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Looking for a good place to settle down in Seattle!

Hello all! My husband has just acquired a new job that means we'll be relocating to Seattle in two months (Early April, 2014) We are a vegan family, so we know we want to stay near the University District since it seems to have the biggest concentration of vegan dining out. We're not looking to purchase a home, we are looking for land to build our own. Is there an option for us inside the city, or will we have to branch out? The only requirements we have are that he's roughly an hour from a major airport for the job, and we don't want to be more than 30 minutes or so outside of town. Any suggestions?
  • February 18 2014 - Seattle
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4/8/14

Mommy Tritt - how is the relocation going ?

I hope all is well  and feel free to email or call if you need any assistance  with any loan/ mortgage related  needs or questions

thanks
  • April 08 2014
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I would strongly recommend planning to rent for a year to get to know the area.  You comment about wanting land to build suggests that taking time to explore the area carefully would help you calibrate your expectations.  It takes a few minutes driving and walking through the U district, Wallingford, Green Lake etc to identify that there is no vacant land.  I agree with Dave Skow's comment about price range/budget. 

The Seattle area is rich with grocery choices to support a vegan lifestyle and has a tremendous foodie culture. 
  • February 18 2014
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1)if wanting to  stay near the  U district -   acquring land to build on  is virtually non existent .....tear down and  rebuild  will likly be only option ...have you  explored the  option of buying an existing  property in the area ?


2)if you are OK being away from U district and the Vegan center  and being within 1 hour from SeaTAc airport- than  you will have some options in  S King county ......N pierce  county ....S Snohomish county and  even  across the  Sound  in Kitsap County

  3) traffics tough so your 30 minute radius  from the city criteria  doesnt  really provide a large  circle to  work in


4) on any future replies/ posts ...indicating a  price range / budget  will help as well  with getting better  and more accurate  feedback and answers


I hope this helps and  feel free to call or email with any additonal ideas or  questions
  • February 18 2014
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Thank you Riz for providing the link to the neighborhood.

M Tritt, I've lived and owned homes around the University district since 1969 and it appears as though you are asking contradictory questions in your post. The only way to find in this area is to purchase an existing home. If you want to build something of your own, you'll purchase a tear-down and go from there.

If you search using the Local Info tab in the top menu and then filter for the University District you'll find that Zillow's Home value Index pegs that neighborhood last December at about $467 K.  Open up the Home Value link in the left menu and you can compare that to other neighborhoods that are immediately available by foot and those are Ravenna, Roosevelt, Bryant, Greenlake and Wallingford. the values have increased over 8% December over December in these neighborhoods and took a great jump in January so the market in these hoods is HOT!

I currently have 2 very active buyer clients who are searching at $600K and $1M who have been looking for over a year for just the right home. The last buyer that I worked with last year who wanted to build in this area spent $500K for the lot (tear-down) and will have invested a total of about $1.2M by the time they move in this Fall.

A 30 minute radius from the U District will take you to the south end of Snohomish County going north.  The property taxes are lower than King County.  Look there if you need something more affordable.
  • February 18 2014
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Hi MommyTritt -

You can click this link for you to have a guide in searching a home in your preferred area.

For more information about our website you can visit Zillow Help Center.

Thank you.

Riza B.
Zillow Customer Support
  • February 18 2014
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