Insider Insights: Living in Seattle, WA

Over the past 12 months, CORT has been posting a series of Expat Interviews. In 2018, our focus is changing a little, and we’re going to be interviewing our Destination Consultants and posting their very special ‘insider insights’ into their home cities. We hope you enjoy learning about some of the key cities around the US for relocating clients.

Today we’re talking to Linda Inglin, a 32 year resident of Seattle. She shares her Insider Insights into ‘The Emerald City’ and extends an invitation to any newcomers to join her on a tour.

What do you like the most about Seattle?

There is so much to do here, especially if you are an outdoors person. I’m a water person, so I like being close to the water.

What’s the one thing you can tell us about your city that people would be surprised by, or it’s best kept secret?

It’s beautiful here, especially when the sun is out.

What do your assignees like most about the city?

Most people that relocate here are excited about all there is to do. With both the mountains and the water, you can go snow skiing as well as water skiing, mountain climbing and whale watching.

What’s usually their biggest worry before they come?

They have been threatening “the Big One” (earthquake) here for years and most people who are relocating here do some research. That almost always comes up, and they ask about it.

Is Seattle an expensive place to live? Could you give us some ideas of current (March 2018) prices?

  • Gallon of gas = $2.85/gal.
  • Pint of beer = $5.00/pint
  • Meal out for two with drinks = $60-$120
  • Toyota Corolla = $18,000
  • Monthly rent for a 2 bed/2 bath apartment in a popular area of the city = $2500-$3500
  • Cost to buy a 4 bed 2.5 bath house in one of the popular suburbs = $750-$1M

What do you love most about your job?

I love meeting new people from different areas and different cultures.

Choose three words that best describe your city. 

Water, mountains, rain.

What’s the best time of year to visit and why?

In the summertime, as the sun is usually out and it’s a great time to be outside.

I’ve got 24 hours on the ground in your city, what should I be sure to go and see or do?

Top places are definitely:

  • the Space Needle
  • Pike’s Place Market
  • the glass Ferris wheel on the Pier

Exploring the Seattle Center is always interesting, and maybe take a ferry somewhere on a nice day.

Is there a local/regional food item that is both awesome and unique to your home town?

Not necessarily unique, but we love our seafood here!

Thanks again to Linda. We’d love to hear your requests for future Insider Insights!  CORT offers relocation services across the US and we are happy to provide information and support to anyone looking to relocate this year. Why not send us an email at to find out how CORT could make your move less stressful?