Any Seattle natives/transplants out there?!

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

SkinnyLatte17:  When you say “Seattle Area,” do you mean in the city of Seattle? Or somewhere near Seattle? There are a lot of major cities and they are all vastly different. Downtown Seattle is very urban. Expensive living, not a lot of parking, bad traffic, lots of hills (I don’t recommend a manual car). Outside Seattle there are a lot of smaller cities and towns that have cheaper living, lots of trees, normal traffic. It really depends on where you are going. I’m personally from Bremerton. I love Bremerton, hate Seattle. But there is a ferry from Bremerton to Seattle. My mom lives in Bremerton and commutes to Seattle.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

SkinnyLatte17: Depends on what you’re looking for, honestly. Do you want diversity? The ability to walk? Do you need to be close to SeaTac? 

I’ve lived in Queen Anne which is great for families. Very safe, great schools. Capitol Hill, Wallingford and Ballard are also good for families too. 

In terms of suburbs that are nice and close to the airport, the eastside — Issaquah, Redmond, Bellevue and Kirkland — are all very nice, though homogenous. All have great schools. 

I personally am not a fan of the suburbs south of Seattle. They are just not my speed and I don’t know much about the schools there. The northern suburbs seem too far from the airport to be interesting to me, though the schools are supposed to be better than the southern suburbs. 

Seattle is a great city and shopping is a non-issue with Amazon. In terms of food, every neighborhood has great food. 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Issaquah may be a good area for you.  It’s sort of far enough from the city that the prices start to approach reasonable and its a bit suburban.  At the same time it isn’t too far from Seattle or from Bellevue, the big east side of Lake Washington city.  Its also right near I-90 so you can be out hiking or skiing pretty easily, and near lakes for boating and swimming. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

SkinnyLatte17:  I grew up in Issaquah and my parents live there still!

There was a thread many months ago from another Bee moving to the area, and it had lots of comments and suggestions. Let me look for it. It will probably be pretty helpful!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I just looked at that other thread and noticed the other moving to Seattle Bee was getting excited about South Beacon Hill so want to throw out there that there absolutely are unsafe areas in Beacon Hill, particularly south beacon hill.  Definitely an area I would not sign up for without seeing the place and driving around the neighborhood.  I live in North Beacon hill right now and am planning my move 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

SkinnyLatte17:  Hey, I don’t know much about Seattle but I’ve done several cross-country moves. I’ve found the forums at city-data to be super helpful. I’d try a post over there. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I live in Renton (south of Seattle) and just like anywhere there are good and bad things about. Issaquah has AMAZING schools, so that is definitely something to look for. Sammamish is right around issaquah, but definitely gets pricier. I don’t know your budget, but Bellevue and sammamish are probably the priciest, except of course right along the water. That stuff gets crazy! I wouldn’t go any farther north than Everett or any farther south than Kent, the areas can be pretty iffy as far as I’m concerned. When are you guys planning on moving?

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