Living in Seattle Area with Toddler

New / Legal jGGW76
May 25, 2019 29 Comments

Recruiter phone call last night said Amazon wants to extend me an offer as a Contracts Manager supporting the Sales and Marketing team in AWS. I’ll be getting an email Tuesday with the official offer details, including TC (not even sure what level this is yet).

If I accept, I’ll be moving from Southern Louisiana to the Seattle area. I’m married with a 2.5 year old. I’ve just started looking at the surrounding suburbs for housing options,schools, etc (talk about shell shock viewing house prices 😳). All that being said, how is living near Seattle and raising a young child? I’m sure they have a lot more to do than what I’m used to here, but we won’t know anyone there since all of our family and friends are in La.

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  • F5 Networks RRA
    You may want to live in a suburb and not Seattle proper. There are bums.
    May 25, 2019 4
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      Bdudhrysbmore
      Living east of lake Washington is what you want. Sammamish has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation.
      May 25, 2019
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      avamariemore
      At least after Ted Bundy
      May 25, 2019
    • F5 Networks RRA
      I was referring to Eastside: Kirkland etc.
      May 25, 2019
    • Amazon saywha
      Yeah but Kirkland is expensive
      May 26, 2019
  • LinkedIn snorkell
    Your kid will turn 10 before realizing that an umbrella is not an extension of the hand.

    You kid will develop webbed feet.

    You’ll need some strong weed killer to get rid of the moss growing on your feet.

    I can go on 😀
    May 25, 2019 2
    • Katerra BjWd74
      Anyone really from Seattle knows we don't use umbrellas
      May 25, 2019
    • Facebook ris
      It's a pacific northwest thing, along with not standing to the right on escalators because the idea of being able to walk through them instead of wasting your time standing still is foreign.
      May 25, 2019
  • Microsoft Bikuy
    Be prepared to waitlist for child care. Average cost/month is ~$1500. You will see places for around $1k but they come w/ a lot of restrictions. Most families I know pay closer to $1800
    May 25, 2019 1
    • Twitch sn729hskpq
      This. During the gray and rainy days, you’ll want to sign your kid up for gym so they can get rid of pent up energy. Also take vitamin D.
      May 25, 2019
  • New / Legal jGGW76
    OP
    Are any of these areas (Kirkland, Bellview, etc) within 30 mins of Amazon? I’d ideally like a 30 min or less drive. I hear they have busses? Not sure how that works.
    May 25, 2019 3
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      98033 is the top choice then.
      It’s 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.
      May 25, 2019
    • Microsoft Bikuy
      30 min? Really? +$3000k/month rent + $1800 in child care. Dont know what ur level is but anything within 30 min of the Big 2 employers is unbelievably expensive
      May 28, 2019
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      Here’s an arbitrary example I like to demonstrate https://www.redfin.com/WA/Kirkland/12716-NE-94th-Ct-98033/home/511402
      May 28, 2019
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    Kirkland/Bellevue is where you wanna be.
    Don’t move anywhere north of Totem lake, east of lake Sammamish or south of I-90 freeway (except Mercer island): you’ll hate the commute.
    May 25, 2019 1
    • New Liste
      Kirkland +1

      Have raised a family there and was a very positive experience. Issaquah is nice as well.

      Not a huge fan of Bellevue if you are too close to downtown. Some of the outer areas between Kirkland can be nice.
      May 25, 2019
  • LinkedIn snorkell
    Your toddler won’t like the outdoor weather from October to April when it is <55 degrees F on average and absence of sunshine.
    May 26, 2019 10
    • LinkedIn snorkell
      Google “Sunnyvale climate” and “Kirkland climate” and look at Oct-April for average temperatures and days with rainfall.
      May 26, 2019
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      Instagrаmmore
      Aha, that’s why I mentioned the mountains and Hawaii (:
      May 26, 2019
    • LinkedIn snorkell
      I mean Seattle/Kirkland are great places to live and no state tax is awesome!

      But specifically for toddlers and parks, it is a huge letdown compared to Sunnyvale/Mountain View.
      May 26, 2019
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      Right, I got that, and I’m trying to explain people don’t do parks too often in either location in winter, even though you do have more of such options in BA. But in WA you see the color green year round, the summer is amazing and mountains are close.
      May 26, 2019
    • LinkedIn snorkell
      Not true in the BA. People with kids are in parks here almost year round. Maybe except a few weeks in winter.
      May 26, 2019
  • Amazon lifeWithTo
    Follow up question as we are contemplating a move from bay area to Seattle with a toddler. What's the playground situation? I'd like to be within walking distance of one. I see a lot of gardens and hiking trails but it's hard to see as many playgrounds.
    May 26, 2019 0
  • Amazon sde_3
    It's very family friendly as long as you have $$
    May 25, 2019 0

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