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Old 06-05-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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I plan to move to Seattle in the fall and would like to get some advice from the crowd here.

I will work remotely, so no commute. I'd like to live within 30-45 minutes commute from downtown Seattle. I am single, in my mid 30s and would like to rent an newer apartment (1-2 bedroom) or a small house larger than 800 sf.

What city/neighborhoods should I consider and how much the rent might be?

Thank you.
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:14 PM
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Default Queen Anne, Magnolia, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Greenlake

Queen Anne is a very nice area just north of downtown Seattle. It can be pricey ($800 for a studio, $1000+ for a one bedroom in many cases).

Other areas to consider that are not far from downtown are Magnolia, Ballard, Greenlake and Capitol Hill. When looking, you should be careful about areas south of downtown since the crime is higher.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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In the north areas avoid some of the places near or off Aurora Ave (Hwy 99). There are some dodgy areas there too.

It can be pricey ($800 for a studio, $1000+ for a one bedroom in many cases).

It's about the same in in all the neighborhoods KRF mentioned in the above. The question is also how much can you afford? What kind of living space do you want?
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

Since I don't have to commute, I can live farther out for newer, more spacious unit (800 sf at least, preferably 1000 sf). From what I read so far, Newcastle might be a good option. I'm also considering Renton and Kent. What about Tacoma? Is it more than 30-45 minute commute from Seattle?

Budget wise, I'd like to keep it under 1,500/month. Is this a reasonable number?
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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What about Tacoma? Is it more than 30-45 minute commute from Seattle?

Thereabouts. Or an hour depending on traffic.

I'd like to keep it under 1,500/month. Is this a reasonable number?

It's reasonable in Tacoma for 800-1000 sf apartment w/ 1 or 2br. Kent & Renton about the same as Seattle maybe cheaper by 10-20%.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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What about Tacoma? Is it more than 30-45 minute commute from Seattle?

Thereabouts. Or an hour depending on traffic.

I'd like to keep it under 1,500/month. Is this a reasonable number?

It's reasonable in Tacoma for 800-1000 sf apartment w/ 1 or 2br. Kent & Renton about the same as Seattle maybe cheaper by 10-20%.
1500 is a reasonable number. You'd get more for your money in Tacoma than Renton/Kent. More for your money in Renton/Kent than in Seattle.

Traffic between Seattle/Tacoma gets very bad during Rush hour. What is normally around a 30 minute commute can be stretch into... an hour and a half.
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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I have a pretty flexible time frame and can move anytime. Is it better to move during the summer (now-August) or should I wait until September? Does it matter? I suppose it would be sufficient to look 3-6 weeks ahead of desired move-in time?
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