Starting a business. Too pricey in Seattle
Cheaper rent, ability to work remote and proximity to outdoor activities
Already moved. Both my partner and I have been impacted by COVID - I was laid off end of March and he works in the concert industry which is basically non-existent at this moment. We left our somewhat pricey Seattle apartment end of June and moved in to a Fonzi house to save money and be closer to the outdoors while we wait this out. If it gets really dire come October, we're off to Dallas to live with his sister and not exhaust our savings.
We moved from Seattle two months ago to a rural part of Monterey, CA. We wanted a better quality life, away from the dreary weather and droves of homeless and drug addicts that now make Seattle uninhabitable. Here, sunshine rules the day and the quaint little village we live in is utopia for us. We live in a gorgeous landscape painting and the people are so friendly! Clint Eastwood lives here too.
Around too many people in an apartment
My company originally reached out and started the conversation about relocating in January. I agreed to a July 1 start date...but then COVID hit and that seemed unlikely. Since our company is actively surveying each week, they were extremely invested in where we were currently working (home or another remote location)....and particularly interested in where I was since I would be getting a cost of living pay adjustment. That being said, I originally was going to push the date back but since I would have had to sign a new contract if I wasn't "in California" I went ahead and signed an apartment there to move down.
Might not be actually in 6 months since our current lease goes for 8 more but my wife would have us move to Vermont tomorrow if I'd consent.
We live in West Seattle. My wife will commute to Issaquah, WA when her offices reopen. The bridge between West Seattle and Seattle is broken. It will add hours to her commute. https://www.seattle.gov/transportation/projects-and-programs/programs/bridges-stairs-and-other-structures/bridges/west-seattle-high-rise-bridge-safety-project
We are moving because my company is allowing me to work from home permanently and we want to live closer to our aging parents. We are also excited about the much lower cost of living. We were able to make a significant profit on our starter home in a high cost market and buy our "forever" home with the proceeds in a lower cost market.
Married with a 12 month old daughter. Been paying $3.2k a month in rent. Since COVID started my employer saw that we were just as productive virtually as we were in the office. Convinced him to exit our lease and safe $7k a month and take the firm virtual. Allowing me to move to Spokane and buy a house, whilst keeping my job. The low interest rates is what spurred us to action. Houses in Spokane were on the market for less than 6 days on average.
To be closer to family and to live in a lower cost of living area.
To be closer to family.
Buying a second home outside the city; with WHF there's no reason to be daily based downtown where nothing is open/happening anymore.
We want to be closer to our family. Both our families are on the East coast, either in New England or Florida. We left Florida for work (my wife was hired by Amazon, now with Microsoft). But after 7 years, we felt a bit isolated out here in Seattle, so it’s time to go home.
Going to stick out the last year lease at my apt and then move. My plan is to scrounge and save up as much as I can in order to buy my first home. Can’t afford Seattle metro home prices but there is a good chance my project management job is staying remote. If I stay remote and don’t end up losing my job due to economy slump, I can live anywhere. Olympia is more affordable and I’d be able to make the occasional site visit to projects in the metro area easily. The quarantine has made it abundantly clear to me that having a yard, a garage, and a dedicated office space would make home (and now work) life much healthier.
My partner and I just moved because we bought a house a little north of Seattle. Quarantine for 3 months in our small Seattle apartment just wasn't cutting it-- we wanted more space and more projects. Plus interest rates were incredibly attractive, making it more affordable than we thought. We've also been very fortunate to both keep our jobs and easily transition to wfh for the forseeable future (and probably beyond that). 6 months ago we were in total agreement that we didn't want a house, what with all the upkeep and projects and potential for things to go wrong. After a few months of being together non-stop in a 3rd floor walk up, we changed our tune pretty drastically and decided that was exactly what we wanted in this fresh hell of a pandemic.
The city of Seattle is still seeing an influx of people from other higher priced cities. However, due to many events happening in the area, we are seeing a shift of "city living" to the outskirts of the city. Places with some outdoor space and larger lots, a little space to spread your legs and legs the dogs and kids play.
Getting out of the city was the best move we made! Moved three weeks ago an hour south of downtown, and loving every minute.
Seattle is out of control, financially and politically
We moved last fall to escape the traffic and congestion of Seattle. I was spending to much time commuting and my young kids were spending to much time in the car. We did go places or see people because of traffic or due to over crowding.
Moving as our family lives in Seattle additionally we are sick of paying ridiculous prices for living in the Bay.
My boyfriend and I are from the West and East Coast respectively, and miss that coastal lifestyle! We miss public transit and culture and proximity to things that the Midwest just lacks.
I HAVE moved in the past two weeks. It was interesting because it was more expensive to move now than the past 3 times I have around the world (e.g. London to LA). I had a job focused on being on-set with people. I knew things were changing by February. Found a new job where I don't have to interact face-to-face and am on video chat all day. Also, LA is a weird city and people don't follow rules. Seattle is already a cold city so its well suited for social distancing. My boyfriend and I drove up the coast only stopping at a friends in Oakland. The drive was weird due to covid where the smaller cities didn't even wear masks, hard to find bathrooms. Now I'm closer to family and have a 4 bedroom house that is the same price as my 1 bedroom apartment in mid-city LA.
Getting out of the oil patch and into tech, just following the job opportunity
More career opportunities
Husband got job offer for Seattle company during SIP. We have until July 2021 to transition but feel like Seattle maybe safer than the Bay Area until a vaccine is found.
Price and opportunity
Job change that comes with relocation. Will be a permanent WFH position but need to be near enough to Seattle for one-off meetings and to get to the airport.