Post # 1
As many others have posted lately I am a longtime lurker, first time poster. I have been applying for jobs in the Bellevue area as I am hoping to relocate from Tampa, Florida. Both my FI and I have visited Seattle several times and we fell in love with the atmosphere and creative energy. Really what I am looking for is guidance from those who have moved across the country, especially in the Seattle area, and how to really get this process started. As well as what pitfalls to avoid.
Some background about me is that I am recently engaged, 23 years old, and I have my MBA with a background in film production and marketing.FI is the same age and has a background with computers, entry-level IT.
Post # 3
Well I haven’t moved To Seattle, but I live there! It’s definitely a great place to live, especially for IT. My fiance is in the field, he designs enterprise level storage systems for a re-seller.
If you’re looking for work in the Bellevue area, have you thought about whether you want to live in Seattle proper or on the east side? The Bellevue area is nice, but more conservative than the city of Seattle. If you do live in Seattle you would have to commute accross one of the floating bridges to get to work. They’re both a pain, one of them has a toll, and the other probably will soon. If you do live on the east side, Kirkland is really nice. It has a cute downtown, and doesn’t feel quite so “suburban sprawl.”
I don’t know if I’m helping at all! Do you have any specific questions for a Seattle native?
Post # 4
@MojitoMeg: Thanks so much for responding! Your answer did help. So I think we would live in the Bellevue area as I am tired of the hour commute I have to work in Tampa and I would love to be super close to work and everything else. My FI loves Bungie (video game company) and is applying for tester jobs there. I personally would prefer not to take a toll everyday. We have looked at apartments online in Bellevue and the cost of living is expected but still higher than what we are used to.
I guess some potential questions are:
Is the traffic in and around Seattle as bad as I have heard?
I took the bus a few times but as a native to the area what are your thoughts about the public transportation?
What are the winters like? I visited in the summer and it was lovely.
And just for fun will I became addicted to coffee when we move there?
Post # 5
I relocated back to Seattle from Phoenix more than ten years ago. I did an interview trip then the company that hired me moved me up and provided a stipend. I was in my mid-twenties at the time. I got an apartment on Mercer Island and commuted to Sodo (just I-90) until I figured out neighborhoods, etc.
My advice would be to pick Bellevue or Seattle based on where you find employment. Amazon is hiring like crazy and the surrounding neighborhood is rapidly changing to support them, the Bill Gates Foundation, etc. You both don’t need to work on the same side of Lake Washington, but you should live on the side where the working hours are more variable. My IT job had big delivery pushes where sometimes, everyone worked late. Public transportation service really becomes limited after 6:00pm. Most of my coworkers now who take the bus work more of a 7:30-4:30 shift. T-Mobile on the eastside is also hiring but I don’t know about relocation.
Currently I work in downtown Seattle. My ten-mile commute from the north can take 20 minutes during Christmas week to two hours if someone biffs it on the highway, average is about 40 minutes. I commute via motorcycle much of the time but the HOV access really saves only about 5-10 minutes. I work until after peak so getting home takes about 20 minutes.
Commuting across the bridges is horrible. It was a real shock to me after Phoenix. If you’re a single car driver across the bridges someone WILL hit your car eventually.
Public transportaton: Kind of a mixed bag. My “Express” bus is identical to the regular line except it stops every other block instead, but when I lived on Mercer Island the Sound Transit express bus was awesome. The new light rail is great as is the Rapid Ride.
Winters are wet, sometimes with freezing temperatures. It snows once or twice each winter. Blue skies are a rarity from October until April. The hardest for me was the limited daylight from November through January: sunrise after 8:00am, sunset before 5:00pm.
You’ll become addicted to coffee, that stereotype is utterly true.
Post # 6
@Han_shot_first: I’m lucky to live on an Island in the Puget Sound, so i commute on foot by ferry to Seattle. I don’t have to deal with the traffic, but yeah it’s pretty bad.
Public transportation is iffy. bus service in downtown Seattle is good, but when you get further out it gets tricky. Light rail is good, and it’s (very) slowly expanding. I never drive in Seattle, as I am a terrible city driver, and I haven’t had any issues getting around.
Honestly, winters might be really tough for you, especially if you’re from Florida. It’s dark, gray, and dreary all winter. There’s a stereotype about rain in Seattle, but we actually get about as much rain as many other cities. But it does get cloudy and drizzly in about October, and stay that way until June. My fiance is from North Carolina, and he has a really, really hard time with the winters here. That being said, summers are amazing, and its typical for us to go two full months with no rain, and temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
I somehow manage to be a green tea drinker in a sea of coffee addicts! But pretty much everybody I know guzzles coffee constantly. You will probably become a coffee snob though.
Post # 7
@MojitoMeg: Thank you both for responding and for the great advice! Sorry this is a little delayed work has been crazy.
I didn’t realize how crazy the traffic was but both FI and I want to live super close to work and a Whole Foods so hopefully that will work out.Though I did think the publictransportation was better it seems to be on par with Tampa.
I am a little worried about the transition from sunny to rainy but I am one of those people that can’t stand heat and my favorite days are cloudy ones.
I have applied for a bunch of jobs and will definitely look at Amazon and the Gates Foundation.
Hopefully everything will work off to move. My goal is for either of us to have a job in Seattle/Bellevue by the end of the year. 🙂