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Old 03-10-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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The beach is beautiful, for a little while!
Living here year-round and full-time is a bit much though. The incessant sunshine and 100% humidity is slowly killing me. And I live in the panhandle area, so its even worse because there aren't other things to DO to take your mind off. I'm really craving some woods, hiking, snow sports, and clean and cool air. I've ha a love affair with the PNW since I was a little girl, it's time to make it my home.
Luna I concur with you, it is too dang hot here I am in central Florida and the humidity is killing me. I have asthma and I am tired of hibernating for 6 months out of the year or having to monitor if it is a safe day for asthmatics to go outside. My husband and I are looking at Bremerton or Bellingham area to buy a house in because for us it makes more sense to buy than rent.
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Old 03-10-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Luna I concur with you, it is too dang hot here I am in central Florida and the humidity is killing me. I have asthma and I am tired of hibernating for 6 months out of the year or having to monitor if it is a safe day for asthmatics to go outside. My husband and I are looking at Bremerton or Bellingham area to buy a house in because for us it makes more sense to buy than rent.
OMG YES, I have reactive asthma and have an attack when I so much as laugh outside. It's horrendous. And I'm tired of being sick.
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Old 03-10-2017, 12:15 PM
 
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Assuming I was moving by myself:

-If I'm good, finding a bartending job would take 2 weeks max.
-Cheap apartment near DT will be ~$1500/mo. Including first and last month's rent, that's $4,500 out of pocket immediately.
-Spending + food + transportation/car would be ~$2,000/mo.

So $10k sounds about right.
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Old 03-10-2017, 12:25 PM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Assuming I was moving by myself:

-If I'm good, finding a bartending job would take 2 weeks max.
-Cheap apartment near DT will be ~$1500/mo. Including first and last month's rent, that's $4,500 out of pocket immediately.
-Spending + food + transportation/car would be ~$2,000/mo.

So $10k sounds about right.
Thank you!
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Old 03-10-2017, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Thank you for the tip! Tacoma is definitely on the list of possibilities to save on rent. At first, I don't mind being further away from the city to make it work. We're seriously considering Olympia to start with. Eventually, I'll want to actually live in Seattle ... when the right job comes along. Til then, I'm cool. Just being in the area will be enough for me for quite awhile.
Olympia, while it doesn't look far on a map, will make getting to, and back from, Seattle much, much, much more difficult than, say, Tacoma, with many congestion bottlenecks and strangled corridors in between. The youth "scene" is also different, more "college town" (Evergreen) than metro-urban (think Eugene or Bellingham for comparison, rather than Seattle and Portland).
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Old 03-10-2017, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Olympia is only a little over an hour to the Pacific Ocean, pretty nice.
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Old 03-14-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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Olympia, while it doesn't look far on a map, will make getting to, and back from, Seattle much, much, much more difficult than, say, Tacoma, with many congestion bottlenecks and strangled corridors in between. The youth "scene" is also different, more "college town" (Evergreen) than metro-urban (think Eugene or Bellingham for comparison, rather than Seattle and Portland).
If we lived in Olympia, I definitely wouldn't be trying to work in Seattle. I'd try to find something local, even if that meant hospitality or service. Both are fine with me, for now. Eventually, the goal is to live and work in Seattle. But I would much rather get to the area and settle in a place where I know I can survive. The last thing I want is to get there and have all my hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of not being able to afford to enjoy my city. If that means living in Olympia until I'm settled, then that's what I'll be doing. Seattle IS my endgame, but I have my whole life (hopefully) ahead of me to make it a reality. Just being in the PNW region will be enough for me for quite awhile, even if that means Olympia or Vancouver.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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If we lived in Olympia, I definitely wouldn't be trying to work in Seattle. I'd try to find something local, even if that meant hospitality or service.
I was more addressing: "I have a roommate lined up, my cousin. Also, we are now considering Olympia to save on rent and to be a bit closer to Portland. She photographs concerts and most of her work is there, so we decided on a 50/50 compromise for living."

I initially read the italicized as referring to Seattle, since the thread title is "If you were moving to Seattle..." On the other hand, IF most of her work is in Olympia, then that wouldn't be a bad choice. If, however, most of her work is in Seattle (or Portland), it would be a tough choice for her, if not for you, for the reasons I stated. Don't underestimate traffic congestion in the I-5 corridor.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:26 AM
 
Location: indianapolis.
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I was more addressing: "I have a roommate lined up, my cousin. Also, we are now considering Olympia to save on rent and to be a bit closer to Portland. She photographs concerts and most of her work is there, so we decided on a 50/50 compromise for living."

I initially read the italicized as referring to Seattle, since the thread title is "If you were moving to Seattle..." On the other hand, IF most of her work is in Olympia, then that wouldn't be a bad choice. If, however, most of her work is in Seattle (or Portland), it would be a tough choice for her, if not for you, for the reasons I stated. Don't underestimate traffic congestion in the I-5 corridor.
I see, thanks for clarifying. When I say that most of her work is in Portland, I don't mean that it would be a daily commute. She photographs between 3-5 events a month at the moment, so she'd be going around once a week for the event and then returning. She works as a session photographer otherwise and can work from anywhere really, same as me with serving and bartending. We are looking at cutting costs as the main factor at the moment. I WANT to live in Seattle, hence the title of this post. But since I posted the OP, I've done more research and more considering and think that probably living outside the City at first would be best.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Living in Olympia isn't living "outside" of Seattle, or Portland. My advice is to move to Olympia if you want to live in Olympia.
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