Eric Akines' Real Residential Relocation Guide

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Table of Contents Your Real Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 - 7 Why Real Residential? . . . . . . . . . . . 8 - 13 Notable Sales . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .14 - 15 Physician Lending Programs . . . . .16 - 19 Seattle Neighborhoods . . . . . . . . . . .20 - 41 Seattle Area Schools 42 - 45 Temporary Housing Solutions . . . .46 - 47 The Home Buying Process. . . . . . . .48 - 49

Your Real Team


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Prior to my career in real estate, my business expertise was honed over the course of 25+ years as a global product and branding executive with iconic brands including adidas, Starbucks and Nordstrom My approach to real estate is based in authentic storytelling, world-class marketing and strong customer service and I combine my business experience with a passion for design and architecture I work tirelessly for my clients, so they have peace of mind knowing that every detail will be looked after, and their best interests will always come first

One of my practice specialties is working closely with professionals who are relocating to the Greater Seattle area from other markets I'm deeply interested in understanding how my clients live their lives and what they desire in a neighborhood and then matching them with the neighborhood that best fits all aspects of their lifestyle Every Seattle neighborhood has unique characteristics from business districts to architecture to access to the outdoors and there is literally a neighborhood for every lifestyle imaginable!

I am a Pacific Northwest native and a proud husband and father I graduated from the University of Puget Sound after spending a year attending the Albert Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany My love for travel, design, and culture is reflected in the architecture of the homes I sell Outside of work, my family and I enjoy spending time in Sun Valley, Idaho recreating in the outdoors, attending my daughter’s sporting events and giving back to the community through our involvement with the Hamlin Robinson School, the Frye Art Museum and the Auction of Washington Wines

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"Is six stars a thing? I can't say enough about my positive experience working with Eric to buy my home in Seattle He is very knowledgeable about the local market, extremely responsive, always available for showings that worked with my schedule, provided thoughtful insight, and was a joy to work with! Eric is authentic and genuine, which you don't always find in an agent I really appreciated that he never pressured me and wanted to make sure I found the right home for me He expertly guided me through a stressful situation with another offer and I ended up getting the first house I put an offer on! Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Eric"

Lindsay R - Seattle Buyer

"Despite many agent recommendations from friends and family, my husband and I sought Eric entirely based on his market accomplishments, when we noticed that he recently sold a house similar to ours in our neighbourhood We were immediately impressed with his openness, his thoughtfulness about the market and the depth of his knowledge We firmly believe that it takes a unique skillset to be a seller agent - and Eric was able to prove that to us, time and time again From planning & strategy in a volatile market, to staging the house beautifully, to dealing with our (many) questions while being out of the country and in a different time zone, Eric has gone above and beyond for us He handled everything with the grace of a friend and the professionalism we came to expect from him"

Rodica B and Nick R - Seattle Sellers

"Eric and the REAL Residential team are the best in the business. From the staging to dedicated website, proactive marketing to contracts, Eric was top flight, securing multiple, competing bids above ask within just a few business days of listing the property. Soon, we were all done after a fast close with our new home secure and our old home sold – all thanks to the tremendous work of Eric and the REAL Residential team. We recommend working with Eric on any of your home sale or purchase needs – you'll be glad you did!"

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Buying a Home in the Greater Seattle Area

The Greater Seattle Area is one of the most desirable and competitive real estate markets in the world, and we understand that making the decision to buy a home here can be a particularly overwhelming experience.

From mastering the difference between condos, single and multifamily units to planning for closing costs, there is a lot to learn.

That is why we have created this comprehensive Relocation Guide for Physicians to set you on the right course to owning your perfect home!

