What neighborhood should we explore in Seattle?
July 22, 2012 2:03 PM Subscribe
Seattle neighborhood recommendations. More inside.
posted by k8t to Home & Garden (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
We moved to Seattle and are staying in Greenwood for a year-ish. But we need to start exploring potential neighborhoods to buy in, so we're looking for ideas.
- I'll be at UW.
- Spouse's employment situation is yet unknown, but we'd like his commute to not be bad either. (I know this is a big factor.)
- Kid will be in preschool next year and will start Kindergarten in Fall '14. (And is going to be attending a preschool in Greenwood this fall.)
Things we like:
- Safe neighborhood.
- Either good public schools or ideas about private schools for our sensitive kid.
- Public transit options for all. Short commutes for all.
- House with space for us and our stuff. Best case would be for big closets and each adult to have his/her own office space.
- Small yard.
- Walkable parks for kid.
- Walkable groceries.
- Walkable cafes/dining.
- Friendly neighbors is a plus.
- Not a fixer-upper and already remodeled would please me.
- I'm not a fan of these ultra close houses. I feel like I can't walk naked from the bathroom to the bedroom. But this isn't a huge dealbreaker.
- Closer to the airport would be a plus, but isn't a dealbreaker.
- Walkable retail is fun for me, but not a dealbreaker.
In my mind, I'd like to spend time this fall hanging out in various neighborhoods to see if we like it. I'd like to organize a move in the spring of 2013 (I took the term off from teaching to oversee this), with us possibly having to drive kid to preschool in Greenwood for awhile if it worked out that way.
Hints about Seattle real estate are welcome. Also, I have no idea what price ranges are like for houses here, so insights into that are welcome. (We also don't know what spouse's salary will be, but assume it'll be similar to what he used to make.)