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Quality of Life in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 21, 2017
quite high especially if you compare it to anywhere except LA / bay area/ Chicago or NY
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Sun Dec 4, 2016
Michael Ross answered:
Gentrification is a complex and specific topic. I think you're asking whether Belltown is pricey, upscale, etc. I'm going to answer both ways though:

Belltown was never really a economically depressed, low-income area. It is right in downtown Seattle and has luxury, high-rise condo buildings that were built in the 1980s (so it's been a place for luxury living for at least 30+ years). There are areas of Seattle in which gentrification is in full-swing and is causing property prices to rise dramatically and is displacing long-term residents--Central District, First Hill, Columbia City, and other neighborhoods

From at least the early 1980s to now, Belltown continues to be a popular area for residential living and has seen a number of new, architecturally-cool buildings go up in recent years. There are no houses in Belltown--it's all condo living. A person that lived in Belltown could walk to work just about anywhere in downtown or South Lake Union. They could actually shop on foot for some seafood at the famous Pike Place Market and could walk a few blocks from home to catch a Broadway-quality show. It is truly urban living and the prices reflect that. In a recent rental survey, Belltown was one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Seattle with a one br median rent of $2,595.

What kind of people live there? inside the buildings, people who can afford that kind of housing payment. In terms of age & other demographics, it is perhaps a much more diverse neighborhood than many in Seattle; old and young, many different backgrounds. Outside of the buildings are quite a few homeless people or transients. If you want city living, with all it's pros and cons, Belltown is the place to be.
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Sun Feb 9, 2014
Ray Akers answered:
This is a question for an attorney (who has reviewed the rental agreement), and/or a tenant rights organization. Realtors shouldn't be offering legal advice.
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Ray Akers answered:
That's a two-part question. "Are there locations in Seattle that have underground power lines?" The answer is yes. There are neighborhoods like Mt. Baker and Magnolia that have underground power lines. " that power doesn't get knocked-out in a bad storm?" Underground power has nothing to do with losing power. It makes sense that if the power lines are underground, they will be protected. But, when a bad storm hits, Seattle neighborhoods with underground power have lost power just like other neighborhoods. It's less about tree limbs, and more to do with an aging electrical infrastructure. ... more
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Kim Mulligan answered:
Diverse living situations. Well monied and not so rich people live on the islands for the same reason they live other places. The difference might be the the islands can feel more remote, the Puget Sound might be closer by and commuting can take much longer. Many people work they jobs remotely and only come into the city once a week or so, others might work their 40 hours or more in fewer days. Retirees, goat farmers, artists, young families, writers, contractors, permaculture instructors all have their own reasons for living on one of the many islands.

A better question might be what kind of lifestyle are your looking for? That might help to determine which and if an island would be a wise choice for your own needs.
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Fri May 17, 2013
Jamie Flaxman answered:
Seattle offers so much to do that it's hard to answer your question with a short answer. In-city you've got beaches/parks such as Alki, Greenlake, the Arboretum, Golden Gardens, and Carkeek; you've got the typical tourist activities such as the Space Needle and Pike Place Market; and you've got museums such as Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden of Glass, and Pacific Science Center. Going out of the city, there are hikes galore, there's Snoqualmie Falls, Summit at Snoqualmie for winter sports, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, and ferry rides to various places. I know I've missed a lot of items here, contact me if you'd like more ideas.

Jamie Flaxman
Coldwell Banker Bain
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Wed May 15, 2013
Wed May 15, 2013
Pamela Bowe answered:
Invite them well in advance of the event, allowing them to make alternate plans if desired. Let them know the time the party starts and the expected end time. Let them know you do not want to bother them and that their privacy is important to you. Make sure you are observing any noise or gathering ordinances.

If they are hesitant, offer to help them with something to offset the nuisance of the event.

Always, always, always let them know in advance. Have a great time!!!
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Sat Apr 20, 2013
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Fri Apr 19, 2013
Will Herlan answered:
If it has been raining for days, head to the top of Snoqualmie Falls to see more than the "Tourist Trickle" you get on your average day.

After May 1st, the Hyak tunnel is open - 2.3 miles of tunnel that long ago let the trains pass through the mountains. Bring flashlights and warm clothes.

June through August - Take a day to go to U-Pick some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. Our family favorite is Bybee-Nims farm at the base of Mt. Si in August for blueberries.

