June 28, 2014 9:05 AM Subscribe
Another where in Seattle should we live question. We are a family of three, one person working downtown, the other working likely in SLU or at the UW + a baby with daycare downtown, but who long term will be going into the Seattle school system. Where do we want to live?
posted by annie o to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We need a 2br + 1ba, one parking spot, $2300 max per month. Apartment, duplex, house, condo, whatever are all acceptable.
The most important things we want in a neighborhood:
- Short commute downtown *on public transit* Less than 20 min ideally.
- Walkable. No no-sidewalk neighborhoods. Nothing overly steep or weirdly cut off by roads or water either.
- Walkable access to grocery stores, coffee, and parks is important.
- Not too awful parking/driving access (prefer no giant steep hills - we don't have an AWD car or anything (thinking of winter ice/snow disasters), and prefer to avoid really congested areas like Capitol Hill).
- Eventually our kid will be going to school - are there areas we should favor or avoid for the Seattle schools?
I'm pretty familiar with Seattle and have lived here before, but my info is more than a decade out of date. I am mostly familiar with North Seattle. We do want to live in the city proper. I don't think we want to live south of downtown and are not interested in Capitol Hill or Belltown. I'm gravitating towards Ballard/Fremont/Wallingford (the southern ends of these), or possibly Queen Anne? I'm interested in living actually in Downtown, but am unsure how to find rentals, since they don't really seem to be on Craigslist, but I can see lots of residential towers are out there.
What neighborhoods should we be looking at?