The following will walk you through the various neighborhoods that are both desirable and close to Swedish Seattle (First Hill, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Madrona, Mount Baker) and Swedish Issaquah (East Bellevue and Issaquah) and both Enatai and Mercer Island are directly between the two

Seattle Region Neighborhood Map


First Hill

First Hill

Seattle's First Hill neighborhood is otherwise known as "Pill Hill" and is home to most of the area's major medical centers are located here including Swedish, Virginia Mason, and Harborview Medical Center As the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma and verified burn center in the state of Washington, Harborview serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the disaster preparedness and disaster control hospital for Seattle and King County

Located next to Seattle’s downtown retail core, First Hill is a mix of high-rise luxury condos and apartments, a few historic mansions, landmarks and hospitals In fact there are so many hospitals, the neighborhood is often referred to as “Pill Hill” by Seattleites. In addition, the historic neighborhood is located near other popular Seattle neighborhoods. For example, Capitol Hill is to the north and the Central District is to the east

What is living in First Hill Seattle like?

First Hill Seattle is a cultural hub The neighborhood features the Frye Art Museum, Museum of Museums and the Mini Museum of Street Art. In addition, the Roman Revival Town Hall Seattle is a cultural venue and community spotlight. It hosts lectures, author readings and concerts Furthermore, the Sorrento Hotel is Seattle’s oldest hotel The hotel is said to be haunted, but it does not stop people from frequenting its bar, restaurant, and fireside room Casual eateries surround the Seattle hospital district on Madison Street all the way to Seattle University which is also in the neighborhood. The Pike and Pine corridor (two parallel streets) is located on the neighborhood’s border with Capitol Hill. The corridor is a lively area with a plethora of bars and restaurants


Downtown Seattle: 05 miles / 5-10 minutes by car / 5-10 minutes by transit / 5 minutes by bike / 10-15 minutes by foot

Bellevue: 9.5 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 174 miles / 28-40 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit




Sandwiched between Pike Place Market and Seattle Center, Belltown contains multitudes. The neighborhood enjoys a rich musical heritage. See who’s headlining at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley (2033 Sixth Ave), where countless legends have crooned over the past 30 years, as well as The Crocodile (2505 First Ave), a storied music venue that reopened recently in new digs that feature a 750-capacity showroom and an intimate 100-seat comedy club There’s also plenty of shopping to keep you happy, from specialty women ’ s boutiques Alhambra (2127 First Ave) and Sassafras (2307 First Ave) which focuses on local, independent designers to Patagonia (2100 First Ave), a renowned go-to for outdoors enthusiasts When it comes to Belltown eats, don’t miss Caribbean jerk-chicken specialist Jerk Shack (2510 First Ave) or Wa’z (411 Cedar St), one of the only spots in the city where you can indulge in a multi-course, Japanese Kaiseki-style dinner For a breakfast pick-me-up, order an apple fritter at Top Pot Doughnuts (2124 Fifth Ave) while gazing up to see the monorail coast by overhead.

What's it like living in Belltown?

Belltown, located on the waterfront adjacent to downtown Seattle, is a hip, youthful neighborhood with lots to do It's ranked as one of the most walkable neighborhood in Seattle, which makes getting to all of its boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars an easy exercise.

Since you're in the heart of the city here you won't find any grand homes on the water; instead, high-rise towers and large complexes provide the condos and apartments for Belltown's residents

There's an interesting mix of people here thanks to its history as one of the seedier parts of Seattle. While crackdowns have removed most of the criminal element, you'll run into professionals, hordes of tourists, homeless, and the occasional drug dealer This is the biggest point of contention among Belltown's residents: some say they feel perfectly safe at any time of day or night, while others avoid being on certain streets after dark

Belltown is bordered on the north by Lower Queen Anne, on the east and south by Downtown Seattle, and on the west by Elliot Bay


Downtown Seattle: 09 miles / 5-10 minutes by car / 5-10 minutes by transit / 5-10 minutes by bike / 15-20 minutes by foot

Bellevue: 9.9 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 18 miles / 28-40 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit


Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Capital Hill is one of the largest, and most densely populated, residential neighborhoods in Seattle With lively nightlife, eccentric influences and a dominating counterculture, Capitol Hill is home to artists, musicians, and Seattle residents searching for a unique experience right in the center of it all.

There are several different areas of Capitol Hill with residential housing The Capitol Hill core is predominantly comprised of condominium and apartment buildings while North Capitol Hill is where you will find gorgeous and historic single family homes Capitol Hill is also home to some of the best private schools in the greater Seattle region including Bertschi, Epiphany, The Bush School, Seattle Academy, The Northwest School, St. Joes, Holy Names and many more.

