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What is a good neighborhood for someone who is about to have kids?

We have our first on the way, what is a good neighborhood for the 20-30 year old in Seattle?
  • December 01 2010 - Seattle
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Every five blocks or so is a different neighborhood in Seattle.  Without knowing more about you and your family, it would be impossible to recommend.  Tell us what you like and we can be of more help.
  • December 02 2010
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What are your priorities for your family?  There are a lot of different opinions on what's good for kids.

Access to parks, local entertainment, and walking distance to schools could be important, or would you prefer secluded, quiet, low-traffic areas where children ride bikes in the streets?  There's a lot to the conversation, do some research and then visit the neighborhoods in person.
  • December 02 2010
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Hi, Cocacolalover --

Congratultions on your great news!  I've lived in Seattle for over 20 years and have kids myself.  One of the best ways to find out where the good neighborhoods are is to check out the Seattle Schools website to look for the top ranked elementary schools.  (http://www.seattleschools.org)  Great schools take more than just great teachers and staff - they need strong parental support and involvement. 

From my own personal experience, West Seattle is a fabulous neighborhood.  There's a very strong community feel, lots of great restaurants, and plenty of parks to take the kids to play.  It also offers a wide variety of price points for all levels of buyers.  Magnolia is very similar to West Seattle in feel, although the prices tend to be slightly higher.  A few other neighborhoods to consider are Ballard, Crown Hill, Bryant, Phinney Ridge and Ravenna.  This list isn't all inclusive, but it's a great start. 

I also have neighborhood information and a few videos posted on my blog if you are looking for additional perspectives.  Best of luck on your search!  

  • December 01 2010
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Zipskinny.com is another way of comparing neigborhoods by zip code.
I happen to love Ravenna/Bryant (98115) because I've lived in this hood for 40 years. We've raised children successfully here.
We live in the "Pocket", just north of Ravenna park, which enjoys easy access to grocery stores, parks and level streets for outdoor play (the streets are dead ended so there isn't much though traffice). We have great access to commuting corridors and everything that the University has to offer.
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Since a good neighborhood is subjective, there is no answer for your question.  Research communities online and decide what you like and can afford.  I know that's not the answer you're looking for but any REALTOR who gives you an answer is acting unethically. 
  • December 01 2010
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For that kind of information I would go to city-data.com  That site has a Q&A section where locals answer specific questions about their city or town. To find the right part click on the blue "forum" badge at the top of the page. For finding out city data just look at the first page and look for the state then city. You should find over a dozen pages of useful big picture data.

No agent will answer this directly as doing so could get them accused of steering. Asking the locals makes more sense.
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