Renting advice for young couple looking for hip/fun/maybe affordable in Seattle?

Asked by dgsegal, Seattle, WA Wed Feb 20, 2013

We are looking for a 2 bedroom that allows dogs in an eclectic part of Seattle. Our first choice is Capitol Hill or Ballard, but we can't tell exactly what the best spots would be. We are also not too keen on the idea of living in a large or brand new apartment/condo complex, and would rather have an older building or something with character (or at least a loft feel). Any advice? Any other neighborhoods we should consider?

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Short and sweet: there are no lofts, there were very very very very very few 2-bedrooms built before the '60s, and Seattle has a unique feel and flavor but it isn't SoHo, SoMa, or anyplace else.

Seattle has an interesting history. There are a few buildings from the turn of the 20th century; they were often hotels converted into apartments and then occasionally turned into co-ops or condos. In the 1920s, there was a building boom and apartment buildings were thrown up filled with studios and 1-bedrooms for the incoming single men who were taking the new office jobs. Then came The Depression, and there wasn't much building until the late '50s.

As far as lofts go, Seattle didn't have much of a warehouse or factory district outside of the current industrial area. The few buildings in Pioneer Square or the International District have been mostly turned into offices, but you might check to see if there's something that suits your fancy in Pioneer Square.

My wife, Cynthia, did the "loft thing" in New York in the 1970s, and when we got here in 1985, we were eager to re-create that, and - well, you don't go to Paris for the Big Macs.
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Fedva Dikmen, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Feb 20, 2013
I agree with your neighborhood choices and i would add Freemont too. How many dogs do you have? Most places have restrictions on pets.
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Ray Akers, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Feb 20, 2013
How about Columbia City. Look up "Eclectic" in the dictionary and the definition is Columbia City! Rents are more affordable in 98118, and there is a great dog park ---plus nearby Seward Park is the best dog-walk in the city. Good luck!
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Will Herlan, Agent, Bellevue, WA
Wed Feb 20, 2013
Have you consider a house boat on Lake Union or Portage Bay? That definitely gets you into a place with character, and you have very quiet neighbors downstairs.

Take a look at listing #449202 - probably smaller than you are looking for. Let me know if you want to take a look-see.

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