Seattle schools recommendation for Facebook new hire

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Jan 26, 2018 36 Comments

I’m moving to Seattle with my family soon. I’ll be working at Facebook (South Lake Union), and I’m not sure where is the best place to live to balance great elementary schools, reasonable commute time and good housing (we are planning on buying a house ~1M)

I’d really appreciate your thoughts and recommendations!

Thanks!

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  • Facebook Jbsbshg
    Go north! It’s what I did. The commute into the Facebook office is so much easier coming down through Fremont rather than through downtown. Shoreline has good schools and a Facebook shuttle. 40 mins door to door and I was able to buy 3 br for 550k
    Jan 26, 2018 1
    • Microsoft QRZj34
      Yes, shoreline is a good buy right now with the light rail coming in a few years.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Expedia / Product kIOr63
    What is your definition of reasonable commute time?..I think you might find it difficult to meet all that criteria for 1M.
    Jan 26, 2018 6
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      I haven’t done the commute for a couple years. Working on the east side now. But when I was commuting it was pretty easy except for the last mile or two. Getting into SLU is a nightmare. Getting out in the evening is a nightmare. Just trying to turn on to Mercer Ave can take 15 minute. Once you are out it’s ok. Buses don’t actually run to SLU so you have to hike about 10 blocks. I hope they give you parking. When I left parking was about $380 a month. I’m sure it’s gone up.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      qsxgyjnlp

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      So, basically this means that it doesn’t matter much where to live because avoiding Mercer bottleneck is almost impossible? I’ll ask about parking, thanks for the tip
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      Right it’s impossible to avoid the Mercer problem. The best thing would be to move to Queen Anne and walk to work but even at $1.5m you won’t find anything
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Facebook Subarray
      If you live north of the office (Fremont, Wallingford, Magnolia, UDistrict, Ravenna, Green Lake, Greenwood, etc.) it’s very easy to avoid the SLU backup.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Microsoft
      Vimbash

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      Vimbashmore
      Public schools are much better on east side so if you live in Seattle you may need to consider private school
      Jan 26, 2018
  • New RrLH06
    Are you looking for public or private schools? Best private and you should aim for Madison Valley/Park or Madrona. Best public and you should look in NE Seattle—Laurelhurst, Bryant, Ravenna.
    Jan 26, 2018 3
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      The best school district in the state is the Bellevue school district. Lakeshore and Northshore are close behind. Seattle school district is way down the list.
      Jan 26, 2018
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      qsxgyjnlp

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      I have 3 kids. AFAIK private schools are 30k / year per child. Do you think the level is way higher than a good public school?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • New RrLH06
      I plan on sending future kids to public school in Seattle if that helps.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • F5 Networks dorian
    Seattle talks a lot of nonsense about its schools, but they aren't that bad. Especially in the north. Your children's outcomes will be heavily based on your own investments in their resources and exposure to opportunity. That out the way, North Seattle is the place you ought to be. Fremont, Ballard, Greenwood/lake, North Beach, Blue Ridge...all great possibilities for you and your family. Welcome!
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • Facebook Jbsbshg
    Don’t do east side. You do not want to commute trough downtown to get to the Dexter office
    Jan 26, 2018 2
    • Microsoft / Eng
      qsxgyjnlp

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      Do you know what are the stops for the shuttle from east side? Isn’t it going through downtown almost imposible to avoid?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Facebook Jbsbshg
      Not if you come from the north. It’s super convenient traveling down 99
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Salesforce / Eng 🐙y.
    Redmond. Education Hill area.
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • New RrLH06
    Living in Seattle gets you more of an urban feel, especially if you like to walk places though. You can maximize for the light rail, live in the city and have good public schools (Roosevelt HS for instance is a good public Seattle option). Just depends on what you’re trying to balance.
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • Amazon Zonday1
    Stay clear of Seattle schools. Try Mercer Island (7 miles and easy commute), Bellevue or Issaquah. Kirkland will be about 45 min each way, plus tolls, plus the schools aren’t all that great and they’re aging.
    Jan 26, 2018 4
    • Microsoft QRZj34
      Is it possible to buy on Mercer for max budget $1m?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      I’m sure it’s possible. The problem is inventory. There simply nothing for sale
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Facebook Subarray
      What’s wrong with Seattle schools?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Amazon Zonday1
      For MI you’d be better off to rent for 2-3 years while you look. There are some decent options under 1mil if you can be patient
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Facebook / Eng Elpm80
    I've lived in and around Seattle my whole life. Was both in Seattle and Shoreline public schools. Living in the city is not worth it anymore IMO. I'd say go just a bit north, like Shoreline or Lake Forest Park. 1M will get you a LOT more house there without adding much to commute. And from personal experience growing up here Shoreline schools were much better than Seattle.

    I ended up moving out of Cap Hill and bought way up in Lynnwood and even there the commute isn't horrible as long as I time it right. With a 10-7 schedule my commute is usually under 30 min each way.
    Jan 26, 2018 3
    • Microsoft / Eng
      qsxgyjnlp

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      Thanks for your comment. Going east (Bellevue / Kirkland) is not better thank going north?
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      More expensive on the east side. Houses and school district not as nice in shoreline, north Seattle, Lynwood. Bigger lots on the east side. Mostly much newer housing.
      Jan 26, 2018
    • Costco / Eng
      zaphod99

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      zaphod99more
      The old adage around Seattle is when you are young without kids you live in the city. When your kids get old enough for school you move to Bellevue or Kirkland for the schools and back to Seattle when they go to college.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Nordstrom DGXJ00
    +1 to Shoreline. I recently purchased and the school district is supposed to be pretty good. You’ll also get a lot of bang for your buck. My house was essentially half the price ~3 years ago of how much I purchased it recently and I’m confident there is still a ton of real estate growth potential—especially considering that two light rail stations are going to be built in Shoreline and the city council is up zoning the areas around those stations.
    Jan 30, 2018 1
    • Amazon / Eng
      EverWget

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      EverWgetmore
      The station is surrounded by government, how long do you take to get to the station? Walking or other choices?
      Jan 31, 2018
  • Microsoft
    Vimbash

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    Vimbashmore
    Issaquah, Snoqualmie. Schools are great and you can find a big house for < 1m. Also I-90 is better than 405-520 for commute.
    Jan 26, 2018 1
    • Salesforce / Eng 🐙y.
      Commute to SLU much worse than from Redmond.
      Jan 26, 2018
  • Google / Ops atqF86
    Don’t move.
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • Costco / Eng
    zaphod99

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    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MSFT DE
    If OP is comparing to the bay area, ignore all of the above. Seattle traffic is great, housing is cheap, schools are awesome.

    Kirkland schools are OK, lots of younger and older folks, singles, retirees. Schools are not the top priority. Commute is acceptable from south Kirkland. Bellevue schools are better, Bellevue downtown is lively and growing, commute a bit better (light rail will help in a couple of years). Queen Anne is probably the closest good neighborhood, but I wouldn't recommend seattle public schools (again, not bad, but my bar is high).

    You should calculate what $3k-4k a month buys you for mortgage : that's the break even price for how much more you should pay for a house with great schools. Accept this and it will be less painful.
    Jan 26, 2018 0
  • Costco / Eng
    zaphod99

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    zaphod99more
    Good luck trying to find anything in the city at any price. East side might be easier. Schools better on the east side. There are no reasonable commutes.
    Jan 26, 2018 0

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