Seattle is pricey
Seattle PI, Seattle too pricey for normal people.
It is, but there must be a lot of rich people because whenever I wonder about who can afford $500k condos I just go for a bike ride down Lake Washington Blvd or a boat road around Lake Washington or the Sound and there are multi-million dollar homes as far as the eye can see*.
*The homes would be multi-million dollars if they went on the market today. However it is likely many of them were purchased at a time when real estate was much more affordable.
Update: Seattlest has a few comments too, Relocated Boise Couple Can’t Hack It, Whines to P-I