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Old 08-19-2008, 12:09 AM
 
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Hi all...

My wife and I are from the SF Bay Area and may be considering a move to the Seattle area. How is the commute down in the south bay to Microsoft?

In general, (northern or southern part) how long would a commute be if your distance from Microsoft was 70-90 miles?

To compare, a 60 mile commute in the SF Bay Area will typically take you 2-2.5 hours one way.

Thanks.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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Figure two hours. You have to get through Tacoma and Federal Way on I-5, then up 405.

Books on tape are a good idea.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:05 AM
 
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I'm not sure why you'd want a commute like that. While it may be typical for the SFBay, it's not typical around here.

Lacey is relatively rural. If your looking for rural, you can live 25 minutes away from Microsoft and live in rural areas by going north or east.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:15 AM
 
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A commute from Lacey to Redmond would involve an unnecessarily large amount of suckitude. Your commute would be better 70-90 miles north, but pretty pointless. As bigtrees pointed out, there are plenty of affordable rural areas much closer to Microsoft. And Lacey isn't all that rural any more.

By the way, Puget Sound isn't a bay and no one calls the area around Olympia and Lacey the "south bay".
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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Ok, thank you for the comments. I didn't really know where the best spots would be for affordable housing, so I kinda just picked places on the map and looked at themlsonline.com for some ideas...

It seems to me that if you want a house that's 10 years old or newer, and is around 300+, you're going to have to move pretty far away. Perhaps I just haven't found the right spots yet, I don't know.

It's probably one of those things where we're just going to have to take a trip to the area, get a realtor, and test the waters...

In Cali, you have to move to rural areas to find an affordable house.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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You can find homes in that price range and age around Monroe and Snohomish.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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You can find homes in that price range and age around Monroe and Snohomish.

The commute from Snohomish is going to be considerably better than from the south sound.

In general, you want to try to minimize the north-south component of your commute, over east-west (except where ferries and bridges are involved).

Try using redfin and looking at what's out around Duvall, Fall City, Monroe, Snohomish, and Carnation.

Another way to get into something cheaper would be condos, but that's a whole different can of worms.
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Old 08-20-2008, 12:26 AM
 
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For something under 10 years old and under 300 thousand, you will have to travel some, but not as far as Yelm. Look at places like Lake Stevens, Marysville, or Granite Falls. All of these places currently have homes for sale that fit those criteria.
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