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August 12, 2004

Amazon Move FAQ #2: Where will you live in Seattle?

When we arrive in Seattle, Amazon has arranged for us to stay in 'corporate housing' for a while.  Until now we have been looking around just to get a feel about the different areas. We have looked at the East-Side, at Ballard and Magnolia, at Bainbridge and Vashon.  We would have liked to take some time to select an area, but our hand was forced somewhat given that Kim needs to do two more years of high-school, and I don't like to drag her from one school to another. Also her part of the 'negotiations' was that she could go to the school with the best drama and music productions.  Her wishes combined with the possibilities of the temporary housing is that we will start off in Bellevue.

We'll be living in a complex called 'The Seasons' (PDF) until we have decided on a place of our own. It is close to the Bellevue Mall and the high school is not too far either. According to the various sources the high school is a constant winner in all sorts of arts competitions, so that looks pretty promising.

There is a strange phenomena in and around Seattle. Whenever you ask someone where they live, the answer they will give is their commute time. Never once someone answered with something like "Oh I live in Kirkland where we have a beautiful 4 bedroom home on lot with a nice view of ...", instead they will day "I live about 35 minutes on the I-90". It will be interesting to see if I can avoid this kind of obsession.

Posted by Werner Vogels at August 12, 2004 09:19 PM


The best way to avoid that self-definition is to arrange your work/home locations to avoid driving on I-90. This will protect your sanity, as well.

(And move soon, because once October1 comes you won't have a day without drizzle for at least 4 months.)

Posted by: Bill Seitz on August 13, 2004 09:39 AM

ARGH! you obviously have been talking to recent transplants. Its not "the I-90" its just "I-90", and "I-5" and "520".... real seattle people don't put use the definite article for proper names. Thats some weird east coast thing that you ought to drop right away.

Posted by: a on August 13, 2004 12:22 PM

Welcome (prematurely) to the Greater Seattle area. I commute daily from Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood to the Eastgate area of Bellevue on I-90. It's a breeze. I don't think the same is true going in the reverse direction. I highly recommend you investigate some of the "close-in" Seattle neighborhoods like Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Capitol Hill. You could take the bus to work! Garfield High in Seattle has an excellent music program.

Posted by: Carrick on August 13, 2004 12:46 PM

If you'd like more info/etc on Bainbridge Island, I'd be happy to tell you what I know...

Welcome to the area

Posted by: Ted Leung on August 13, 2004 02:02 PM

back on the drizzle/fungus factor, don't imagine that life in Ithaca has prepared you. I went to Cornell, thought my will was waterproof. Seattle broke me.

Posted by: Bill Seitz on August 17, 2004 05:28 PM