Might be moving to Seattle- need help!

posted 3 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Welcome to Seattle (maybe!)  The Pacific North West is amazing.  From the sound of your current weather you’ll be just fine here- lots of cloudy days and rain, but when it get nice outside it is absolutely gorgeous.  Cascade Mountains on one side, Rockies on the other, Mt. Rainier looming in the background, the Sound glittering in the sunlight…amazing!  In the summer it can get hot, but usually stays in the high 70s.  Winters are also mostly temperate with lows in the 40s, but we definitely have our cold snaps!

Housing is expensive.  Especially in Seattle-proper.  If you go a bit north (Northgate/Shoreline) or a bit south (Beacon Hill/Rainier Beach or even Renton) you can definitely find much more reasonable housing prices, but the cost is a longer commute (and rush hour is awful here).  For a job in Queen Anne, you might be able to find some reasonable stuff around the Ballard or Fremont neightborhoods, and that’s a quick commute.  Try areas like Greenwood and Greenlake too.  Seattle has so many neighborhoods.  Here’s an infographic of them all!  

Seattle is really dog friendly.  The city is made up of smaller neighborhoods, so it might vary from one to another if they are pit friendly specifically, but on the whole Seattle loves dogs.  

The job market is OK…from my own experience it’s not better or worse than anywhere else.  Amazon is tough to get into.  I recommend looking at the Universities here; they often have admin positions and they pay well.  Cost of living is a bit high here, so you should have no trouble meeting your $15/hr min.  

I hope you guys enjoy it here! 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BeckyS0:  Another advantage to moving to Seattle is that you are only a 2 hr drive from Vancouver, BC!!

Seriously, I love Seattle. We travel to Washington and Oregon all the time. Both are beautiful and have way better shopping than we do.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would suggest looking outside of Seattle proper for housing.  Look a little north or south on the I-5 corridor for housing, as others have suggested, and it becomes MUCH more affordable.  If you’re right on the I-5, it’s a straight shot into the city, so the commute is easy (although depending on the time of day you’re making the drive, it can get backed up, so plan accordingly) and getting lost isn’t a big concern.  Parking in the city can be a pain (expensive), but if your DH is going to be working somewhere that provides parking, that won’t be a concern.  Look at working for state/community colleges or universities.  They’re always hiring, and if you can get a job working for the state (in any full-time .5 FTE or higher position, for a college or not) any education you want to pursue will be subsidized BY the state, provided you are attending a state/public school.  It’s the WA State Employees Tuition Waiver, and it’s paying for most of my MA and PhD (so I won’t have student loans).

Everett has breed-specific legislation, and other cities might, as well, but Everett is the only one I know about for sure.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BeckyS0:  I always laugh at that rule. I know it’s not funny but there are people with far worse histories that we welcome with open arms.

Our own ex-premier of BC had a DUI while on Vacation to Hawaii, and he was appointed Canadaian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

He can apply for rehabilitation, but it takes a while.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/guides/5312ETOC.asp#5312E3

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I haven’t lived up there in ages, but that’s where my FI and I got engaged last summer. 

I LOVE Seattle, the food, the people, the parks, however boy do I hate the traffic. Otherwise, I entertain the idea of moving back one of these days. Not sure about pit bull, but it is very dog friendly. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Housing is fairly expensive, but like a PP said, the cost of living is higher and the wages tend to reflect that.  I think where your DH and you might be working will impact where you live – personally if you work on the north side of downtown, I’d say try to live on the north side, maybe Greenlake or Greenwood.  There are a lot of townhouses that might be a good option, or cute little houses with backyards (though they can be incredibly expensive!).  Queen Anne might just be crazy expensive, so you might avoid that.  There are good and bad areas in like, all of the areas, maybe avoid right along 99…

I also feel like I’ve seen lots of pit bulls around.  Definitely dog friendly!

Job market seems pretty decent.  I have seen a lot of contract positions, which aren’t the best maybe, but at least a foot in the door.  

Also – the Seattle Chill.  I feel like people need to be warned that people here aren’t necessarily the friendliest, they aren’t always as outgoing or good at talking to people they don’t know…  It’s not always the case, but it’s like people err on the side of keeping to themselves.  They’re not mean or anything, but not as welcoming as other areas of the country!  

