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Old 03-27-2009, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Redding, CA
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Default Which neighborhood?

My wife and I are thinking seriously about moving to Seattle and we're kind of overwhelmed by how many neighborhoods/areas there are, and even more so with the bad things people say about them. We would like to be in an area that has good schools (she is 7 months pregnant right now), that is safe, not too far away from business centers, and rental prices aren't incredibly high (we figure we can spend up to 1500 monthly). We're not looking for a house at the moment, a 2b/1ba condo seems to be right for us. Just thought I'd ask the experts, I really appreciate it.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Bothell, WA
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You can find a new 2000sqft detached house with a small yard in the Lynwood/Mukilteo area for about $300K right now which is equdistant to both Alderwood and Everett malls, equdistant to both I5 and I405 for either Seattle or Eastside commute, and will probably run you only $1500 a month total with 20% down. Also has Mukilteo schools which are supposed to be great. Safe area too. I found such a house just this week and am pretty happy. I was paying $1776 rent in Kirkland before this. Same house was worth $400K during the "bubble".
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Old 03-28-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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Your budget is fine. There are lots of choices.

Concerning what you read. It's like when you buy a car, if you read online there will be 10,000 horror stories. Like the car I bought for my wife, internet is full of people bad-talking that model. It's turned out to be the best car we've ever owned. You will always find a few jackass around bad-talking every neighborhood.

You don't have to worry too much about schools because you will not need to worry for another few years. In my opinion you will always want to live close to your work. I hate wasting time and gas on long commutes. I mean you will want to live within 5 miles. Traffic here is very bad, like a third world country. I am embarrassed to admit that but it's true. We have rotten "big government" bureaucracy spoiling every chance at effective traffic reduction. Your main concern should be traffic.

Good luck.
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:04 PM
 
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If a condo is what you want, I'd look at Issaquah. Good school district, and fairly easy to get to both Bellevue and Issaquah. Also a pretty area with lots of parks and hiking, and a quaint historic downtown with shopping and restaurants, and lots of condos available both for rent and for sale.
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Default Seattle bad schools

Don't think of Seattle because our schools are not great (but better than Portland's by a mile) and I've had to put my kids in private schools. Plus it is expensive. Butif you have the money for a private school (K-3 is ok and you can find a magnet HS but make sure to get good education 4th -8th grade), and you can afford 500K for a condo, Seattle is a wonderful, exciting place to live. Be prepared for gloomy rainy weather half the year though. Plus your children can go to the University of Washington one day, and it is a terrific school.
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