Areas to live near Microsoft.

New RuMx65
Nov 7 13 Comments

As the title says, starting a new job up in Redmond soon with MSFT. What's everyone's opinion on the ares to live in?
Some context: Male, single, 24, having things to do is important but I'm not sure if a long commute is worth the sacrifice. I'd also like to have an active dating scene and the ability to hit up relaxed cocktail bars/pubs on the weekends.

I like the idea of living in downtown Seattle(Capitol Hill/Fremont) but everything is so expensive and Ideally I want to keep rent + parking under 2350. I'm also unsure about the consistency of the connector shuttle(Id rather take the bus if living in the city, driving if I live outside of the city).

Bellevue seems like a nice middle ground but from what I've read there's not much to do, also still kinda pricey.

Redmond looks the most boring but also the cheapest with the shortest commute.

Anyone have experience/suggestions/advice? First time moving away from my local area and worried about how much where I choose will impact my life.

YOE: 2
TC: 166k

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  • Airbnb valhala
    Anyone saying Redmond for a single male is living boring life. Just live in cap hill, this age won’t come back.
    Nov 7 1
    • New RuMx65
      OP
      Thanks for the advice! Putting it in that perspective makes it an easy choice.
      Nov 7
  • Twilio / Eng Chillcrest
    Sammamish
    Nov 7 3
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      OP is a single, young male, not a 55-year-old hitting his 30th year at Microsoft looking for retirement homes.
      Nov 7
    • Twilio / Eng Chillcrest
      when the rents just 1500 for a studio with free parking, it don't matter
      Nov 7
    • Facebook ⭕w⭕
      Ok boomer.
      Nov 7
  • Facebook ⭕w⭕
    Eastside is for family people who care more about school districts for their kids over nightlife and an active dating scene. Do yourself a favor as a single, young male and move to Seattle (Cap Hill is great).
    Nov 7 1
    • New RuMx65
      OP
      Thanks for the advice!
      Nov 7
  • Capitol Hill is the place for you. Easiest bus commute to Microsoft of anywhere in Seattle between the Connector and the public bus that runs every 6 mins, and lots of bars and stuff around.
    Nov 7 2
    • New RuMx65
      OP
      Any idea on how long the connector/bus will be? I've seen most estimates to be around 30 minutes in the morning and up to an hour if you leave work at 5.
      Nov 7
    • That sounds right including walk time. You’ll be on the bus for less than an hour certainly.
      Nov 7
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    Blin$Ninja

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    Blin$Ninjamore
    The question you want to ask is do you want drive once or twice a week or 5 days of each dash about 2 hours vs < 15mins.

    If you want 15mins or less go for Redmond, otherwise Seattle downtown
    Nov 7 0
  • Microsoft igvdshb
    I’m also 24 single male and living in cap hill now. I hate it and am moving to east side once lease is over
    Nov 17 0

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