Backyards in the Seattle suburbs?

Amazon XCYm35
May 19 20 Comments

I'm house shopping as part of a Seattle relo, and looking at the suburbs as I have a young family expected to grow. Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, where do I need to go to get a real backyard? Lots of Mcmansions off main roads, but even older homes seem lacking what I'm expecting from East coast suburbs. Are backyards capable of supporting a real game of catch not an option? Budget is 900k to 1.2M. TC 360


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    Google, Microsoft
    98033 is the top choice, you should be able to afford.
    It’s right in the middle of G, FB (Oculus and the future norther Bellevue campus) and MS HQ.
    10 mins to Bellevue downtown, up to 30 mins to SLU in a rush hour. Best restaurants, Costco, WholeFoods, TraderJoes, etc. are 5-10 mins away.
    Don’t buy anywhere north of Totem lake, east of lake Sammamish or south of I-90 freeway (except Mercer island): you’ll hate the commute.
    Here’s a good example:
    May 19 1
    • Microsoft Ranterr
      I'm sorry. You overpaid for this.
      May 25
  • Nvidia creamcake
    Nobody wants yards here bruh, learning curve for pushing a lawnmower too big. Would rather share 1bdr bunk beds and have all windows line up with neighbors.
    May 20 0
  • Amazon XCYm35
    Thanks all. Your tips have opened up some new options. As real estate often is, going to play the commute vs space trade-off game.
    May 19 0
  • Microsoft notok
    I have a quarter acre lot in Woodinville and it’s the smallest lot in the neighborhood.
    May 19 0
  • Microsoft EMoC46
    Lots of big lots (0.5-5 acres) on homes off Avondale, union/novelty hill and English hill.
    May 20 2
    • Nvidia creamcake
      English hill, that's racist
      May 20
    • Microsoft Nudibranch
      And there are no dentists close by.
      May 20
  • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
    Your yard will be unused for 10 months out of the year. Don’t isolate yourself in the sad suburbs of Seattle. Live closer to the city and go away on the weekends. Nonetheless, The Seattle Freeze awaits you and your excited family.
    May 20 0
  • Microsoft


    98077, if you are in unincorporated King county, you have much lower car tabs! This community is amazing and has their own private lake.

    Or this:
    May 19 0
  • Amazon / Product Amznnn
    Snoqualmie and North Bend are great options
    May 19 0
  • Microsoft king d
    May 19 0
  • Amazon / Eng

    Amazon Eng

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    Two options, a) go further. North bend or Woodinville will get you some nice property with your budget. You'll add some time to your commute. or b) up your budget. You can find SFHs with acre lot in west Bellevue (check out diamond ranch) but it'll be quite a bit over the budget.
    May 19 0
  • New hqWe60
    seattle has suburbs now?
    May 21 1
    • Amazon / Eng jNeo42
      Not really, but it’s technically the right word to describe those weird towns outside of the city limits. Where nobody talks to strangers or has gatherings in their yards.
      May 21
  • Microsoft qErH38
    Sammamish 98074, right around Sahalee, late 80-90’s homes mostly would be your best bet for lot size... least 10k sq. ft lot... 3k sq. ft homes for that price...
    May 20 0
  • Microsoft / Eng bebK16
    98028 Kenmore has some pretty decent options and isn't significantly further away than Kirkland.

    The real problem is that most new development is packing in 3-4 houses or more on lots that used to have 1. Lots of "zero lot line" developments everywhere.
    May 20 0
  • Microsoft zTjo55
    98034 -100 th Avenue or Finn Hill , Close to Juanita beach and not much far for Redmond or downtown commute. There are many homes with atleast Quarter an acre land.
    May 20 0
  • Microsoft 10^100
    May 19 0
  • Nvidia dynosight
    Redmond and greater Redmond has the land and not stacked neighbor on neighbor
    May 19 0


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