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Old 01-08-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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Hello, husband and I are tentatively looking at areas to buy in and Sheridan Beach in Lake Forest Park is an area that interests us. We are concerned about the proximity to Bothell Way and the seedy looking DeJaVu though. Anyone have experience with this area? Safe? Family Friendly? Schools? Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:31 PM
 
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I wouldn't want to live right next door to Deja Vu, but Sheridan Beach is mostly unaffected by the presence of Deja Vu, especially if you're more than a few blocks away. Bothell Way is worse when it is Lake City Way south of 145th. Sheridan Beach is not noted for crime. It's safe. Family friendly I don't know, but I think it isn't a very young population, so there might not be too many kids around to play with. If you're in Sheridan Beach proper, you'll be eligible to go to the private beach and pool, and they've been around forever. Schools are in the Shoreline district and good.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the information Ira
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:15 PM
 
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I think home prices are a little lower there because of "guilt by association", as it borders Lake City, formerly thought of as the ghetto of North Seattle. And also, Lake Forest Park as a city isn't more than about 20 years old. It was formerly unincorporated King County, as was Shoreline. Cities have mechanisms to keep out strip clubs and casinos, but the unincorporated areas don't.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:03 PM
 
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Well that answers my questions about Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, with all the casinos and what not I've seen on Aurora Ave. Are there any areas of Lake Forest Park that are considered more desirable than others?
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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Well that answers my questions about Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, with all the casinos and what not I've seen on Aurora Ave. Are there any areas of Lake Forest Park that are considered more desirable than others?
Look at where the home sales prices are higher. One of the interesting things about LFP is the best lake view homes (excluding waterfront) also tend to have the most highway noise. Finding something that has the view but not the noise is preferable.

My overall take on LFP is the fringes of it are similar to Kenmore and Shoreline, but it still has a lot of original owners ageing in place. That is a plus and a minus - good that people decided it was worth staying, but it also means the neighborhood turnover to a younger crowd is less noticeable.

For the quality of homes, views, size of lots and privacy you get there the prices seem really low in comparison to what you'd pay in Seattle - but they're still quite expensive for 50+ year old homes compared to what you can buy brand new a few miles away in Bothell.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:46 PM
 
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Hmm are there any suburbs better suited for families with school aged children within a 30 minute commute into Downtown Seattle then?!
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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Hmm are there any suburbs better suited for families with school aged children within a 30 minute commute into Downtown Seattle then?!
If you want to be in a suburb and have a consistent 30 minute commute to downtown, you gotta pay for that premium. West Bellevue, Mercer Island, parts of Kirkland near 520. LFP isn't really a '30 minute commute' to downtown if you do it during rush hour.

It's probably doable from the near parts of Shoreline and Burien as well. Easier if you're not in an actual suburb.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:16 PM
 
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Sheridan Beach is the nicest neighborhood in LFP. It's the level neighborhood on the water and adjacent to the Civic Club. Next door to it are Sheridan Heights and another Sheridan something-or-other.

LFP is charming and very quiet. Very family friendly. I especially love the older craftsman homes there, many of which have been remodeled inside. We considered there, but wanted to be closer to my husband's work in Everett.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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If you want to be in a suburb and have a consistent 30 minute commute to downtown, you gotta pay for that premium. West Bellevue, Mercer Island, parts of Kirkland near 520. LFP isn't really a '30 minute commute' to downtown if you do it during rush hour.

It's probably doable from the near parts of Shoreline and Burien as well. Easier if you're not in an actual suburb.
LFP is a 30 minute commute to downtown Seattle during rush hour if you take the bus. Bus only lanes help. Sound Transit's route 522 takes 27 minutes to get from Ballinger Way( near the LFP Mall) to 6th and union in DT Seattle.
If you had the money to buy a house anywhere in the Seattle area within 30 minutes of DT Seattle, sure, West Bellevue and Mercer Island would be better choices than Lake Forest Park. And houses there are twice as expensive as Lake Forest Park's.
Everybody is different, and has different taste, and a different ability to afford places. I happen to like Lake Forest Park a lot for several reasons. It's friendly, it has decent schools, lower crime, huge trees, water, and some cool old houses with larger lot sizes. Particularly good for mid century modern homes.
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