My fiancee and I are planning on moving to the Seattle area from Madison, WI next May, and we have absolutely no idea what to look for. I've been looking at a lot of apartments in Seattle and Redmond, and some look really great, though pretty small. We're used to ~1000+ square feet, and would like to stay in that range. Is $2k/month about the going rate for that size of an apartment? We're very interested specifically in living in Seattle if possible. We're very attracted to the big city.
A bit about our reasons for moving: I would like to attend digipen, but that won't be happening right off the bat when we move out there. I'm a PHP developer for the local newspaper in Madison, and would be looking for jobs in that field in Seattle. However, since the tech industry is so large on the West coast, I imagine that it won't necessarily be an easy task. If I do land a job in that field, I'm noticing average pay being ~$75k/year (please correct me if I'm wrong. I'd really like to know what to expect.)
So, I know my request for advice may be a bit broad, but keeping the income and apartment size variables in mind, what would you suggest? Also, if you work in web development in the area, what can I expect as far as job availability/job security/pay?
Thanks so much in advance. We plan on making a trip out there some time this year to visit some potential apartments, and the whole area is completely foreign to me (The furthest west I'd been until recently was Illinois, which isn't very west at all.)