If you have not already found a perfect spot - take a look at this one. Rare find with this much privacy, only 10 minutes from Redmond campus, tons of activities, shopping and great schools.
I would suggest, that as a buyer, you Google every agent that responds to your question here on Trulia, learn as much as you can about who they are online, read their client testimonials, so you know what their clients are saying about them, and then give us each a call and just ask us why we think you should work with us instead of another agent. This will take you a little while to do, but will be time well spent, as choosing the right agent is the first step towards choosing the right home. Then, pick the best fit for you and let them go to work for you with the skill and knowledge that they have. I hope to hear from you soon. 206-841-9976
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The Biotech corrider is just north of Microsoft - in Bothell, with some additional near downtown Seattle.
Give me a call and I would be happy to herlp you.
If you don't want older home that you can expect to pay between $500-$600 in Redmond,
Kirkland, Woodinville with a 15 minute commute to Microsoft. Any of us would be happy to
send listings that meet your needs. I have over 35 years working with relocating buyers.
Of course I started at age 10 otherwise I would be really old.
Welcome to the Northwest. I have several MSFT clients and often joke I work for them once removed. Your parameters are reasonable, but you'll find the closer in you get to the main campus the more expensive your choices become. To have the most choices in your range you may have to buy a little older or further out.
The School Districts close to MSFT are all great. Bellevue, Lake Washington, Issaquah and Northshore have good reputations. Individual schools in a given neighborhood may be better or worse than others in the given district depending on what you may be looking for.
I did a quick search based on your preferences that you can check through the link below.
With your wife in Biotech there are several options for her both on the eastside and in Seattle.
Here is a link to the State School Superintendents Report Card on the individual districts that can be broken down to individual schools. You may find this helpful in narrowing your focus.
Once again, welcome to the Northwest. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
I would suggest anywhere in Redmond. Bridle Trails/Eastgate is also an easy commute. The Sammamish Plateau would work well too. Woodinville's Hollywood Hill and English Hills also is nice.
All areas I mentioned have good schools and are reasonable work commutes for you. There are bio-tech labs in the area as well. Good Luck with your search and if you would like further help and direction don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to help your family find the best fit for you all.
If you are firm on the $350-450k price range you may want to look in Kenmore. Woodinville or Bothell. These cater to Northshore SD which is also a sought after school district. Bothell is also about to experience a revitalization of it's downtown / riverfront area which I beleive will help nearby home values in the next 2-3 years. However, it will add about 20-30 minutes to your commute to Microsoft.
I'm fairly certain that for biotech you're wife is likely going to be in Seattle. Most of the hubs are there. The good news is that Seattle is only about a 20-30 minute drive from these areas. Although I do have a anther client in biotech in Bothell and was told there are a few companies there. Bothell is about 10-15 minutes to Microsoft.
Let me know if you would like any more info, I'll try and help,