I recently saw this question on the internet: “What is a nice area Suburb near Seattle WA to move to?”
*Updated Feb 2009*
Seattle neighborhoods and Seattle suburbs have a ton to offer! I love this question and thought maybe it deserved a post – I love Seattle real estate and the real estate in all of the Seattle Suburbs, but I think that you really have to look at dividing the Seattle Suburbs up into different categories to try and get a grasp on them:
- North Seattle Suburbs
- REALLY North Seattle Suburbs
- The Eastside
- Further expanding Eastside
- Southend Seattle suburbs
- Ferry Suburbs
North Seattle Suburbs include Lake Forest Park, Shoreline (including Richmond Beach), Kenmore, Brier, Mukilteo , Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, Woodway (including new construction Woodway Highlands and older Olmstead Woodway) and South Everett (including Silver Lake). Lake Forest Park and Shoreline are the closest to Seattle and both boast natural scenes like trees and water views. From Richmond Beach in Shoreline, sweeping Sound Views and salty air are abundant. Lake Forest Park offers a ton of trees and Lake Washington views. The Seattle suburb of Kenmore is just north of Lake Forest Park and has its own seaplane airport! Just north of Richmond Beach is the tiny town of Woodway – It has amazing houses, but has opted out of the public library system so if library is important to you, then maybe go with Edmonds. Edmonds sits on top of the Puget Sound and is a wonderful Seattle Suburb with a ton of shops and wonderful restaurants. Just north of that is Mukilteo which also has a ton of Waterfront. Mountlake Terrace offers a huge range of housing – the schools are good and the parks are big – plus there is easy commuting access to downtown Seattle, Everett, or the Eastside! Brier Real Estate is good and this city also offers easy commuting to all of these areas! Brier has a nice range of housing and is known for its larger lots and also horse properties. Lynnwood has a nice downtown and also the Alderwood Mall. It also has a mixture of housing options from apartments to larger new construction. Mill Creek is a developed city on a golf course. The neighborhoods are nice and neat and the area is ever expanding as more and more people decide to move into Mill Creek. South Everett touches Mill Creek and more and more Seattle suburb buyers are deciding that South Everett is a more affordable option in some cases – plus the new construction is extremely attractive and especially so when mixed with a fairly smooth commute option to Seattle.
Here are good starting points for looking at these North Seattle suburbs:
Shoreline Real Estate (Richmond Beach Real Estate), Edmonds Real Estate, Lake Forest Park Real Estate, Woodway Real Estate, Mountlake Terrace Real Estate, Brier Real Estate, Lynnwood Real Estate, Bothell Real Estate, Mukilteo Real Estate, Mill Creek Real Estate, Kenmore Real Estate, Everett Real Estate
***Also see my post on most bang for your buck in the Seattle Suburbs******
OK – moving further North……..
Really North End Seattle Suburbs include Everett, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Snohomish, Maltby and Arlington. These are still accessible to Seattle for commuting, but do take just a bit longer to get to. Prices in this area are usually considerably less and there are a ton of new construction perks and buyer bonuses right now if you are interested in checking out the deals available. Luckily, the transit system in the greater Seattle area is improving to the point that these suburbs are becoming more and more popular! Look at prices and search for homes in these Seattle suburbs.
Eastside and more Eastside – The Eastside has a lot to offer – mountains and water – views and waterfront. Bellevue has a thriving downtown business center and a mix of shopping and restaurants with plenty of choices in housing. Right next door is gorgeous Kirkland. Kirkland is so quaint and defintiely my choice for Eastside communities. The waterfront is beautiful and the cute little downtown is just breathtaking. Sammamish and Redmond are Microsoft hot spots and offer a huge array of housing options – plus they are right next to the River Trail for easy bike commuting both local and Seattle commutes. You can choose large houses, large land plots or zero lot line townhomes – either way, you can still be in the heartland of these cities.
Check out Sammamish Plateau for the best deals from builders and a very nice neighborhood. Woodinville, Issaquah and Maple Valley round out my Eastside picks. Woodinville has gorgeous horse properties and sweeping neighborhoods. Issaquah has a wonderful downtown area and wonderful parks and shopping centers. The Issaquah Highlands is a newer development in Issaquah with huge views and its own retail center. It is a planned community with everything residents need right there! Walking trails and coffee shops are right there with townhomes and houses. Mercer Island is off the SouthEast of Seattle and offers waterfront property and gorgeous scenery almost everywhere you look. Look at prices and search for homes in these Seattle suburbs.
Woodinville Real Estate, Kirkland Real Estate, Redmond Real Estate, Bellevue Real Estate, Bothell Real Estate
The Southend – There are a ton of communities between Seattle and Tacoma and prices are usually more reasonable than those of the Eastside or Northern communities. New construction is abundant and builder perks are everywhere! Kent has some amazing new developments with beautiful houses and lush landscaping. I know of one builder that is throwing in so many buyer bonuses that it is worth a look! Renton is booming and has a huge commercial district and its own shopping and restaurants. Federal Way has changed more than any city recently with improvements going in left and right. Burien and Seatac have easy access to the freeway and airport. Des Moines has a nice waterfront and easy access to the freeway. Of all of these, Kent is my top pick for the amazing deals you can get right now! Look at prices and search for homes in these Seattle suburbs.
Ferry Seattle Suburbs…You don’t have to live in a close by driving Seattle Suburb to work in downtown Seattle. Bremerton to the South and its surrounding cities are extremely reasonable and absolutely booming as far as development goes! Living in Gig Harbor or Purdy and working in Seattle is easy with the Bremerton Ferry! Bainbridge Island is just a half an hour ride across the Puget Sound to downtown Seattle. Kingston is a shorter ride from Edmonds, Wa and has gorgeous waterfront and treed lots. Look at prices and search for homes in these Seattle suburbs.
Price, Schools, etc……………
Price is usually a factor when looking at Seattle suburbs real estate. Generally the Eastside suburbs of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, and Sammamish tend to be on the pricier side. Some of the ferry suburbs (Bainbridge Island) should also be considered to be in the pricier category. Some of the immediate Northern Suburbs can have some more expensive neighborhoods (Lake Forest Park, Brier, Richmond Beach in Shoreline, Mill Creek) as well. Each of these Seattle suburbs also have some economical choices so they can also be a good choice in any price range.
Check out the Seattle suburb schools.
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