What's it like living in Capitol Hill?

There is no capitol building here but Capitol Hill is still a stately neighborhood In fact, one section is referred to as "Millionaires Row" But for anyone with a smaller bank account, there are parts of the neighborhood with more modest homes and plenty of apartment buildings.

Capitol Hill is popular with young professionals and singles since it has so much to offer It's had a vibrant nightlife since the 1970s and is known for a great selection of live music, bars, and restaurants During the day you can hit up one of the many independent cafes and visit the unique shops. This is also a popular home to Seattle's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender population.

And when you need to sweat out the previous night's indulgences you can go for a run in one of the many parks within its borders

Parking can be difficult in some areas so you'll want to make sure a space is included with any home if you have a car.

Capitol Hill is bordered on the north by Portage Bay and Montlake, on the east by Broadmoor and Madison Valley, on the south by Central District and First Hill, and on the west by Eastlake, South Lake Union, and Downtown Seattle


Downtown Seattle: 21 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by bike

Bellevue: 85 miles / 20-30 minutes by car / 50-55 minutes by transit

Capitol Hill: 186 miles / 30-35 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit

Schools: Public - Seattle

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Madison Park

Madison Park

Madison Park is comprised of several different areas within the neighborhood including Washington Park and the private, gated community of Broadmoor which has its own golf course and country club. Madison Park and the surrounding areas have long been known as being one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the city and is home to one of the best and vibrant business district's in the city as well as the prestigious Seattle Tennis Club

Madison Park residents work hard to make their neighborhood quiet, friendly, and relaxed. Their grassy park slopes down to a 400-foot beach, with cement steps on the north and a short sandy portion on the south near a tall apartment building. The beach includes a bathhouse with restrooms, bike rack, and well-placed benches for parents to keep an eye on the children There are some quaint shopping and restaurants right across the street Swings and play equipment, baby swings, climbing features, big tall trees, new and well-kept equipment, two tennis courts, large lawn area, sand swimming beach w/ lifeguard chairs, two benches, and big grassy slope to lounge on. The park offers a beautiful view to the East of the floating bridge and the Cascades beyond

What's it like living in Madison Park?

Madison Park is an affluent, picturesque neighborhood that sits on Lake Washington Beautiful homes, ranging from bungalows to mansions, sit on well-maintained lots on tree-lined streets. You'll also find a number of apartment complexes (some with pools, just in case you're not into lake swimming)

If you stroll the main thoroughfare, East Madison Street, towards the lake you'll find a collection of cute cafes, restaurants, and trendy boutiques Its eponymous park is a great place to enjoy a sunny day and is home to a popular beach.

For families with young children, it boasts an excellent elementary school. Madison Park is bordered on the north and east by Lake Washington, on the south by Denny-Blaine, and on the west by Broadmoor


Downtown Seattle: 3.5 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit

Bellevue: 8.3 miles / 20-30 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 192 miles / 30-35 minutes by car / 55-60 minutes by transit


Public - Seattle Public Schools

Independent - See Schools Section





Madrona is a small, central Seattle neighborhood right on the shores of Lake Washington Many homes and scenic streets here show off views of Lake Washington and across the water to Downtown Bellevue. Madrona is also nestled in between Denny Blaine, Madison Valley, Central District, and Leschi.

What's it like living in Madrona?

Madrona is a quiet neighborhood on the shore of Lake Washington, with homes ranging from modest bungalows to mansions – many of which have incredible views of the lake or Mount Rainier in the distance.

The neighborhood's 34th Street is its business hub and offers a number of restaurants and shops

This is a popular neighborhood for families and there are lots of family activities throughout the year. Madrona Beach Park is a beautiful place to have a picnic, go for a run, or swim in the lake.

