I know some will disagree with me--I can't for the life of me figure out why some of these agents keep trying to get people who've never lived here to buy in other cities when they're working in Seattle, but whatever. Woodinville? No. Are you agents on crack? Try driving to woodinville from the UW at 4:30 pm and then tell me if it's a good idea. Even 20 minutes a day saved adds up.
If you want the best schools, consider Mercer Island or Bellevue or somewhere in the Lake Washington School District (Woodinville, Redmond, Bothell, etc.). If you don't mind slightly inferior schools, then and want to live in a more urban, liberal area, than choose Matthew's Beach, Wegewood, Laurelhurst, or the Bryant neighborhoods--they have the best schools in the Seattle area. You will also have the shortest commute from there and could even commute safely by bike via the Burke Gilman trail. If you are OK with living in the suburbs and don't mind a modest commute, I think your best bet would be Woodinville or Redmond. You can get a gorgeous (if you are OK with newer rather than quaint older homes) 3000 sq. ft house on 1/2-1 acre lots (big yard) in a great school district for under $700,000. You would barely be able to get a decent 2000 sq. ft house on a 4000sq. ft lot for that price on QA. It really comes down to what kind of area you want to live in (urban vs. suburban), what style of home you like (older vs. newer), what your definition of short commute is, and how big of a house and lot you want.
You will enjoy Seattle. It has a very similar ambiance to Boston, but without as high a percentage of college students and with a West Coast flair.
The neighborhoods you and the other agents have mentioned are great. Something to consider about the Seattle schools is that the quality varies by school. You will want to choose homes that are well inside the boundaries of a particular school in case the boundaries change.
An option available to you is just over the 520 bridge in West Bellevue or Kirland. Those schools are Bellevue and Lake Washington school district, respectively, and have outstanding reputations. Your commute can be 10 minutes to 30 minutes depending upon the time of day you travel.
I have family in both areas, so am speaking from personal experience.
If you would like statistics comparing the schools, go to http://www.karenmckniight.com and click on About the Area / Area Links. You will find web sites for each school district and the Washington state website that posts all Washington state school test scores.
There is also a link to Seattle area towns which is very informative. I can "snail" mail you a free book about the greater Seattle area which describes neighborhoods and great amenities in each area. Let me know if you would like me to send that to you.
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Queen Anne does have great schools as well. You can expect your commute time to the UW to be twice that of NE Seattle, and homes in your price range to be more limited
The following websites are good resources for exploring Seattle schools:
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In addition, Seattleâ€™s premier shopping center â€œUniversity Villageâ€ is located in NE Seattle. You can check it out at:
I worked in the heart of the University District for over 25 years and chose to live in Wedgwood over 20 years ago. I really enjoy the peaceful neighborhood feel, the great access to many amenities, and yet only 10 minutes away from the heart of downtown! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions you may have.
Wishing you the best with your move to the Pacific Northwest.
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I misread the question as up to $500k, your are correct between $500k and $750k there are currently 19 active listings. As in MI grad, class of 78 this would be a great option with a reasonable commute for Boston-to-Seattle to consider.
Welcome to the NW. You'll find Seattle a welcoming place. You've heard from lots of in-city agents; let me speak for the burbs. From the eastside you can get downtown in 30-45 minutes in traffic, less in off hours.
Mercer Island has great schools, but will be hard to fit into your budget. Bellevue will give you lots of options in that price range with some good schools and some great ones. Kirkland and Redmond (Lake Washington School District) and Issaquah to the East, (Issaquah School District) have award winning schools and reasonable commutes.
If in city is what you want, you have lots of options, if you want a more suburban to even rural option, look east.
A lot of employees like to bicycle to the University; trying to get back to Queen Anne or Magnolia at the end of the day is a leg burner. so that is one of the Ups.
Generally speaking the transit service is faster if you go north and south in the city so looking in the Ravenna, Bryant, Roosevelt, Sandpoint, View Ridge, Inverness, Wedgwood, Green Lake and Maple Leaf is faster than Ballard or Greenwood. The challenge is that these neighborhoods very quickly rise in value to $600-800 K for a family of 4-5 with a back yard and easy access to the U. Laurelhurst, Windermere, Queen Anne and Magnolia will short of start at $600 K and easily work into $1 M.
The link that I'm going to provide is to Great Schools.com. If you buy at the lower range, you should be able to afford some of the private school options.
I've lived in the U district for over 40 years and raised a son in the process. Most of my neighbors are associated with the U in one way or another. If you are looking for someone with experience in this neighborhood I would love to interview with you. Thank you.
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I lived in Brookline just west of Boston for 4 years for college and the rest of my life here. Lake Forest Park is that nice neighborhood just across the border.
I believe choosing a good school is a great first place to start in narrowing where you'd like to live. So I would also like to suggest that you check out this site http://www.greatschools.org/washington/ as it gives an enormous amount of information to help you choose which school district you like the best. It's hard to put your kids in a school at the advice of other people, I know how you feel as I have a 3rd grader and a 3 year old myself.
I have worked with many families who have or are in the process of relocating to the Seattle area for new jobs, if you have any needs or further questions I would be happy to help!
Great Luck in your relocation!
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For the best and easiest commute, Dave and Bonnie are right. Some of these areas DO represent more safe and affluent areas. How old are your children?
For your convenience, here is a map of Seattle:
As you know information changes all the time, so here are some great websites that you can use to evaluate and learn about the schools.
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We used a very similar website to learn about how the districts and individual schools compared when we moved here and we couldn't have been happier with our choices. It as a good place to start for us.