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Corporate Housing in Seattle: 2 things to consider before you sign the rental agreement
By: Coral Noyd ~ 8/1/2011

Renting a corporate housing suite in right location for the hours you will keep at work and the active life you envision for yourself in Seattle beyond the temporary job that brought you here will save you time and frustration.
We've been providing corporate housing to temporary employees in the Seattle for the last 23 years and we've learned a few things from our clients that we would like to pass on to you.
The following 2 tips come from lessons learned, well, learned the hard way . . . by initially renting a condo in the wrong Seattle location.  

Proximity
There is no way around this, getting to and from work in the Seattle metropolitan area can consume disproportionate amount of time.  Though it needn't.  Here are a few questions to ask before you sign a rental agreement for corporate housing in Seattle.

  • Where is the condo in relation to my temporary position?
  • What are the primary routes to and from work?
  • Are there alternate routes?
  • From the condo, how far is the Metro stop?

This may seem obvious, but the big picture question is "what is close by that will support the busy life you are living as a temporary employee?"

  • Is there a grocery store close by?
  • Where is the dry-cleaner?
  • Where is a trusted car repair shop?
  • Take out restaurants within walking distance?

Active Lives of Temporary Employees
Temporary employees who use corporate housing tend to be interesting, active, life-long-learning sort of people.  They don't just get up in the morning, go to work and call it a day.  They do yoga, ski, hike, bike, buy gym memberships, always wanted to learn to scuba dive or learn to fly.  They also tend to be attracted to a “temporary” life in a city because the city offers them recreational activities that their home city doesn't.

Discover where your housing location is in relation to how you want to spend your off-time.  For example, if you want to learn how to snowboard while you're here, living on the eastside of Seattle puts you an hour from the slopes at Snoqualmie Pass . . . instead sitting in a traffic jam wishing you were already there.