So my husband works in the redmond area (right next to microsoft, but not microsoft). We currently live on the other side of Lake Washington in Lake City, which I really like, but crime is getting really bad in our area, the schools aren't great and the commute is driving my husband crazy...so we are interested in moving to the "east side" to be closer to my husband's work-- I am just really freaked out about it because I know very little about the area. I really like neighborhoods in Seattle like Wallingford, Wedgwood, Ballard -- I love safer neighborhoods with unique old homes, sidewalks, farmers markets, coffee shops. Not really into living in a dark forested area at the end of a long driveway, if that makes sense. Husband would still be using the bus and biking-- he looked at bus maps and said that these areas would be good:
Would appreciate any input about these areas, and any additional recommendations for good neighborhoods on the East side-- THANKS in advance!