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Old 03-16-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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Hello all,

I will soon be moving to Seattle to work in the Redmond area and was interested in living in the downtown area. Ill be looking for a single bedroom (maybe studio) apartment and my budget is around $13-1400 a month for rent. Im looking for a mid-rise to high-rise apartment with a good urban feel to it.

My question to you folks is what are some of the neighborhoods around the downtown area, what are some of the characteristics, pros/cons, and any other helpful advice.

The only neighborhood I found any helpful info on is Belltown that seemed like its fairly close to downtown (is it?) thats nice and has a trendy/young feel to it.

Im really not into the club/dance scene so I really dont care for that.

Thanks in advance for any help/info!
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:59 PM
 
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Belltown is basically IN DT (next to Pike Place Market). There is a club/dance/bar scene in Belltown. And there's always some drunkard incidences going on in Belltown.

I think you should look closer to the UW, or Eastlake, maybe even Madison Park. You will be using the 520 to go to Redmond and if you are going during Rush hour-- wow, it's going to be a pain. General reccomendation is you live on the same side on the lake as your job.

If you want youthful/trendy, at least check out Kirkland DT area.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Belltown is basically IN DT (next to Pike Place Market). There is a club/dance/bar scene in Belltown. And there's always some drunkard incidences going on in Belltown.

I think you should look closer to the UW, or Eastlake, maybe even Madison Park. You will be using the 520 to go to Redmond and if you are going during Rush hour-- wow, it's going to be a pain. General reccomendation is you live on the same side on the lake as your job.

If you want youthful/trendy, at least check out Kirkland DT area.
While I definitely like my local pub, I dont enjoy the club/dance thing, so would you suggest not looking there?

If ill be leaving the city for work, will traffic be that bad? What kind of timeframe are we looking at here? 30 min?

Will there be a similar urban feel in neighborhoods on the other side of the lake?

Also, what neighborhoods should i avoid in terms of crime/ghetto?

Will the UW, Eastlake, MAdison, or Kirkland have a similar urban/downtown feel, or at least be close enough for a short walk or bike ride?

Thanks again.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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I'm just saying there are club/dance scene in Belltown. And that you have Frat boys or drunkards running around on the weekends. But otherwise its nice there. I'm just forewarning you.

If ill be leaving the city for work, will traffic be that bad? What kind of timeframe are we looking at here? 30 min?

i5 corridor that goes through DT is a tightly wound bottleneck as is the ramp onto 520. If there's no traffic, its less than 25 mins trip from (Belltown) Seattle to Redmond. With traffic, expect an hour at least; with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Will there be a similar urban feel in neighborhoods on the other side of the lake?

Well, we do have Belleve DT which would be the more densely urban area of the Eastside which is not too far from Redmond and you can even take the backroads, avoiding freeways. However, one should note Bellevue is... not like Seattle (and its a subject that escalates b/c people in Seattle "hate" Bellevue and Bellevue takes pride in being NOT Seattle). Bellevue is pricey. But it does have the high rises, I don't know if there's apartments or if they're all condos. Kirkland is a cute waterfront town, which is why I brought it up.

Also, what neighborhoods should i avoid in terms of crime/ghetto?

Eh... we don't have true ghettos. While we do have areas that are undesirable, it doesn't encompass the entire area. Like Rainier Beach, there are "harsh" sections, but it also does have nice areas. WA is very safe.

Will the UW, Eastlake, MAdison, or Kirkland have a similar urban/downtown feel, or at least be close enough for a short walk or bike ride?


Short walk to... what exactly? Redmond actually likes to label itself as the bicycle capital. The Seattle area likes to pride itself for being bicycle friendly and we have a lot of trails for that. You're not going to suffer for areas to bike ride, regardless of where you live.

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