You are smart to do your research early, Cindy & I specialize in working with re-location clients and often they are blind sided by the many great neighborhood choices available in the Seattle area, within the commute time you mention of 20 to 30 minutes.
There are a couple of questions that you need to ask yourself to help narrow down your choices. Are schools a primary factor? Rank your commute time against your need for great schools or other interests. Are you an avid Skier? Profiling your interests and determining what is most important to you is key, as others hinted at.
In the meantime visit this site and search the map. http://www.seattleshomesearch.com/ for home prices, commute times, quality of schools and movers.
Now, lets get real about that commute time.
During the rush hours of 7 am to 9:30 am traffic on the I-5 and I- 405 freeways, both north and south, can be trying.
East and west on the I-90 ( the area Cindy & I specalize in) is a bit more commuter friendly, unless you are riding alone in your car, in which case it isnâ€™t much better than the I-5 commute. I shoud interject here that bus service east and west is very good and there is bus and train service north and south.
The 520 freeway north of the I90 and near Redmond, running east and west is pretty bad at commute time and new construction of the 520 bridge is on its way in the next 24 months, so it will get worse before it gets better.
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If you have not found an agent you want to work with feel free to give me a call or check out my website. I can send you a book that tells you all about the different areas to live in Seattle.
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Seattle is a great city to live in full of mnay differen types of neighborhoods Lots depends on what you want and your life style. It's all here. don't live to far forom work...it would be a good idea to work with a realtor who has move here from another city. I feel they could be most helpful. Make a list of the most important things of the area you want to live in. If I can help , just check out my webiste for Seattle neighborhoods. Good Luck in you move.
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I provided a link below to a portion of my website that allows the user to view/print reports not only on our area schools but also cities. For example the city reports provide you a breakdown of age demographic, crime information, average commute times, wealth breakdown, and more. And if you have children, the school reports are invaluable. I encourage you to check it out.
Best of luck! It's always a challenge to pack up and move thousands of miles away, but I am sure you will simply fall in love with the Great Northwest.
I guess this will depend on where you two will be working. With gas prices hitting $4/gallon by summer, I think it would be best for you to consider that. There are many beautiful areas in Seattle and suburbs of Seattle that are 20-30 minutes drive. What style of home do you like, older, charm, contemporary, view?. What is your price range?
Let me know if youd like to meet for an interview. I was born and raised in Seattle and know the area very well. Would love to help...
This is an exciting question and the answer really is going to depend on your price range. Looking at a moderate price range, I would have to say that I really like the Green Lake, Ballard, and Wallingford neighborhoods.
Maple Leaf is also a fabulous neighborhood and just a little further North. The city of Lake Forest Park is a great city just North of Seattle and offers a combination of great schools, lakeside living, and moderately priced homes combined with a very easy commute.
There are a lot of choices in the Suburbs as well - Seattle really has something for everyone! It will have a lot to do with what kinds of things you are looking for in addition to the commute time.
You have a lot of options in the 20-30 minute commute range. Can you narrow the question down for us a little? Do you have a price range in mind? Would you prefer a more sleepy suburb or a more cosmopolitan, "hip" neighborhood? Condo, townhome, single family home?
This is a broad question, but here are some answers. First of all bang for your buck is going to be found south of Seattle in cities like DesMoines, Federal Way, Kent, and the like. This will put you within your driving timelines. Clearly this will depend on where in Seattle you will be working. East of Seattle in the Bellevue area is very nice but it is much more costly and can often create a longer commute out of a shorter distance. Finally north of the city can be great somewhere in the middle in relationship to pricing. Shoreline, parts of Northgate and others have some very desirable communities. Let's talk in terms of the following and it will help you to narrow your options: Price, Schools, Churches, Shopping, and here is a big one population density. Let me know if I can help any further. I couldn't help but notice that you are from St Petersburg. Are we talking Russia or Florida. I was only curious because I am from St Pete Fl. I have been here nearly twenty years and love it. Thanks for the question.
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The Seattle area offers a wide range of prices and amenities. If you go to my website and click on Area Information you can learn more. Also, on my Search For Homes link, you can see every home listed in the MLS! Very convenient and easy to use. Feel free to contact me at your convenience.