Madrona is bordered on the north by Madison Valley and Denny-Blaine, on the east by Lake Washington, on the south by Leschi, and on the west by Central District


Downtown Seattle: 2.4 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike

Bellevue: 83 miles / 20-30 minutes by car / 60 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 177 miles / 28-35 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit


Public - Seattle Public Schools

Independent - See Schools Section


Mount Baker

Mount Baker

Mount Baker is a neighborhood in southeast Seattle The neighborhood's name comes from the view of Mount Baker in Whatcom County, that is seen by looking north over Lake Washington. It is bounded by Lake Washington to the east, Interstate 90 and then Leschi to the north, Rainier Valley to the west, and Columbia City to the south The neighborhood has a community club and a rowing team so if you sail or row or just want to get out on the waters of Lake Washington this is the neighborhood to be in! Mount Baker is also the annual host to Seattle's iconic Seafair, which includes an airshow featuring the US Navy Blue Angels, hydroplane races, a fireworks show, and other festivities.

What's it like living in Mount Baker?

Mount Baker is an upscale, waterfront neighborhood in south Seattle named after the mountain in the Cascade Range that's visible across Lake Washington This is a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood of single-family homes with a suburban vibe Beautiful mansions line the expensive lakefront property here while elsewhere in the neighborhood you'll find more modest (but still pricey) homes.

Given the residential atmosphere there aren't a ton of dining or shopping options, but there are some restaurants around, including fish and chips, Italian, and Thai in addition to a cute little business district with a pilates studio, coffee shop, bar and pizza restaurant.

There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors here – you can get your running fix on the trails of Colman Park, hit the bike trails of Lake Washington Boulevard Park, or relax, swim, or kayak at Mount Baker Beach

Mount Baker is bordered on the north by Leschi, on the east by Lake Washington, on the south by Columbia City, and on the west by Beacon Hill.


Downtown Seattle: 3 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 23 minutes

Bellevue: 11 miles / 20-35 minutes by car / 70-80 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 16.2 miles / 20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit


Public - Seattle Public Schools

Independent - See Schools Section


Mercer Island

Mercer Island

Mercer Island is an excellent place to live with a large variety of amenities and access to two large cities on either sides The cost of living is high, but the quality of living is high as well and this is why many people live in Mercer Island and commute into Seattle or Bellevue. This way they can enjoy the benefits of working in the city while enjoying life in a safe, pleasant, quiet suburb Mercer Island is also much safer than either of the cities nearby, perhaps due to the fact that it is served by its own police force This perhaps is why Mercer Island is a desirable location for families to raise children, especially given the top-notch education on the island

Speaking of education, Mercer Island is served by the Mercer Island School district, which encompasses seven schools across the island and is known to be one of the top rated school districts in the state Mercer Island, due to the fact that more then 25% of the island is of the Jewish faith, also has the only coed college-preparatory Jewish high school, Northwest Yeshiva high school There is also a French school and a Catholic school, further increasing the options parents have.

One of the primary attractions on Mercer Island is the nearly 80 acre Luther Burbank Park Luther Burbank Park has sporting areas, beaches, docks, and theaters Many people visit for the swimming beach and for the festivals and events that take place in the park The larger but less traveled Pioneer Park contains equestrian facilities and many trails for hiking and jogging.

There are a variety of festivals that take place on the island that draw both locals and visitors alike The farmers market takes place each Sunday from May to October and features local foods, produce, and handicrafts The Summer Festival takes place on the weekend before the 4th of July, ending with a large fireworks display The Blue Angels also make their appearance over Mercer Island during the Seafair summer celebration in Seattle.


Downtown Seattle: 72 miles / 15-20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 40-45 minutes by bike

Bellevue: 4.8 miles / 13-15 minutes by car / 13-15 minutes by transit

Issaquah: 11.5 miles / 15-20 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 1 hour by bike


Public - Mercer Island School District

Independent - See Schools Section





Discover the wonder of West Bellevue’s Enatai neighborhood within the intimate communities of Killarney Circle and SibleyWood Situated just south of downtown Bellevue and a short drive to Swedish Seattle and Swedish Issaquah, residents enjoy unrivaled recreational and leisure opportunities enveloped in lush Pacific Northwest greenery, while remaining just minutes from the amenities and growing technological nexus of downtown Bellevue, and seamless access to I-90 and the future Light Rail line to easily reach the heart of the Emerald City

