For anyone who knows Seattle, i need some advice on the commuting.
I live in Issaquah area. I work in Bothell/ Mill Creek area
Morning commute: average of 40 minutes (when I work out, I drive 20 minutes to gym, the remaining 20 minutes to work)
Evening commute: 60 minutes, sometimes up to 70-80 minutes
We have lived in our current home for 3 years and when I did test runs before we bought our home, the commute times were not as long. Well, I was wrong. We are thinking of moving closer to work since the commute is burning me out. My manager won’t let me work from home. I work the typical 8:30pm -5:00pm, sometimes 5:30pm. Car pooling is out since no one at work is viable based on my hours, their hours and where I work.
We are thinking of moving closer to work next spring but the idea of selling our home is daunting. I have 3 grade school kids and I don’t want to take them out of their current school, but we would do it to move. We will also move again in 3 years once our kids get near middle school in order to go back to California. Part of me feels that maybe I should rent an apartment for 2-3 days a week on the really bad commute days, since it will likely be less expensive than moving (after realtor costs, moving costs). Rent an apartment for $1,000/ month x 36 months might be less expensive in the long term.
Like to hear any input on someone who’s faced a similar dilemma in terms of commuting.