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Old 12-03-2010, 06:15 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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Our family is considering a move from Utah County to Washington for a job in Microsoft. We are a normal sized family for our area, meaning large, Mormon, and Asian. Which area would be best, Sammamish seems best that I've seen. We want more Asians than are here in Utah so the children can learn about their culture. Also, small question, we enjoy swimming in tue publi pools we have here, but I haven't been able to find good public pools on the eastside, so where would we find them? Thank you
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Duvall, WA
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I know Issaquah has an indoor public pool. The big Mormon Temple is in Bellevue, which is a great place to live.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:03 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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Thank you. Are there affordable houses in Bellevue with 4+ bedrooms? One of the reasons I wanted to live in the eastside is because the temple is near enough, but thirty minutes away is the maximum. What good Asian restaurants are in the area? And what Chinese cultural opportunities are on the eastside, or even Seattle? Thanks again!
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:21 PM
 
Location: WA
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What's affordable to you?
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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The words "affordable" and "East side" seldom go hand in hand.

The best of the East side is Medina and Mercer Island. You'll be paying in the 7 figures to live there.
Just behind them is Bellevue, of which if you dig, you can probably find something respectable for 600k, but it'll be older
Next up I would say Issaquah/Sammamish....but keep in mind that these cities are WAAAAAY on the East side, almost to the point that you can't even consider them suburbs. Which is why it's cheaper.
Behind that I would probably say Redmond, which would be a super short commute for you at Microsoft. If you dig, you can find something in the 4's
Beyond that it's hodgepodge. Renton Highlands, Kennydale, Kirkland, Juanita all good places and more affordable. Your commute will be longer, though.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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Thank you. Are there affordable houses in Bellevue with 4+ bedrooms? One of the reasons I wanted to live in the eastside is because the temple is near enough, but thirty minutes away is the maximum. What good Asian restaurants are in the area? And what Chinese cultural opportunities are on the eastside, or even Seattle? Thanks again!
There's a large mixed Asian population all over the Puget Sound area. Lots of Koreans and Vietnamese businesses around. Some Chinese.

Affordable 4+ bedroom houses don't exist in Bellevue, unless you consider affordable to be $300K for an older fixer-upper with a teeny yard. Houses are cheaper to the north or south, but then you will have to deal with traffic.

Thirty minutes away depends entirely on when you will be commuting. Non-rush hour, I could drive 30 miles in 45 minutes along I-5 to 405 if there were no residual traffic issues. Rush hour, the same commute would have been twice as long, at least. And rush hour in the area realistically lasts from around 5:30-10:30 AM, and then 4:00-7:00 PM. It's LONG.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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What's affordable to you?
Less than 500k would be fine. Remember, we have seven people, so we need a house we could actually fit in! Looking on a real estate site, we saw a good house in the very north of Sammamish (Timberline?) for 400k. Is that a good area?
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Timberline is fine. Getting to Microsoft via the north side of Lake Sammamish can be a bit of a traffic nightmare at times.
There's a fair number of large homes on the eastside for under 500k. In general, you'd get more house for your money in Sammamish than in Bellevue, but the commute will be easier living in Bellevue.
If you do want to look in Bellevue, Lake Hills and Crossroads are a bit more affordable, but mostly older homes, and south of I-90, you might want to look at the subdivision called Whispering Heights ( near the more expensive Somerset). Bellevue has a pretty nice aquatic center.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:52 PM
 
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Timberline is a great family area. It's up on the "Plateau" and is a very nice subdivision. Lots of places to walk, jog, birdwatch, etc. It's in the Lake Washington School District which is considered very good and is the same district that serves Redmond.

There are many people on the Eastside from Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, as well as what others said, Korea and southeast Asia.

In my opinion, the best Chinese restaurants are in the International District in Seattle but there are also well respected ones scattered throughout the Eastside.

There is a Chinese Language and Culture Meetup group in Bellevue:

Chinese Language & Culture Meetup (Bellevue, WA) - Meetup
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:09 PM
 
Location: You Ta Zhou
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Thanks for the information. This has proved to be more useful than I thought it would be. How long would it take to go from Timberline to Microsoft? Right now, going from Utah County to South Jordan it takes more than half an hour, so anything better than that is a relief. I'm glad to here about pools, I tried looking them up hut got nothing. How are parks in the area, we are very outdoorsy.
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