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#1 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

Can anyone give me a heads up on nice but not too expensive areas for a family of five who may be relocating to Seattle?

#2 diddy-moo

Posted 20 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (Nanaimo Girl @ 14/03/2012, 08:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can anyone give me a heads up on nice but not too expensive areas for a family of five who may be relocating to Seattle?

Hi Nanaimo Girl!

i didnt meet you in an airport in LA did i?   tongue.gif

Sorry cant help you but I hope you went well!!

#3 kittennic

Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

It's a shame no-one replied, because we are relocating to Seattle in October and I'd love an answer to this question (we're only a family of four, but pretty close)!

Anyone have any new ideas?

#4 scm001

Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

My friend lives in Seattle. Her husband works for Microsoft. They live in Kirkland, which is close to the Microsoft campus although a bit of a drive from downtown Seattle. I visited them a few years ago, and it was a lovely area.

#5 kittennic

Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:49 PM

Thank you original.gif

#6 2bundles

Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:55 PM

I love the area around the Uni.  Having said that,  I don't really know Seattle that well.  The Uni area just has a nice feel.  This restaurant is great for families:http://www.vioscafe.com/vioscapitolhill.html

#7 kpingitquiet

Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:03 PM

I'm painfully jealous. I've been researching Seattle for about a year now and it's #2 on our relocation list biggrin.gif so I may have some ideas. Do you have potential job locations? What's your rough price-range for housing? Renting or buying? With those, I can give you a shortlist to check out from my favorites, but ymmv!

#8 baddmammajamma

Posted 20 July 2013 - 07:06 PM

You probably aren't going to find a ton of people on EB who have intimate knowledge of Seattle.

You might want to try BabyCenter.com, which is a primarily U.S.-based parenting site. They have an entire board devoted to Seattle Mums/Moms:


Happy (potential) moving!

#9 kittennic

Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:59 PM

Thanks for your replies. I will certainly check out those links.

I think DH will be working just south of Lake Union, so I doubt we'll be able to live right near his work.

I am hoping to buy, but I don't know how easy that will be soon after arriving, so we may have to rent a while first. Aim is to buy, though. For buying, probably want to keep it down as close to 450k as we can - even though interest rates over there look a bit better than here. Maybe stretch to 500k. I haven't yet really looked at a close budget because I'm not sure about living costs over there. I'm really hoping to find a place in the zone of a good school, as we'll likely be using local schools over there.

Edited by kittennic, 23 July 2013 - 06:59 PM.

#10 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 23 July 2013 - 07:04 PM


it's written specifically for people relocating with amazon but it seems to have some useful info for other people.

#11 kpingitquiet

Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:19 PM

Cost of living for Seattle is medium-pricey for the US but cheaper than pretty much any city here, and yep, interest rates are very low. Like in the 3-5% range. Don't forget to factor in property taxes when budgeting.

You might be able, depending on time available for house hunting, find a place in Queen Anne which is a fantastic neighborhood. It runs expensive but I've come across $400-500k places there several times. Same goes for North Beach area.

More realistically, I'd be looking in Ballard. The local elementary and middle schools are very well-rated at 7-10/10. High schools, I'm not sure who zones in that neighborhood. Roosevelt is another great option...Roosevelt High has a great reputation. We also like Wedgwood for good schools, low crime, nice architecture, etc. Greenwood is great for cultural diversity and community vibe. Further south, we like Beacon Hill. It's got a very "Seattle" vibe to it and is pretty affordable. Schools are hit and miss all over Seattle so you just need to check zone borders.

Eastside and the commuter suburbs are often a better bet for more square-footage and better schools/lower crime (not always, but usually!). Bellevue (East/West Lake Hills area) and Sammamish are both high up on our list while not being scary expensive. Now those are good for general education schools. Some of the inner city schools have some of the most amazing specialty programs like music, robotics, etc.

Kirkland, while very nice, is a Microsoft hotbed, meaning the prices have been driven painfully upward. You might luck into a gem there, though original.gif Plenty of people commute from there, and much further out, to Seattle.

My favorite insider-info forums are http://www.city-data.com/forum/seattle-area/

kittennic: If you're only planning on a 3br, as opposed to my guess at Nanaimo's 4br preference, you'll have a lot of wiggle room in the 400-500k range. Seattle's not a ridiculously expensive town, it's just more expensive than cities that don't have thriving tech/aerospace industries biggrin.gif Most utility websites have their rates online, as does Safeway grocery chain (via online ordering site), local restaurants, city buses, petrol (gas!) price monitor sites etc, so you should be able to get a good idea of costs.

Nanaimo: How close will you be to "home" (Nanaimo, that is), btw? biggrin.gif A day trip or so? Lucky duck!

#12 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 23 July 2013 - 08:26 PM

Wow I forgot all about this thread lol.

I originally posted on behalf of my sister whose husband was being headhunted by both Amazon and Microsoft. They decided in the end to stay in Australia.

Keepingitquiet - it would have been a nice hop, step and jump to my Dads!

#13 kittennic

Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:05 PM

Thanks so much for all that awesome information original.gif

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