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Old 06-02-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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Hi all,

Looks like I will have the opportunity to relocate from Europe to Redmond.
I will be working in Redmond, so I guess living in the area would be best (I want to minimize my commute time).

I'm not really familiar with Redmond in too much detail - are there parts that are better than others? Parts that I should avoid?

In terms of schools, I believe the Lake Washington district is very good, but if any you of you guys have first hand experience with Redmond schools I'd like to hear your experiences. (I've checked greatschools.org)

Or any other info about Redmond would be appreciated.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: West Yellowstone, MT
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We moved to Redmond about five weeks ago and we absolutely love it. We are in the Swan Lake area of Union Hill. Everyone we have encountered is super friendly.

If you look at the rain and drizzle as the reason for the beauty, you will not have a problem with it.

Our kids are grown so I can't help with schools, but I don't think you have much to worry about. In general, the schools with top ratings get that rating because they have the top students.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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Default Redmond schools

Our friends children went/going to Norman Rockwell,and Redmond jr and high schools love them.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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You'd be fine anywhere in Redmond. There aren't any "bad" areas, really. The neighborhood and housing type you choose will be dependent on your tastes and budget, but there are no slums or dangerous areas in Redmond itself. The biggest problem is theft -- people leaving their windows open might be robbed, and cars with doors unlocked are frequently targeted overnight. Occasionally a car window is broken to get at the iphone (oops! Windows phone!) left in plain view.

Schools in Redmond have a great reputation. However, there's been some recent massive budget cutting, and taxes for education did not pass recent elections. School class sizes are likely to increase quite a bit, and the quality of the schools looks to be going down. Big bummer, as I have a four year old and paid a stupid premium to be in a neighborhood with "good schools". My next door neighbor is planning to homeschool next year because she's sick of her first-grader learning about colors and her second-grader learning to add single-digit numbers when they can do so much more. (My other neighbors are all happier with the schools, though). At any rate, the schools certainly all qualify as "fine"; while they could improve, they're certainly well above average for the country. Most of the school-age kids I know are in elementary schools throughout Redmond. It seems that the schools are solid, but not overwhelmingly incredibly wonderful.

If you're coming to work at Microsoft, be sure that your actual office building will be in Redmond itself. Some of them are in Bellevue or even Seattle, which would impact your commute time quite a bit. Commuting between the East Side (Bellevue/Redmond/Kirkland etc, on the east side of Lake Washington) and Seattle (west side of Lake Washington) is time-consuming.

If you don't see anything you like in Redmond itself, you could expand your search to parts of Bellevue or Kirkland. Don't rely on I-405 for transportation (it's usually backed up).

You may see an area called Redmond Ridge. It's a more recently built area popular with mostly, um, determinedly upwardly-mobile families. I didn't like it myself, as the houses are close together with small yards, and the traffic at rush hour getting into and out of the subdivision is a nightmare (one road in and out to the rest of Redmond). If you like newness and don't mind a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses area, it's worth a look. It's either exactly where you want to be or something you hate, one or the other.

Seattle.redfin.com was the best site for me when we were looking for a home here. Since it lays everything out on a map, you can easily see where homes are in relation to your new office, and what the prices are like in an area.

There are also more homes for rent available than they used to be. Some of them are quite nice.

I love living here. It's been three years and while this spring has been long in coming, summers are worth the wait. Good luck with your move!
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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Thanks a lot everyone!

I don't imagine the weather being an issue as we're moving from Ireland - possibly greyer & wetter than Seattle!

Redmond Ridge doesn't sound that appealing really - thanks for the warning!
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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I don't imagine the weather being an issue as we're moving from Ireland - possibly greyer & wetter than Seattle!
Actually it rains much MUCH more in Seattle than in Ireland. This year so far it has rained almost everyday in Seattle. The weather in May in Ireland this year was much sunnier and warmer than in Seattle.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Actually it rains much MUCH more in Seattle than in Ireland. This year so far it has rained almost everyday in Seattle. The weather in May in Ireland this year was much sunnier and warmer than in Seattle.
I have to disagree. I work in Seattle and May has actually been drier than most there. Many days it's been raining on the eastside but dry in Seattle.
We have gotten more of the heavier rain, though, rather than the usual light mist.


The range or annual rainfall in Ireland is very close to what we get here, as is the number of wet days.
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Old 06-05-2011, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Can't really go wrong anywhere in Redmond. It's a really nice city. Great for families.
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