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Quality of Life in Seattle : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 22, 2009
SeattleHome.com 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
Mary Sunde answered:
Nadine
There are properties in Seattle and the Eastside that are 55 and over communities either for
rent or purchase. The "best" would depend of your particular circumstances and the ideal
location/price that best meets your needs and whether you are looking to purchase or
to rent. Two of the popular areas on the Eastside are Trilogy and Providence Point. Trilogy
is single family, detached homes on small lots with many community amenities starting
in the low $400's. Providence Point is a condominium project starting in the low $200's.
In Seattle and on the Eastside there are apartments within the "SHAG" subsidized housing.
There are also communities South and North of the Seattle area proper. Some senior
choose to live in mobile home communities designated at 55 and over but in these
communities you lease the ground space and own the mobile home.
Mary
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Fri May 23, 2008
Don Dutton answered:
Interesting question Joyce. Is it real estate related?
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Tue May 6, 2008
Rick Moore answered:
I believe that is a personal preference for most. There are good and not as good points to both options.

First ask yourself, 'Do you like to garden, mow, weed, fertilize, seed, etc." If not, you may want to settle for a smaller plot of land or go with the home across from the park.

The question about the park is, "Are there specific hours it is open to the public, will there be kids hanging out after hours, will it attract trouble, do you mind having a lot of strangers hanging out across the street from your house, will you use the park yourself."

If the answer to the majority of those questions is no, again you may want to go with a smaller plot of land or buy the home with the large yard. It comes down to which you enjoy more, yardwork, or people?
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Sat May 24, 2008
Gary McNinch answered:
Hi Samir,

Most likely since they are picking up at a retail store, the store is zoned commercial of some type which would allow trucks to come and go. If it were me, I would check with the City Code Enforcement Office and see if there was a restriction for time of day or noise at that exact location. Otherwise, you may ask to talk to the manager of the store and see if they can get the trucks rescheduled. Probably not great solutions, but hopefully they are the most helpful.

Good Luck,
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Sun Nov 4, 2007
Samuel Hilbert answered:
I am not sure of the housing market in Thousand Oaks but Seattle tends to be a relatively spendy market. However, with this in mind...we are also one of the only markets that continue to see overall appreciation with the continued national slowing market.

Just like in many major cities...there are safer areas and areas with better schools. Overall, Seattle has a pretty good school system. Some pockets have extremely good education.

My best advice to use is to discuss your lifestyle with a local realtor and begin exploring what area of Seattle would be best for your lifestyle. After doing this, you can explore what the estimated prices would be for what you needed.

If you need help...contact myself or one of the other area realtors on Trulia. Good luck on beginning to make a change in your life.

You will love Seattle...it was a childhood dream of mine to live here and I made it...best decision I ever made!
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Thu Nov 1, 2007
Ardell Dellaloggia answered:
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.
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Wed Oct 17, 2007
James Hsu answered:
View premiums are very subjective. I may value a great view totally different than you would. Also, there's the question of how good of a view is good? Is it obstructed by trees, power-lines, other houses? Is the view only available from one room and you'd have to look out the corner?

For one of my listings up in the Mukilteo area, I was faced with the same situation. I had a view home to sell...how much is the view worth. Their view was really nice. Almost 180 degrees unobstructed. Water, Mt. Baker, Everett Naval Base, totally awesome. The house was fully updated. What I had to do was first determine a base price of the house and lot itself ..without a view. That wasn't too hard. Once I had a good set of past sales in the last 6 months, I took the median price of them. Then...the hard part was to go through past sales history and find somewhat similar homes with a spectacular view. I had to go further back than 6 months and make appreciation adjustments. Once I had a good set of those comparables...took the median price and compared the two. What I found was for a house with no view to a house with a spectacular view (...spectacular in my judgement) was about $100k to $115k.

So going back to your question, ..it's all about how great a view it is. Is it off on one side of the house and only viewable from one room? ...that wouldn't be much of an extra to me ... few thousand maybe. If it's a great view with no obstructions ... why not upwards toward $100k or more. I'd have to run numbers for that general area to be sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was up there.
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Thu Nov 1, 2007
Rhonda Porter answered:
Seattle is great and it depends on what you like to do. I would check out Alki, Fremont, Pike Place....
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Tue May 19, 2009
meamer answered:
yes! we lived on 13th ave w before we had kids, then moved up to the west side (nob hill - between 3rd and 4th ave e) when we had our daughter. The area was great for kids - lots of parks, everything is walkable and the two schools - coe and hay are both top 15 in king county. definitely a great choice. ... more
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