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Old 09-02-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: ST. George, Utah
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Hi, my name is Joel, me and my family currently reside in St. George Utah, in Southern Utah. It's imperative we relocate; it is literally a matter of life or death, and we must move out of the state. My wife is in love with the Western Washington area and after doing some Google research and poking around on city data, I'm also starting to fall in love with the area.

I work from home as a web designer and my wife is a server at a local diner. Our combined income is not that high, which concerns me with the steep cost of living I have observed within the Seattle area. We currently pay $1000 rent for a three bedroom home in Utah. Would we be able to find anything within that price range in the surrounding area of Seattle?

Also I'm a Hispanic male with tattoos; I resemble a gang member and get treated like a criminal within my home state of Utah, should I consider the same treatment in the Washington area or is this treatment an anomaly to Utah, that I experience?

Is this NorthWest idea a dream or is it possible to find a rental within a $1000 range?
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:28 PM
 
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I just moved out here so I know a bit about the rental market, and it looks like from what I've seen you MAY be able to find a 2bd apartment around Federal Way or Tacoma for $1000, but not as likely further north. As far as the tats, that depends. If you have some gnarly face tats and you dress like a cholo, then ya, you will get looked at as such. but if their just on your arms or legs, and not your neck or face, that's not as bad. A lot of it comes down to how you dress/act. Seattle is not as white as Utah, but it's not SoCal either.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:33 PM
 
Location: ST. George, Utah
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Thank you. I have been told to stay away from Tacoma! I'm not sure why?

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Bellevue, WA
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If you knew by covering yourself with tatoos, you would resemble a gang member, might I ask why you did it in the first place?

Kids, there is something to be learned from this post!
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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If you knew by covering yourself with tatoos, you would resemble a gang member, might I ask why you did it in the first place?

Kids, there is something to be learned from this post!
Don't be a tool, no one wants your opinions.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:41 PM
 
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I think the people here are pretty liberal and don't seem to care too much about how you have your hair, tats, etc. But all of that is within reason...I would say that if you're treated like a criminal here, you will also be treated like a criminal in SoCal even with all of the hispanic people down there.

As for rent, $1k in Seattle is just not going to happen (even if you want a studio it's tough) but the area is relatively small and you can be about 8-10 miles away and rents go down pretty fast. Even just 10 minutes away from downtown is pretty affordable.
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Old 09-02-2012, 10:51 PM
 
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I think the people here are pretty liberal and don't seem to care too much about how you have your hair, tats, etc. But all of that is within reason...I would say that if you're treated like a criminal here, you will also be treated like a criminal in SoCal even with all of the hispanic people down there.

As for rent, $1k in Seattle is just not going to happen (even if you want a studio it's tough) but the area is relatively small and you can be about 8-10 miles away and rents go down pretty fast. Even just 10 minutes away from downtown is pretty affordable.

That's not entirely true, I have a NICE one bedroom condo in Bellevue for 1k/mo, but that's just one br.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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I actually meant in Seattle proper like Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, etc. as I have been sort of apartment hunting around here lately. I don't know the Bellevue prices but I'm guessing that $1k is probably ok for starting in the east suburbs.

apodments is probably the cheapest in Seattle proper but those are tiny...
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:52 AM
 
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I actually meant in Seattle proper like Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, etc. as I have been sort of apartment hunting around here lately. I don't know the Bellevue prices but I'm guessing that $1k is probably ok for starting in the east suburbs.

apodments is probably the cheapest in Seattle proper but those are tiny...
While its true that its a virtual impossibility of finding a 3bdrm house for 1K/mo... You could find apartments for 1K/mo in Seattle proper. Look to Maple Leaf, Greenwood, Lake City, Northgate, and well, most of South Seattle for example. And of course, apartments can be found for 1K/mo outside of Seattle Proper.

OP, I wouldn't really worry too much about being treated like a criminal here-- there are lots of things that offend the Seattle sensibilities... having tattoos isn't one them. In fact, Seattle/Portland have many many adults with tattoos-- it's not really something to turn your nose at here.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:05 AM
 
Location: ST. George, Utah
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Thanks guys.
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