You may want to check out zipskinny.com. punch in the zipcode and it will give you all kinds of information about the area. Also walkscore.com is a great resource. You plug in an address and it will automatically populate a google map with every business within walking distance of that address. It is a lot of fun to compare neighborhoods.
That are of Seattle seems to have a good number of homes for sale right now. Compared to other neighborhoods the prices are really reasonable. You may also want to look a little further north in Shorleine which starts at 145th. Also, really reasonalble prices and great neighborhoods.