Looking for a not-too-suburban neighborhood with great public schools and walkable amenities (parks/shopping)

Asked by Amy & Frank Chan, Seattle, WA Sun Sep 30, 2007

We are a couple with three young children looking to get away from the cookie-cutter-house, drive-your-car-everywhere suburban lifestyle. Originally form the West Coast of BC. Don't mind looking at the mildly-suburban Eastside, since we want good PUBLIC elementary thru high schools; just want to get to a more urban, walkable lifestyle than we have now outside of Memphis. Would love input on what the best schools are.

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Rob Graham, Agent, Seattle, WA
Mon Mar 10, 2008
Amy and Frank,

For some objective advice on Schools including parent comments check out:


For info on neighborhoods check out:


The entire region of Puget Sound is very neighborhood specific. Personality changes greatly in just a few blocks. I would suggest doing your research and getting with an agent you trust to narrow down the options.

Best of luck.
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Bill Touchet…, Agent, Poulsbo, WA
Mon Jun 2, 2008
Your in luck, just heading into the summer. Wait for a nice day, hop on the Bainbridge Island ferry, and come on over. You will find what are arguably the best public schools in the state. When we moved over here from West Seattle 5 years ago, our main interest was a quality public school for our then 10 year old. He is now a freshmen at Bainbridge High School, and we couldn't be happier. come on over for the day, walk around Winslow, go out to Agate pass, Maybe have lunch at the Casino. Welcome to our Island. view the movie at the web reference.
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Charlie All…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Thu May 29, 2008
I have three boys that have gone through Seattle Public Schools in the Magnolia area of Seattle. My wife and I would say there have been good and bad with the schools overall our goods have done fine. I am a big fan of Magnolia in that it offers the best of both worlds. Very close to downtown and yet has the small town feel and charm. Outside of Discovery Park there is no reason to go to Magnolia unless you live there. It is not on the way to anything and that is what makes it so unique.
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Susan Mccart…, Agent, Kirkland, WA
Wed May 28, 2008
HI Amy and Frank,
Your questions are good ones and really depend upon your price range. There are many lovely homes withing walking distance to various suburban schools on the Eastside. I work alot with many people who are relocating to this area.
I would suggest trying for the Lask Washington School district., particularly the Kirkland area, depending upon your price range again. Not far from downtown Kirkland( a wonderful walking town and community )is Peter Kirk Elementary and Lakevue Elementary of Houghton . . Both of these areas are little cities among themselves and not at all suburban feeling within walking distance to great parks,restaurants, library's and shops. However, these are very pricy areas and again that depends upon your price range. Both the Lake Washington School Districts and Northshore School districts are very sought after and both have excellent ratings. Some planned communities such as "Redmond Ridge" are designed for walking as they have many trails etc., however this is definitely a suburban area, but the community is designed for walking distance to the community center and some schools. Redmond also falls within the Lake Washington School district which is a large district. Good Luck with your home search and Welcome to the Seattle area!
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Mercedes, , Lake Stevens, WA
Sun Dec 30, 2007
Hello and in My oppinion i think the best think to do will be to visit chambers home page or city we sites and see the shools districs, median home price average and income per family, as well as you can find maps and photos of the area so you are choosing a place not based in someone bias oppinion but what suits your family needs and your wants.

See the link bellow for info:
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Young, , 98056
Wed Dec 19, 2007
There are a few communities on Eastside as you described but I need to know the price range you are looking at in order for me to find you the right one. Please send me an email: young@425realtor.us
or call me 888-696-6502 X 1 Cell: 206-271-3007
Web Reference:  http://www.425realty.us
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Maria, , Bellevue, WA
Mon Dec 10, 2007
The South Bellevue area like Eastgate is in walking distance of a lot of things like stores and schools but very few people do more than walk their dogs or go for a jog around here.
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Samuel Hilbe…, , Woodinville, WA
Sun Sep 30, 2007
Amy and Frank -

Two of the school districts that I like to put people in are Shoreline and Northshore. These are two respected school districts in great locations with many affordable housing options. The Northshore school district gives you lots of options on how suburban of a feel you want. It is a great school district to relocate in.

If you want to move to the other side of the lake...I do really like the Shoreline school district and area. I think you will find many good options in both of these districts.

Hope that helps at least begin giving you direction. Make sure you share these concerns and wants with your realtor coming in so that they can really find out what suits your school needs and personal wants!
Web Reference:  http://www.agentsamuel.com
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