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Old 06-08-2009, 11:20 AM
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Well, with moving to the Seattle area in less than 4 weeks, my wife and I have begun looking at apartments to rent. We are looking in the Shoreline, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Bothell area, and have found several nice looking apartments. The problem is, when I go to Apartmentratings.com, or apartmentreviews.com, they all seem to have low recommendation rates. As in 40% or less. There will usually be 8 or 9 negative reviews, and 2 or 3 positive reviews. A lot of the negatives have to do with crime, parking, or neighbors.

Is this just a case of the displeased people voicing their opinion more than positive, or are there no decent 2bed/2baths in the $1000 range?

Does anyone have any reccomendations?

By the way, even though we are in Michigan, we will not be renting sight unseen. We will be staying at an extended stay hotel for a few days while we find the an apartment, so we will be able to visit the communities before we commit.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:41 AM
Location: WA
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Apartment ratings will only scare you off. Only people who are unsatisfied with their experience use those sites. Plus, reviews from 2002 get the same weight as recent reviews, so many of the issues will not even pertain to you. Stuff like neighbors is going to be very localized, and changes constantly as people move in and out. I'd look for common themes in the reviews: if 1 person says the management is bad, they just had a bad experience. If all 9 people say that they can't get a maintenance request through, well, make sure you bring your own toolbox.

I've been living in a 21% apartment and I'm not dead yet.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:17 PM
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I agree. I live on Mercer Island and the ratings for my place around hovering around 40% and most of hte issues were when the place was new. I am renting a 1bed/1bath for $1175 which includes parking, and it has a two tiered hot tub, modern workout room, outside bbq, plenty of deck furniture, shops on the first floor, and you're on Mercer Island, close to everything.

Many places will let you stay in a place for one night. With the rental market taking a beating right now they'll pretty much let you do anything except squat on it.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:34 PM
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Wow, I never thought about asking to spend a night in the place. That would really be a great way to get a feel for the area/community. I know we are really trying to narrow down the possible list of places before we move, so we are not running all over the place, but have a definite list of places to visit.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:34 PM
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Also on pricing, im sure you will find it a lot harder to get something around your budget. I was lucky enough to get a 2Bed 1Bath for $1,400. I searched all over Seattle and majority were asking +$1,700. But if you're persistent enough you'll find a good deal. Just make sure you check it out before you actually go there. Good luck
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:18 AM
Location: North of the Eastside
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I strongly recommend Avalon apartments, particularly the one in Juanita Village in Kirkland. I am actually moving out of my apartment end of this month after a one year stint (bought a house). Best apartment experience I've ever had. I have a 2 bedroom with a lake view. It seems they might be going for about 1100 now. Quite luxurious too.
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