I have spent years selling new construction homes, many of those years spent selling condominiums. However, as of late, I am a believer that if you can afford a Single Family Home that is a best route to take, since Single Family Homes are currently on an upward trend while condos and townhomes are continuing to slide downwards. When you add up your monthly payment for a condo/townhome and tack on your monthly HOA dues, the question is where do you feel your money is best spent.
I have assisted a number of clients to purchase condos over the last year, but their situation dictated that was the best move for them.
Sammamish is always a good place to purchase -- so I don't think you can go wrong there and of course, Plateau 228 is a great community (Click Here to View all currently listed homes there - http://www.searchseattle.net/idx/search/06997f04a7db92466a2baa6ebc8b872d/)
To view homes in the Sammamish area and break them down by price -- www.searchseattle.net/sammamish.php
Let me know if you have any questions at all! And best of luck in your home search....