newcritic wrote: My wife and I have a three month old - I would like to walk/ride transit to the school. Any suggestions on neighborhoods to check out or neighborhoods to avoid?
I think you should look at the Wedgwood / Viewridge / Bryant / Ravenna areas of Seattle. Basically, this means I would focus on NE Seattle but probably would not venture so far north as Maple Leaf (since that is getting further away from the school). These areas are really close to UW and have a lot of young families, public transportation, grad students, good biking trails to UW, accessibility to a nice mall (University Village), and are in a very good part of Seattle.
UW is in a really good location, but the area directly next to UW (University Ave) has a problem with homelessness. It is a very confined problem (unlike some cities like LA and NY), but I personally would not be feel comfortable living right there even though it is closer to campus, especially with a family (but I am older and so I am more cautious than I was in my younger days). I also think there is something to be said for living close but not right next to a big university with a big undergrad population...too much partying right next to campus (again, the reason I would recommend NE Seattle).
Just so you know, all of these areas (Wedgwood / Viewridge / Bryant / Ravenna) are within a 10 minute bus ride, a 5 minute drive, or a 20 minute bike ride of UW. A lot of professors and UW staff live in these areas too (along with Montlake, Laurelhurst, and Windermere, which are much more expensive).
Hope this helps. And congratulations on your acceptance at UW! Does this mean you are going there?
If so, I think you will like Seattle...it is a very enjoyable, livable city and a great place to settle down and raise a family (as long as you don't mind gray skies and sprinkling...because that is most of the rain we get...in the form of sprinkles). Some people struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) here, but I have not had any problems...but that is something to think about if you are from a sunny climate.
Anyway, if you are planning on going to UW, I hope and pray that I will be joining you and everyone else going there this fall.