Some of the older homes in Arlington Heights are similar in style and price to Bellevue, but in the mid price range of Arlington Heights...say $475,000 to $625,000.
For a lower price range, you might want to consider Edmonds School District. It's North of Seattle in a different direction than I originally noted. Here's a good example of one I have in escrow at $250,000 in Mountlake Terrace.
Not available...but the pictures will be "live" until the end of the month when it closes escrow. If you live in Arlington Heights, I don't think you are in the $250,000 price range, but just in case, the one above was a nice house for the money. Some nicer ones nearby in Mountlake Terrace of the same style for $275,000 to $300,000.
I'm going to step this up in price. We can't use active listings of other agents on a public site like this, against our mls rules. You would have to email me to send you those. But here's one in Samammish I sold earlier this year for $389,000. Have to use this hokey video to get the pictures to you, since it is a closed sale. :)
Here's one I sold last year in Issaquah for about $460,000. Prices haven't changed much there since then. Very nice area called Klahanie. You would probably like it there. The owners of this house hated to move...but he was relocated to San Francisco.
I don't have any other videos to share...but if you email me I can send you some other examples that I can't post publicly on this site.
Worth mentioning. MOST relocating buyers are assigned an agent by the company that hires them. I am giving this information, not to solicit your business, as you most likely will be assigned an agent. I am doing this as I have been a relocating wife/mom and understand that it can be a bit scary. All I can say is it should be a good transition from Chicago. Harder to come to WA from CA...but coming from Chicago you should be just fine and happy. My $.02 :)
If you want additional info or have any questions just call or email. I offer this knowing your husband's company will likely ask you to use someone else. Just trying to give you a feel for the area to relieve your stress. If he likes the job...the move should not be a problem.
I moved from PA to FL to Sacramento to L.A. with my 3 children when my husband took jobs at different times in our lives. From Chicago to here with one child? Piece of cake. :)
Oh...here's a fun link on Rain City Guide where I write. HUNDREDS of comments from people who relocated here. I call it The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as told by many who have moved here. :)
It's up to 888 comments and people still talk on it, even though it was written by Dustin back in early 2006. Dustin and Anna moved to CA some time ago. I sold their house in Ballard when they moved. But people still come and ask questions about Seattle on that old blog post. People love reading the comments on that before they move here. It should give you a better feel for the area from many people who are not agents.
Most importantly...don't worry. I helped a family move here from CA back in early 2010. They bought a house for about $300,000 in Shoreline. They now have to relocate back to CA and they are crying because they hate to leave their life and home here. That's a good sign for you. :)