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Old 09-20-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Looking for neighborhoods or suburbs that are:

  • Family/children friendly, safe, with great schools
  • Lively center/walkable districts. Do any exist in Seattle besides downtown?
  • All of that, and rentals for under $2K.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would not consider any schools in Seattle to be great, some are pretty good but are in areas where nothing would rent for $2,000, like Magnolia and Madison Park. A good compromise with decent schools, lively and walkable is Ballard.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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I would consider parts of Bellevue to meet that criteria but not with rentals under $2K. Issaquah Highlands in the suburbs, but again, not sure about the under $2K requirement. We live in the Pine Lake area of Sammamish and love it...it's "walkable" for Sammamish but not compared to anything in the city. Again the $2K issue might stump you. How big of a place are you looking for?
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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Looking for neighborhoods or suburbs that are:

  • Family/children friendly, safe, with great schools
  • Lively center/walkable districts. Do any exist in Seattle besides downtown?
  • All of that, and rentals for under $2K.

Any thoughts or suggestions?
I'd suggest Edmonds. The schools are good. Very family/children friendly. It does have a DT "core" which is quaint, great water access, plus ferry to the peninsula!! However, some would say Edmonds isn't "lively", YMMV.

Same goes for Bothell. Bothell actually has better schools than Edmonds. Little DT core with grand plans of revitalization (which is being worked on now). Great access to Lake Washington, very family friend. Lots of park around.

Issaquah, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville and Bellevue... could fit all your wants, but are also known for being pricey. I see on CraigsList that they do have some rent ads that would fit your budget range. If you can snag these, consider it a win. There isn't a "bad" area in these cities.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Thanks guys.. Great feedback.

Need a 3/2, bigger preferred. Would be leaving behind a 2k sqft 4/2/3 car garage. Need to try and find something similar, but doesn't sound like we will.

Side note - What is rent like in downtown Seattle? Even for a 2/2?
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:59 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The 2/2 apartments downtown will run you $3,000/month in a nice high rise.
In Belltown or International District in an older building with few amenities
starting at about $1,800.

There's a nice house 3/2 near me in Sammamish near Sahalee for rent currently at $2,850.
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Crap. And I thought Chicago was expensive. $3K in Chicago will get you a penthouse on the lake.. LOL
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Old 09-21-2011, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Looks like the office is in Kent. What about Kent and surrounding?

Kent, Renton, Auburn, New castle, Federal Way?

How is the drive from Tacoma to Kent?
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:04 AM
 
Location: North Edmonds area
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I would put out a "2nd" plug for Edmonds. While historically its been an "older" neighborhood (think retirement), it is changing and its very walkable. You will be able to find something under $2K.
Nice performing Arts Center, and a lot to do. Good schools.
Check out the chamber of commerce website.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Well as far as schools go in that area, not so good. Lake Tapps, Maple Valley, Puyallup/Sumner have good schools, but they aren't exactly happening cities with lively downtowns. Puyallup would definitely be the most walkable/lively, if only in the downtown core area. Tacoma to Kent would be doable, you can avoid or mostly avoid the 5 and NB traffic to Seattle isn't as bad until you get farther north towards SeaTac anyway.
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