Moving to Seattle, Any Suggestions!?

  • CKTwink1253

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    Mar 14, 2013 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm relocating to Seattle ftom Minneapolis for work. Any suggestions on where to live, which parts of the city are fun for a younger social guy like myself to live around? I've only been to Seattle a few time on business, and it's pretty awesome!

    Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you! icon_smile.gif
  • Apparition

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    Mar 14, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    i visited once. Its not that big a place if you have a car.

    The downtown buses are free, so if youre walking i would want to be in that area. I would be going to the market a lot, i would want to be easy access to that. If you are a biker I would want to be on the same elevation as work to bike there.

    From what saw its all white people so it doesnt really look like there is a particular ethnic ghetto you need to watch out for.

    It reminded me of Canada more than any other US city Ive been to.

    I did find that they have a disturbing lack of restaurant choices though.
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    Mar 14, 2013 11:28 PM GMT
    Apparition saidi visited once. Its not that big a place if you have a car.

    The downtown buses are free, so if youre walking i would want to be in that area. I would be going to the market a lot, i would want to be easy access to that. If you are a biker I would want to be on the same elevation as work to bike there.

    From what saw its all white people so it doesn't really look like there is a particular ethnic ghetto you need to watch out for.

    It reminded me of Canada more than any other US city Ive been to.

    I did find that they have a disturbing lack of restaurant choices though.


    Only food group I've been disappointed in is Mex.

    Seattle discontinued the no-cost transit through the downtown tunnel a few months ago. Considering congestion problems that persist despite the completion of the Mercer project, $2 per ride is cheap compared to paying as much as $200 a month to park at work.

    In the end, no one can really advise where to live unless you tell us where you will be working.
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 14, 2013 11:37 PM GMT
    This thread was fairly comprehensive

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2770955
  • CKTwink1253

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    Mar 14, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    Thanks guys icon_smile.gif
  • nic_m3

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    Mar 14, 2013 11:59 PM GMT
    I have one, Don't. Ha jokes. Well honestly it isn't for me too much overcast skies and depression rate is through the roof. But what I do know is capitol hill would be the gay area of town and university village is popular as well. Queen ann is a lot like san fran if you go to the top.
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 15, 2013 12:13 AM GMT
    Aristoshark saidSo, Adrien, on balance was the move good or not?


    Ditto?
    BTW was thinking that question before seeing this thread
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 15, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    wild_sky360 saidThis thread was fairly comprehensive

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2770955


    ^ Hey, that was my thread. icon_smile.gif

    I moved here back in January. I have to say that at this point it seems like Capitol Hill, First Hill and the downtown areas are "fun."


    I have yet to go to Ballard but I was told it was a nice area to live. I'm going to check it out soon and will provide my input at another time. icon_smile.gif But from what I was told it is more of a relaxed area and is probably not all that fun.



    What you will find in Ballard is a nice LA Fitness
    I would drive there from Belltown/Queen Anne but not sure how to get there using public transit.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:41 AM GMT
    Belltown didn't seem too ghetto to me when I visited. Or maybe I'm ghetto and fit right in. icon_lol.gif

    Queen Anne area is nice. But in a quaint way. Pretty much like everyone else said, it's kind of a sleepy neighborhood and more of a suburb/family vibe.

    From what I can tell, the hip/urban/upcoming areas are Capital Hill and the general central Seattle area.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    I'll have to remember to bring my shank next time.
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:01 AM GMT


    Thanks you for this find Mindgarden.

    At 4:20
    "Off to work"

    "The Steadiest jobs include...Prozac distributor at Microsoft."
    Sigh. ...yup.

    Just mind the speed limit. In seattle, soccer moms in minivans like to set the speed limit for everybody. But, over in Bellvue (where I currently live), there are aggressive drivers in expensive cars that will impress anyone who has spent time in California.

