Bellevue vs Redmond vs Kirkland

Sam's Club / Data KIPO37
Feb 24 28 Comments

My wife and I will be moving to WA and we are looking out for prospective options. We have no kids, her office will be in Redmond and mine will be In Bellevue. Anyone in same boat? Would like to weigh which apartments are preferred. Looking out for decent night life.

I have heard Microsoft provides shuttle and transportation services. This would be important for us to decide the place.

TIA.

Customary TC info: 260k including both (initial offer. Negotiation going on) . Fresh out of college targeting for 340k (including both the tc)

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TOP 28 Comments
  • Tableau Zero Cool
    Redmond - > Indians
    Bellevue - > Asians
    Kirkland - > white people, specially seniors.
    There you have it
    Feb 24 10
    • Amazon Beff-Jezos
      Yeah especially at Costco lol
      Feb 24
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      Exactly. Every person in the stores here is an Indian. I'm an Indian guy too but would love to have more diversity.
      Feb 24
    • Tableau Zero Cool
      Redmond is also known as New New Delhi
      Feb 25
    • Microsoft / Eng
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      It feels more like new Chennai than new New Delhi though.
      Feb 25
    • Amazon / Eng Awski
      Lol
      Feb 25
  • Microsoft VxDG20
    Decent nightlife available only in Seattle. If you prefer shorter commute, choose Kirkland.
    Feb 24 3
    • Sam's Club / Data KIPO37
      OP
      Thanks. I am looking out for shorter commute to both Bellevue and Studio D Redmond. Do you suggest Kirkland ? I assume commute time during working days will be 20 minutes or so ( from Bellevue to Redmond).
      Feb 24
    • Facebook
      Instagrаm

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      Instagrаmmore
      Check out South and North Rose Hill districts in Kirkland. Right between Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Superb commute anywhere, even during rush hour.
      Feb 24
    • Microsoft wJgo77
      I lived in Kirkland with my wife and no kids for 3 years. You can go out locally during the week if you wish and head into Seattle via a quick uber on the weekends. We lived in Rose Hill. It's like the best of commute and access to the city. The Kirkland waterfront is under rated as well.
      Feb 25
  • Facebook
    Instagrаm

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    Instagrаmmore
    98033 of course.

    Cycling distance to G in Kirkland, FB in Redmond and MS HQ. 10 mins to Bellevue downtown and 20-30 mins to Seattle. Costco, WholeFoods, TraderJoes, Nordstrom, etc. everything is within 10 mins.
    Feb 24 0
  • Flowroute / Other xYVT46
    Seattle - Fremont, cap hill, or Ballard if no kids and want a social life
    Feb 24 0
  • Microsoft profchaos
    I would recommend Kirkland as it's going to be the best option for both of you. Connectors are good but you might end up spending more time than simply driving. You may want to look at apartments in Clyde Hill/yarrow bay..
    Feb 25 0
  • Microsoft / Eng SenoritaWE
    OP, Microsoft shuttles go to other Microsoft buildings (they won’t drop you off at home) and you need to show your blue badge (employee) to get on and call one to pick you up. Commute will depend completely on when you leave :)
    Feb 24 3
    • Sam's Club / Data KIPO37
      OP
      Thank you! How about connectors? Trying to decide a place nearby bus stop..
      Feb 24
    • Microsoft Big D NRG
      It's Connectors that require blue badge, anyone can use the Shuttle. Connector gets you to Overlake Transit Center (OTC) for easy main campus and shuttles, then they go over by the Studios. I've never worked Bellevue so I don't know if there's a Connector to there or if you have to shuttle from OTC. If that's the case then it would possibly be better to drive or take Transit.
      Feb 25
    • Tableau Zero Cool
      There's multiple shuttles and Connectors to Bellevue downtown
      Feb 25
  • Microsoft
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    I live in Redmond and walk to work everyday
    Feb 24 1
    • Sam's Club / Data KIPO37
      OP
      Thank you. Would you mind sharing the apartment name?
      Feb 24
  • Microsoft / Eng yt216z32
    I'd stay in Kirkland, the commute is slightly better to MS than Bellevue.
    Feb 24 1
    • Sam's Club / Data KIPO37
      OP
      Thanks. Connectors and shuttles are easily available/accessible for both Bellevue and Studio D Redmond?
      Feb 24
  • Amazon
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    Redmond. If you can afford Bellevue
    Feb 24 0
  • Cisco bitset
    Yes , I am in same boat
    Feb 24 0