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Old 12-08-2007, 09:15 AM
 
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Hi, I hope someone can help!

We are considering moving to either Washington, California (San Diego), or Rhode Island. My husband has had job offers in all 3 states.

He is particularly keen on Washington. His job offer is in Seattle. Can anyone recommend some areas to live oustide of but within commuting distance (i hour or less) of Seattle?

We don't have to be by the sea, it can be more inland.

Our requirements are a very good Middle and High school district, affordable house with a yard to rent (max $22000 a month maybe?) in a family-friendly neighbourhood and a short driving distance to a 'small city' area with good choice of shopping, library, restaurants, culture.

We have a dog and love walking so to be near some countryside/ parks would be good too.

Can you also give me a bit more information on what the weather is like? Isit hot in the summer and cold in the winter/ does it rain a lot?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. My husband will be out there in afew weeks and will be taking a good look around.

Thank you
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Old 12-08-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Fountain Hills, Arizona
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Since CA is an option, i'm sure cost of living is not really high on your concern. Ballard is a nice place if you could get in. Also Issaquah but take the bus into DT since traffic anywhere North of Seattle is extremely congested.
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Old 12-08-2007, 11:17 AM
 
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I'll leave it for someone else to suggest neighborhood/schools.

Seattle is a city with very educated population compared to others.

Weather is mild - never ever hot, only sometimes cold. It's cloudy/grey quite often Oct-April, and frequently wet. The rain here tends to drizzle for a long time, almost never stormy. Summers are dry. Opportunities and locations for outdoor activities have outstanding quality and diversity. Dog-friendly places are easy to find.
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Old 12-08-2007, 12:31 PM
 
Location: PNW
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The best public schools are on Mercer Island, but it's pretty expensive to live there... Issaquah is a good choice, but the commute isn't always pretty.
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Old 12-08-2007, 03:44 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies, all appreciated

I think California may get ruled out, not so keen on the job there; but we're also considering Arizona- Phoenix/ Scottsdale area.

Any thoughts on Arizona vs Washington vs Rhode Island?

We are keen on the heat...so maybe Arizona is better from the climate aspect?

thanks all
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:31 PM
 
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What kind of climate do you like?

Please read some of the threads on the weather ...we've had some pretty heated discussions. We have people who "interpret" the weather from different standpoints too.

Obviously, if you like sun and dry weather, Arizona is preferable. However, if you, like some regulars on this forum, like cloudy, rainy, damp, gray, and a mild climate, then Seattle will treat you well. I'm a Seattle native (born and raised) and I suffer from S.A.D. so I moved away after spending many, many decades in the area.
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Old 12-08-2007, 06:31 PM
 
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If you like Arizona-style weather, Seattle is almost but not quite completely unlike it. I moved here from the south (but grew up in Oregon) -- I haven't felt truly warm in forever it seems.
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