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Old 10-01-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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I am moving to Seattle soon but I do not drive (not having a driving licence). My workplace will be near Mercer & Dexter. Just wondering where would be a suitable place for me to find housing. I'd just need a studio, have no family or pets. Hope that the place is close to public transport so I can commute easily, also convenient for grocery shopping, etc. Another concern would be safety, i.e., whether it's safe to walk around (say, getting back late from work).
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Capitol Hill, Lower-Queen Anne, Belltown, Westlake, Eastlake, U District, Fremont, or Ballard would work, if you can afford them. What is your budget?
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Old 10-01-2015, 02:57 PM
 
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Capitol Hill, Lower-Queen Anne, Belltown, Westlake, Eastlake, U District, Fremont, or Ballard would work, if you can afford them. What is your budget?
Like $1500 - $1600ish for a studio?
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Seattle-WA-USA
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Like $1500 - $1600ish for a studio?
You'll be fine. Take the bus everywhere.
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Old 10-02-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Woodinville, WA
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I would maybe focus on the Roosevelt neighborhood or the University District based on your criteria.

Cap Hill, Fremont, Ballard, Lower Queen Anne, and Westlake would be fine, but a little more expensive. There are positives with all the locations mentioned by others.
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:34 AM
 
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Yeah - 1500/1600 mo you'll be totally fine...if you come soon. Prices are rising!
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:59 AM
 
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I recommend finding an apartment near Metro bus routes 26, 28, or 40 that is within walking distance of things that you will want like a grocery store or restaurants. All three of the bus routes have stops near your work. My office is near there and many of my coworkers live in Ballard. Some of them bike to work from Ballard. If you live further out you will likely take a bus to downtown then either catch a another bus or walk to Dexter and Mercer. Congrats on the job.
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Old 10-04-2015, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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I recommend finding an apartment near Metro bus routes 26, 28, or 40 that is within walking distance of things that you will want like a grocery store or restaurants. All three of the bus routes have stops near your work. My office is near there and many of my coworkers live in Ballard. Some of them bike to work from Ballard. If you live further out you will likely take a bus to downtown then either catch a another bus or walk to Dexter and Mercer. Congrats on the job.
Other routes are also likely within walking distance: 5, 8, 16, 25, 26, 66, 70.

You might also be able to walk or bike from Lower Queen Anne, Denny Triangle, Belltown, Cascade/Fairview, Eastlake, etc.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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Other routes are also likely within walking distance: 5, 8, 16, 25, 26, 66, 70.

You might also be able to walk or bike from Lower Queen Anne, Denny Triangle, Belltown, Cascade/Fairview, Eastlake, etc.
I heard Belltown and Denny Triangle are not safe?

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Old 10-15-2015, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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I heard Belltown is not safe?
"Safe" depends on what you're used to. Belltown is right next to downtown, is pretty dense (with lots of older and newer apartment buildings) and is busy, with lots of restaurants, bars, and clubs. That activity draws drug dealers, etc. One of the issues has been with fights and violence after 2am when the bars close. You might run into some aggressive panhandlers and a good number of homeless. I think it is generally safe during the day, and at night if you stick to well-lighted and populated streets.

On the other hand, you're close to everything - ideal if wanting to live without a car.
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