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Old 08-28-2007, 03:27 PM
 
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Hello! I've lived in Washington my whole life, but this is only my second year fluttering about on my own, so I'm nigh clueless about housing and situations outside of Puyallup and Buckley. I currently live in Federal Way, but want to live a bit farther north, as I work in SeaTac (across the street).

My problem is, my boyfriend and I have a very small budget, and frankly $1000 is pushing it for rent. Of course I've done my research, but it seems like everwhere that's in our budget and a decent size is in a ghetto, or halfway to rotting under the tenant's feet... maybe I'm setting myself up for failure for needing a washer/dryer in unit, but surely there's SOMEWHERE that won't get us robbed, shot, or bankrupted?

Can anyone help me? I've poked around the site before and y'all seem very nice, so I'm entrusting my future with you guys

--Shippinu
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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Was there a size you have to have? 2 bedroom? I bet a nice one bedroom you can look around anywhere MUCH better than Sea Tac Area - will you go around CApital Hill? Or maybe north of downtown by UW or better neighborhoods?? $1000 will be fine, but asking for a washer/dryer too is stretching it...
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:56 PM
 
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Thank you for replying As for size, I suppose at this point as long as it can hold two people we'll have to make do, but having laundry in unit is key for me... I can't take hiking up and down stairs every half hour and hoping everyone else doesn't need to do laundry that day anymore. But hey! It doesn't have to be SeaTac per se. I suppose opinions of general areas would give me an idea of where to look... Renton, Kent, Auburn, possibly farther north.... I'm hesitant to go for Seattle, since I'm uncomfortable in big cities, and it seems like such a hassle.

At this point I'm starting to panic, as I have 2 months and nothing to turn to besides the miserable place I have now. Surely there's something decent for non-section 8 and non-6-figure incomes?
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Happiness is found inside your smile :)
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look into Kent, Renton, and Auburn - that will be better

have you tried Craigslist?
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Old 08-28-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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The Sea-Tac area is not the best area to rent in. Don't know the stats, but my belief is crime is higher near the airport. I know that 25 years ago, this was no-mans land...prostitution, robbery, etc. If it has changed, please somebody correct me.
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Old 08-29-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Sea-Tac has improved quite a bit since the dark ages when prositution was rife and the Green River Killer prowled the strip. The installation of police cameras and the beautification of Pacific Highway South has helped a lot. Still not a terrific area by any means, but much improved.

You might look into Burien. It's a very short drive from Sea-Tac and since it's not a major throughway to anywhere else it tends to be kind of forgotten. Furthermore, it's currently undergoing a substantial renaissance focused around a brand-new town center going up that will really enliven the very nicest part of town (the area around 152nd st and 4th ave). Already a number of very nice restaurants and outdoor cafes have cropped up and the general area near there feels very safe indeed. Historically Burien has lacked a true downtown since most development has occured along the 1st Ave S strip (which has had no character) with the new development of 152nd and the push to improve the overall look of 1st Ave (which still has a long way to go) I think Buriens' future is very, very bright.

At this point rents should still be pretty reasonable (I think within your budget) - though over time that may well change. Though obviously not all areas of Burien are improving as quickly and dramatically as the focused area of development, in general the area is improving pretty well and is MUCH better than it was 16 years ago when I first moved to this general part of the Seattle area.

Not sure about the likelyhood of finding an in-unit washer & drier though. I think the Terrace View apartments have them (not completely sure) and I've driven past the units and they look pretty nice. Not sure how much they rent for though.

Anyway, you may want to check out the Burien area in general and see what you can find.

Ken
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Old 09-01-2007, 12:15 PM
 
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Hey Ken [ Lord Balfor] Thanks For The Info On Burien ,wa I Am From Kentucky And I Am Going To Take The 2495 Mile Plunge To Burien In Feb 2008 . Once Again Thanks For The Info
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:46 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Kenbrookins -

Glad I could help. I am pretty up on the place. After years of lanquishing, I have to say that it's really starting to change. It really shouldn't surprise anyone I guess since there is such big money just to the west of there, where there are lots and lots of big, expensive homes on the cliffs overlooking Puget Sound - and for many of them Burien is their closest commercial center. In hindsight, I'm kind'a surprised it took so long for things to start happening.

Have a safe trip out here and good hunting for a place to stay.

Ken
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:15 PM
 
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FINALLY figured out how to find my own post >_>

Thank you all for replying!! I actually got lucky and found an awesome apartment in Kent. (Swiss Gables- one of the really good ones)

Anyway, kinda feel stupid now, but I really appreciate your replies
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