Downtown Seattle or Cap hill

Microsoft cQcl87
Mar 12, 2018 26 Comments

I work at Microsoft, currently living close to campus.

I've narrowed the places I want to move to those mentioned in the subject. My current lease ends in May.

My question is: which one do you think is better and why?

I am mostly interested in not having a crappy commute. I heard that living close to the 545 stops in downtown Seattle doesn't suck as much. I also heard that all connectors from cap hill are full and reservation is nearly impossible.

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  • Microsoft redfin?
    There's a 545 morning stop in Capitol Hill - Bellevue and Olive. it's a good midpoint price, lots of nightlife around, stay near there.
    Mar 12, 201811
    • Microsoft redfin?
      20 minutes on the bus, each way. Way back requires walk from Denny and Stewart, but I'm cool with it.
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      This is actually pretty good. Mind sharing what times do you take the bus at ?
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft redfin?
      830 to 9am
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft redfin?
      Welcome to the hood
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      Thank you ! This looks pretty promising, looking for something like this. Will investigate in the area that you mentioned in another comment, 737 olive way
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft redfin?
      That's pretty expensive, it's a very specific iconic blue residential building in Seattle, but yes it's a pretty epic place to stay.
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      Would you recommend a different place close by that has similar commute times ?
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft redfin?
      What are you looking for? If you don't mind staying in MarriedIndianVille just stay in Redmond, saves cash... If your want to stay in an urban place, Bellevue and Olive in Cap Hill is the best option that has restaurants, nightlife and public transport. This is the penultimate stop before crossing the water, so unless you want to stay in UDistrict (that too, near the bus stop, which is hard), this is the fastest your can get to MSFT Redmond.

      737 Olive Way is the stop just before this one.
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      I totally read your first comment wrong, just checked and there is a street called Bellevue in cap hill. I thought you meant the city. Alright, I remember the 545 stop in there. Maybe this is the place to look.

      And answering your question, I want the urban life you just described
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft redfin?
      Cool. Yes. I meant the intersection between Bellevue way and Olive Way in Cap Hill.
      Mar 12, 2018
  • Amazon qweeeerty
    Why is it so hard for MSFT to get more connectors for cap hill?
    Mar 12, 20181
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      No idea, but this is why I want to ask those that live in there, what are their thoughts on their total commute .. I've heard that you sometimes need to wait in the stop for 1 or 2 connectors to pass, then you can walk in
      Mar 12, 2018
  • Amazon ok ok ok
    By downtown do you mean I'm the middle of Amazon/SLU? Denny triangle? Cascade? Belltown? Pioneer square? 2nd Ave Ext?
    Mar 12, 20183
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      Close to Westlake , olive way. Pretty much walking distance to the 545 bus stops
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Amazon ok ok ok
      So right next to Amazon
      Mar 12, 2018
    • Microsoft cQcl87
      OP
      I guess, yes. I just want to live close to a stop that takes me to Microsoft and it's not a lot of commute
      Mar 12, 2018
  • Airbnb WecaT
    Traffic is fine if you leave after 10am and return after 7 or 8. Capitol Hill is much better for living.

    I also recommend Eastlake, it’s right at the end of 520 so you can get to MSFT in 20mins by driving. And it feels really residential but it’s still fairly close to stuff.
    Mar 12, 20185
    • Amazon ok ok ok
      Cap Hill is better for living if you are a frat boy who enjoys getting drunk multiple times a week. For everyone else it's not so great.
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Airbnb WecaT
      I like it much better because it’s less dense and feels more liveable
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Amazon ok ok ok
      Queen Anne is less of a frat party.
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Airbnb WecaT
      Queen Anne to MSFT is a soul crushing commute
      Mar 13, 2018
    • Amazon qweeeerty
      Lmao at people who only see PikePine and assume that’s cap hill
      Mar 13, 2018
  • Amazon / Designbaconroll
    I live on near the 545 bus stop on Bellevue Ave. there is a promotion in my apartment rn that you get two months rent for free. DM me if you are interested
    Mar 15, 20180
  • Microsoft redfin?
    If cash is not a constraint, 737 Olive Way is your answer. Look no further. Bus stop at your doorstep, bitchin awesome view etc
    Mar 12, 20180

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