So I moved to Seattle

clover wrote:
Trashie wrote:

Wait. I live in Madison and also just got a job in Seattle. However, I convinced them that I can do the work remotely with occasional trips to the Emerald City (isn't that its nickname?).

Are you sure you're not an alternate universe version of me? Do you also have an 11 year old beagle-lab mutt?

Living in Madison while getting paid like you live in Seattle would be a sweet deal. Well done :D

Thanks. It makes up for the long commute.

The office is near Pioneer Square and I really enjoyed a beer at the Alibi Room and a pork chop at the Collins Pub. Yelp recommended McCormick's Fish House and I was underwhelmed.

clover wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

When I was living in Seattle, I had a bedroom in an 8 bedroom duplex in Ravenna right on the Burke Gilman (On Blakesley). It was entirely populated by UW grad students (except me. I was going to SU at the time). And we were all paying the insanely low rent of $300/month.

We were the most hated people in Seattle.

Alas, unstoppable progress has likely torn down your old place (along with my beloved 7-Eleven)... there's several blocks of shiny new plazas from 55th to UVillage now.

After reading this, I went to Google maps to see if that were the case. It turns out it they are pretty much the only two buildings that haven't been torn down on that stretch of NE Blakesley.

Trashie wrote:
clover wrote:
Trashie wrote:

Wait. I live in Madison and also just got a job in Seattle. However, I convinced them that I can do the work remotely with occasional trips to the Emerald City (isn't that its nickname?).

Are you sure you're not an alternate universe version of me? Do you also have an 11 year old beagle-lab mutt?

Living in Madison while getting paid like you live in Seattle would be a sweet deal. Well done :D

Thanks. It makes up for the long commute.

The office is near Pioneer Square and I really enjoyed a beer at the Alibi Room and a pork chop at the Collins Pub. Yelp recommended McCormick's Fish House and I was underwhelmed.

I could be alternate you...! Did you make pitstops in Baltimore and the Philly area too? I don't have a dog though, so maybe not.

I agree, that is a pretty sweet deal.

clover wrote:

I also toured this building a couple years ago and it was decent, though older than the ones above.

This neighborhood has a lot of small buildings and houses with attached units, so Craigslist should turn up a few more.

I have a couple questions about this one. I couldn't find floorplans for this. What was the layout like? Was the kitchen decent? Also, it's about $500 less than other 2 Bed / 1 Bath at Saxe or Varsity Court (and presumably others in the area); is that just because it's an older building?

Garden Ninja wrote:
clover wrote:

I also toured this building a couple years ago and it was decent, though older than the ones above.

This neighborhood has a lot of small buildings and houses with attached units, so Craigslist should turn up a few more.

I have a couple questions about this one. I couldn't find floorplans for this. What was the layout like? Was the kitchen decent? Also, it's about $500 less than other 2 Bed / 1 Bath at Saxe or Varsity Court (and presumably others in the area); is that just because it's an older building?

I looked at a 2-bedroom there (not the one in the photo). The kitchen was a separate room almost, not like the Saxe ones... about the same cabinet space, just bigger. Square footage was great, especially for the price. Bedrooms were big for here (normal-sized for the Midwest). Layout was pretty basic: main door into a big living/dining room, kitchen off of one corner, beds/bath off a little hallway. There's a skinny courtyard in the middle of the building you can sort of see in the Craigslist photo, and some windows opened into that.

It looks like the one in the listing has a breakfast bar, which is kind of cool. The kitchen in the photo definitely has nicer cabinets and appliances than the one I saw. I looked at it in 2009 and it looks like they've put some money into the building since then.

The main reasons I didn't rent there was that there weren't enough windows for my taste- I was moving back from Miami and wanted a lot of natural light- the carpets were in bad shape, and I really wanted a balcony. The rent there is lower because the building is older, there's not much common area to maintain, and the new buildings put a lot of money into hotel-style finishes and Ikea kitchens.

The manager was really cool, though... don't know if it's the same guy still, but if the unit I toured had a balcony I'd be living there instead. If your priorities put square footage above finishes, it's a much better go than the newer buildings. I'm used to living in tiny apartments so it felt almost too big to me.

(If dark winters are hard on you, plan accordingly... we're about the same latitude as Thunder Bay.)

