I hope you don't feel inundated with Seattle questions, as I know that there have been a number of moving to Seattle threads in the past year. I'll try to keep the advice I seek more pointed rather than just ask "what the hell do I do!"
I recently accepted a job at a laboratory in the city. I believe the lab is in Fremont
, and you can see the location in this google maps link.
This is great because I have family that live in Fremont, and friends that live all over the city.
The main things I am trying to figure out are:
Where I should live
- Since I have friends all over the city (that is, no one group in one central location), proximity to my job will be more important than wanting to live in the hip Capitol Hill. I will be trying to bike commute almost everywhere, but I will have my car while I learn the city and figure things out.
I'm assuming that the ideal places to live, based on location, will be (in descending order of desirability):Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, U-District (and then maybe some of the other northern neighborhoods that I'm not too familiar with), or North Queen Anne/Magnolia on the South side of the delta. Any other options would be greatly appreciated. Other advice, such as it would be a bitch to bike commute to work from Green Lake or the U District every day would be awesome.
What I can expect to afford
- I'm actually taking a $3.00/hr paycut leaving my job here to move up there, but I figure it's worth it to get into the city with a job. What can I expect to find in terms of rentals? My price range will probably top out at around $700 living on my own, but I might be able to inch that up a little bit, as I can afford a little more not having any debt. Will this vague price range more likely find me funky duplex units, or can you have a decent apartment for that much?
I found an ad for a unit that's part of a triplex that has a washer and dryer in Ballard, here
, but I'm not sure if that's normal for the neighborhoods that I probably want to stay in. Are any of the neighborhoods mentioned above significantly more expensive than others?
My girlfriend is moving up before me to live with her sister for a while, so I have someone that would be able to go look at places in my stead. Any strategies I should employ? Are there any other sites other than Craigslist that might be useful in searching for a rental? A lot of the CL posts have rentals that are way farther out of the city than I would like.
Thanks for any advice anyone can give!