In addition to the standards, inspection, financing, etc. mentioned below, if you are purchasing a condo in Belltown you would typically include a contingency for review of CC&Rs (covenants, conditions and restrictions) of the homeowner's association, as well as all other HOA/condo paperwork.
I agree with the other posters that you need to review your situation with your agent to determine which contingencies are appropriate in your situation.... more
What I would advise you not to do is to work with the listing agent for a property (the agent whose name and phone number are on the sign out front). The listing agent works for the seller and by law is obligated to work in the seller's best interests. You can have the same advantage by hiring one buyer's agent to represent your interests.... more
Proximity to any other part of downtown Seattle. You can walk to SLU, Queen Anne, and the ID in minutes. You can get to Capitol Hill, Freemont, or West Seattle by bus in about 20 minutes. It's really convenient.... more
It might also be worth considering Amazon Fresh home delivery. They cover Belltown and you can select your delivery time.
For those not afraid to walk a little, I think as others have said, Pike Place is good and fresh, and Whole Foods has a great selection.... more
I like seeing what kinds of questions people are asking - the market is always changing and it brings up new questions. I have a previous background in property management so I have answered questions for people who are moving to Seattle for a job and need help finding a rental. The Craigslist way of finding a place to live, especially when you are on the other side of the country, just doesn't cut it (even when you are local). Too much competition. So I see my mission is to help people get relocated and into a rental in a community they are going to enjoy in SAFE AND SANE manner. It doesn't pay hardly any money, but a couple hundred bucks for my expertise via email is something i don't mind. Ironically, my husband is now considering a job in California - and the first thing I did was reach out to real estate agents I know down there and I have been working with someone for 6 weeks over email - not taking up too much time, but I am flying down there in a couple weeks and she is picking me up at the airport and going to take me to see some rentals in person. I would do the same if someone was coming from another state and needed my time and expertise. Honestly most agents won't take the time to do rentals since the paycheck is so small. But there are some of us out there, all you have to do is ask!... more
Considering that there already is a rail station in downtown Seattle (and the Sounder station is just east of King Street Station) ... I think the question of 'when light rail is coming thru Seattle' is already happening. Here is a link to more information about the light rail tunnel in downtown Seattle:
I work mainly in Seattle & on the Eastside, but also work on Whidbey Island. One of the best-kept secrets about Whidbey Island is the new commuter train which provides a super-easy commute to downtown Seattle (new in June 2008).
You ride a 20-minute ferry from the south end of Whidbey (Clinton) to Mukilteo. Walk off the ferry, walk a few minutes to the commuter train station (Mon - Fri, 4 times each morning and 4 times each afternoon), and hop on! Voila, you are in downtown Seattle, at the King Street Station in 50 minutes. You can buy a combo commuter pass too for bus/ferry/train ... making a very affordable commute.
Doesn't work too well for real estate agents tho ... :-) !... more