Trashie wrote:
clover wrote:
Trashie wrote:

Wait. I live in Madison and also just got a job in Seattle. However, I convinced them that I can do the work remotely with occasional trips to the Emerald City (isn't that its nickname?).

Are you sure you're not an alternate universe version of me? Do you also have an 11 year old beagle-lab mutt?

Living in Madison while getting paid like you live in Seattle would be a sweet deal. Well done :D

Thanks. It makes up for the long commute.

The office is near Pioneer Square and I really enjoyed a beer at the Alibi Room and a pork chop at the Collins Pub. Yelp recommended McCormick's Fish House and I was underwhelmed.

Thumbs up to Collins Pub. They had a really excellent poutine on the menu for a while.

McCormick's is actually a chain, the bastards. Send up a flare the next time you come and we'll take you somewhere decent

clover wrote:
Trashie wrote:
clover wrote:
Trashie wrote:

Wait. I live in Madison and also just got a job in Seattle. However, I convinced them that I can do the work remotely with occasional trips to the Emerald City (isn't that its nickname?).

Are you sure you're not an alternate universe version of me? Do you also have an 11 year old beagle-lab mutt?

Living in Madison while getting paid like you live in Seattle would be a sweet deal. Well done :D

Thanks. It makes up for the long commute.

The office is near Pioneer Square and I really enjoyed a beer at the Alibi Room and a pork chop at the Collins Pub. Yelp recommended McCormick's Fish House and I was underwhelmed.

Thumbs up to Collins Pub. They had a really excellent poutine on the menu for a while.

McCormick's is actually a chain, the bastards. Send up a flare the next time you come and we'll take you somewhere decent :)

Will do. Dinner companions would be a welcome change to eating at the bar.

I thought McCormick's was alright. The Salmon Penne was tasty, and the breaded Halibut I had at the one in Charlotte was excellent.

Fado was also good, tough I think that is a chain as well.

I did eat at at least one non-chain place on my trip: Thoa's Vietnamese Restaurant & Lounge on First and Union. Really excellent food there.

Cherry St Coffee Shop was also good, assuming you dig indie, veg friendly coffee shops. If you dig Starbucks, there are two (!) brands: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Cofee (i.e. Starbucks Jr.)

Garden Ninja wrote:

Cherry St Coffee Shop was also good, assuming you dig indie, veg friendly coffee shops. If you dig Starbucks, there are two (!) brands: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Cofee (i.e. Starbucks Jr.) :razz:

We must have been staying in the same area. I stopped at that coffee shop every morning during my last trip. Just a block from my new office.

Trashie wrote:
Garden Ninja wrote:

Cherry St Coffee Shop was also good, assuming you dig indie, veg friendly coffee shops. If you dig Starbucks, there are two (!) brands: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Cofee (i.e. Starbucks Jr.) :razz:

We must have been staying in the same area. I stopped at that coffee shop every morning during my last trip. Just a block from my new office.

Wow... this is getting weird and weirder. Are we going to be working for the same company?

Here's a test: is your company moving to a new building a few blocks away?

You guys are creeping me out.

clover wrote:

You guys are creeping me out. :ninja:

Spoiler:

Trashie is just Garden Ninja's Alt. ;)

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
clover wrote:

You guys are creeping me out. :ninja:

Spoiler:

Trashie is just Garden Ninja's Alt. ;)

Spoiler:

So they're really from Cleveland, not Madison?

clover wrote:
KrazyTacoFO wrote:
clover wrote:

You guys are creeping me out. :ninja:

Spoiler:

Trashie is just Garden Ninja's Alt. ;)

Spoiler:

So they're really from Cleveland, not Madison?

Spoiler:

Nope. Oddly enough, Garden Ninja is just Paleocon's Alt. So they're really from Columbia. :D

KrazyTacoFO wrote:
clover wrote:
KrazyTacoFO wrote:
clover wrote:

You guys are creeping me out. :ninja:

Spoiler:

Trashie is just Garden Ninja's Alt. ;)

Spoiler:

So they're really from Cleveland, not Madison?

