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Darcy Moore, Other/Just Looking in Shawnee, OK

looking to relocate to seattle area .Really looking for an afordable rental.

Asked by Darcy Moore, Shawnee, OK Thu Oct 18, 2007

community guidelines are right, prefer quite family living area at modrate cost.Would be nice if it was furnished and some utilities paid.

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Hi Darcy,

The range in rentals will be a reflection of size of apartment or home, how close to transportation, how close in to Seattle you need to be, do you have pets, just to name a few. If you are comfortable living in West Seattle you can get a studio for about $450-$550, one bedrooms for about $800-$900, 2 bedrooms for $900-$1400 and up it goes. Prices in downtown Seattle are considerably higher and can range from $1400 to as high as you can imagine. Capitol Hill has many older apartment buildings and prices start at about $900 for a 1 bedroom.

This is just a sampling of the variation. As others have stated Craigs List and SeattleRentals.com are great places to start your search. If you are looking for someone to help guide you through your search you might want to find a property manager, one of whom I can heartily recommend by the name of Steve Glover and you will find his contact information by clicking on the link below.

Best of luck to you!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 1, 2007
Ardell provided some excellent advice. Though, if you're not wanting a share situation, you're best resources besides Craigslist are seattlerentals.com or the seattletimes.com classifieds. If you're looking at Seattle proper, the outlying neighborhoods will provide you the best value such as Greenwood, Broadview, Lake City, Northgate & the West Seattle areas.

Otherwise, towns north or south of the city (Bothell, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Renton, Burien) will also provide affordable options.

In respects to utilities, I believe most landlords will cover water/sewer/garbage but tenants are usually responsible for electricity, gas, cable and phone.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
The most affordable rental situation is to share a place. You can find that on Craigslist most often. Not a bad idea to try a share situtation on a short term basis of say six months or so. Then you can decide where you "really" want to live after you get situated.

If you are coming to find a job, I'd suggest you try to find a place close to where there are lots of job opportunities in your field. If you know where you will be working, then try to find a place as close as possible to that.

You should be able to find a share situation for $400 to $500 a month.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 18, 2007
There's a great blog written by Dustin Luther called http://www.RainCityBlog.com Check it out as it is a great resource for the Seattle area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
I mostly agree with Ben, except for the w/s/g. In a tight rental market, you can expect to pay some or all of these charges in smaller buildings. The only good news here is that rents aren't really as bad as they could be - the rental market dropped off in 2001 and is just recovering. You might try looking right at the end of the month. A landlord will not want a vacancy for the next month and might be more willing to negotiate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
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