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CuseTiger
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Would you recommend the east for a 30 yr old? I'm honestly looking for a place to settle down, pay off debt, and get settled in with the new job. Don't need the night clubs or to be surrounded by bars, but as long as there's some things in the area to do outside of work I'm fine with that


LSUintheNW
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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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.



No reason to live near the homeless or in the city since it isn't exactly that close.

That commute is disgusting.


jfturner212
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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Would you recommend the east for a 30 yr old? I'm honestly looking for a place to settle down, pay off debt, and get settled in with the new job. Don't need the night clubs or to be surrounded by bars, but as long as there's some things in the area to do outside of work I'm fine with that



I'd move to Redmond or Kirkland if you don't mind being out of the mix. There's some young people over there and both are nice and quiet. Upsides are close to your work, better public golf courses, lots of hiking trails around, and you're a little over an hour to Stevens Pass if you ski. Also, Marymoor Park in Redmond and Chateau St. Michelle in Woodinville have decent summer concert schedules if you're into that.


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jfturner212
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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That commute is disgusting.



Takes me 30-45 minutes in the morning to get from West Queen Anne to MSFT headquarters. Almost half of that is the first 3 miles getting to i5. Clear all the way once I get on 520. Its a 20 minute drive with no traffic. Not terrible.


LSUintheNW
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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Takes me 30-45 minutes in the morning


How about in the evening? Is that the trick?

He can be closer for sure and have even less of a commute.



LSUintheNW
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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The downtown isnt near as scary


It isn’t scary at all.


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jfturner212
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Same going back. Not having to get on 405 and only on i5 for one exit helps. Reverse commute.

Lived downtown in Pioneer Square and above Pike Place for 3 years. Nothing about downtown is scary. Cleaner and safer than downtown Houston or Nola even with the vagrant pos tweakers.



Teddy Ruxpin
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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It isn’t scary at all


Ya, has the crazy homeless here and there and a guy smoking crack or something.

Something that is unfortunately happening in every big city worth a shit, sadly.

I had a good time. The nature options are legit.
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LSUintheNW
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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even with the vagrant pos tweakers.


I've lived in NOLA. There's not a single thing or place in the NW that is even remotely scary.

I lived on Hilltop in Tacoma very close to the worst areas. No biggie....

NOLA is a training ground for the rest of the world in terms of survival.

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Same going back


Nice. I used to commute from Tacoma to Kent. 25 min drive in the am. Minimum 1 hour if I wasnt on I5 by 330.

I kept my golf clubs in my trunk and would routinely go to a range or play 9 when I knew I was gonna be stuck for awhile.

I'll never commute again. Not for me. 5 years was enough.

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jfturner212
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
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I kept my golf clubs in my trunk and would routinely go to a range or play 9 when I knew I was gonna be stuck for awhile.



I worked out of a client's office in Renton and did the same thing. Would stop at Foster in Tukwila on my way back downtown. It's a shitter but better than sitting in traffic for 35 minutes.


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BRPelican45
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Hey bud, I moved to Seattle 5 years ago. I love it here. I work in multi-family housing and am happy to throw out some recommendations.

Based on what you've said, I think living in Redmond might be the play. The cities and neighborhoods in the area are pretty distinct from one another, so it boils down to your personality. But as a 30 year old single guy, downtown Redmond isn't the worst place to be. Kirkland might be better, that is, if you want to stay on the Eastside. I myself am a 32 year old single guy and I could never live on the Eastside. Too suburban, too many Karens, too many BMW SUVs. I enjoy Seattle.

If you're interested in living in Seattle, I'd suggest the Eastlake neighborhood. You can take the 355 bus to Redmond, or, if you're driving, you're close to the 520 bridge. Honestly I'd consider bussing. The bus system here is good. Eastlake is pretty central and close to lots oto do, but far enough away that you don't have to deal with quite so many crackheads and homeless.

I live in N Seattle and I love it up here, but you would tire of the commute pretty quickly.

There are a lot of quality golf courses within an hour of Seattle. Lynnwood has a nice public course, as does West Seattle. Willows Run in Redmond is also nice. The weather here in the summer is perfect - makes for some great golfing.

If you're looking to rent, I'm happy to offer you some recommendations. Just share some perameters like budget and some must haves and I'll send something your way.
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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.
Thanks for all these suggestions. I'm working out final negotiations and then will be back on here asking for some further help. I'm requesting a house hunting trip to see the area so before I do that I'll come up with a detailed list of the areas I'm interested in seeing.

I'll also ask for roadtrip suggestions from buffalo to seattle as that's 39 hours of driving with a lot of sights on the way. Never been to iowa, montana, idaho, south dakota, nebraska and they're all on the way over.


NOLALGD
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re: Moving to Seattle in Two Months: Housing Recs, Things to Do, Etc.
Sounds awesome. Haven't done this exact route but to start I would take at a minimum at least 6 days if you want to explore and sightsee, and if you have the time/Monday, aim for 10-14 days, or even a little longer.

Also I would plan to add at least 20% additional miles/driving time to account for side trips to places off the fastest driving route.


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