living in Seattle


 reiko valentine
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Star Rating 2/12/2012
I have lived in Seattle most of my life. The best houses and safest place to live is Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island and Bellevue. They are all suburbs of Seattle. Bellevue is more of middle class metropolitan area. Houses likely start at $450,000
Sounds like a lot of money and it is but the quality is not really there unless you live in Medina and that would mean your house is worth at least $1,000,000. Great shopping and food. Some up scale clubs if your into that. Several churches
. Apartments in bellevue ate rather dated and don't have much to offer unless you live near downtown Bellevue. Kirkland is upper middle class city nice parks. Close to the city Redmond where beautiful Marimoor Park is. No real entertainment. Great place to raise children. However very limited in cultural diversity unless Asian and White is diverse enough for you. Very fewlimited apartments. Several privatechurches schools near by. Issaquah is an upper middle class city. Houses start in the high $400,000 but due to the housing market housing cost have decreased and that statement applies to all of the cities
The schools curriculum is top notch for students. That is the reason why I moved here although I don't like my son's teacher. Apartments rentals start at $900.00 but can increase to as much as $2800.00. I have a 3 bedroom apt 2name bathroom and medium quality apartment and the rent is $1545.00 plus water and sewer
Total expense is $1648.00. Each apt gets 1parking space and of you want a garage it will cost $150.00. Issaquah has lots of trails. It's a small suburb. Cultural diversity is limited White and Asian being the majority, a growing Indian population certainly more than Blacks which are 1% of the community. A small Hispanic community likely less than 1%. There are a few mixed race couples and children .
I am mixed heritage Black and White. I have three children that look Black and 1 that looks White. My husband is White. There are a few African families maybe 3.
Severe churches. No nightlife. A few pro football players but we don't them and you will know when you see them because they stand out like a sore thumb. Crime is minimal. Washington state is looking to approve gay marriage on Tuesday. I'm against it and that was the reason why I was on the website looking to move. The communities I mentioned are all the ones I would be willing to live in
I failed to mention Mercer Island. This city is anthe island. It is upper class about 5miles to Seattle connected by a freeway. Houses like start at $650,000
. Schools are meet the highest of standards. Large Jewish community. The majority population os White
 

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Tracy M.

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So you're commenting on the lack of diversity in Seattle, and you yourself are mixed- race, yet you're looking to leave because they're going to allow marriage for gays and lesbians? Unbelievable.
 

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Michelle P.

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Oh good God. Everyone has been telling me that I should relocate to the PNW because I'd fit in so well as opposed to NYC. I wanted to be around down to earth people, coffee, the ocean, mountains and culture. But reading this, Seattle sounds worse than New York! People actually ice you out? Come on, why? Because Seattle friendships are in such high demand? That's so unfortunate. I guess it's back to square one on finding a place to live where I can actually cultivate good relationships.
 

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