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Old 01-24-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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Hi..We are a couple looking for homes around these areas..We drove around Redmond ridge area ,which has plenty of homes for sale right now.Though it was very pretty and all,it seems like commute would be an issue as there are mostly one-line roads..Can anyone advise about plus/minuses of these areas and which would be a better option.My husband is working in MS ,so we dont want a long commute to there.We pretty much liked the Education hill locality of redmond too,though havent seen it in person.Any words of advise greatly appreciated..!

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm in Sammamish and many of our neighbors work at MS. There are plenty of homes available, just drive around. Some are short sales so there are good deals from about $400k to $1.5m. probably the best schools of the areas you spoke of.

Redmond Ridge has grown so much that it's a traffic nightmare every day, in fact they expanded the freeway to accomodate it but then you still have a one lane road when you get closer. Education Hill is nice and the shortest commute.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:06 PM
 
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Thanks bisjoe..
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Capital Hill
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If your husband works for Microsoft, the places you mention are the ideal places you should be looking at, also consider Woodenville.
A lot of Microsoft people have bought homes in my area of Capital Hill in Seattle, because they are living very close to downtown and it's an easy commute to Microsoft, they are now facing a very heavy toll bridge fee just to get back and forth to work, -avoid Seattle !!
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks Vinylly..yea,Seattle is not our preference..
Does anyone know better about the Education hill area of redmond and anyone coming from Redmond ridge?
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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I live in Redmond Ridge (as do so many fellow Microsofties) and work at the MS Redmond campus. Traffic is not an issue at all. There are actually two ways to go to Redmond/MS. Novelty hill has traffic at rush hour, but if you take Union Hill, there is no traffic at all. It takes me 15 min to get to work. We find Redmond Ridge to be very pleasant to live in. It has lots of forest trails as well as parks for the kids. Also the home prices compare favorably to most neighborhoods even though the houses are fairly recent.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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Redmond Ridge is great, but it's a long way to get to anywhere and the local options are rather limited. Novelty Hill is awful traffic for two hours at morning and evening. Plus the weather is worse there: it gets more wind, snow, ice, etc.

Education Hill is a bit older of a neighborhood, so there are lots of split levels, which some people hate. However, there are multiple ways in/out so you can make traffic work. If you're fine with detached townhomes, there are some pockets in downtown Redmond.

One thing to consider is that MS has really nice commuter buses, which makes commuting from Sammamish or Woodinville much easier - and the homes are cheaper in those areas.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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We live in Redmond Ridge now, but had avoided moving there for many years because of concerns with the commute. Traffic is not bad at all since there are 3 ways in and out of RR from MS (520-202-238th Ave-RR drive), Union Hill road and Novelty Hill road. Lots of improvements have gone into the 202-520 interchange since that also serves Sammamish, and it is pretty quick even at rush hour.

We liked Education Hill too for being closer to Redmond, but the school gave us pause. Most of the reasonably priced properties there feed into the struggling school, while the others are priced higher and sell quick.
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