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.

25 responses to “The Seattle-Area’s Most Expensive Zip Code Is…”

  1. Passed Doo

    Thanks for the info. Well done.

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  2. corndogs

    According to this article people who live in downtown Seattle are in the top 2% for having cancer in the nation at 396 people per million and some of the worst air quality. Expensive doesn’t denote quality, it denotes ‘full’… move out somewhere else and get some fresh air.

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  3. Blurtman

    RE: corndogs @ 2 – Well said. And while we are at it, let’s ban diesel exhaust spewing trucks. I really enjoy getting dosed with the stuff by UPS as they drive by. Sadly, the city of Sammamish also uses these cancer causing vehicles. And it is also bad for blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

    “Acute exposure to diesel exhaust is associated with an immediate and transient increase in arterial stiffness. This may, in part, explain the increased risk for cardiovascular disease associated with air pollution exposure.”

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  4. common sense
  5. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: corndogs @ 2 – How do you know it’s the air? What about being bombarded by other things, like very strong TV signals?

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  6. Kary L. Krismer

    By Passed Doo @ 1:

    Thanks for the info. Well done.

    Well done? That map doesn’t even show I-90!

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  7. turf

    Does this sq. ft. price include the garage area?

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  8. Pegasus

    RE: turf @ 7 – What garage? /sarc

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  9. corndogs

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 5
    If you read what I wrote, I didn’t imply one caused the other. Just making a point that $/sq ft does not correlate to desirability as much as it does lack of supply. It’s the same mentality of people who flock to Bumbershoot to wait in one line to get a corndog and then turn around to get in the other line to wait and use the sani-can… the whole process actually sucks but seems desirable to some because everyone else is doing it…..

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  10. Blurtman
  11. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: corndogs @ 9 – I tend to prefer less populated areas too, so I get that. Although many of the very young and very old probably prefer more populated areas. When you’re young it’s nice being walking distance to Broadway or Qwest Field. When you’re old it’s nice to be close to healthcare.

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  12. Passed Doo

    “Well done? That map doesn’t even show I-90!”

    A little drive on I-90 might do ya good.

    Just keep going East until the poles end.

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  13. wreckingbull

    RE: Blurtman @ 3 – Yes, UPS is known to run their trucks into the ground, rebuild them, then run them into the ground again. This means that some of their rigs have older, dirtier engines. Just be happy they are not running the old screaming Detroit Diesels of days gone by. The old 2-stroke Detroits were very very efficient at turning diesel fuel into smoke and noise.

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  14. Ira Sacharoff

    RE: Blurtman @ 10
    You’ll get a thumbs up from me every single time you link to a clip from They Live. I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.

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  15. Peter Witting

    RE: corndogs @ 2 – Could it be cancer patients living in the city while getting treatments? There are a number of cancer care centers clustered downtown.

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  16. Sotocapo

    Typo: herd for heard.

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  17. softwarengineer

    RE: corndogs @ 2

    Yes Corndogs

    Albeit, you’re insulting the “3 dollar bill Democrat environmentalists” in Seattle and other “like Republican globalists” who consider your pragmatic statement simply insulting. Look at the down thumbs we’ll get.

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  18. softwarengineer

    RE: wreckingbull @ 13

    Forget the Cars Wrecking Bull

    Its the diesel shipping tankers in Puget Sound I’d worry about.

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  19. David Losh

    Did you have a historical chart of price per square foot?

    I’m interested in pricing from say 1996 forward, particularly 1998 forward, but 1996 is the last market that I felt pricing was cheap by comparison to other costs.

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  20. Blurtman

    RE: softwarengineer @ 19 – I think you do have to take into account a few factors, such as concentration of the carcinogens and other toxic elements of diesel exhaust and duration of exposure. For example, if you live some distance from the ships but are constantly breathing the diluted toxins versus if you receive a high dose of toxic gas from a UPS truck that is driving by. In the case of the latter, it seems that an acute effect is arteriole constriction, possibly leading to a heart attack in those pre-disposed. It seems that chronic exposure to diluted toxic gas, such as those living near docked ships, would lead to cancer and pulmonary disease. Anyway, it seems like a no-brainer that the stuff is bad, and that no one has a right to harm the health of others in the pursuit of recreation, income or locomotion. Libertarians especially should be against toxic diesel exhaust. I wonder, as the owners of such vehicles including ships know that the vehicles are spewing toxic gas, if they could be sued for assault.

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  21. nrc

    RE: corndogs @ 2

    I noticed in that article that they used several stricter measures to come up with their calculation for air pollution here. Ok, that’s fine, but it begs the question: did they use that custom calculation for all the other counties when they came up with that “top 2%” number? Or, did they compare their new “strict” calculation to the rest of the nation using the EPA’s original (less strict) calculation? I’m always suspicious when newspapers do their own “studies”.

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  22. Question Mark

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 14:

    I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.

    Shades of Rowdy Roddy Piper, when he was a wrestler here in the Northwest in the ’70s and ’80s.

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  23. Blurtman

    RE: Question Mark @ 23 – And let’s not forget George “The Animal” Steele and his unrequited love for Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s lady Elizabeth. Touching.

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  24. Lo Ball Jones

    Federal Way is the new Ballard.

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