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BeckyS0:  The February 2014 issue of Seattle magazine has a huge article on where the jobs are in Seattle from pages 70-87. See if you can access it online.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

BeckyS0:  Seattle is a beautiful place to live! And yes weather is a factor but let me tell you, I woke up to wind and rain yesterday, went out for lunch to find some blue sky, and went home in more horrid rain. It’s totally unpredictable. Our summers are beautiful and a great temperature. Typically in the 70s. If you like the outdoors, you’ll never be bored. Jobs – our job market seems to be very strong at the moment. Start getting on linked in and see if you can make some connections there, a lot of people use it. Unfortunately I don’ t know anyone in the legal field or I would help you but I can’t imagine that it would take too long to find a job. Dogs – As far as I know there are no city ordinances about pit bulls, MANY people have pit bulls in Puget Sound. Maybe it’s because we’re so liberal, and dog loving, we like to give everyone a chance ;). You just want to make sure you check with any land lords or apartment/condo rules, those are the ones that may limit “aggressive” breeds.  Cost of living – Yup, it’s expensive, but we also have a high minimum wage (9.26 at the moment) and as PP’s said wages tend to reflect cost of living. As far as good areas to live, I’m curious what type of atmosphere and area you are interested in? Yes any of the direct Seattle neighborhoods (queen anne, capital hill, fremont etc) are going to come with high rental prices. The further out you get the better the price, but our bus system is fantastic and MOST people who work downtown commute via bus. Greenwood/Lake is an excellent area if you can find something that is affordable. There are some great bars, parks, and of course the lake itself which has a biking/walking/running dog friendly path around it. If you go a bit more north like into shoreline or northgate, you are still in close proximity to greenlake but the rent gets cheaper. So yeah my big question is what are you into, what kind of neighborhoods/people do you like? Do you want to be able to walk everywhere, do you want a good night life, will you have cars, etc… Nice thing about the puget sound is that you can pretty much find something no matter what you like!

ETA: The chill – it’s about the same. People are friendly, but can be hesitant to invite people into their group. There are lot’s of ways to get around this though. And honestly I have never had a problem meeting new people. Granted I grew up here but people are friendly and if you have something in common they will totally chat and love to do happy hours etc.

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Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

 

I just moved to the Seattle area, we arrived this past weekend to be exact! We got an apartment in Greenwood, and so far I really like the area. There are a ton of great bars and places to eat, and I am in walking distance of Walgreens, Safeway, and Fred Meyer. DH commutes into downtown and it takes him about 25 minutes on the bus. I’m currently looking for work. I haven’t noticed the “Chill,” some posters are talking about. Everyone we’ve met so far has been pretty friendly. Then again we are really friendly people so perhaps DH and I bring it out in the people we meet? The weather is taking some getting used to for this Texas girl. Everything is a bit more crowded than we are used to, as well. I feel like there is no elbow room! Cost of living was a shocker, too, but it seems wages take that into consideration.

Good luck! There are some great bees here that helped me during our move. I’m hoping we can all do a meetup soon!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Welcome (maybe) to Seattle BeckyS0 !! I’ve lived here for 6 years now and still love it. The weather is usually what gets to people when they move here, but I moved from Portland so pretty much the same thing. Summers here are AMAZING and really do make the rest of the year more bearable.

JOBS/WAGE: Like other bees have said, the job market is pretty decent and you will very likely get the $15/hr you’re looking for because cost of living is kind of ridiculous.

HOUSING: It IS expensive as shit. I was shocked when I first moved here. If you’re concerned about cost, I don’t think you’re going to want to find housing in Queen Anne although it’s a fun area to be in. What type of atmosphere are you looking for in the area you live? That will definitely help narrow down the neighborhoods since each area really does have a different feel. Greenlake or Greenwood are popular areas and a decent commute to Queen Anne. If you want to live in the south part of Seattle, Columbia City is a nice area. I used to live near Columbia City but we decided to buy a house and ended up moving outside of Seattle to get more house for our money. We’re up in the Mountlake Terrace/Lynnwood area (about 20 min north of Seattle)…the commute sucks but if you’re able to take a bus into work, it really is pretty convenient. Some things to consider when picking a neighborhood is:

  • ease of parking – do you have people over a lot and would it be difficult for them to find parking since it’s a pain in some areas like capitol hill or expensive (some areas the parking is $3+ per hour)
  • walkability – do you want to be able to walk to coffee shops, restaurants, bars or do you not mind driving?
  • proximity to freeway – will you be doing a lot of commuting? I love Ballard but it is a pain in the ass to get to places from there since it can take forever to get to the freeway
  • level of activity – some neighborhoods are busier/louder than others (eg. Capitol Hill, University District, Belltown) and some are super quiet and everything closes early (eg. Wedgwood)
  • Just avoid living along 99 period. There are some ok stretches but most of it is sketchy. Same with most of the central district and I wouldn’t go south of columbia city.

DOGS: Seattle is super dog friendly! I see pitbulls all the time at the dog parks and it doesn’t really seem to phase many people. There are some apartments that don’t allow pitbulls but you would have to look at the rental agreements because it really does vary. I see pitbulls all over town so I don’t think you have a lot to worry about in terms of the city being pitbull friendly.

As for the Seattle Chill–I think it really depends. I’m an introvert so it’s harder for me to make friends and meet new people, but it’s a breeze for my husband and he is always meeting new people. I think it’s really how much you put yourself out there in terms of the response you get back. If you move here, we can be introverts together 😉 haha

 

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