    Apparently, Everett WA is trying to keep Boeing employees from hitting the townies after their shifts. During my time at a nearby supplier, I managed to get two speeding tickets inside of a month. Going 62 (I-5 is 60mph. I don't know of any highway that is 65 there...) and not slowing down fast enough on an exit ramp...in front of Boeing...

  • CKTwink1253

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    Mar 15, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    You guys are funny lol
  • TroyAthlete

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    Mar 15, 2013 3:56 AM GMT
    Good for you. Minny had the lamest gay strip I ever encountered, not to mention it's cold as the witch's left tit.
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    Mar 15, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    Don't forget Wallingford, just across the freeway from the U District, inland from Gasworks Park. Nice area if ya like craftsman style homes. Some beautiful houses, a bunch split into apartments.

    And also check out the Republic of Fremont (kindly set your watch back five minutes).

  • CKTwink1253

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    Mar 15, 2013 4:02 AM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidGood for you. Minny had the lamest gay strip I ever encountered, not to mention it's cold as the witch's left tit.


    Haha! #Truth
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    Northgate has, if I remember correctly, the world's first indoor mall. Its a great area with a 24hr fit supersport, Target Store, and Best Buy within a block. Nice apartments above the super sport. Bus route 41 takes you to the heart of downtown. Light rail to the airport from there.

    I miss Northgate. Wallingford is very nice. But, you end up traveling to Northgate or downtown to shop. On the other hand, there is city bakery in Wallingford.
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    Mar 15, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    xrichx saidBelltown didn't seem too ghetto to me when I visited. Or maybe I'm ghetto and fit right in. icon_lol.gif

    Queen Anne area is nice. But in a quaint way. Pretty much like everyone else said, it's kind of a sleepy neighborhood and more of a suburb/family vibe.

    From what I can tell, the hip/urban/upcoming areas are Capital Hill and the general central Seattle area.


    Areas on 3rd Ave near Denny Way can be a little ghetto. I was just walking down that street today to catch the bus to go to Georgetown for my dental appointment and it seemed a little rough. Not unsafe rough but I was groovin' with my boiz induh hood if you know wut I meenz!


    I got out of my car down there once and stepped on a used syringe with my bare foot icon_eek.gif

    (BTW: Denny Way was the original "skid row." They used to skid logs down a big ramp to the mill at the bottom.)
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    Mar 15, 2013 5:14 AM GMT
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    Thanks you for this find Mindgarden.

    At 4:20
    "Off to work"

    "The Steadiest jobs include...Prozac distributor at Microsoft."
    Sigh. ...yup.

    Just mind the speed limit. In seattle, soccer moms in minivans like to set the speed limit for everybody. But, over in Bellvue (where I currently live), there are aggressive drivers in expensive cars that will impress anyone who has spent time in California.

    Apparently, Everett WA is trying to keep Boeing employees from hitting the townies after their shifts. During my time at a nearby supplier, I managed to get two speeding tickets inside of a month. Going 62 (I-5 is 60mph. I don't know of any highway that is 65 there...) and not slowing down fast enough on an exit ramp...in front of Boeing...



    That show was hilarious in the 90's. Lots of clips on youtube. The only problem is it's all inside jokes that only make sense if you were around seattle in the 90's.

    Also, going 62 on I5 around Everett seems miraculous. Seems like it was usually moving at about 5 or 10 when I was going through there.
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    Mar 15, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    Seattle is a bit nuts about its bicycle community.
    The Msft campus I endured a while ago had a bicycle shop in the dining building.

    http://www.seattlebikeblog.com/bike-map/ < bike trail app
    http://www.streetfilms.org/biking-to-work-with-seattles-mayor-mike-mcginn/

    On the other hand, paying out $12-$15 to park is fun. icon_rolleyes.gif

    The 24hr fit in Bvue is decent. But, I keep getting in these $9 conversations in the gym that prolong my workout past the 2 hour free parking validation.
  • wild_sky360

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    Mar 15, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    xrichx saidBelltown didn't seem too ghetto to me when I visited. Or maybe I'm ghetto and fit right in. icon_lol.gif

    Queen Anne area is nice. But in a quaint way. Pretty much like everyone else said, it's kind of a sleepy neighborhood and more of a suburb/family vibe.

