Rent budget, go cheap or high-end? Seattle

Paychex Sev//
Jul 5 42 Comments

Moving to seattle soon and I’m looking for a place to live at. The prices range from 1600-2500. I’m not sure if I want to get a nice place to live at. Or save more money and live at an avg place with just 1600-1700 rent.
My monthly salary will be 7600 so 1600 is less than 30% which is ideal and 2500 is a but higher.

Does it matter that much to have a really nice apartment in Seattle (gray weather, spent more time home) ? I want to hear your thoughts.

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TOP 42 Comments
  • What’s your goal?
    Jul 5 7
    • Facebook / Eng sapporro
      Do engaging work, lift weights, smoke weed, eat good, travel often, find a partner
      Jul 5
    • Oracle / Eng sofakinghi
      ^ Facebook knows his shit
      Jul 5
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      So that means I go with a cheaper housing cuz it does’t matter?
      Jul 5
    • Facebook / Eng sapporro
      A teacher won't make you smart; neither a large or cheap house will make you happy. Go figure out what you want and save yourself.
      Jul 5
    • Go to a comfortable spot where you are happy with the surroundings, the neighborhood, etc. the place as long as it’s really livable you’re fine. You don’t need Subzero refrigerator. But you do need a nice watering hole, a nice coffee shop, and a nice Thai place in your neighborhood.
      Go “cheap” and use the savings to put towards going out and enjoying the city! Especially in the first year in a new city you don’t know if you’ll like the spot so it’s better to start somewhere cheap and explore
      Jul 5
  • Google / Ops MmSsBa
    Get a nice apartment. You'll be less miserable, I swear. I live in SLU, in a studio, $2100 a month.
    Jul 5 7
    • Google / Ops MmSsBa
      I live in the corner unit so tons of sunlight. My apartment comes with AC as well. Which is really rare in seattle.
      Jul 5
    • Google / Ops MmSsBa
      I have friends who decided to live in cheaper apartments and they all regretted and are moving out now. At least get a roommate and live in a nice 2 bedroom apartment. Your apartment makes a difference in your quality of day to day life.
      Jul 5
    • Amazon hatebay
      MmSsBa which apartment is that ?
      Jul 5
    • Google / Ops MmSsBa
      Cascade near fairview and denny way
      Jul 5
    • Amazon hatebay
      Nice. How much is the rent
      Jul 5
  • New wEvY28
    Whatever you choose, make sure to assume that the rent will go up significantly after your lease expires. Either budget for that if you like the place and want to stay out, or plan on moving.
    Jul 5 3
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      Is always increasing? If so by how much?
      Jul 5
    • New wEvY28
      15-30% in my experience. I finally bought after the last renewal. The housing market here is rough because of the upwards volatility.
      Jul 5
    • Microsoft ooooooooop
      Depends on which part of town, there's a massive over-saturation of apartments in certain areas now. Mine went up ~3% last time around. Some buildings are offering 1-2 months free.
      Jul 5
  • Microsoft / Acctg K1256
    It depends on a couple factors - do you prefer suburbs or downtown? Is it just you or do you have a family? What do you like to do outside of work? How much time do you think you’ll spend in your apt?
    Jul 5 2
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      Just me. Currently I spend most of the time at my apt. But I’m assuming moving to a new location I’ll be going out a lot more
      Jul 5
    • Microsoft / Acctg K1256
      I would base it off of just finding the cheapest apt that meets all of your necessities - for me it was location first and foremost, and then I also wanted AC, parking, and a decent view. I paid 2000 for a decent 1 bd including parking.
      Jul 5
  • Oracle GG_Warrior
    If you new to any city and plan on long term, I would recommend at least for Seattle to live in a nice modern apartment with 2months rent free special. When that is over, move to a neighborhood that you liked/spent most of your time in. I personally feel every neighborhood has a different vibe and super important. You could get a very modern 1bedroom for 2000(after including discounts), which is also half way your budget.
    Jul 5 7
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      That’s an awesome discount. Mind sharing the name of the place?
      Jul 5
    • Oracle GG_Warrior
      Elara at the market
      Jul 5
    • Oracle GG_Warrior
      If you like it after online pics/videos, i could try to check with the leasing agent if the discounts are still there. I personally highly recommend this place !!!!
      Jul 5
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      Thank you. I saw the pics. It’s really nice but it’s a little over my budget
      Jul 5
    • Oracle GG_Warrior
      I thought the same until they gave me the 2 months rent free which brought down the rent for 1bedroom apartment to 1950(for first year). But anyways, i dont want to sound like a sales person so its your choice :-)
      Jul 5
  • Google / Ops MmSsBa
    I lied, 10-20%. Calculation error sorrie
    Jul 5 1
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      Then I think 2k is max for now.
      Jul 5
  • Google emc2too
    Keep it cheap. Housing crash underway. You can upgrade at better prices in a few years.
    Jul 6 0
  • Google / Ops MmSsBa
    20-30% a year
    Jul 5 0
  • Cisco sheep1
    What city?
    Jul 5 3
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      Seattle as the title says
      Jul 5
    • Cisco sheep1
      You could do Bellevue or SLC area which will be cheaper than doing the Seattle city
      Jul 5
    • Microsoft / Acctg K1256
      Bellevue is not cheaper than Seattle.
      Jul 5
  • Autodesk DiscoStu
    Get a cheap place, use the extra $$$ to enjoy life outside your apt or save/invest.
    Jul 5 1
    • Paychex Sev//
      OP
      That’s what’s I’m leaning towards especially that I don’t have much in saving but I wanted to hear more opinions ..
      Jul 5
  • Facebook public2
    Only you can answer what lifestyle you value. Why is this on blind?
    Jul 5 0

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