calling all Seattle, WA-ish bees!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

anonGreenBee: So things have changed a bit since I lived there in 2010 – 2011, but broadly speaking, you guys should be able to comfortably make ends meet and even save on 100k USD, assuming no to little credit card debt, student loans, etc. 

Where is he working? The company and location can impact your quality of life. I lived in Pioneer Square, Queen Anne and Belltown, which are all hip and very close to Facebook, Adobe, Google, Amazon, etc. 

Do you have kids? Do you like microbrews, coffee and local / organic / sustainable food? Do you like seafood? Do you like being outdoors? Do you like Canada?

I loved my time in Seattle and only moved to San Francisco for career growth. I just don’t have enough information to help you contextualize your quality of life.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I live on the Eastside, and it is wonderful here! On that salary, y’all should be able to live comfortably. If you are interested in buying a house though, I would look into the Kirkland, Woodenville, Kingsgate areas. Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond are expensive.<br /><br />For reference, we live in a one bedroom apartment with an office for about 1300 a month (but it’s across the street from Microsoft, so the proximity ups the average price for housing). We have a good quality of life, and I am still in school and not working at a paying job. It might be better to continue this as a private message if you have any specific questions. I don’t want to seem like I am trying to brag. <br /><br /><br /><br />

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Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Ahh yes, perhaps the big Amazonian that takes up all of South Lake Union?  Are you thinking of living in a house or apartment?  Renting?  There are ton’s of Apts and Condos in the SLU area, which start around $1400/mo or so for about 500 sqft (if I recall correctly, I haven’t looked lately but a friend is moving to the area next month).  Finding a home with reasonable pricing in the area will be tough.  Will you have a car or need to use public transport?  If no car, you’ll probably want to look into the nearby neighborhoods.  SLU has everything you could want now but other popular neighborhoods would be Queen Anne, Capital Hill, and Ballard/Fremont.  I’m actually over in West Seattle and wouldn’t trade it for any other place, but it’s much more of a small neighborhood feel that’s still close to downtown.  People tend to think the traffic is terrible because of the bridge to get here, but I work in Ballard and I feel that Ballard is much more difficult to travel in and out of.  You’ll also have no shortages of the things you mentioned liking, though Canada is a bit of a trek and you’d need a set of wheels.  If you’re looking at a particular spot on a map and have any questions, let me know!  I’ll try to help with more specifics if needed!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My mistake, our rent is closer to 1500 a month + pet rent

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

nerdybee:  #jelly — a room in SF goes for $2500, unless you want to live in the Tenderloin for $1500. 

anonGreenBee: pay off that credit card or do a balance transfer to an interest free card — that will help because $700 – 800 / month in CC debt will negatively impact your quality of life. SLU is a really expensive neighborhood, but Queen Anne, Fremont, Wallingford, Capitol Hill, etc. are really close and great if you want to stay in the city. 

No kids will help you maintain an active lifestyle and build up savings, and Canada isn’t in Seattle, but it’s great for a weekend getaway.

I’m assuming DH is going to Amazon — it’s a great company whose pay structure helps you predict how much you’re bringing in. He will be working a lot though. They don’t have the benefits or work life balance of Microsoft. If not, sorry for the assumption!

I’m not an SDE, though I’ve worked in tech for most of my career (took a few years to be a consultant) so I’m pretty well versed in most tech communities. Tech is a great industry — lots of growth opportunity and lots of interesting problems. 

Ice cream — you MUST get Molly Moon’s in Wallingford or Capitol Hill. If Bluebird in Cap Hill is still open, that’s also a great spot. 

Let us know if you want more info!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

bitsybee:  Move back to Washington! Tee Hee<br /><br />Sorry, not trying to brag, really. I love living here.  <br /><br /><br />

It seems expensive to me, because in Texas a 2 bedroom apt was about 800-900 a month.

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Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Seattle is a great city but it can get pricey! FI and I have a house on the Eastside and commute over to downtown Seattle.  He also works for the large tech co taking over south lake union.  You said you wanted numbers so here are some.  With a $100k base you’re looking at an annual take home of about $80k after taxes.  Obviously, depending on what type of housing you’re interested in that can take up a large portion of your income. If you live in South Lake Union you’ll be in walking distance from work which is great since there’s no parking in SLU and garages are being converted into new office buildings and apartment/condos. But living in SLU comes with a high price tag of anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500 for a 1 or 2 bedroom.  If you’re willing to commute then there are more affordable housing options, you could probably find a reasonable 1 bdrm for about $1,000 within a 6 mile radius.  You two could certainly live comfortably on $100k, but just don’t expect to be going out to fancy dinners all the time… Just sometimes 😉

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Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

nerdybee: Girl, I’m from TX too. A 4bd/3ba house on a quarter acre for $135k? I’ll take 10! (not really, but eff me that 10 4bd/3ba houses in San Antonio = 1 2bd/1ba house in SF)

I’m almost over it. Almost being the operative word. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

anonGreenBee: Oh, ps 100k is just his base?? He’s going to do well w/ bonus + RSUs (assuming the stock doesn’t tank). You guys will be fine. He might get secondary RSUs after being there awhile. 

My FI works for another tech company, and every 3 months he hits another cliff and gets another grant. They’re called golden handcuffs for a reason.

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