    From what I can tell, the hip/urban/upcoming areas are Capital Hill and the general central Seattle area.


    Areas on 3rd Ave near Denny Way can be a little ghetto. I was just walking down that street today to catch the bus to go to Georgetown for my dental appointment and it seemed a little rough. Not unsafe rough but I was groovin' with my boiz induh hood if you know wut I meenz!


    It's block by block around there; probably Seattle's greatest degree of economic disparity. My ex's building is one of the nicest in the area, close to the market, and I was almost carjacked right in front of it. I ran over the guys foot and he nearly lost some fingers in the door.

    Loved walking to so many good restaurants and attractions though; Frontier Room, Gaucho, Icon...the sculpture park. But, I never felt I could let my guard down, especially after the car incident.
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    Mar 15, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    WA State highway patrol cars are interesting.

    Suburbans have pulled over people with snowboarding equipment stickers plastered across the back window.

    After a profoundly long day behind the desk, I'm headed home. West on the 520 from Redmond. Noticed a grey Dodge Dart sedan parked along the side of the highway with too many antennas on the roof trying to look innocuous.

    It had a dozen small "Hello Kitty" stickers on the back window.

    Within a mile, I was passed with enthusiasm by two sedans and a CRV.
    "Hello Kitty" sprang into action, lights flashing, all three vehicles pulled over.

    Compared to California, WA residents avoid window/bumper stickers(in case we do anything retarded) Highway Patrol hopes we are distracted from the unusual radio antennas.

  • Muscmasmat

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    Mar 15, 2013 7:09 AM GMT
    I live at 3rd Ave and Wall St in Belltown. I have lived here just short of a year and a half.

    Third aveneu is where almost all the buses run, so it is a bit noisy. Plus there are lots of homeless people, low income housing, freee clinics, etc. So I don't recommend 3rd Ave area in Belltown. But it is just a 4 to 5 block walk to the Sound and views of the Olympic Mountainsso does have its pluses.

    Because of Amazon in South Lake Union, just north of downtown, rents are going through the roof, even though they are buliding apartment buildings as fast as possible.

    The downtown area ia full of students (Seattle University, Seattle Central Community College, and about three or four more in the downtown area.) That plus the Amazonians means there are a lot of young people here in the downtown area. Many of them are natives of Asia though, so that will be a cultural factor.

    Capitol Hill is probably the place for you, if you work near or in downtown. It is sometimes More expensive than where I live in Belltown, howver. If you make a good salary, it will just be a matter of finding a place to rent that is available. Leases are usually for a year unless you want to pay much higher monthly rent.

    Seattle has a great bus system and downtown is NOT friendly for cars (one way streets and high parking fees). If you don't have a car you will do fine. Busese run everywhere. ( I have a car - it sits in the garage most of the time and is used primarily to go to get groceries at the Safeway in Queen Ann (free parking there)).

    I bike to the gym (when it is not raining) or walk and also to work. It is cloudy most of the time in the winter, but usually just sprinkles rain. It harldy ever pores, like with thuderstorms in the midwest of south. Most people just wear a jacket and don't use umbrellas.

    Seattle has an amazing theater and music scene, probably the best of any city I have been to, including NYC.

    If you like mountains, trees, and oceans and cool but sunny summers, this is a great place.

    See if you can find a place not too far from your work and in the South Lake Union, Capital Hill, First Hill or Belltown areas.

    I have just purchased a condo in north Seattle, so getting out of Belltown soon.

    If you have any additional questions, let me know.



  • CKTwink1253

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    Mar 15, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    Would anyone suggest San Francisco as an alternative?
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    SF has better weather. But cost of living is higher.
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:12 PM GMT
    I'd suggest Portland. I checked out Seattle and thought there was something lacking. It's like an old whore, all played out.