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Traffic & Public Transportation in 98104 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Kyoko Matsumoto Wright answered:
I use the monorail when I need to because it takes me where I need to go faster than the bus. Also, I don't need to park twice. The only downside is that you cannot use the Orca card so you will need to pay as you go. But the ride is wonderful. ... more
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Kyoko Matsumoto Wright answered:
My job as a Realtor would be difficult without a car, but I do walk as much as I can. For example, I park in one place downtown and take public transportation or walk as far as a mile if I have multiple meetings and errands. And I hope my future home will be in a transit oriented neighborhood where I will not need to use my car often. ... more
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Thu Apr 18, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
It is really important to me, it factors into my quality of life!
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Johan Tong answered:
Hi there,

In terms of location, have you thought about Renton and South King County? Or even stay in Olympia during this transition time?
In terms of finding a legit agent, I can certainly appreciate what you shared about shady characters. My farming area is in North Seattle. If you are to look for rental or something cheap to buy in south King County, I would not have recommendation for you. But you can always Google agents to find out more about them and use Zillow and Trulia to see what their past client said about them. I would say reviews are good indications. Good luck!! If you are looking in Olympia, I would have recommendation for you. Let me know if you do.

Johan Tong
Century 21 North Homes Realty, Inc.
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Fri Mar 23, 2012
Anni Zilz answered:
Commute to Seattle from East Bellevue across the I90 is about 45 minutes. Redmond is could be 10 minutes more unless you take the 520 bridge which is now a toll bridge. The toll is about $3.50 each way. Redmond to Seattle on the toll bridge is now running about 25 minutes because traffic has diverted to the I90. ... more
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Patrick Beringer answered:
Well, it's not the worst commute you could possibly do. Magnolia and Queen Anne both have terrible access to I-5, but you would most likely never use I-5. You'd use 15th Ave to the Viaduct to Hwy 509. This is a much easier way to get from Magnolia to Tukwila. However--When the viaduct comes down for replacement you'll want to move :) ... more
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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Lisa Bosques answered:
Hi Jocelyn,

I don't think that property values will go down necessarily. However, I just don't know how that excess volume will be dealt with if and when the viaduct comes down. I live in Burien, and I used to work downtown. During the aftermath of the Nisqually earthquake, when the viaduct was closed for a few weeks for evaluation, the commute was nightmarish - my 15 minute commute turned into an average of 2 hours each way.

Now, that was an unplanned event. If the state goes through with its promise to take the viaduct down, then I would imagine that they would have a plan as to how to deal with the huge volume of traffic traveling on Seattle surface streets. That may be worth looking into.

Having said that, West Seattle is a wonderful place to live. Good luck with your home search!
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Fri Mar 23, 2012
Rob Graham answered:

You can make the commute in less then 30 minutes from Arbor Heights. You may also want to check out. further north in W. Seattle, such as "the Junction" and Admiral. There ways to get on rt 509 from W. Seattle that avoid 99 and I5 altogether.

If you like the city, even place like Capital Hill, Queen Anne and Magnolia offer a commute to the airport of less then a half hour. Prices do go up in these neighborhooods.

Traffic is an issue up here though, so choosing a neighborhood will be key.
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