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Its a good question. and I really don't know.<br>
I was hoping to get some advice.<br>
I've never been to Washington, but my husband lived in Auburn when he was a kid.<br>
I'd like to live in Seattle, and have found "reasonable" rent there. (cheaper than where we are now, (S. FL))<br>
But I was hoping some ladies here would know the best places to live in the seattle area.<br>
I want to take advantage of all the AP and NFL things that the city will offer.<br>
Right now I live in a really spaced out city, you need a car to get anywhere.And I like the fact that you can take the bus all thru seattle.<br>
Does anyone have a link for the bus schedule and routes up there.<br><br>
And if anyone knows of a nice neighborhood where I can find a 3bed place for $1000 or less, please share.<br>
(rent.com has shown me places that are as low as $850 for 3 beds, so I know they are out there somewhere, I just don't know the good neighborhoods)<br><br>
Thanks in Advance
 

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I think the rents you are looking at are very low. Those probably aren’t in neighborhoods you would choose to live in if you could avoid it. Even in the first tier suburbs of Seattle, $850-$1000 is pretty low rent for a three bedroom. A friend of mine was looking for a two to three bedroom in that range and couldn’t find anything decent. I looked at some of the stuff with her and it was terrible. She ended up paying $1200 for three bedrooms (and the landlord agreed to reduce the price for them- it was higher). Maybe you could tell us some of the places you have been looking and we could give you a heads up of what is reasonable.<br><br>
Bus service in Seattle is better than it is in the surrounding areas, but it still isn’t the best. There are certain neighborhoods- like the U-district- that are very well served. Almost all areas are served, but the buses may run infrequently, and sometimes not at all on weekends. You can look up all the bus schedules on line here: <a href="http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/" target="_blank">http://tripplanner.metrokc.gov/</a><br><br>
All that being said- I think this area is a pretty good one to live in. I was born and raised in the Seattle area and have returned here after living elsewhere. There are lots of NFL options and lots of AP parents around. It can be a hard place to break into socially- I know people have a hard time with that. Even I did after moving away and coming back. People tend to be polite here, but it is harder to get to know them than other places.
 

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Thanks for that info, I have been calling around today, and found 4 so far that have openings or plan to for May 1st.<br>
Does anyone know if these places are decent?<br>
All are about $950 for a 3 bed.<br><br><br>
Rivers Edge<br>
1741 22nd Street, NE<br>
Auburn, WA 98002<br><br>
Brittany Park<br>
1433 8th Street NE<br>
Auburn, WA 98002<br><br>
Westhampton<br>
333 S. 320th Street<br>
Federal Way, WA 98003<br><br><br><br>
Waterbury Park<br>
32905 19th Pl S<br>
Federal Way, WA 98003
 

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Those areas are a good 30-45 minutes outside of Seattle. They are suburbs and aren’t typically served well by transit. The transit lines there are geared toward commuters for the most part, but not day to day living. They are also very spread out communities- they don’t have the sort of walkable village atmosphere. Also, being very suburban- those areas aren’t as AP and NFL oriented as living in Seattle. There are some crunchy and semi-crunchy types out in the suburbs (like me), but we are in a sea of mainstream.<br><br>
I don’t know the apartment buildings specifically- but I grew up in Auburn and there are a lot of crappy apartment buildings there. They have built some newer and nicer stuff on the edge of town- as part of big developments with single family houses- but those addresses are not on the edge of town. The price is pretty low for a three bedroom in that area. My guess is that it probably isn’t the best quality housing.<br><br>
I am not meaning to disappoint- but what you have found is probably not worth moving cross country for. It is really expensive to live in this corner of the US too.<br><br>
You might try contacting people at:<br><a href="http://www.thehighpoint.com" target="_blank">www.thehighpoint.com</a><br><br>
Its a new development in West Seattle where they are building market rate and subsidized housing (on the site of a former public housing project). They have really nice, new rentals at all levels of affordability.
 

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I was going to say that you're really not going to find 1K for 3 bedroom right in Seattle, and was going to tell you that we pay under 1K for our three bedroom....and we're in Federal Way. The complex LOOKS nice and generally is, but it has its sketchy times (like right now there's a "service dog" in our building, but he's a pit bull which aren't allowed but he gets to stay b/c he's supposedly a service dog and therefore protected). three bedrooms, full sized washer and dryer, etc.<br><br>
I agree that transit within the city (FW and Auburn) is difficult. But if you like walking, you could walk from my place up to the mall and scattered strip malls easily. Transit into Seattle is good, and surrounding areas as well.<br><br>
If Seattle itself isn't what is drawing you, look to Tacoma. I went to college there and if hubby weren't working in Bellevue we'd likely move back there...it's made fun of a lot (especially by Seattleites) but it's really nice.<br><br>
And if Seattle REALLY isn't drawing you, but just being in the Pac. NW, look to Olympia! Cheaper still. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And nice in and of itself, though you're getting further and further from Seattle.<br><br><br>
If you come for a visit, and you really should do that before making the decision, PM me ahead of time!
 

