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Old 05-31-2011, 12:05 AM
 
Location: San Ramon
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Hello. We're an average middle class couple in our 40s with a 16 month old and are considering an offer in Bellevue. We are looking to either rent or purchase and are looking for areas which are affordable to buy (400k) or rent for a while - maybe a 1400 sq ft. + place - but would rather buy and stay a while. My wife stays home with the little one, so we need access to swim, signing, playgroup activities and lessons (ymca, boys/girls club, etc...).

We like more open spaces/parks, larger yards, etc..., and are not into places with lots of apartments or condos, but some are ok. Older homes aren't bad either. We don't mind a little drive 25 minutes or so to work, but I hear tell that the traffic into Bellevue from anywhere is really tough? We obviously would want a safer neighborhood too.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Sounds like Bellevue itself is good ... they have good schools, plenty of parks, nice open spaces, short distance to downtown Bellevue and your work, etc. Traffic isn't so bad when you actually live in Bellevue.

Issaquah is another choice you may want to consider. If you don't mind renting you can rent on Mercer Island too and they have one of the best schools in the state. They also have condos in your price range. There's something like 30 miles of trails and things to do on the island too.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:16 AM
 
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There really aren't any parts of Bellevue that are bad or unsafe. There are parts which are mostly full of older homes, and there are parts which have more apartments. There just aren't a ton of houses there for under 400 thousand. But they seem to be concentrated in a couple of areas. One is NE Bellevue, areas like Crossroads, Lake Hills, Ardmore. These are all fairly close to the Bellevue family YMCA on Bel-Red Rd. Bellevue is great for things like swimming, soccer, playgroup activities, etc
The other area of Bellevue with a concentration of lower priced homes is around Eastgate, on both sides of I-90.
What you will notice when looking at home listings is that instead of calling the neighborhood "Eastgate" or " Lake Hills", too many real estate agents have a habit of calling everything in Bellevue "Microsoft", even if it's miles away.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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Do you have to be in Bellevue? Our friends live in Redmond home around Education hill are affordable but are older. I saw some in 300s.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: San Ramon
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We don't necessarily have to live in Bellevue - we could live anywhere - so we're really open to ideas. I'm even thinking 40 minutes drive would be ok. Just the work part is in Bellevue. I don't know much about the areas except for what people here tell me. Probably like everyone else - looking for a reasonable price, good neighborhood, less traffic and larger yard.

I will look into Issaquah. What about May Valley?
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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I like May Valley, but it's not everyone's cup of tea. It's pretty rural. It is in the Issaquah school district, and there are still farms there,some people have horses and goats. it's not one of those places where you can walk to your pick of restaurants, theatre, etc. There's a decent restaurant ( Jay Berry's) with good pizza and sandwiches, a feed store, a gas station with an espresso shack, and not much else.Supermarkets are a good couple of miles away. But getting to Bellevue shouldn't be more than a 20-30 minute drive most of the time. May Valley homes will mostly have Renton addresses, even though they're not in the Renton city limits nor in the Renton school district. The boundaries of Issaquah and Newcastle are also right there. It's pretty, it's rural. Don't expect things like sidewalks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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Default May Valley

You have a couple of backroads to commute to Bellevuw also check out Maple Valley and Hobart and Issaquah.
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Old 06-01-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: San Ramon
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Thanks all. I will drive up next week and look around. I like the idea of May Valley and Issaquah - but will look to see. I notice you are realtors - I'll contact you when i'm up there?
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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Glad to be of help.
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