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Old 04-18-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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I will be working at Microsoft Redmond starting summer, and I'm looking for locations to rent for at least 6mo. Right now I'm considering downtown Bellevue, or northern parts of Bellevue. Redmond is a possibility, but right now my preference is Bellevue (unless you can convince me otherwise!)

As I probably would not get a car, my question is how easy would it be to transit from downtown Bellevue to the MS redmond campus, and if I wasn't living in DT Bellevue, what neighborhood in Bellevue should I consider or avoid because transiting would be a pain/it would be less safe to walk at night. I'd like to look for an apartment as cheap as possible, but I would be willing to pay more for rent for a location that is convenient and safe.

Any advice/suggestion is greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Same question(s) or similar variations therein are asked weekly or more often, lately. Archives are your friends. MSFT must be on a hiring binge. There are 1,001 apartment complexes proximal to MSFT Main. Given the spread-out locations of MSFT, "proximal" may be relative.

There are no neighborhoods unsafe to walk in at night on the mean streets of Redmond, Bellevue, or Kirkland. Other than the gangsta shooting at a Bellevue nightclub the other month, which was a bit weird.

"Cheap as possible" likewise does not apply to eastside. Search threads here about rental price trends lately.

If FTE @Microsoft, Connector bus service may be the way to go (=free). If not, Bellevue TS in-particular is a major hub for most parts of greater Seattle metro. Ditto Redmond TS and (to a lesser extend) Kirkland TS. "Metro Transit" search online, yes?

WalkScore and other sites will clear up most of your questions around transit-friendliness. Eastside is rather car-centric and only mediocre-to-OK for walk/bike/mass transit, in my opinion.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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I think you have a lot of apartment locations to choose from. I've pushed this in other threads because I'm a transit advocate but if you look along the route of the new BRT Rapid Ride B-Line =click, you'll find multiple choices. Riding the BRT will be free also for a Microsoft employee. The new BRT is the next best thing to light rail and in some aspects, better than rail and connects downtown Bellevue with downtown Redmond via the Microsoft main and Red West campuses. You'll find apartment complexes all along this route starting with downtown Bellevue (probably the most expensive), all along the NE 8th corridor, Crossroads area, Overlake area, part of the 148th NE corridor, and finally areas leading to and including downtown Redmond. Map for the B-line =click

My choice for a safe area is downtown Redmond itself. But as Blondebaerde has said, I don't think any of the areas are extremely unsafe. Crossroads once had a bad reputation but from what I hear, it's improved lately.

And again, along the B-line, you'll have just about any store available to you along the route or if not on the route, a very short walk. The Bellevue Transit Center is within walking distance to Bellevue Square. Then you'll have all the shopping in the Midlakes area including Whole Foods, Uwajimaya, Best Buy, Home Depot, etc., Crossroads Mall shopping, Overlake area shopping, and finally downtown Redmond shopping.

If you find an apartment along the B-line, you could very well get along without a car as you'll have swift and efficient transportation to work, to shopping, and to entertainment opportunities.

Click here for the B-line schedule frequency.
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:43 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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There are many apartment buildings opposite the entrance to the west campus on 148th Ave, and at the opposite end along Bel-Red rd.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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Same question(s) or similar variations therein are asked weekly or more often, lately. Archives are your friends. MSFT must be on a hiring binge. There are 1,001 apartment complexes proximal to MSFT Main. Given the spread-out locations of MSFT, "proximal" may be relative.
Must be all that innovatin' they're doing.
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