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The $300k part - if you're looking for a single family home - will be pretty tough. There are a few options for houses in areas like Lynnwood, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwod, Des Moines, South Seattle, ect.,. but they generally need a little work and are far and few between. So patience and quick decision making will be key. If you don't necessarily need or want a single family home then your options really open up. I see there are plenty of condos and townhomes even within 15 minutes of there.
I would suggest first talking with a Realtor and getting pre-approved with a loan officer. Then visit a few open houses in the $300k range in various areas to get a feel for what your money can buy. If you feel drawn to a certain area, then do a test run and commute from that area during rush hour to really see what the drive would be. If commute is a big deal to you, you'll find out petty quickly it's do-able or not. At the very least it will put things into perspective for you. You will know fairly quickly if you're willing to spend more to be closer in or if you're willing to drive a little further out to get more house.
Hope this helps!
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The short answer to your question is yes. Though the reality is that inventory is low and it would greatly depend on what you are looking for in a home and what neighborhoods you are open to. Possible areas to consider would be north seattle, some parts of west seattle, beacon hill/columbia city. The majority of homes in this price range are going to be A) Fixer-uppers, or B) Distressed properties (short sales, bank owned properties, etc.)...occasionally homes listed under $300k may not fall into one of these categories I mentioned and are still close to the city, but they will go fast so as a buyer you need to be ready to write an offer as soon as you see it, and be ready to compete with other buyers.
Working with a buyer's agent is free, so if you haven't met with one yet i suggest you do so. I have helped clients in this price range and I would be happy to help you or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to me anytime! Thanks!