Spoiler:

Nope. Oddly enough, Garden Ninja is just Paleocon's Alt. So they're really from Columbia. :D

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Jonman wrote:

Here's my go-to for finding new restaurants: I've linked their top 10 vegetarian places. I can personally vouch for Tamarind Tree, and I'm not a fan of Coastal Kitchen (overpriced, and the quality is variable to the point of being often disappointing).

When my wife and I lived on First Hill, we used to walk to Coastal Kitchen for breakfast every time they changed their regional theme (every quarter maybe?). The breakfast was generally good if a bit overpriced. I never ate there for anything other than breakfast, though, but it was interesting to eat a different type of food for breakfast every now and then.

The Thai restaurants in Seattle tend to have a lot of vegetarian options. If you (GN) ever make it over to Bellevue, take a look at Chantanee Thai. It was better and cheaper when it was a little hole-in-the-wall, but the food is still fantastic at the newer, more upscale location - it's just a bit more expensive now.

Garden Ninja wrote:

Beer is definitely fine. Which brings up another question: Obviously, we can discuss in person also, but what are the good regional beers to try when I'm out there?

The two that I miss the most, since they don't bottle either, are Manny's (already been mentioned), and Mac & Jack's African Amber (Redmond Brewery, but various places in Seattle have it on tap).

Edit: One more food suggestion - Tutta Bella pizza is awesome.
Edit 2: Actually, one more - The Red House in Renton. Lots of beer options, their house red ale is pretty good but they also have a ton of stuff in bottles. And their food has been fantastic every time I've been there. I'd say the best time to go is on a Tuesday in the summer when you can hit up the afternoon/evening Farmer's Market a few blocks away and then sit outdoors for your meal.

I really miss the food in Seattle.

Garden Ninja wrote:
Trashie wrote:
Garden Ninja wrote:

Cherry St Coffee Shop was also good, assuming you dig indie, veg friendly coffee shops. If you dig Starbucks, there are two (!) brands: Starbucks and Seattle's Best Cofee (i.e. Starbucks Jr.) :razz:

We must have been staying in the same area. I stopped at that coffee shop every morning during my last trip. Just a block from my new office.

Wow... this is getting weird and weirder. Are we going to be working for the same company?

Here's a test: is your company moving to a new building a few blocks away?

There's a move in the works but only to the floor upstairs.

Phew, that was close.

I went to Chantanee for a work lunch and was very impressed.

Just found this.

Our restaurants!
The Saxe has two fabulous restaurants located on the main floor:

Garlic Jim's Gourmet Pizza: 206-524-5467
Visit their website at www.garlicjims.com for menu information and for other locations.

The Pied Piper Ale House: 206-729-0603
Hours: Monday - Sunday

Even if I don't rent there, I may spend time there.

Edit: I called all Saxe, Raleigh and Varsity Court.

And... Saxe doesn't have anything available until November. I need something a week before that, unless I get a hotel for a week or something.

Varsity Court and Raleigh Court didn't answer the phone. I left a message and sent an email to both places. Hopefully I'll hear back from them tomorrow. I'm more interested in Raleigh Court. I haven't used the common areas in my current or previous places, and it's kind of hard to beat more space for less money.

We live in Saxe and are above both of those. Trivia night at Pied Piper is packed on Wednesdays. Garlic Jim's is the best gluten free pizza in town hands down.

I'm in the middle of deciding where to take the bar next year and Washington is very high up on the list. Collectively you've all made an excellent pitch for the city, so I'm tagging this thread for future reference.

le sigh... I thought I was pretty set on Ravenna, but I was looking at the other neighborhoods again, and I am less certain. I was focusing on that because of the shul there, but I'm not sure where that really is on my priority list at the moment (nevermind that I've been to shuls that I ended up hating). Being downtown, in the thick of it, as it were is really tempting, especially with the SAM right there, and I could always flip it and walk to work, and take the 30 minute bus ride to shul...

Agh... choices.

Maybe it would be good to get a sublet or crash in a hotel for a week and check things out, then decide after you've wandered around a few neighborhoods. You can always store your ABF cube on this end for a couple weeks and send for it when you're ready.

clover wrote:

Maybe it would be good to get a sublet or crash in a hotel for a week and check things out, then decide after you've wandered around a few neighborhoods. You can always store your ABF cube on this end for a couple weeks and send for it when you're ready.

