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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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