My family is starting to talk about a fresh start on the west coast. We currently live in North Carolina and have about had it with the hot humid muggy weather. Our daughter is a rising 7th grader. Our schools here in Charlotte are a mess so high school prospects don't look great. We currently live in a suburban neighborhood on a lake with a 15 minute drive to the city center. We have a 3200 square foot brick house that we custom built on 1/2 acre. I know that we would likely have to give up some house but we are willing. I have a few questions:
1. How easy is it to get a job in the school system? Although I do not have my masters, I have taught middle school for almost 20 years. My husband has his masters and will likely have 18 hours on his advanced degree in administration by the time we move.
2. We really desire to live close in with more of a city setting than a surburban. What neighborhoods would you suggest in the $500s that would have a really good high school for my daughter?
3. We also are boaters. Is boating in the Seattle area reserved for the wealthy? How much would it cost us to keep a small boat or sailboat docked on one of the lakes/ waterways?