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Old 07-10-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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I plan on moving to the Seattle area soon - after I land that great software job that I'm searching for.

After losing my shirt in the California real estate market I'm not interested in buying a house right now. A nice two bedroom apartment will suffice for my needs. Are they readily available there? I'm a single mom and have a teenage son. I hear that the schools on Mercer Island are excellent - can anyone tell me more. Also, how does it rate in terms of being a family friendly area? What are the transit options? Is the bridge a problem in bad weather?
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Old 07-10-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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Mercer Island may have the best school district in the state, and it's really quite the lovely area...It is family friendly, public transit to the island is great, and the bridge is almost never a problem, even in bad weather...Finding a reasonably priced apartment, on the other hand, could be a problem. ...Mercer Island is great. 5 minutes to Seattle, 5 minutes to Bellevue, great restaurants, nice parks....
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:34 PM
 
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There are a lot of new apartment buildings in the business district and it looks like they still have vacancies. There are also some older apartment buildings in that area and the rents should be a bit less. There is also a large apartment complex called Shorewood that is in a residential area. You can see their ads on craigslist.
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:18 AM
 
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If you were priced out of California, Mercer Island isn't going to be much of a respite.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:53 PM
 
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Not priced out of CA. Just sold my home, but still hurting at the huge loss in equity. For my relatively simple needs I don't see the rents on Mercer Island being an issue.
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Old 07-11-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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For my relatively simple needs I don't see the rents on Mercer Island being an issue.


In that case, Mercer Island has a ton of advantages, but you might never want to leave.
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