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We decided now that we have kids we will move back to the Seattle area. But since the WHOLE area is open, we have NO clue where to go.<br><br>
Criteria: affordable housing, on major transportation routes so commuting to anything is not forever and a day, walking distance to anything like grocery or market or park or play places for kids would be FANTASTIC, liberal, young-family community.<br>
We had considered moving out on the Peninsula b/c we had lived there before we had kidlets, and we could afford to buy out there and still get a halfway decent house, but we are leaning toward just renting so that we can be closer to the heart of it all.<br><br>
Any suggestions????? TIA!
 

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We're really new to the area. So I don't have any advice. I know I like where I live (Marysville) and Everett seems really nice and kid friendly too. Both seem to me to have really good public transportation but both are about 40 minutes from Seattle and probably further than you wanted. Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you're going to rent (and I have no idea what your budget is) I'd look at Ballard - rents are still pretty reasonable for the area, lots is going on here - wonderful farmer's market on Sundays, Ballard Market grocery with earthy-crunchy stuff, good transportation to downtown, UW and other north side neighborhoods.<br><br>
I also have heard that Beacon Hill on the south side is good nearer to its little downtown strip, as well as West Seattle - tho I think in W.S. you may feel a bit isolated.
 

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I live in Lynnwood, and while I don't have kids so I can't speak about how kid friendly the place is. I like the area and it is close to freeways both the 5 and the 405, major malls, and there are out of the way places as well.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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We're in Wedgwood and I LOVE it for all the things you've mentioned.<br><br>
The Alternative Elementary 2 (an amazing PS that has mixed age classrooms, no grades, no curriculum, integrated studies based learning) is blocks away, there are parks everywhere, its the part of the city where all the liberals came to have their kids LOL! Everyone walks places, its friendly, its safe, the PCC is just up the road, lake Washington is just over the hill, and there are busses to downtown, the U-district and Northgate all running right here on 35th.
 

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We are trying to get out of the city ourselves, but if we were going to stay we would stay here in Ballard. I actually grew up here and I like it because there are a lot of families, although a young hip scene too. We walk all over and always run into other people walking babies/kids. People are friendly, very liberal. Nearest PCCs are greenlake and fremont, both close. There are multiple organic coffee places and some great places to eat. Also great parks that are always full of families. Houses here are expensive as everywhere in Seattle (although you CAN still get some kind-of bargains here) but apartments are still reasonable, and there are a lot of them that are very close to everything.<br><br>
Also, really easy buses into downtown and Udistrict.<br><br>
Hope that's helpful!
 

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Well, I am going to post a nay for Ballard and Wedgewood because they are both very expensive. I live in Lake City and houses in Ballard and Wedgewood are easily $100,000 more for same size plus I have a larger lot. Rents are much cheaper the further out of the city you go or the further away from downtown you go. But, if you stick to these neighborhoods, they are up and coming with lots of parks, good northend schools, and close to bus lines.<br><br>
Northgate, Lake City, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, Greenwood, Broadview, Haller Lake, Bitter Lake - all have access for farmer's markets, parks, libraries, etc. They also have a lot of very new apartments. If you check out anything in W, SW, or S Seattle, rents and housing prices will be even less than north (unless it has a view).<br><br>
I think your best bet is to come to town and have someone, maybe a realter, show you around, because rents and house prices vary a lot! Like I stated before, you can get a 3 bedroom house in Lake City with a large lot for $300,000 but that same house would be at least $400,000 in Ballard or Wedgewood.
 

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We just moved to Seattle 2 months ago, but I've explored a bit, and I have to put a shout out for the South. We live in Mt.Baker (we rent a teeny-tiny guest house, one br), but there are some larger affordable rentals. I'd recommend looking in the Columbia City neighborhood. It' has the city's best, most kid-and-hippie-mom friendly farmer's market, a wonderful commercial strip with ethnic restaurants, kids consignment store, independent bookstore, etc etc. Lots of great parks nearby.<br><br>
I love living in Mt.Baker (the Mt.Baker park, by the way, is amazing, with woody paths, a beach, and a great play area), mostly because of its diversity: ethnically, socio-economically, racially, etc. Lots of families of color, lesbian moms, many different languages spoken. I've spent some time in Lake City, Wallingford, and other north neighborhoods, and don't find this kind of diversity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We just moved to Seattle 2 months ago, but I've explored a bit, and I have to put a shout out for the South. We live in Mt.Baker (we rent a teeny-tiny guest house, one br), but there are some larger affordable rentals. I'd recommend looking in the Columbia City neighborhood. It' has the city's best, most kid-and-hippie-mom friendly farmer's market, a wonderful commercial strip with ethnic restaurants, kids consignment store, independent bookstore, etc etc. Lots of great parks nearby.<br><br>
I love living in Mt.Baker (the Mt.Baker park, by the way, is amazing, with woody paths, a beach, and a great play area), mostly because of its diversity: ethnically, socio-economically, racially, etc. Lots of families of color, lesbian moms, many different languages spoken. I've spent some time in Lake City, Wallingford, and other north neighborhoods, and don't find this kind of diversity.</div>
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Well this is true about Columbia City. I used to work down there. It is definitely up and coming. The thing is, it is also higher crime down there then in the north. But, that is changing as gentrification sets in and houses and apartments get remodelled and new ones built. There is a lot of new construction down there also. There are very large asian and african communities down there. In Lake City, we have large Hispanic and Muslim communities.
 
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