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Don't be afraid to look a bit North of Seattle as well. Lynnwood and Everett might be an option. Wallingford and U-District (i'm not sure of availability and cost though)
 

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I also like the north seattle area,but have you tried to look in West Seattle? It seems as if a lot of people are buying over there right now. Not sure what the rent is like,but its got to be more affordable than Seattle itself. Its one of those things where you really have to look around. Try the Stranger, they have a few listings as well as the Seattle times. Anywhere north of the city or south of the city( what about Georgetown)seems reasonable. My mom lives in Tacoma and despite the jokes, you can still find decent housing there. I guess it just depends on where you want to live. As far as transit, I live in North Seattle and need my car. My friend just told me that she took the bus one day to her job that usually takes her 10 mins by car and it ended up taking her an hr to get to work. It was from Ravenna to Capital Hill. They have a 3 bedrm they rent for 1300 a month. Very nice house,too. I would even try working with a real estate agent. Good luck.
 

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I'm in Lynnwood (approx 20 mins by car from central Seattle w/ no traffic) and I do know that you can get 3 bedrooms for around 1k if you keep a good look out. If you watch Craigslist - <a href="http://seattle.craigslist.org/apa/" target="_blank">http://seattle.craigslist.org/apa/</a> - you can get a pretty good idea what areas you can do this in, and then see what the area is like. Everett is really hit or miss-- there are some nice areas and some really scummy ones. I think more of the nicer places in Everett are in S. Everett (Silverlake, or especially near Mill Creek). I think it'll be pretty hard to tell which is which in any location until you can come up here and have a look. Lynnwood isn't too bad... close to Seattle and certainly cheaper. There are certainly busses that go to Seattle from this area, though it'd be easier to get around by bus if you are already in-city.<br><br><a href="http://www.commtrans.org/" target="_blank">Here is a link for Community Transit</a>, which mostly serves south snohomish county/north king county (S. Everett, Lynnwood, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, etc).<br><br><a href="http://transit.metrokc.gov/" target="_blank">Here is a link for King County Metro</a> (Seattle & such)<br><br><a href="http://www.soundtransit.org/" target="_blank">Here is a link for Sound Transit</a>, which (to my understanding, anyway) is more of a commuter bus that goes to most of these places, but I think is more for south-of-Seattle (?), like Tacoma, etc.<br><br>
If you are really going for the like-minded crunchy people, either in Seattle or Olympia would be your best bet. A lot of the Seattle suburbs really are of a more suburban-sort of mindset, though us NFL people are all over, too.<br><br>
OR, there's always the Eastside... Kirkland/Redmond/Bellevue, etc... but I don't know much about that. I think it can get pretty spendy over there. You might be able to find something decent in Bothell.<br><br>
Auburn and Federal Way, however, would be a real pain to get to Seattle very often. If that is important to you, you might want to re-think those two locations. If you're looking for a cheaper location, I think the north-end (Shoreline-Lynnwood-Everett), Tacoma, or Olympia would be better choices.<br><br>
Oh yeah, and as for what a PP said-- Wallingford (a district in Seattle) can be a little spendy. I doubt you would find a decent 3 br for under a thousand. Wallingford is really nice though, and I desperately want to live there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> There are <i>some</i> decent places near the U-district, but so much of it is definately college-oriented that I'm not sure I personally would want to live there. It's also a pain to deal with traffic in that area (not that it isn't a pain to deal with *anywhere* in Seattle).<br><br>
I'm not sure if this is really helping any, just telling you what I know. Good luck!
 

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I just moved here to Washington in December. You might like Tacoma area in University Place. It is a less expensive place to live, but not as busy at Seattle. I love WA! We are buying a new home in Dupont WA. :)
 

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It's weird to start reading a thread, thinking it's new, and then realising that you commented on it almost two years ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
But, yes... I've lived in University Place before, and it's actually pretty decent. Not that convenient to Seattle, though. At least not during high commute times. And it's very suburban.<br><br>
DP actually worked in Dupont awhile ago at Intel. This was about 4 years ago, and it seemed like a nice up-and-coming sort of place. Anyway, welcome to MDC & to the Puget Sound area! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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