Died a little inside when I read the tweet that said you would need to be making $207K a year to have your home expenses be 30% of your income.That is so depressing. I thought our place was pricey when we bought it for $440k back in 2007. But at the same time, most people don't do 20% down payments. I think we did 7% down and then had mortgage interest for a while until we got to a certain level with our payments.
I did a
We got incredibly lucky with our house. The initial plan was "Well, we can't afford anywhere other than South Seattle" so we started looking in Columbia City, Beacon Hill, etc. but houses weren't any cheaper down there. One day I was heading from our rental place in Crown Hill to the Roosevelt Whole Foods and drove by this house for sale that was in our price range in Green Lake. My initial thought was "what is wrong with it?" so I contacted our realtor friends and oh boy was it interesting.I did a
Mrs Stinkles picked Wallingford from a huge range of poorly understood neighborhoods based on our amazing realtors (now real friend) advice, and what she described as "cuteness" in 2003. Market tanked in 2007 or so and we had a baby - so we saw the opportunity to get in a way bigger house that we otherwise could NEVER afford, on a sleepier corner near what was then a geographic school catchment. (John Stanford) right after we moved in of course they changed it to a lottery. We were enraged. However we either lucked our or they do consider how ridiculous it would be to send people that close, to Greenlake.
Wallingford back in 2003 was a transitioning neighborhood but had perfect freeway access for my Eastside job. Greenlake was fancier. I assume still is. Wallingford used to be the sort of blue collar middle class cops and plumbers and so on. Not sure where it sits now. Somewhere between South Center and Capitol Hill. But I don't think it's really clear.
It worked out really well and we also got a line on the house opposite for our besties - and they were able to lowball panicky owners and get a house they'd never be able to otherwise afford either.
If you need a realtor - ours was a master strategist. And she's lived in Wallingford for most of her life.
Well that's fun.lol that's amazing
Guy who lived in our house died and the house was empty for quite some time I guess before we bought it.
We found huge piles of used condoms in the back yard, neighboors told us the back yarrd was basically a brothel for the local street walking talent for a couple of months.
Ha, I still get mail for the previous owner's deceased (before we bought the house) husband 9 years later. The mail doesn't give AF.
It worked out for you though! We heard great things about Greenlake Elementary - and we enjoyed our visit (except for the taped up trashbags temporary wall for the cafeteria/gym at the time) and would have been happy with our daughter going there, but we're literally four blocks from John Stanford AND it's a language immersion school for our now (weirdly fluent) Dora the Explorer and love rolling her out as our assistant in Mexico. Greenlake would have been about AT LEAST twenty more minutes each way, as opposed to (literally) two minutes walk. That's a lifestyle enhancement we're going to miss when she goes to middle School.We got incredibly lucky with our house. The initial plan was "Well, we can't afford anywhere other than South Seattle" so we started looking in Columbia City, Beacon Hill, etc. but houses weren't any cheaper down there. One day I was heading from our rental place in Crown Hill to the Roosevelt Whole Foods and drove by this house for sale that was in our price range in Green Lake. My initial thought was "what is wrong with it?" so I contacted our realtor friends and oh boy was it interesting.
1. It was a married couple who bought it and started renovating.
2. The wife was mentally unstable according to her attorney.
3. They had attorneys because in the middle of working on the house they decide to get divorced.
4. The day before I found the house they took it off the market.
5. Our realtors persisted and discussions began.
6. The wife was seriously crazy.
7. Did I mention she didn't believe we were a newly married couple and thought we were really real estate developers?
8. Well she did. She tracked my wife down at work and tried to convince us to pay an extra $100k for the house.
9. This woman created fake people who were also interested in the house as leverage. I think she started getting confused because one of these groups sounded a lot like us (newlyweds with one just starting a job in education).
10. She threatened to back out of the deal, build a picket fence around the house and jack the price $100k. The $100k picket fence is a running joke now with our friends.
11. Her soon to be ex-husband wasn't having any of it and just wanted to be rid of her and the house. He walked away with nothing except his freedom. We still get his mail from time to time 12 years later.
12. As part of the closing she got to live in the house until we moved in. My wife was afraid the woman was going to poop everywhere in the house.
13. She took all the nice doorknobs except two.
14. Six months later they announced the Roosevelt Light Rail station a few blocks from our house and the construction insanity began. We're still here.
We really should've been on some home buying show. Our friends who are realtors are absolutely amazing and I would recommend them to anyone.
Green Lake Elementary is an amazing school, though.
We ALMOST bought a brick tudor on (85th?) on the east side of that huge cross street - but the inside was dead quiet and so was the yard. IT's one of those streets that LOOKS super arterial and busy, but really isn't
Ooink is the best ramen I've ever had, and the owners are awesome people (they take the staff to Japan for vacation/recipe research) and make their own noodles, potstickers, etc. Occasional specials that you'll only be able to get for a single afternoon (different noodles, fancy meats, unique broths).Wife and I are headed to Seattle next weekend for ECCC, and we want to end our Ketosis in a Ramen Bliss. So far, our gold standard is Marukin Ramen in PDX.
So, what's the best Ramen in Seattle? Willing to travel a little bit if it's totally worth it, but obviously Downtown/Capitol Hill/International would be preferred.
My short bit of research suggests Danbo or Ooink.
Hadn't heard of that place, but they have some interesting looking stuff! I gotta find time to make my way over there some time.
Actually it looks nice outside but the air is bees so stay inside and close the curtains and the bees get THICKER and bluer and angrier all the way through October and if you do move here go south of Renton where the air is less bees.