Google, Kirkland: Living in Downtown Seattle and taking the 255 bus to work? Sensible? Out of my mind?

Jun 26, 2019 39 Comments

Finally got that FANG job, Fk Yeahhhh I guess... Moving to the Pacific Northwest to work at Kirkland. I have these constraints:
- Housing cost less than 2500 USD
- No roommates, 1b1b for myself
- Commute less than 30 minutes each way (I can adjust my life around low traffic times)
- Urban area

Is it a sane idea to stay in Downtown Seattle and take the 255 bus (which appears to drop you at Google doorstep)?

Stay in Downtown Bellevue and take the 235 bus?

Looked around Kirkland and found it be a "family friendly" place, but I might get bored.

Also, are there any shuttles except the one from Fremont?

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TOP 39 Comments
  • Facebook lnstagram
    Just move to Kirkland, it’s awesome
    Jun 26, 2019 10
    • Microsoft i5north
      OP
      Thanks
      Jun 26, 2019
    • VMware sume
      Kirkland is certainly better than Bellevue. Bellevue is full of insufferable snobs.
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Bad idea
    Jun 26, 2019 5
    • Amazon / Eng utu
      Kirkland waterfront is beautiful. I believe the 1B1B apartments are $2k/month
      Jun 26, 2019
    • Amazon Northerner
      There are better clubs in Capitol Hill and Ballard.
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Microsoft
    ➰_➰

    Microsoft

    BIO
    Sup, brah?
    ➰_➰more
    I’d do it or just get a car. Don’t recommend Kirk or Bellevue for single people.
    Jun 26, 2019 5
    • Amazon Northerner
      Check out Leschi, Fremont too.
      Jun 26, 2019
    • Microsoft i5north
      OP
      Will do, thank you!!
      Jun 26, 2019
  • New AXWY54
    What is your Tc at Google and YOE
    Jun 26, 2019 1
    • Microsoft i5north
      OP
      Come on man, there are a long string of meaningful conversations on the thread, without any context on TC... Can we move on.
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Groupon STCO30
    I make the drive every day. It’s not bad if you miss peak hours. I usually go from 10-7 and have very little traffic. Otherwise, gbus from Fremont or (soon) slu would work well.
    Jun 26, 2019 1
    • Amazon Northerner
      I like SLU. It is kind of safe, and there are some things to do.
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Microsoft / Eng AmYe88
    Live in Bellevue and take 235
    Jun 26, 2019 1
    • Microsoft i5north
      OP
      Any problems with downtown Seattle? Or the 255?
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Microsoft i5north
    OP
    Thank you for the responses everyone. I'm going to Airbnb in Kirkland for a few days, see how it goes and then decide what to do.
    Jun 26, 2019 0
  • Amazon
    IlIlIlIl

    Amazon

    PRE
    Amazon
    IlIlIlIlmore
    Why not move out of DT to save more money
    Jun 26, 2019 0
  • New / Eng
    qPKU33

    New Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    qPKU33more
    There are changes planned for the 255 bus, the days of the one-seat-ride from downtown Seattle to Kirkland are numbered.
    Jun 26, 2019 1
    • Microsoft i5north
      OP
      TIL. Just looking them up
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Facebook hihihihiz
    Seattle downtown is becoming dangerous neighborhood. I wouldn’t live there. I live in kirkland
    Jun 26, 2019 1
    • Amazon Northerner
      Actually, Seattle downtown is becoming better. It was dangerous a few years ago. Now it is unsafe.
      Jun 26, 2019

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