Moving to Seattle?

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Apr 28, 2018 48 Comments

I think about moving to Seattle and joining FB.

Currently L5 in the Bay, about 340k TC.
FB offers E5 at 185/630/50.

With cheaper cost of living & no state tax that should be another 25% comp bump on top of the FB offer. So approx like if I got 500k in the Bay.

Can afford a home.
Now, the question is where to buy?

I don’t like overcrowded dirty cities. Don’t mind commuting from the Eastside.

Zip 98033 seems like a perfect still affordable location between Google Kirkland (if I don’t like FB and come back), Oculus Redmond (if I decide to try VR domain) and MS HQ (just in case), with short commute to Bellevue downtown and SLU via 520.

Thoughts?

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  • Microsoft / Eng
    serrrgey

    Microsoft Eng

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    Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
    serrrgeymore
    If you are fine to live across Lake Washington, the nearest cities are Mercer Island, Medina and Kirkland. The first two are the most expensive communities (Bill Gates live in Medina). So even with your salary, it won’t be easy. I assume you can target 1.2-1.8M houses.

    Bellevue is the popular choice in Eastside for clean and great living environment + jobs + education.

    Bellevue has several areas. Clyde hill is the most expensive one which has Bellevue high school (lots of rich people) and with great view. You may not afford here to have a good size house. Somerset is very popular particularly for education because of New Port high school which has nation’s top orchestra and has higher academic scores. Somerset has lots of old houses in the hill. 1.2-1.5M will get you 1,800-2800sqft houses with some yard but they are mostly built in 1960s. Lakemont is farther away (exit 13 at I90). They don’t have many apartments and most of the houses are over 3,000 sqft. This is the best target probably with adequate commute to Seattle with good size house yet not too expensive. You need 1.3-1.6M to live here as there are no small houses but the house will guarantee the life you dreamt of. Great neighborhood with stable jobs (doctors, dentists or double income engineers). Their elementary school is very good however the school district is not Bellevue. They belong to Issaquah school district which is still great but Lakemont sends to Issaquah high school which is weaker than other high school in Issaquah (Skyline). But school academics change when demographics change and that is what is happening. These are the areas considered great in general in Bellevue.

    Closer to Redmond, Sammamish high school and Interlake high school are considered bad by this area standard. Interlake has highly capable program so if your child is in the program, it probably does not matter.

    In general, you can’t go wrong in above mentioned districts (Bellevue, Lake washington and Issaquah) - lots of techies but safe and great academics.

    One more thing is by being in Bellevue and Lake washington, your child will have a chance to go to nation’s top 50 high schools - Tesla high and International. Redmond has great houses with suburban feel with access to 520. It may look far but a few miles at 520 or I90 don’t make too much difference as traffic jam does not start until you go closer to the lake. Education hill in Redmond has many 3,000 sqft houses at 1.3-1.6M. There are many Amazonians living there as well.

    If you want bigger houses and can stand long commute, Sammamish is the best area. If you take a look at the average house hold income, not even bay area can beat this city (145k compared to 90k in Bellevue and Redmond). It has many big houses with lots of new construction. 1.4M will get you 4,000 sqft houses. New construction is just 150k plus. All the schools in this area are great (yes, there is not a single bad school). However, it may look too suburban for some.
    Apr 28, 2018 1
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      Wow. Thanks a lot for such a detailed answer! 🙏
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Facebook public
    Seattle proper, greenlake, ravenna, wallingford, maybe queen Anne.
    Apr 28, 2018 4
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Right answer. I'd prefer Queen Anne over all else, even if the house is slightly smaller.
      Apr 28, 2018
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      That’s the thing, can’t find anything decent with a good backyard below 1M there. Love Eastside for more comfortable housing options, less traffic and proximity to many other employers. Don’t consider Amazon as a future employer. Everything else seems to have presence there.
      Apr 28, 2018
    • CareerBuilder AgnewsHead
      Have you seen any houses in person or just looked online? Doubt you'll be able to find anything decent with a nice backyard < $1mm in that zip. They all look good in pictures. Plus, expect to pay 10-20% over list.
      Apr 29, 2018
    • Facebook public
      Traffic from the Eastside to Seattle (where everyone who isnt msft and Expedia is) is insane. Housing is roughly the same. If you have kids sure Bellevue for the schools. Also yes you will want to be over 1m but that's a given.
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng biddut
    Do you have family? If yes, then Eastside.
    Apr 28, 2018 2
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      Yeah, that’s what I thought
      Apr 29, 2018
    • Microsoft No>One
      This is the correct answer.

      Have a family and a dog? East side. In all other situations, Seattle. Your social life will thank you so much.
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Samsung justavrage
    I too thought commute shouldn't be big deal from Eastside but god I was wrong. Under normal circumstances and during summer I can bear with the traffic but on days when it rains and is gray it gets way too stressful in the traffic. I have put on stress weight just because of the weather - commute stress rather than work or personal life stress. I would suggest you to stick with Seattle and look at the areas mentioned above.
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft anonymu5
    Stay out of Seattle... we're full.
    Apr 28, 2018 2
    • T-Mobile
      Poibt

      T-Mobile

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      Microsoft
      Poibtmore
      Run. Away.
      Apr 28, 2018
    • Microsoft lUxU48
      + 2 on running away from Seattle. I lived in Bellevue and Kirkland for 35 years. Number one, you will never get used to the gloomy skies and rain which is about 8 months, traffic is horrible now as the infrastructure does not support the growth, only two bridges that connect Eastside to Seattle, it is getting expensive like California and property taxes are not priced like California. Expect property taxe increase annually. That said, I dont mind paying extra state income tax which you can deduct anyway for the price of living in the SUN 🌞. Life is too short. There is a reason why Prozac sales are high in seattle. You will be living indoors a lot.