Enatai Beach Park is local favorite marked by the sounds of people splashing in the water and the warm summer winds moving through the trees. The park affords a swimming dock with canoe and kayak rentals for aquatic adventures, grassy hills and picnic tables for carefree sunny afternoons, and bike paths, tennis and sport courts to suit an active lifestyle

Bellevue offers a new flavor of vibrant city life enhanced by a young, diverse, and curious urban population hungry for variety and opportunity. The bustling city core rises higher and wider every year with its own personality and economic base driven by innovation and a singular creative approach Bellevue is the epicenter of the Eastside’s growing tech corridor, home to satellite offices of Microsoft and Facebook, in addition to the recent announcement of a massive Amazon expansion Bellevue Square appeals to crowds as a destination shopping mecca, while satellite cafes and designer restaurants contribute to a new and chic urbanscape. And of course, Eastside homeowners live close to a world of recreation in state and national parks of the Cascade Mountains

Be sure to visit Bellevue's Old Main Street business district for boutique shopping and great dining options.


Downtown Seattle: 91 miles / 15-20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 60 minutes by bike

Bellevue: 24 miles / 8-10 minutes by car / 10-15 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike

Issaquah: 10.7 miles / 15-20 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 60 minutes by bike


Public - Bellevue School District

Independent - See Schools Section




Bellevue has become one of the fastest growing cities in the region With global companies like Microsoft and Expedia headquartered here and a large Google outpost, it's no wonder it's known as the Silicon Valley of the North.

Nestled in between Interstate-504 and Lake Sammamish there's an area within Bellevue known as East Bellevue which offers a more residential setting and ample outdoor opportunities! Single-family homes are aplenty, and mid-rises with first floor retail are becoming more common You can’t go far without stumbling upon a park, making it easy to go for a hike and escape into nature for awhile.

The neighborhoods that form East Bellevue include Lake Hills, Robinswood, Phantom Lake, Wilburton and Eastgate East Bellevue's proximity and ease of access to Interstate-90 make getting to Swedish Seattle or Swedish Issaquah a breeze It's also an area that is in the process of developing so there's a new home construction boom from such high-end, local builders MN Custom Homes and JMarc.

Bellevue has the #3 ranked school district in America, and many find that raising kids in Bellevue is far more affordable than in Seattle

Price per square foot is much less than what you’ll find in other parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Seattle. If things seem expensive, it’s probably because there’s some generous square footage behind the price.

Light Rail is coming to Bellevue in 2023! Get ready to have an easy way to get around Bellevue and straight into Seattle There also lots of rezoning happening, and more mid-rise housing is being developed

East Bellevue is very car dependent, which many people here enjoy. But with big employers in East Bellevue like Microsoft and Pokemon many people find that they’re able to easily walk or bike to work


Downtown Seattle: 10 miles / 20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike

Issaquah: 117 miles / 18-20 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 1 hour and 10 minutes by bike


Public - Bellevue School District

Independent - See Schools Section




Issaquah is surrounded by a beautiful, natural environment and is extremely close in proximity to skiing, hiking, boating, fishing and a multitude of other outdoor activities like mountain biking and hiking. You get the best of all worlds in Issaquah as outdoor recreation is combined with convenient transportation, quality schools and friendly people create the backdrop for a great life

Although part of the growing Seattle metropolitan area, Issaquah is committed to retain its small-town charm and friendly disposition It boasts a great little "old" downtown business district with lots of great coffee shops, shopping and dining. The newly developed Issaquah Highlands is within the same community as Swedish Issaquah and has both residential and a bustling business district complete with grocery stores, restaurants, movie theaters and shopping

Location! Location! Location! Only 20 minutes to downtown Seattle, Issaquah benefits from north-south regional access (State Route 900) and east-west regional access (Interstate 90).

The Issaquah school district is also consistently ranked among some of the top schools in the state


Downtown Seattle: 17 miles / 25-30 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit

Bellevue: 117 miles / 18-20 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 60 minutes by bike


Public - Issaquah School District

Independent - See Schools Section


Seattle Area Schools

Public School Districts

Seattle Public School District: Seattle Public Schools, the largest K-12 school system in Washington state, has a deep commitment to every student’s journey to ensure that each student will graduate ready for college, career and life. We believe it is essential to place the interests of students above all others in every decision we make The core work of Seattle Public Schools is supporting student learning We believe it is our responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure that every child, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, language proficiency, learning style or disability, achieves to their highest level.

