First of all let me welcome you to the area. You are going to love Seattle,
From your description it sounds to me like you are describing the east side. Seattle proper is considered west side. East side is everything east of Lake Washington, including Bellevue, Issaquah, and Kirkland. Depending on where your job and other locations you might need to get to on a regular basis is concerned, I would recommend starting there. As far as crime stats are concerned, you may want to head to the King county web sigte. metrokc.gov. They have all kinds of information. For demographic information by neighborhood check out zipskinny.com. For school info check out school matters.com and great schools.net. That should keep you busy for a while.
Best of luck.
The points and places below are all great! A big factor to your decision maybe the commute time you'll have to and from work. Traffic can be crazy especially during rush hour. After you get out here you'll experience it first hand. The more flexible your commute times the more areas you'll be able to choose from on the list that has been created from the answers below.
From first hand experience the Seattle area is a great place to move too!
Congrats on your move! All of the info below is very good - I would also check out Mill Creek, and parts of Edmonds for an easier commute. Redmond, Sammamish, and Issaquah are fabulous and have a good balance between what I think of as Washington charm and California amenities.
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I've just returned from SEATTLE on a new home scouting trip! I was very impressed with
specific neighborhoods. Belleview is really nice/posh. Tuqwila is beautiful but appears to be a shopping hub...Jaunita and Bothell were interesting...Downtown Seattle is like a Mega San Francisco...
I'm over 60 so my money has to buy more, then I can buy here in California.
I was sporadically confused by their freeway signage system!! I was lost often even though everything is fairly close!! I'm also looking for part-time work as a project manager for Digital print industry in the seattle area but I dont want to commute too far....I was told SkyWay and Brenmar were good areas...
This whole thing hinges on where you plan on working. It has always been true but with gas prices today it is paramount. It would not be reasonable to even answer your question until I understood where you plan on working. It would also not be reasonable to buy until you know where you expect to work.
That is, unless you are already independently wealthy and can pretty much use your helecopter to get wherever you need to go. I'd also avoid new construction, unless you are having the house built yourself. Homes built in "boom" times and especially at the "after boom" time are notoriously of low quality, all other things being equal. And there is nothing like that 200sq ft back yard offered with so much new construction...
If you have children, the school link is also helpful providing you with Student to Teacher Ratios, Ethnic Diversity and Enrollment Numbers.
Best of luck!
Seattle has lots of great neighborhoiods. It would be important to consider your commute to and from work and your price range. You wil find new townhouse construction in Balllard, Fremont and parts of Northeast Seattle. Go to my website at http://www.RogerSeattle.com, I have a profile of the Seattle neighborhoods. This should be helpful to you. Let me know if I can hlep you in the future.
Lakeland Hills in South King County is a nice planned community with a mix of housing types. With a wide range of prices. Many of the neighborhoods within the community are separately gated. It does have some retail, grocery, restaurants, Starbucks & services. No mall.
I couldn't tell from your post whether you have been working through a relocation company or not, but when I worked with our company's relocation division I did plenty of "area tours" for newcomers to the area. I specialize in the in-city neighborhood of Seattle, so I am not as familiar with the current neighborhoods on the Eastside, which sound like they may be more appropriate to your needs. While you are living here and renting, I would be sure to utilize the expertise of agents and take the time to get familiar with the different areas and what they can offer your family. Area tours with your agent can focus on the benefits and point out the drawbacks that different neighborhoods offer. Be upfont with the real estate agents, letting them know that you don't know where you want to live and need help with that. A good agent will offer that service, knowing that ultimately the area you end up buying in may not be the area they cover and they may not be the agent you select to work with in the end. It will give you an idea of how they work and gives them an opportunity to establish themself as your agent, if you decide to work with them.
I often found that once the commute times were factored in, and their children got into schools and the buyers settled in to their new jobs during that rental period, the priorities sometimes changed. I would be open to both the Eastside, as well as check out Seattle's in-city neighborhoods and areas South of Seattle. You will find a "fit and feel" for each of the areas you like, and your agent can show you the amenities they offer. You can get a good idea of home values there by seeing some homes and hearing what they sold for, etc. After you can proceed to find out more about crime, census and demographic information , too! This is available online from various websites and your agnet can get this for your from a title insurance company. You may need to utilize the expertise of several agents to help you with this process, as no one agent is an expert in ALL of Seattle and the neighboring suburbs. Rely on the advice and referrals of co-workers, neighbors and friends to find and interview good agents to work with in this process, as well as for reliable information on areas they live and why they like it. It's a lot of work, but in the end you will have found the right area for you and your family, with acceptable commute times and the features in the neighorhood that you value and require. Good luck. Lise
We have some great neighborhoods in the southend of PugetSound that would match your criteria. Your dollar will go a lot further the farther out from the city of Seattle/Bellevue you go. Some suggestions of areas to consider would be Auburn, Bonney Lake, Sumner, and Puyallup. Let me know if you would like my help looking in these communities. Welcome...and good luck!
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It sounds like your area of interest is what we call 'The Eastside'. Across Lake Washington from Seattle -newer neighborhoods with the demographics and statistics you describe.
Check out my website for Area Information, and also feel free to use the Search For Homes link, which contains all currently listed homes with every company.
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The Snohomish County visitors Bureau has lots of great information too! Good luck on your move, perhaps ours paths will cross!
I believe we've talked before about new homes as well in Seattle. When I first read this post I also immediately thought about the west side. If you do enjoy the Seattle side though you may enjoy the Green Lake area though new construction isn't as plentiful there.
The east side is full of new construction and has many great communities. With the things that you described you may be best served looking in Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, or Mill Creek. Mill Creek is a little more outside the area but you get a little more for your money in a gorgeous area. If you want to live in a more city like feel steer more toward Bellevue...or even Kirkland. These both have many trendy areas that are quite pleasant to live in.
Make sure you don't rent too long though...take advantage of the market while it remains a buyer's market! Good luck!
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I grew up in Washington, Lived and enjoyed many different areas of the state for 38 years. I currently service from North Whidbey Island(almost to Canada) down to Olympia. From the responses so far it seems like maybe you are being directed to the locations that those responders service. The greater Puget Sound has much to offer all over in terms of the things you like. Dont be limited to one little area. I am happy to help you find that right place.
Great answer from Rob, however he forgot one very important neighborhood, Mercer Island! Mercer Island is considered the East Side and consists of award winning schools, a developing new "downtown" with new shops and resturants, the crime rate is very low, and it is located just 10 minutes to downtown Seattle and to Bellevue Square. Check out my website for all the information you need regarding Mercer Island. Good luck. Anni Z