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CuseTiger
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Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Hope everyone is doing well on here given recent events. Given all of the uncertainty going on with the virus, I've managed to interview and be offered a job in the Seattle area with a likely start date of June 1. I have never been to the area before, but this is a great opportunity for my career to accelerate so I am really looking forward to moving out there. Biggest problem is I've never been, only flown through the Seattle airport once.

At this point, I'm asking for the Washington locals or Seattle experts on here to get a feel for the area. What are good locations to live in for a single 30 yr? Not sure on budget yet, but job would be in Redmond. Really enjoy quiet after work, commute doesn't matter too much, not a huge fan of homeless people (which I know there are plenty downtown), enjoy skiing/hiking, like fishing.

Other questions: What's the vibe like in the area? Are people generally friendly or give you the cold shoulder like here in NY? Common weekend activities? Seems very outdoorsy and I'm all in on that aspect of life. Are golf courses mostly public or private? Is the cost of living really that much higher out there?

Sorry I know this is a lot to ask, but looking to start somewhere and there's no better place than TD. Happy to soon be your neighbor, cheap airfare west coast deals coming soon


Drop4Loss
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
No way
No how
I would move to that liberal
Ass place


CuseTiger
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Member since Jul 2013
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Ouch, sorry you feel that way but I've accepted what I'm getting myself into and am trying to keep a positive attitude about a major change in my life. If you don't have anything valuable to add, please let the others on here respond and provide some input. Thanks


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AbitaFan08
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Congratulations! Don’t listen to that douche - I’m willing to bet damn good money that Seattle is better than whatever shithole he calls home.


RogerTheShrubber
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Member since Jan 2009
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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I’m willing to bet damn good money that Seattle is better than whatever shithole he calls home.


depends on what you value.

Seattle used to be an awesome place 30 years ago. The tech attraction destroyed its cool vibe. It's now kinda of a cold, distant collective personality. Seattle is a cat.

OP, that commute will kill you if you live in the city and work business hours. Redmond is a really nice place to live, I would look around there for housing.

The commute isn't bad mid day, But could take an hour in rush hour traffic.


cgrand
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
yeah I’ve only been once but I found the city itself to be unfriendly and ridiculously crowded. The area around it though is one of the most attractive regions in the world.

if it were me I’d be looking farther East, as far as I could comfortably go and have a reasonable commute. Seattle itself is not a place that I could live
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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
The area between the Mountans and Lake Washington is where I'd probably live. Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond are getting ridiculously expensive, so further east is probably better.


Fat Harry
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Single and 30, I'd live near UW in the University District / East Lake. Maybe Bellevue. Don't think either would be a terrible commute.


Paul Allen
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Pioneer Square is a really cool area


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Lsupimp
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
It's my least favorite big city that everybody else seems to love. Of course I base that on thirty total days there so what do I know. Everybody I know that actually lives there or has lived there, raves about it though. It certainly has rare and impressive natural beauty all around you.


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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
no help on living there, but just wanted to chime in on what incredible outdoor opportunities are near. the coast, olympic, the cascades, Canada, etc. just unreal. enjoy!


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jfturner212
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
I wouldn't live on the Bellevue side of the lake as a single dude. I'd also avoid downtown Seattle if you want quiet after work. I'd look in the Westlake area or Fremont. Ballard is cool too but further from the interstate. Microsoft has shuttles from all three assuming you're working for them.


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AUCE05
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
It is one of favorite areas in the US. That NE corner (near Redmond) is expensive as shite. You will just need to look at your budget. It is green like the SE, and the winters are similar to Mobile if you are familiar. You will be close to the Cascades. The downtown isnt near as scary as say NOLA or Houston.


Lsupimp
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Also - make sure NOT to watch KOMO’s “ Seattle is Dying “ which is on YouTube. Nothing enrages Seattle cheerleaders more than hearing what Seattle residents say about the new realities of their own city.


CuseTiger
Syracuse Fan
Member since Jul 2013
6123 posts

re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. So far it sounds like east is the nicest, but most expensive area. Young people live to the west of the lake. Doesn't sound like downtown is for me at all if I want quiet/a balcony/yard

Pimp, thanks for the video, now have the next hour planned. Helping me set expectations for what's going on. Don't want to move near some of those areas
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alpinetiger
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Member since Apr 2017
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Green Lake/Phinney Ridge area is nice and the commute to Redmond would be about 25-30 minutes. Its close to UDub as well.


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Lsupimp
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
From one upstate guy to another-Just listen to those who live there. I have a lifelong friend who would live nowhere else. Just choose where you actually live wisely.


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Hogwall Jackson
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Member since Feb 2013
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
I can’t add much value because I’ve only been there a few times.

Bellevue is super nice but seems a little far. That commute might suck?

Seattle is kickass! If I wasn’t in Denver I’d want to be in Seattle.


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yaherrdme
LSU Fan
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Member since Feb 2004
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Vacationed there with the family this summer. Enjoyed it. Was surprised that they have a reputation of not being friendly. I saw a friend post the following article from the Seattle Times.

LINK


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jfturner212
Washington Fan
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Member since Nov 2004
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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So far it sounds like east is the nicest, but most expensive area. Young people live to the west of the lake. Doesn't sound like downtown is for me at all if I want quiet/a balcony/yard


Rents on the east and west side are about the same. Further east you go the cheaper it gets.


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