= = = Seattle: Together with abusive companies and bad city management, Seattle is a miserable place.
Houses in Seattle are expensive: Seattle bumps Boston as the most expensive U.S. housing market that's not in California. [geekwire.com]
Rent is expensive: Seattle rent is 5th most expensive in U.S. [curbed.com] = = =
Your points 2 and 3 and difficult to reconcile with point 1, at least from a microeconomic point of view. And all techies are good free market purists, right?