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Old 09-27-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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My wife was recently offered a position in Seattle (with one of her dream employers). However, it is a nonprofit and we are taking a pay decrease for it. We are 26 and 23 y.o. with a 2 y.o. son. He has a special medical condition that makes it hard to do daycare--thus, I will probably be staying at home with him for another 2 years or so.
My question is: is $800/mo rent feasible for a safe neighborhood (near parks) in Seattle? We would love to be in North Seattle (Phinneywood, Wallingford, etc.) but know that those rents can be high. The main priorities are parks, near public transportation, and safe for my son.
As a side note: any urban gardeners have tips for finding a place that lets you grow your own food?
Also, we have a nice Honda Fit if your location in mind needs it.
Thanks for all your advice.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Apartment vacancies are running about 4.3% now. It'll be impossible to find anything for less than $1,000 anywhere close in, unless it's a basement efficiency or south of downtown. (and you don't want south)
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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in most parts of Seattle you will struggle to find a 1-bed apartment for this budget, so if you want something that is suitable for a (small) family in this price range you would have to move further out and then it all depends on where your wife is going to work because traffic can be pretty bad here at peak times. It's difficult to recommend a specific area without any further information.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:52 PM
 
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The job is pretty much downtown. Also, the employer would cover ORCA passes...
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:27 PM
 
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Try living in auburn wa its on the sounder line and you can get a 2 bedroom for 750 it has nice parks and is a family town. Its about 30 mine from Seattle unless you take the train then its much less commute. Its the farthest south you can go in king county.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:17 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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There's hardly any small studios for $800 in Seattle any more, I'd look for a basement in-law unit to rent and you may still have trouble finding that for $800. With the Orca card you can go in several directions for less expensive rent, though your time away from home will be a lot greater. Look at Auburn, Kent, Renton, Mill Creek, Bothell.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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800 dollars for at least a 2bdrm within Seattle Proper is definitely a challenge.

I would suggest looking into Burien and Des Moines (near the Marina). Both have easy access to Seattle via rt 509; and taking the bus from Burien to DT Seattle is actually faster than taking the Light Rail from Tukwila (next town over) to DT Seattle. Both Burien and Des Moines have beautiful beaches and aren't far from other beaches. Des Moines have this cute tiny quaint main street thing going on.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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Definitely the train is the way to go. Fast, quiet and economical.

Link:
Central Link light rail - SoundTransit

Sounder - goes north to better areas:
Sounder train - SoundTransit
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Thanks all. I will look into these options! I have heard that Renton and Kent are not as nice as Burien and Auburn. Is this true? If so, what makes these communities different. Burien seems great from a Seattle Met article that I read....
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Renton and Kent are sort of '70's tract home suburbs, blue collar, all Old Growth cut down.

I haven't heard good things about Auburn or most other cities in that area. (Tacoma 'What's That Smell', Washington)

West Seattle has alot of good reviews from what I hear. Although the bridge is under constant construction and traffic to anywhere else may be a problem. Not sure if a train goes through there.
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