Seattle is often referred to as "a city of neighborhoods".  Within Seattle you will find many family friendly communities, such as Queen Anne, Magnolia, Laurelhurst and Ballard. Each of these urban neighborhoods offers the convenience of being close to downtown Seattle.  They also have good access to public transportation, lots of green space and are within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. 

Heading east across Lake Washington brings you to Bellevue, Issaquah/Sammamish, Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland and Woodinville. It is here you tend to find larger properties in planned housing developments, and even though several large corporations, including Microsoft, have their headquarters in this area, it is still very much considered the suburbs.  Both in the city and the suburbs, the housing market is very competitive for home rentals and sales. 

For public school placement, the school your child attends is based on your home address. Depending on your distance to the school, the district may provide free bus transportation. Many of the private schools offer fee-based bus service, but the routes are limited to specific neighborhoods.

I am available to partner with your real estate agent, as the process works best if you are making housing and schooling decisions in tandem.  By providing your real estate agent with information on two to three school districts, and ideally several individual schools that meet the needs of your family, you will be able to fully understand your housing and school options.