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Old 11-30-2013, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I was wondering if anyone lives in the MLK Jr Way area of Seattle. I've been pricing homes lately and i've found two that I like which are just off of MLK Way about one to two blocks. I don't really want to pay a ton of money and these houses are remodeled and just over the $230K range, four bedrooms, finished basements, really nice. The neighborhoods there are quiet and some of the houses are well-kept, others not so much. I know that not too long ago crime was higher in that area at night.

Currently I live in Factoria and love it. Mostly condos here and I want to get away from that. I have a good friend who is a real estate broker and he's been helping me try to find a place in Bellevue however he said it's very competitive meaning that as soon as a house hits the market it can go in one afternoon with multiple bidders. Houses are more expensive and square footage is smaller. Same thing with Issaquah, multiple bidders and homes go quickly at a higher price. I could go further north to Bothell or Lynnwood and buy new but don't want the 405 commute in the evenings which can really suck. With the MLK Way/Beacon Hill/Columbia City area i'd be close to I-90 and getting into downtown Seattle shouldn't be too hard.

So does anyone here have any recent experience with living in the communities along MLK Jr Way? What's the good and the bad, do you like it?
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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theres a reason that its cheap. I would not live there personally, but 10 years from now things might change.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:55 PM
 
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Some of the area is fine. Columbia City is a fun neighborhood. But it gets a little dicey south of Columbia City, and west of Columbia City. A 230,000 dollar home there in nice shape is not going to be in the better or safer part of the area. Listing agents have a tendency to call things by the better areas nearby rather than the actual neighborhoods they're in. So something in Brighton or Hillman City will be called Columbia City. There are much safer neighborhoods for the same price in and adjacent to Renton.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. To be fair, I'm the one who said Columbia City because I didn't know the exact neighborhood. It's about two stops down from the Columbia City rail stop, perhaps I should have mentioned this in my post. I knew it wasn't Columbia City proper, but being that it's close by I wanted to give a reference point.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback. To be fair, I'm the one who said Columbia City because I didn't know the exact neighborhood. It's about two stops down from the Columbia City rail stop, perhaps I should have mentioned this in my post. I knew it wasn't Columbia City proper, but being that it's close by I wanted to give a reference point.
I think you're talking about Rainier Beach and/or Skyway. (Judging by what's for sale at those prices/size). Both of those neighborhoods have bad reputations, and both of those neighborhoods are not entirely bad. They are neighborhoods with more poor people in them, and with retail cores that are lacking. If you go away from Skyway heading closer to Lake Washington it becomes a lot nicer, and if you go uphill from Rainier Beach(overlooking the lake) it becomes a lot nicer.
But both Skyway and Rainier Beach have parts that are just kind of depressing. I don't consider them unsafe. You hear about shootings outside of nightclubs or the casino there at 2 AM, and it gives the area a worse reputation than it deserves. I'd suggest not hanging out at the casino at 2 AM.
I wouldn't rule out the entire area, because there are some really nice parts. But there are also some sad rundown parts. And I think that's how people around here define ghetto. In most cities, if an area has block after block after block or abandoned buildings and drug dealers and gang members visible, it's a slum. Here, if it's bad for a couple of blocks the whole area around it gets tainted.
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Old 11-30-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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But both Skyway and Rainier Beach have parts that are just kind of depressing.
This is what I was trying to get my head around, it's just...depressing. Doesn't feel bad necessarily, just not what I feel when i'm in Factoria or Bothell.

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I wouldn't rule out the entire area, because there are some really nice parts. But there are also some sad rundown parts. And I think that's how people around here define ghetto. In most cities, if an area has block after block after block or abandoned buildings and drug dealers and gang members visible, it's a slum. Here, if it's bad for a couple of blocks the whole area around it gets tainted.
I think you are right about this. I've always said that Seattle doesn't really have a ghetto, just some neighborhoods with bad activity spattered within them. It doesn't ever seem to be all-encompassing like you see in other major cities.

I don't know what i'm going to do. I like living over here on the Eastside and although I can probably afford it for the most part, i'm a single guy who doesn't have a partner to share expenses with. Some of the prices over here just seem crazy, i'd prefer not to buy a condo.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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I'd suggest not hanging out at the casino at 2 AM.
Good advice.
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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I lived on South Beacon Hill a few years back (up the hill to the west of S Graham & MLK). I am female and definitely not intimidating-looking. I walked to/from the light rail station at Othello every day and never had any problems. One of my roommates did have a bike stolen. Othello seemed like an up-and-coming neighborhood at the time (this was in 2010).
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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I lived on South Beacon Hill a few years back (up the hill to the west of S Graham & MLK). I am female and definitely not intimidating-looking. I walked to/from the light rail station at Othello every day and never had any problems. One of my roommates did have a bike stolen. Othello seemed like an up-and-coming neighborhood at the time (this was in 2010).
I had a bike stolen visiting a friend on Phinney Ridge. These things happen all over.
Othello is an up and coming area, but that's a process that happens in fits and starts. It often takes a neighborhood 20 years to really "arrive" unless it's South Lake Union.
The gelato place/coffeehouse across from Othello station is now out of business, which makes me sad because they were the nicest people and the gelato was addictive and delicious.
But there's a new, fairly elegant upscale Mexican restaurant open in the same building now.
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