Moving to Seattle, WA

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    Jul 14, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    Hey folks!

    I'm looking for an "insider's" opinion on the Greater Seattle area. I've been out there several times over the years, and the end result has always been "I'll live here one day" ! Well, that day has finally come, and I currently have preparations to be heading that way the end of August.

    I'm looking for some opinions on the area (Seattle and surrounding) as far as good areas to live and work, places to hang out and meet people. Since the only people I know are my Cuz, her family, and my Gma, finding some friends will be a good thing!

    I'm not big on the whole "gay" scene, so bars/clubs are out of the question for me! Let me know whats up!

    Thanks!

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    Jul 19, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Hey man,

    Queen Ann is a good area to live in as some of my friends are there, and it's pretty close to Downtown Seattle too. I hear Capitol Hill is where the gay guys are at (although I don't know shit 'cause I've never been to a gay bar or any sort myself.) If you have a car, Greenlake might be nice although it's a bit far... kinda. You might want to Google it.

    I personally like Bellevue - clean, fairly diverse, lots of business related things. It's not Seattle but close enough. In fact, it ranked 4th on America's Best Cities to Live (or whatever it's called.)

    Hope this helps.
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    Jul 19, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    Lived there for 10 years. Still own my home there. Miss it very much. Everybody has opinions about what neighborhoods, etc. are best. You should decide on your own!

    Buy the book 'The Seattle Survival Guide'... best $25 you'll ever spend. It covers everything you need to know, including details about all the neighborhoods. Good luck!
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    Jul 20, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Awesome! Thanks guys! I'll look into that book. Keep 'em coming!

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    Joe
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
    I have lived in Seattle for 20+ years. The city is very walkable. Buses are fairly convenient.

    Capital Hill is where most of the gay bars, clubs, etc are.

    Queen Anne and West Seattle are equally great neighborhoods to live in.

    In West Seattle, you will need to deal with bridge traffic unless you work where you live or the commuter ferry is running.

    To get a flavor of the neighborhoods, checking out the neighborhood weekly newspapers:

    Capitol Hills Times
    West Seattle Herald or West Seattle Blog
    Queen Anne News



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    Jul 20, 2010 4:13 AM GMT
    I really hope you "Visited" during the winter season because you're going to miss the Sun alot ;)

    Secondly, depends on your price range of where you want to live. What your backround is with work etc.

    Kirkland (on the east side is closer to microsoft) Bellevue, redmond, are pretty popular east side places to live.

    West seattle is being gay-ified which is good because west seattle used to be gangsta and when i mean gangsta i mean.. Run to your car before you get shot at.. However, like i said more gays are moving to that area because it's cheap.

    Cap hill is where all the bars are. The cuff, Eagle, Neighbours (though straight girls are starting to infest it), Purr and a couple of others.

    If you're looking for cap hill area expect some pretty pricey places for mediocre living.. Everything is with in walking distance. Pike place market, movies, shops etc..

    Personally i'm done with cap hill. The sooner i can move away from the damn sirens the better.. I'll be able to sleep at night ffs! I'm looking at the green lake area.
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    Jul 20, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    This is great guys! Thank you all very much for the feedback! I have an opportunity already lined up for work, so things really kind of depend on where that lands me before I can truly decide on where I live. My cousin speaks volumes about West Seattle. She and her family live in Bellevue now.

    I have been to the Seattle area many times, and understand the "sun" issue. I think I'll be ok. For the longest time I've always felt that out there was my home. Not stupid "Since it's Nasty" (aka Cincinnati, OH).

    My family are the only people that I know out there, so I will need to get out an meet new people, start building relationships. As far as the "GAY" bars... meh... I'd rather not. I'm totally not a bar fly! A roommate might not be totally out of the question either!

    What are the decent gyms in the area? The gym I currently belong is only regional.

    Thanks!

    Joe
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    Aug 16, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    I live in the University District, where the University of Washington is located. While I personally like the area, there is quite a bit of crime and the real estate/rent prices are very exhorbitant.

    The Capitol Hill area is the most gay-friendly in the entire city, and even if you don't want to live right in the heart of gay-mecca, there is an older part of Capitol Hill with nice houses and safe streets. If you lived in that area, you would be close to the gay scene without living right on top of it.

    Bellevue is across the water, but IMO is the nicest area of Seattle to live. Upscale housing, good shopping and eating.

    Bottom line, it's hard to go wrong when picking an area to live in Seattle.
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    Aug 27, 2010 5:16 AM GMT
    Thanks yankee!

    My family lives in Bellevue, so naturally I'm looking in that area. As far as the "gay-mecca" I think I'd rather pass on all that! LOL! Sorry it took a bit to respond, been making preparations for the move. Right now I'm in a hotel in SD on my way over there! We'll see ya'll soon!

    Joe





    yankeesblazerscowboys saidI live in the University District, where the University of Washington is located. While I personally like the area, there is quite a bit of crime and the real estate/rent prices are very exhorbitant.

    The Capitol Hill area is the most gay-friendly in the entire city, and even if you don't want to live right in the heart of gay-mecca, there is an older part of Capitol Hill with nice houses and safe streets. If you lived in that area, you would be close to the gay scene without living right on top of it.

    Bellevue is across the water, but IMO is the nicest area of Seattle to live. Upscale housing, good shopping and eating.

    Bottom line, it's hard to go wrong when picking an area to live in Seattle.
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    Aug 27, 2010 5:34 AM GMT
    September is the best time of year. Weather is almost perfect. Unfortunately, October/November are probably the worst. I've lived here since before I can remember, but I just can't take how it is always wet, even when it's not raining, and gray 9 months out of the year anymore. Makes for good conditions in the mountains though if you like winter sports!

    Seattle is also a hard place to meet people. Us Seattleites are notorious for being standoffish, especially in bars. I found it surprising when I went to Vancouver and found that people actually talk to strangers in bars. We never do that here so it was totally weird to me.

    I can't tell you how you can meet people though, I've met most of my friends from school related activities. You could try meeting people through classes/sports at gyms.
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    Aug 29, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    Cincinnati is the same way. About the "meeting people" thing. Being gay though is more common here than it is in Cincy, so that'll be one up. I'm not much of a bar fly, so that wont be an issue. I may go a time or 2 once I get settled in.

    Which by the way, I have arrived, just got into the Seattle area earlier today! Soooo... should anyone want to chat, hit me up! icon_cool.gif

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    Aug 31, 2010 6:18 PM GMT
    if you want to be around the gays, capitol hill.. on broadway :] gl