Take I-90 to the Columbia river, and then to north a mile to the petrified forest.

Make the Whidbey Island loop with a stops at Deception Pass and Fort Casey. Enjoy the ferry ride at the end of the loop. Take along a kite for Fort Casey, there is always wind there.
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
Ear plugs. Turn up your music. Endure it. There really isn't much you can do about a noisy neighbor unless the noise violates the city's noise ordinance. Or, if your neighbor is operating a business in a residential might have recourse through zoning enforcement. ... more
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
A benefit of living next door to a police officer? Your teenagers will be nervous about having parties while you're away.
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Tue May 19, 2009
Nathaniel Belo answered:
I'm a Queen Anne Native and Resident and have lived here since I was born in 1968. My family has been on Queen Anne since the 50's. I went to North Queen Anne Elementary (now an alternative daycare), McClure Middle School (Jr. High when I went). I'm assuming you are referring to the EAST side of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99? If you are, this area is mostly comprised of apartments and condos with a few houses. There are a few new restaurants on Dexter Ave N which is the major arterial cutting through the middle not to mention Westlake Ave N. Lyon's grocery is one of the longest running businesses on Dexter. I sold Pasta Freska on Westlake Ave N to the current owner so tell Mike I sent you (I've sold most of the restaurants on Queen Anne too, but my bread and butter is selling residential real estate).

You want to be on top of the hill. FYI-the area south of Mercer St is not Lower Queen Anne (like some people call it) it's called Uptown. Technically Lower Queen Anne would circle the whole perimeter. If you're not on the hill you're not on Queen Anne Hill. Frankly, some Queen Anne residents don't consider anything east of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99 or anything south of Mercer St, Queen Anne hill either. The "boundaries" have been stretched out due to Real Estate Agents and Developers trying to create an image for marketing purposes.

You did not mention the age of your children? If you're going to let them ride a bike in this area (EAST QA) I'd say NO due to all the traffic from the aforementioned arterials. Also there are no parks and playgrounds WITHIN WALKING distance for children. If you love your children, you want to stay west of Aurora Ave N/HWY 99.
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Wed Apr 22, 2009 answered:
Try this agent, he was the most recent listing agent:
Kurt Blume - Windermere - 206-364-8100
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Fri May 30, 2008
Jami Robson answered:
Hi Nadine,
First I would like to know why Seattle? And are you talking Seattle proper or the Puget Sound region in general. The city of Seattle is an expensive place to live, with King county having the highest median home price in the area, but further south in Pierce county there are lots of options for seniors, with all the amenities that Seattle has to offer!
I would love to talk to you and find out some more specifics about your move and hopefully I can help you!!

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Sat May 24, 2008
Patrick Beringer answered:
This is a great question, and it brings up something that I see a lot of. If you decide to buy a condo near a store or nightclub, then be aware of noise and traffic that comes with that location. I'm always amazed that people buy a condo next door to a tavern or club and then constantly complain about the noise. Do your homework before you buy!!! You should make a neighborhood review a standard part of your inspection process. ... more
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Fri May 23, 2008
Patrick Beringer answered:
Great Answers you guys, lol, I'll take a blue one please.
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Tue May 6, 2008
Cary answered:
I lived right across the street from a park and I would NEVER do that again. You have people constantly parking in front of your drive way. I almost got hit in my own driveway by someone late to a soccer game. I had to put a gate across my driveway so my kids could play safely during baseball and soccer season. The dump garbage out of their car let their dog use you yard to go to the bathroom. We even had people come up to our door and ask to borrow tools or worse yet use our bathroom. At night you get teenager's hanging out drinking, smoking pot, leaving used condoms around etc.... Being next to the playground was nice at time until summer arrives and the parks department holds classes there and preschools decide your neighborhood park makes a great place for them to visit. 30 plus kids (two classes) with 3 or 4 adults supervising makes you want to head for home. I put a play set in my yard just so I wouldn't have to take my kids there anymore. There are just too many unsupervised kids for me to be comfortable with the whole thing. ... more
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Sun Nov 4, 2007
Rachel answered:
hmmm. I know nothing about thousand oaks. From your internet search-- what have you found? I suggest taking a trip up here. Seattle proper is not totally affordable, but places just 15-20 min out of the city are. -very affordable......-nice house and neighborhood for $350-$425K. ... more
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