Considering moving to Seattle from Bay Area

Amazon porpor
Jun 23 35 Comments

Hi all,
We are a recently married couple with no kids and have been in the Bay for about 3 years now. Things have lately been getting frustrating when it comes to traffic, housing, cost of living, noise, commutes, absence of a strong public transport system etc. We are thinking to get the fuck out of here.

We have been to Seattle a few times and I felt I liked the place much better than this shithole. Housing seems to be much cheaper, and public transportation scene seemed decent. Looks like there are are also a good bunch of residential places under 40 minutes of commute to downtown and Bellevue/Redmond. We have explored Lynnwood, Bothell, and they seem decent. Weather seems to be concerning but we are fine with it.

In a nutshell, we are looking for:
- good house to buy for under 750k
- commute under 30-40 minutes door to door
- saving more money then we do here in the Bay
- decent schooling wherever the home is

So far it seems we can have all these in Seattle, but i would like to know from people who have experience with these places, what exactly is better in Seattle than the Bay? Would it be worth the move? Are there any things we'd miss?

Thank you a ton!!

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TOP 35 Comments
  • Uber TpBJ35
    If you are ok with grey skies for half a year then you'll be fine here. But I had friends that couldn't stand it and moved back to California after a few years.
    Jun 23 3
    • Amazon c'est what
      Take up snowboarding, it gets you out above the clouds and into the sun most weekends.
      Jun 23
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Definitely ok with the bad weather
      Jun 23
    • Salesforce jdhsbsba
      Live there from sept to feb before making this decision. Gloomy weather is a disappointment and not easy to live.
      Jun 23
  • F5 Networks RRA
    Half a year? It's worse than that.
    Jun 23 1
    • Apple
      economyded

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      *better (for those of us who hate direct sunlight and like mild weather)
      Jun 23
  • Expedia NEMO_
    Seattle is colder. During the winter there are only 8 hours of sunlight. If your concerned with the weather after visiting, then you might want to do a winter test trip? Commuting is worse here, check out the 2019 polls. The Seattle freeze is a social phenomenon and it’s real.

    The Bay has better public transportation. Traveling the greater Bay Area via public transit is much easier than it is in the greater Seattle Area. The people are nicer, I miss the people. It did cost more to rent in Bay, but Seattle prices are rising.
    Jun 23 1
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Thank you for the insight. I may have overlooked at the public transportation but in the Bay I find it hard to think it's good enough.. there is infrastructure but it's not all over the place. For example going from East Bay to the peninsula/south bay is a pain in the ass..
      Jun 23
  • F5 Networks indian in
    Let me burst that bubble for you -

    Check the traffic on Mercer road in the evening. It takes 90 minutes for 1.5 miles

    House prices are sky high in Seattle. Check them before you move.

    Ah, the last and most important thing - if you love rain, you will get full 8 months of it in Seattle - the most depressing place on earth.
    Jun 23 3
  • New mosscgh
    I’d move to San Diego over Seattle
    Jun 23 0
  • You’ll probably find that there’s some trade off between house price and commute times in the areas you’re looking at. I’ve heard of Bothell-Redmond commutes taking an hour or more by car depending on where you are. If you’re able to stretch your house budget just 100 or 200k you’ll have a lot more to work with. But your plan sounds good overall.
    Jun 23 0
  • Facebook lnstagram
    Moved to Seattle Eastside from Bay Area. It’s awesome.
    Jun 23 5
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      U mean Bellevue?
      Jun 23
    • Facebook lnstagram
      Kirkland, yes.
      Same variety of tech opportunities, gorgeous evergreen nature, cheaper housing, no state tax, great schools, infrastructure is expanding and building rapidly. No questions why the richest people in the world settle here.
      Jun 23
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Excellent. What about the commutes though?
      Jun 23
    • Facebook lnstagram
      30 mins to SLU in a rush hour, 10 mins to Bellevue downtown.
      Jun 23
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Great thank you
      Jun 23
  • Rally Health PWcK47
    I also think this is shithole but if you are married and both earning money this is reasonable shithole. Seattle is little better if you ignore weather but if you think to spend life there, trust me weather is concerning fact. All in all if you want to get the fuck of this shithole your best bet is Austin or somewhere in northern Virginia, north Carolina raliegh, Boston suburbs , something like this kind of sub urbs where quality of life is better.
    Jun 23 3
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Considered Raleigh NC for long enough, somehow the companies there aren't very appealing, worried about career growth really. Other than that it's a great place to sit back and relax.
      Jun 23
    • IBM vasua
      Raleigh is nice but career dies here if you are early in your career
      Jun 23
    • Rally Health PWcK47
      You won't get it all.
      You are getting most in bay area so decide what you can live without
      Jun 23
  • Facebook public2
    Traffic, housing, cost if living etc are all only slightly better in seattle and you have to give up career prospects, weather, and culture. Commuting in particular is worse in seattle if you have to cross a bridge. Schools are great if you can increase your housing budget. If you are going to make the move maybe consider a larger change? Good luck!
    Jun 23 3
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      Career prospects in the sense? There are a good number of big companies in Seattle right? Some startups are there too?
      Jun 23
    • Facebook public2
      Definately, but no where near as many as the valley.
      Jun 23
    • Salesforce jdhsbsba
      Only Amazon and Msft are big and rest are all remote office so less opportunities compared to Bay Area
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft / Eng moosaka
    Also look at North Kirkland.. As someone else said.. If you can stretch your budget up to 900k you could afford a place in redmond / Bellevue itself (in the outskirts).. Traffic from Bothell / Lynnwood is terrible and you could end up spending 1hour plus in traffic.. You could also consider Issaquah.. Traffic from that sid is considerably better.. Aside from that there are enough companies here providing good career prospects.. Most sf companies are opening up offices here anyway.. Weather is really the only terrible thing..
    Jun 23 2
    • Facebook lnstagram
      98033 is right in the middle of G, FB (Oculus and the future norther Bellevue campus) and MS HQ.
      10 mins to Bellevue downtown, up to 30 mins to SLU in a rush hour. Best restaurants, Costco, WholeFoods, TraderJoes, etc. are 5-10 mins away.
      Don’t buy anywhere north of Totem lake, east of lake Sammamish or south of I-90 freeway (except Mercer island): you’ll hate the commute.
      Jun 23
    • Amazon / Product
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      I live outside Woodinville and commute to SLU, it's not that bad. Just commute off hours and it's 35 minutes. 60ish if you go during rush hour. 10x more affordable and you can actually get some space
      Jun 23
  • Microsoft
    DjenNow

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    I live in Seattle. All 3 of your criteria can be met in Seattle. I live near Bellevue and my door to door commute is 40 minutes
    Jun 23 2
    • Amazon porpor
      OP
      How much to own an 3 bd 3 bath townhouse in Bellevue?
      Jun 23
    • Expedia fraught
      Depends, you should research on redfin or another site. Downtown Bellevue is very expensive but as you move further out it gets cheaper (but definitely not cheap). Bellevue has very good schools as well but is the burbs. Very different vibe than Seattle.
      Jun 23
  • Amazon oTok78
    People are less pretentious in Seattle than Bay Area!
    Jun 23 0