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Old 05-25-2014, 06:38 PM
 
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I have been offered a job in Issaquah and am wondering if anyone would have suggestions as to where to live to meet my criteria of needs:

One bedroom apartment
$1200-1250 per month (*might* could be flexible +100 more for right location)
Pet friendly (one small dog)
Able to handle the majority of application and lease-signing long-distance.

I am debating between a few different apartments in Renton but was wondering how the commute would be from Seattle (the job is for third shift/nights so maybe traffic isn't a major issue?). Any experience with exact apartment complexes would be great to hear!

I am moving from Arknasas and securing housing is a top concern right now. I will not have a pay stub with the current job I have been offered until after I start in late July so income verification may be difficult. I am still currently employed at my soon to be former employer. Any place where the application process is not headache-inducing would be appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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Wait, how is Issaquah too expensive? There are plenty of apartments, even near downtown Seattle, that would fit your criteria.

If you're working nights, commuting would generally not be an issue, though it could be if your shift ends after 7 am.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:07 PM
 
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Wait, how is Issaquah too expensive? There are plenty of apartments, even near downtown Seattle, that would fit your criteria.

If you're working nights, commuting would generally not be an issue, though it could be if your shift ends after 7 am.
When looking online, it seems like several/most rentals in Issaquah are easily $1500++ for one bedroom apartments. $1300 would be stretching the budget as it is. Bellvue and Redmond might be slightly cheaper but are still mostly out of budget. Some areas of Kirkland may be an option.

The job will let out at 7:30 a.m. I understand how that would pose an issue getting home.

I will continue to look around the Issaquah area
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:28 PM
 
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I have been offered a job in Issaquah and am wondering if anyone would have suggestions as to where to live to meet my criteria of needs:

One bedroom apartment
$1200-1250 per month (*might* could be flexible +100 more for right location)
Pet friendly (one small dog)
Able to handle the majority of application and lease-signing long-distance.

I am debating between a few different apartments in Renton but was wondering how the commute would be from Seattle (the job is for third shift/nights so maybe traffic isn't a major issue?). Any experience with exact apartment complexes would be great to hear!

I am moving from Arknasas and securing housing is a top concern right now. I will not have a pay stub with the current job I have been offered until after I start in late July so income verification may be difficult. I am still currently employed at my soon to be former employer. Any place where the application process is not headache-inducing would be appreciated.
Here's a hint: Issaquah has a huge Microsoft presence, and the prices you are seeing reflect that.

My advice is not look in Issaquah at all. Renton will be less expensive overall, and I'd recommend starting there to look for housing.

For future reference, the following cities have a large tech presence and will largely be outside of your budget: Redmond, Bellevue, Duvall, Woodinville, and Issaquah.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:38 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, what apartments are you looking at in Renton, OP?
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:43 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, what apartments are you looking at in Renton, OP?
Windsor, Woodcliffe, Brookshire, and Hilltop in the Highlands thus far. Are these more eastern-located areas generally better areas of Renton? Keep in mind, we're coming from the Little Rock area, so our tolerance for crime is relatively high. The only concern I have is avoiding random, violent crime. However, a slight increase in rent would be welcome to pay for the security of a safer neighborhood overall.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:52 PM
 
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Windsor, Woodcliffe, Brookshire, and Hilltop in the Highlands thus far. Are these more eastern-located areas generally better areas of Renton? Keep in mind, we're coming from the Little Rock area, so our tolerance for crime is relatively high. The only concern I have is avoiding random, violent crime. However, a slight increase in rent would be welcome to pay for the security of a safer neighborhood overall.
There is very little violent crime in Renton. The eastern located areas of Renton are closer to Issaquah, so you could take the back roads rather than I-90, but there are nice apartments near the Landing, among them the Sanctuary, Southport, Bristol, and The Reserve. The landing has all kinds of shops and restaurants, and the movie theatre. The western side of the Renton Highlands isn't considered very good, but the worst of Renton is far better than the worst of Little Rock. I don't live far from downtown Renton, and there's lots of newer apartments there , and others between there and the Landing in North Renton. Most of downtown Renton is safe, but there are parts a little less savory than others. I wouldn't say the easternmost parts of Renton are necessarily better, but they have better schools.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:26 PM
 
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I have been offered a job in Issaquah and am wondering if anyone would have suggestions as to where to live to meet my criteria of needs:

One bedroom apartment
$1200-1250 per month (*might* could be flexible +100 more for right location)
Pet friendly (one small dog)
Able to handle the majority of application and lease-signing long-distance.

I am debating between a few different apartments in Renton but was wondering how the commute would be from Seattle (the job is for third shift/nights so maybe traffic isn't a major issue?). Any experience with exact apartment complexes would be great to hear!

I am moving from Arknasas and securing housing is a top concern right now. I will not have a pay stub with the current job I have been offered until after I start in late July so income verification may be difficult. I am still currently employed at my soon to be former employer. Any place where the application process is not headache-inducing would be appreciated.
Ask your future employer for an income verification letter on their letterhead. That way, you'll have something to show apartment managers regarding how much you'll be making.
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:54 PM
 
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When we moved out here last year I used google map to find check commute times when evaluating different apartments. I also had my new employer send me a job offer letter which I used to secure an apartment over the internet. Good luck with the move
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Issaquah WA
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driving into Seattle at 7:30am won't be that bad. 8:30-9:30am is the most congested time but it's still reasonable. The worst time to try to go to the city is 5-7pm.

Do you prefer more city/development or are you open to more natural? You could try looking at North Bend or Snoqualmie. The latter has a ton of new development but I'm not sure of the pricing. The former is beautiful and small and more removed. East Renton Highlands is pretty low-crime and low-key. I live near there and go that way for most shopping.

There is a fair amount of property crime here, but you almost never hear of violent crime. When it does happen it's most often people who know each other/domestic crimes.
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