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Old 10-31-2007, 09:51 PM
 
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Hi all! Any help would be appreciated. We will be temporarily relocating to Seattle due to my husband's job in the next couple months. We have done A LOT of research on the area and are trying to narrow down where to rent a house. We have two small boys (3 and 18 months) and would like to live in a safe, family friendly area. My husband will be working downtown, so we'd like to keep the commute relatively reasonable too. I believe we have it narrowed down to West Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and potentially Fremont/Wallingford (although those areas seem more urban that what we're looking for). We'd like to keep the rent around $3000/mo. Any suggestions to help us narrow it down? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:33 PM
 
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I personally like Northgate area. It is part of Seattle, with great access to I-5. Not too pricey either.

West Seattle: Commute over West Seattle bridge is pretty bad in the morning. West Seattle is pretty nice in many areas.

Mercer Island: Bad commute getting into Seattle also. Of course a very nice area.

Fremont/Wallingford have better access to downtown.

Don't know about Bellevue.

Anyways, there are a few little nice neighborhoods in Northgate that may be up to your tastes. However, the areas you mentioned are slightly more upscale than Northgate.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:09 AM
 
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I lived in West Seattle from 1990-95 so I can't address today's traffic issues. My husband had a very quick commute to downtown and I reverse-commuted to Bellevue without too much issue. We loved the neighborhood.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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The commute from Mercer Island into Seattle isn't so bad, the car pool lanes are open to single occupant vehicles getting on from the island.

I don't know what kind of house you are looking for, but a 1960's vintage 4 bedroom split level with a two car garage in my neighborhood rented last month for $1800.
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:06 PM
 
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In Mercer Island? We rented for a year there in 1989 and paid $1100 for about the same thing! Wow.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:33 PM
 
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You have $3000 per month? Go Mercer Island you'll love it

And DON'T go to Northgate - geez, it is getting better there but it used to be the Ghetto Mall area - and I live close by there

For the money you have to spend - you can find so many better spots then Northgate
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Old 11-05-2007, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA / Los Angeles, CA
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Hi all! Any help would be appreciated. We will be temporarily relocating to Seattle due to my husband's job in the next couple months. We have done A LOT of research on the area and are trying to narrow down where to rent a house. We have two small boys (3 and 18 months) and would like to live in a safe, family friendly area. My husband will be working downtown, so we'd like to keep the commute relatively reasonable too. I believe we have it narrowed down to West Seattle, Mercer Island, Bellevue, and potentially Fremont/Wallingford (although those areas seem more urban that what we're looking for). We'd like to keep the rent around $3000/mo. Any suggestions to help us narrow it down? Thanks in advance!
I say Mercer Island hands down. I live on Mercer Island, and I work in downtown Seattle, and the traffic isn't that bad. Mercer Island is centrally located, and right on I-90. It only takes me maybe 10 minutes 15 tops in traffic to get to downtown from Mercer Island in the morning.

It is a very beautiful, and major wealthy affluent part of the Seattle area with some of the best schools in the region.

You can't go wrong.

I love west Seattle also (Alki in particular)
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