What are likely neighborhoods to rent a house that feel city-like and that are a reasonable commute to Redmond, where her husband will be working? (My friend doesn't drive, so someplace that's within a few blocks of a shopping/eating area would be best.)
A comfy hotel in the $125/night range, preferably within walking distance of a sushi bar.
Info about the East Side: She writes: "I'm wondering if any of the towns over there would be agreeable. (Bellevue, Kirkland, etc.) I don't want to be out in the boonies, since I can't drive to get anywhere, and I'm hoping to avoid suburbs."