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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-29-06 04:39 PM
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6. I'm in Seattle, and bought a house earlier this year. My thoughts:
The good news is that for 400k and 1500 sqf, you have a reasonably wide range of options, including some parts of Seattle proper (mostly in the historically poor, but rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in and around Rainier Valley). As for the suburbs, the Eastside is largely too expensive, but there are still some parts of the northern suburbs (Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore) and plenty to the south (Burien, SeaTac, Tukwilla) that would fit your budget. I don't know much about the smaller towns outside of the suburbs, but it sounds like there are some possibilities there too.

The downside is that "semi-rural" and "decent commute to the University" is a tall order. I personally would try to avoid any commute that either goes through Everett or the 520 bridge, which cuts out most of the smaller towns in the area.

Have you considered renting a place in the area for awhile to give yourself a chance to find where you would prefer to live?
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  -Seattlites, some help please. gkdmaths  Aug-28-06 10:54 PM   #0 
  - Hsve you checked out Fox Island?  Whoa_Nelly   Aug-28-06 11:10 PM   #1 
  - Do you have a realtor?  Suich   Aug-28-06 11:38 PM   #2 
  - I would second the suggestion for getting a realtor.  SeattleGirl   Aug-28-06 11:40 PM   #3 
     - We dont really have the option  gkdmaths   Aug-28-06 11:47 PM   #4 
        - I'm in Seattle, and bought a house earlier this year. My thoughts:  cemaphonic   Aug-29-06 04:39 PM   #6 
  - Okay, I'm a native  JulieRB   Aug-29-06 12:07 AM   #5 
  - I agree. woodinville is an option, but Duvall isn't too bad either  rustydog   Aug-29-06 06:21 PM   #7 
     - Thanks for the welcome  gkdmaths   Aug-29-06 07:03 PM   #9 
  - You can get a place in Seattle for  spindrifter   Aug-29-06 06:43 PM   #8 
  - nice  gkdmaths   Aug-29-06 07:05 PM   #10 
     - Sorry--you can kiss "ample" parking and  spindrifter   Aug-29-06 07:45 PM   #18 
  - if you have a pup, you should be IN the city  maxsolomon   Aug-29-06 07:08 PM   #11 
  - they have a compact disk district?  gkdmaths   Aug-29-06 07:21 PM   #13 
     - CD is the Central District  pscot   Aug-29-06 07:39 PM   #17 
        - pscot is right  maxsolomon   Aug-30-06 02:32 PM   #20 
  - I just pm'ed you gkd  Tripper11   Aug-29-06 07:13 PM   #12 
  - nice! commute options!  gkdmaths   Aug-29-06 07:23 PM   #14 
     - No problems...  Tripper11   Aug-29-06 07:39 PM   #16 
  - Try Briar. It's east of Mountlake Terrace  pscot   Aug-29-06 07:28 PM   #15 
  - hey brier looks kinda nice  gkdmaths   Aug-29-06 08:59 PM   #19 
  - Try Ravenna - Roosevelt.  philosophie_en_rose   Aug-30-06 03:45 PM   #21 

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