That is a good idea. I was thinking of having an apartment ready when I got there, and the idea of apartment hunting without actually being able to see any of them was a bit stressful. How does the storage time affect the overall cost?

It wasn't a lot in the big scheme of things. They charge by the month; we waited three weeks and I think it ran us an extra $100-200 bucks.

clover wrote:

It wasn't a lot in the big scheme of things. They charge by the month; we waited three weeks and I think it ran us an extra $100-200 bucks.

That's definitely worth it then.

I've also been thinking that I'll probably keep my car. I was largely thinking of selling it because driving cross country is kind of a pain, and I was worried about getting there in time to meet ABF. I'd still walk most places, but considering the thing is paid off, and I would want a car eventually anyway, it seems silly to sell it just to avoid a long drive. Plus the drive isn't as long as I thought it was anyway.

That does mean I'll need to find a place has parking available.

Downtown or Capitol Hill you'll need a dedicated parking space; most other neighborhoods you'll be able to park on the street. Parking in our garage is $90/month (about average) so we just use street parking.

Also budget for parking tickets... the neighborhood rules here are convoluted enough that most people get nailed a couple times a year, one way or another.

Scaphism wrote:

I'm in the middle of deciding where to take the bar next year and Washington is very high up on the list. Collectively you've all made an excellent pitch for the city, so I'm tagging this thread for future reference.

Peer pressure!

Full disclosure though, it's a downright rotten market for entry-level law right now.

Garden Ninja wrote:
clover wrote:

It wasn't a lot in the big scheme of things. They charge by the month; we waited three weeks and I think it ran us an extra $100-200 bucks.

That's definitely worth it then.

I've also been thinking that I'll probably keep my car. I was largely thinking of selling it because driving cross country is kind of a pain, and I was worried about getting there in time to meet ABF. I'd still walk most places, but considering the thing is paid off, and I would want a car eventually anyway, it seems silly to sell it just to avoid a long drive. Plus the drive isn't as long as I thought it was anyway.

That does mean I'll need to find a place has parking available.

Make sure and stop through KC for a night!

clover wrote:

Downtown or Capitol Hill you'll need a dedicated parking space; most other neighborhoods you'll be able to park on the street. Parking in our garage is $90/month (about average) so we just use street parking.

Downtown, definitely. Capitol and First Hill are completely dependent on where you are (of course, if you want to avoid having your car broken into, it's probably best to get a parking spot in your building regardless). My wife and I were on 11th and Terrace in the First Hill area for a few years and never once had a problem finding a parking spot. Just a few blocks away, though, and it can be a completely different situation. My wife lived around 13th and Cherry for a few years during college and it was impossible to find parking around there.

clover wrote:

Downtown or Capitol Hill you'll need a dedicated parking space; most other neighborhoods you'll be able to park on the street. Parking in our garage is $90/month (about average) so we just use street parking.

Also budget for parking tickets... the neighborhood rules here are convoluted enough that most people get nailed a couple times a year, one way or another.

Okay. Good stuff to know. Sound like I should make sure to look for places with a garage. One place I found said they did not have a garage / lot, but that residents qualify for Zone 7. I couldn't find what that meant, but I assume it is a certain type of parking permit.

I found a few more buildings that I'd like feedback on. If people know about the buildings, or management companies, that'd be awesome.

Downtown

Harbor Steps - This place looks gorgeous. On the more expensive side, especially for the waterfront facing units, but that seems to be true of Downtown in general. Looks like there are some more reasonable options, especially if I am willing to sacrifice a bit on square footage.

Fairmount - I could have sworn I found the company website the other day, but I can't find it now. In any case, the kitchen looks small but it looks nice other than that, and that deck looks great.

Marketside Flats which is apparently the same place as Post Alley Court. Not sure how that works, but the photos looks nice.

First Hill

These both looks nice. Looks like First Hill is a bit cheaper than Downtown.

M Street

One Thousand 8th Avenue Apts

SallyNasty wrote:

Make sure and stop through KC for a night!

I checked Google Maps and it initially took me Madison (home), then through Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana. Going through KC adds about 3 hours total (which for a 48 hour drive isn't a big difference). I am actually visiting home this weekend, so I may have to take you up on that.