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Old 05-23-2008, 07:45 AM
 
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Hello Everyone.

We are moving from Naperville IL to Seattle and were looking for a community that resembles what the area we now live in. We live in Naperville which is a Chicago suburb and like many other suburbs here has a small town feel with it's own downtown area and good schools. I read in a thread that Mill Creek is one area in Seattle that has a developing downtown district and is also blessed with good schools. Can anyone tell if this is in fact the case and what some other area's are that have these same attributes ?

I appreciate your input.

Thanks
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Mill Creek is about 25 miles north of Seattle and doesn't really have a "downtown". It's basically a planned subdivision community that's amongst strip centers. What you may be talking about is the "Town Center" - which is shopping, restaurants, offices, services and living space. It's still basically like an outdoor, walkable, shopping mall or strip center, made to look upscale... but there is no "downtown".

If you are looking for suburban areas with a "main street" you may want to check out Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, Issaquah...
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Old 05-24-2008, 12:26 AM
 
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Mill Creek is a nice area on the north end.

I agree with Jenbar's post. I like Issaquah, Snoqualmie Ridge and Bainbridge Island; I think they are worth looking at, both have a cute downtown area.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:32 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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If you are looking for suburban areas with a "main street" you may want to check out Bothell, Woodinville, Redmond, Issaquah...
and Edmonds
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Yes, Edmonds really has a very cute downtown... however, since schools are a concern for the OP, and we have had experience with the Edmonds school district, I can't recommend that area.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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I lived in downtown Chicago for 9 years and have been to Naperville. Mill Creek is getting nice but is still small. You can also check out Issaquah but I think Bellevue reminds me of Naperville TBH.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Issaquah is a really cute town and the school system is excellent! And the hiking is amazing right out your door with Lake Samm. right there too. 30 minutes to the Pass to ski. If you don't mind a long commute into Seattle, it's a good place. Also check out Issaquah Highlands...lots happening there. Personally, I love Kirkland the most but alas cannot afford it. Seattle Magazine just did an article on Mill Creek so check it out this month.
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