School Ratings

Mercer Island School District:

Widely known to be consistently rated as one of the top school districts in the state, the Mercer Island School District serves the entire island population. The Mercer Island School District, with a K-12 student population of approximately 4,000, enjoys a widespread reputation for quality and excellence, combining academics, cultural expression, and athletic achievement This tradition of excellence is a major reason many families make Mercer Island their home Achievement test scores at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are consistently the highest in the state The district maintains a graduation rate of over 95 percent. With its proximity to Seattle and Bellevue, the Island has easy access to several public and private colleges and universities, including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Bellevue College, and Lake Washington Technical College

School Ratings

Bellevue Public Schools:

Bellevue Public Schools is proud to serve the educational needs of the Bellevue/Offutt Community The BPS District serves approximately 10,000 students; there are 2 high schools, 3 middle schools, 15 elementary schools, 1 alternative school, and a career and technical education center in the BPS District serving PK-12th grade The district is accredited by the state of Nebraska and also earned district-wide accreditation again in 2020 through Cognia (formerly AdvancED), a global accreditation agency. Bellevue provides a comprehensive education program designed to meet the needs of all students The district-guided, teacher-written curriculum is currently aligned with Nebraska content area standards Extensive extra-curricular activities provide students with multiple opportunities to participate Each year Bellevue students earn state and national recognition in diverse fields including academics, band, vocal music, engineering, science, communication arts, JROTC, CTE, and athletics.

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Issaquah Public School District:

The Issaquah School District is educating the innovators, entrepreneurs and civic leaders of tomorrow. Students in our district repeatedly score within the top five percent on state and national standardized tests, but our teachers aim for more. They help create passionate lifelong learners who want to achieve their personal and professional potential in a rapidly changing world

Our district has grown with the region as it has transformed during the past 100 years from sleepy mining towns to the heart of a vibrant economic and cultural region. More than 18,500 students are now enrolled in the district’s 27 schools, which cover a span of 110 square miles and seven municipalities

The district serves a generally upper middle-class community that is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse Residents lead and work at local corporate giants such as Microsoft, Costco, Starbucks, Amazon, Google and Boeing. It’s no surprise that community members here are exceptionally tech-savvy and involved in local education in a sophisticated way We enjoy incredible levels of parental involvement and most of our schools have 100% PTSA membership The community is highly engaged with us as business members help shape career curriculum, and voters consistently pass school finance ballot measures

Our schools offer well-rounded curriculum and students are able to excel in highly capable, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, explore interest-based and real world learning at our new innovative high school and have opportunities to take career and technical classes District teachers are respected professionals: 90% of community members have rated them “excellent” in ongoing polling and 60% of staff hold master's or doctorate degrees.

While the ISD is academically celebrated, our true character shines through the passion, compassion, creativity and diverse interests of our students and staff

School Ratings


Independent Schools


The following are schools which are located in close proximity to Swedish Seattle, however there are several amazing schools that serve the greater Seattle area.

Elementary - Middle School


Bertschi School

Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Giddens School

The Bush School

Seattle Country Day

St. Joseph School

The Valley School

Villa Academy

French-American School of Puget Sound

Seattle Girls' School

Middle School - High School

The Bush School

The Northwest School

Seattle Academy

Seattle Preparatory School

University Prep


O'Dea Boys School

Holy Names Academy Girls School



The following are schools which are located in close proximity to Swedish Seattle/Issaquah campuses, however there are several amazing schools that serve the greater region:


Open Window

Sacred Heart

St Thomas School

Middle School - High School

Bellevue Christian

Eastside Catholic School


Temporary Housing Solutions

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Lease Terms: 3 months and 6 months

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Villagio on Yarrow Bay Location: Kirkland

Units: 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms

Lease Terms: 3 months +

Pricing: $2000 - $5400/mo


Home Buying Process

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