Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36WORK and PLAY Consider how your home’s location affects your lifestyle. If you live in a low-density neighborhood, you might work downtown and commute by car or bus. The closest grocery store is several miles away so you drive to shop. Your friends who live nearby often visit but you rarely see those who live on the other side of the city. There are plenty of activities to do nearby but may still be a long walk away so you drive. If you live downtown, you walk to work, the grocery store, the gym, entertainment and more. You invite friends over for dinner if they work downtown and can walk home with you. Using the transit options of bus, light rail, taxis and rideshare, it’s easy to meet people around the city. In fact, you might not even own a car. The point is, choosing where to live is also choosing how to live. This impacts more than your commute – it dictates how easy it is to shop for gro- ceries and other necessities. And the choice does not have to be between downtown and the city limits. Seat- tle’s neighborhoods are filled with urban villages that provide many of the benefits of downtown living while keeping that small-community feel so many people love. HOME Sweet HOME Living in the city can appear more expensive than in the suburbs, but once you look outside of simple housing costs, the other factors can be surprising. The Center for Neighbor- hood Technology analyzes housing and transportation costs to determine such information, as depicted on the related map. Notice how many of the areas where living is considered af- fordable shrink when includ- ing transportation costs. Living closer to work and daily needs has helped many people’s budgets by shedding the expense of a second car or giving up car ownership altogether. There is more to finding an afford- able home than the list price. And, just as importantly, where you live affects your lifestyle and all the ex- penses that come with it. Seattle is a beautiful place with so much to offer, so find a home that suits your needs and your budget. $7.95 Monthly membership with Pronto Cycle Share ($85/year) $7-17 Hourly rate for Car2Go, Zipcar, Reach Now $90 Cost of monthly unlimited Orca Card ($1,188/year) $883 Average monthly cost of all automobile expenses ($10,596/year) 1,340 Average monthly miles driven per household (16,072 miles/ year) $1,127 Median monthly rent ($13,524/year) $2,227 Median monthly home owner’s costs ($26,724/ • Some points of comparison: Housing SEATTLE F2016 SWFIN.indd 3 11/29/16 9:28 AM