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The entire region of Puget Sound is very neighborhood specific. Personality changes greatly in just a few blocks. I would suggest doing your research and getting with an agent you trust to narrow down the options.
Best of luck.
Your questions are good ones and really depend upon your price range. There are many lovely homes withing walking distance to various suburban schools on the Eastside. I work alot with many people who are relocating to this area.
I would suggest trying for the Lask Washington School district., particularly the Kirkland area, depending upon your price range again. Not far from downtown Kirkland( a wonderful walking town and community )is Peter Kirk Elementary and Lakevue Elementary of Houghton . . Both of these areas are little cities among themselves and not at all suburban feeling within walking distance to great parks,restaurants, library's and shops. However, these are very pricy areas and again that depends upon your price range. Both the Lake Washington School Districts and Northshore School districts are very sought after and both have excellent ratings. Some planned communities such as "Redmond Ridge" are designed for walking as they have many trails etc., however this is definitely a suburban area, but the community is designed for walking distance to the community center and some schools. Redmond also falls within the Lake Washington School district which is a large district. Good Luck with your home search and Welcome to the Seattle area!
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Two of the school districts that I like to put people in are Shoreline and Northshore. These are two respected school districts in great locations with many affordable housing options. The Northshore school district gives you lots of options on how suburban of a feel you want. It is a great school district to relocate in.
If you want to move to the other side of the lake...I do really like the Shoreline school district and area. I think you will find many good options in both of these districts.
Hope that helps at least begin giving you direction. Make sure you share these concerns and wants with your realtor coming in so that they can really find out what suits your school needs and personal wants!