What neighborhoods should I consider in Seattle?
May 1, 2012 11:40 AM Subscribe
If I'm moving to Seattle from NYC this summer and have time to scope out ~3 neighborhoods on a quick upcoming trip, where should I start? I'm having trouble squaring good advice I see online with my commute situation, which is that I intend to take the Software Company shuttle bus to Redmond.
posted by bradamant to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (39 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
- Some neighborhoods that might be a good fit, like Ballard, seem like a miserable commute. How do I balance that?
- Because a toll was recently instituted on the bridge, changing traffic patterns, no one seems sure how long it takes to get to the Eastside anymore.
Here are some things I'm looking for in a neighborhood:
- I need to be someplace walkable. After 10+ years in NYC, I know how to drive only in theory. I don't have a car and don't really want one.
- Good restaurants (esp. farm to table, new American style) and bars that have good wine (not necessarily a wine bar, just not a beer bar + Sutter Home).
- Reasonable proximity to opera/classical/ballet venues downtown, so that I could see a concert on a weeknight and not get home after midnight.
- Some population of single people (not "all strollers, all the time").
- But not only twentysomethings, especially hard-partying twentysomethings (Is this contradictory? I'm recently single again and not sure if other single thirtysomethings actually exist.)
- I'd like to be near some kind of park where I could run 3-5 miles if the weather is nice enough.
- My target price is $1600-1700 and I'd like to find a two bedroom or one bedroom + den so I can have an office with a sleeper sofa for guests.
- FWIW, I currently live in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and like it.
Things I don't do frequently enough that I need to live near them:
- Clubbing/meatmarket type scenes
- Avant-garde arts
- Live rock/pop music
Anyway, if you'd made it this far, do you have any recommendations for where a classically overeducated, only slightly athletic foodie should consider living?