We got in late Monday, four days of driving; I walked around my new neighborhood and saw this:
I thought I was moving to the BIG CITY, but then I saw this and I thought, "oh, I can do this."
Mt. Baker (where we are staying on a temporary basis) is green and residential; a mix of grand houses perched on the top of the hill with grand mountain views, and smaller bungalows (though still far out of my financial reach).
It has a tiny "downtown" - really just a few shops and a really good Italian restaurant called Mioposto where we had breakfast on Saturday morning.
Coffee shop options and groceries are not as convenient, so I wouldn't want to live here long term without a car; but it is such a restful neighborhood with so many beautiful walks that it is certainly a nice introduction to the Seattle area.