bellevue-WA
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Issaquah sounds good.... more away from the Bay. I'm looking for generic software company clusters.... By acreage, I meant renting, not buying, a guesthouse would suffice.
Yes, Mountain View and Palo Alto are definitely a part of the cluster in Silicone Valley... I lived in Mountain View in 2009-2010. I'd say that Mountain View was mostly just Google company though. Sunnyvale, San Mateo, San Francisco, Cupertino, San Jose, companies really were all over the place--but then, commute wasn't painful at all, and it was possible to commute from Mountain View to San Francisco even, with hardly ever being stuck in traffic.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:53 AM
 
Location: WA
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Silicone Valley has great views. A lot a guys dream about living there. I hear the produce there is excellent, especially the melons.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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I intensely disliked Silicone Valley. Wouldn't want to live there for a long time. If I had to live in Bay area, I'd rather live in Santa Cruz, or close to Berkeley. Great views got pretty old pretty soon....
SV felt like the place where locals had been displaced/thrown out by newcomers, with only the wealthiest being able to stay, not a nice feeling.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: WA
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Well I'm glad there's guys out there that prefer the real thing...
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