On housing in Seattle

I’ve been in temp housing about a month now, and want to have my own place so I can take my things out of storage: my hi-fi set, my flatscreen, my bike, books. I’m nothing without these!

The search for a place is so far less stressful than it was in New York (everything here is less stressful), but very frustrating: it’s almost impossible to find places with hardwood floors in the area. It’s always carpet wall to wall, apparently for noise damping as well as economy. I’ve only seen hardwood in a pair of condos in concrete-and-steel buildings. Some of the places I’ve seen that advertise hardwood floors turn out to have hardwood only in the kitchen. The kitchen? That’s where I would NOT have hardwood. What is wrong with these people?
The places I’ve seen tend to go cheap on the materials – carpet, vinyl floored bathrooms – but expensive on complements – sauna, in-house gym, conference room. Methinks they got it backwards.
I also looked at a couple of places in the suburbs that left me unimpressed, but at the moment I’m leaning towards staying in the city.
More news on this front coming soon, I hope.

About Jaime Silvela

My favorite chemical element is Potassium.
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2 Responses to On housing in Seattle

  1. bing says:

    That’s too funny. When I remodel my house lots of people did suggest me put hard wood floor throughout, including Kitchen. I guess that is because they don’t cook that much.
    Why not buy your own apt? How is the housing market there?

  2. Jaime Silvela says:

    I don’t want to buy at the moment, since I don’t know the city yet, and it would be a big commitment.
    But yes, those hardwood floors are probably a pain to cook in!

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