      I bought a house for 1 million in SoCal (Laguna Nigel), moving this June, close to Laguna beach, Dana Point area, for half the price of seattle home. Easy commute to Irvine MS office and many good freeways to choose from.

      The choice is yours, but weather matters and I saw a lot of Californians come and leave Seattle before. I would negotiate a good deal and stay in California weather.

      Cheers,

      Yohan
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Oscar / Eng
    dumb|dumb

    Oscar Eng

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    Fuck you, but wats up bro.
    dumb|dumbmore
    Congrats. 630 is stock? Holy shit for e5... I have not seen such number0_0
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Amazon Vaspar
    Stick with Seattle.
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng PikachuToo
    Bridle Trails is nice as well!
    Apr 28, 2018 4
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      I love it! Although, it’s so expensive already...
      Apr 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng PikachuToo
      Houghton is also great, check out this house! https://www.redfin.com/WA/Kirkland/4530-110th-Ave-NE-98033/home/459615
      Apr 28, 2018
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      Thanks, looks cool! Despite pretty old and expensive, it’s nothing comparing to the Bay.
      Would also look a bit to the North, closer to Old Redmond rd or NE 85th, on the other side of 405, to be able to bike to both Kirkland and Redmond.
      Apr 28, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng PikachuToo
      I bet this place will sell for $200k above asking
      Apr 28, 2018
  • Microsoft SdTj84
    I would buy in Mercer island. Perfect location in the middle of all things..
    Apr 29, 2018 1
    • Amazon RCMMT
      Do you live there and if so, how is it?
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Google Facebook
    OP
    What do you guys think about https://www.redfin.com/WA/Kirkland/12716-NE-97th-Pl-98033/home/513280 ?
    How’s the location?
    Apr 29, 2018 3
    • Salesforce / Eng Vlad Putin
      Not a good elementary school, so so middle. But you'll survive. They are not horrible just average or slightly below comparing to other options.
      Apr 29, 2018
    • Microsoft uid
      Not sure where Salesforce gets his info. Mark Twain is a great elementary. The park right there is amazing for kids too. Everyone calls it "castle park" and it's awesome.

      Rose Hill is a GREAT neighborhood for families. Close to downtown Kirkland, a mile to get on 405, right next to Costco, and the new Totem Lake Village shopping center is halfway done and looking awesome (great New Trader Joes, While Foods opening this summer, new movie theater sometime next year, and more shopping too).

      We love Rose Hill :)
      Apr 29, 2018
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      Yeah, South or North Rose Hill looks like a perfect location with a great potential. Thanks!
      Apr 30, 2018
  • Expedia 🤕headache
    98033 is my neighborhood! It’s amazing- quiet, clean and beautiful. Also many good schools and lovely small waterfront downtown.
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Disney tralala
    Rent in Seattle – there are a ton of places on Dexter near Facebook – until you figure out whether you like FB or not. The commute across 520 really, really, *really* sucks
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng
    🌮tuesday

    Apple Eng

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    Microsoft
    🌮tuesdaymore
    Bellevue if you can afford it. Somerset and Lakemont is great. I would say go for Sammamish, as it’s a great place to live, but with the worsening traffic, It depends on your commuting tolerance.
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Facebook toomp
    Shoreline!
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Jim Raynor
    Your base pay :(
    Apr 29, 2018 1
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      What’s wrong with it?
      Apr 29, 2018
  • Microsoft lUxU48
    Look out for Power Lines which runs between 124th and 128th Street, look out for the back of property which may be on wetland as part of city owned (Rose Hill Woodland) land for water run off.. do a Google Earth view and research area carefully. A good local agent can advise you best.
    Apr 29, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Terrybl
    Any part of Bellevue depending on your budget.
    Apr 28, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MSFT_BOB
    Newcastle. Right next to 405 and 90, super close to Seattle and Bellevue, and you can get to the airport without the Kirkland/Bellevue congestion.
    Apr 30, 2018 3
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      Would be great to find something between Google Kirkland and MS HQ.
      Apr 30, 2018
    • Microsoft MSFT_BOB
      That would be Bellevue, which is essentially throwing money into a fire at this point.
      May 1, 2018
    • Google Facebook
      OP
      How about Rose Hill? I could ride a bike to both Kirkland and Redmond from there. Plus Costo & Totem lake shops are just minutes away. North Rose Hill seems still affordable. Does it have the potential to appreciate faster in future when Bellevue isn’t affordable anymore?
      May 1, 2018
  • Amazon Mbappe
    People from Bay working in Google And FB come to Seattle and make it harder of microsofties and Amazonians...
    Aug 11, 2018 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Charma
    With your salary just up your budget :)
    May 9, 2018 0