Posted by: Timothy Ellis (The Tim)

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

106 responses to “Will High Gas Prices Save Close-in Neighborhoods?”

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  1. Madrona

    NotaBull – But I thought the impetus of this post was to note how conservative gas usage would or would not make housing near the city core hold value? Not that driving to the store would only cost $0.60 a trip.

    On a semi-related note… those living closer to Seattle can use Amazon’s wonderful new service: AmazonFresh (www.amazonfresh.com). Groceries, fresh produce, meats, dairy, and frozen goods all delivered to your doorstep. Moreover, there is free shipping on orders greater that $25. That solves the shopping in November rainstorm problems…

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  2. NotaBull

    “NotaBull – But I thought the impetus of this post was to note how conservative gas usage would or would not make housing near the city core hold value? Not that driving to the store would only cost $0.60 a trip.”

    I was just responding to your comment that seemed to imply (perhaps inadvertently) that it was necessary to live near downtown in order to utilize the nearby amenities that you referenced. My point was that you *don’t* in fact need to live nearby downtown in order to utilize those amenities and my own example was used to demonstrate that.

    “On a semi-related note… those living closer to Seattle can use Amazon’s wonderful new service: AmazonFresh (www.amazonfresh.com). Groceries, fresh produce, meats, dairy, and frozen goods all delivered to your doorstep. Moreover, there is free shipping on orders greater that $25. That solves the shopping in November rainstorm problems…”

    Yes, I used that service while living in Madrona. Not you, the neighborhood. :)

    I liked it a lot, especially the part where you can order late at night and get all the deliveries by 6am. I’m sure that over the years as it expands and becomes more popular, it will start up in other areas too.

    Brief research indicates that they didn’t deliver to West Seattle, until they started to. Oh, and I just went on their website and found that they deliver to my old address in Issaquah! They don’t deliver to me yet (North Sammamish), but I’ll let you know when they start to. It seems that in some outer neighborhoods (Redmond, Issaquah, South Sammamish) they have a requirement to be a “prime” member which amounts to a $80 annual fee. I wonder if this is essentially a fuel surcharge due to the distance from the Bellevue fulfillment center they have. Yes, Bellevue.

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  4. Tomas Renskin

    Sounds like the central banking families (the elites) have a plan to get Americans to move close to the cities. Maybe the Rockefeller family is going to use all of their decades of population control experience to release one of their homemade viruses, once we are all conveniently packed together like sardines.

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  5. Maia

    I agree. As someone with no car and unable to afford driving lessons (£20+/hr in UK, min wage £5.65) let alone a car, the cost of bus and train really limits my work choices (chocolate shop job). Everyone there doesn’t drive – people who can work out of town. If you have a car, you’re hired in more remote areas. Gas is not important if it’s the reason you can have a job in the first place.

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