Great place to live
We highly recommend Redmond and the whole Eastside of Seattle. It is further from Puget Sound and the ferries, but the quality of life is so great. The Pacific NW is beyond beautiful. After living here 1.5 years, the everyday drives still take our breath away. Redmond is beautiful, just like a perfect town. The homes are gorgeous; shopping is wonderful (nice outdoor mall, nice downtown, many health food and grocery stores); a large variety of parks and walking trails; not far from the foothills and farms; friendly people; low crime; very wooded with the famous WA evergreens, etc. We could go on; it really is the nicest place we have ever lived. That being said, if you are planning to work in the area, do not ever move here without first securing a permanent job. We are still working temp jobs, for over a year, and we have excellent office skills. Up here, the average number of applicants is 200-600 per job (yes, really). And, the job competition is fierce here. You have people from all over the world, and many of them are simply brilliant. Couple that with the education system in the State of WA, and you have a metro area with the most intelligent people we have ever seen. If you 'need' the sun everyday, this is not the place for you. We rarely have snow, but, during the winters, it is cloudy quite a bit. It does rain, but, most times, it is a light drizzle, so you don't even need an umbrella. The Seattle area has gotten a bad reputation for constant rain, but it is not true--people are confusing cloudiness with rain. Many other cities get more rain than we do. When the sun does come out, it is glorious, and all your neighbors will be out walking and taking advantage of the parks and the many outdoor activities in the region. You can still take part in them with the weather most times, too. To us, that is still better than shoveling and driving in snow all winter long--clouds and a little rain vs. snow--you choose for your winter. We love living here and immediately felt at home. That has not changed. We hope that we can stay in this gorgeous NW area.
Lisa | Denver, CO