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15 of Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods

Seattle is Booming! That’s no secret, and with the recent visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping Seattle will even more be the forefront of business and growth. If you’re considering moving to the Seattle area or relocating within Seattle, a recent article by the Seattle Magazine state of the 15 best neighborhoods in Seattle for playing, living, shopping and working. Here are the top 15 best neighborhoods throughout Seattle.

Ballard: This chic and trendy neighborhood is popular with twenty something singles and middle-aged parents with hipster cocktail shops, boutiques and larger department stores including Trader Joe’s, Fred Myers and the Majestic Bay movie theater. Ballard poses a moderate school district, multiple parks and play spaces, numerous entertainment and dining options intermingled with glimpses of a Scandinavian heritage. Ballard celebrates the Norwegian Independence Day parade every May 17 at 6:00 PM along Market Street.

 Fremont: This eclectic part of Seattle sits just north of the Seattle Center about 10 minutes from the waterfront. Most iconic is the Fremont Troll under the Bridge. This unique sculpture has been the background of thousands of resident and tourist photographs. The waterfront has many great shops, vintage boutiques and award winning eateries including Revel. This neighborhood has a mix of homes and condos as well as loft apartments. 

Greenwood and Phinney Ridge:  Often referred to as one of the same, this neighborhood is home to the oldest neighborhood seafarer parade. This small sense of community located just north of downtown Seattle offers a variety of eclectic clubs, micro-neighborhoods and whimsical shops. This neighborhood is close to the Woodland Park zoo and just a stones throw from downtown Seattle. Housing offers a variety of loft style condos and single-family homes or multifamily units.

Queen Anne Hill: This has been noted as one of Seattle’s best neighborhood for several years. It has sat at the top of the list and  tops Seattle’s elevation as well. This nearly  3 mi.² Hill just north of downtown and the Seattle Center has been home to countless theaters, international film festivals, fantastic breakfast and coffee houses as well as delicious chocolate shops and small boutiques. At the base of Queen Anne Hill is a Seattle Center and the space needle, making it an ideal location for homeowners, condo owners and apartment renters.

 Georgetown: This small neighborhood surrounded by a sea of industry is located south of downtown and home to the King County international Airport and several Boeing plants. The Georgetown Brewing Company offers tours of February in Georgetown is famous for one of the oldest continually run grocery stores in Seattle, the Carlton Avenue grocery.

 Capitol Hill: Located east of downtown next to First Hill, Capitol Hill offers a short walk to dozens of great movie theaters, multiple coffee houses and dimly lit bars. This is vintage clad neighborhood offers one of the most epileptic and diverse residence in all of Seattle. You won’t want to miss the view from Volunteer Park and a stroll next to Bruce Lee’s grave at that Lake View Cemetery as well as swinging by the old “Singles” apartment is must-dos if you live on Capitol Hill.

 Kirkland: Kirkland made the list even though it’s technically on the Eastside.  Across the 520 toll bridge or I-90, Kirkland is a beautiful lakeside retreat with lush landscaping, fabulous schools, numerous parks and a love for the arts. All along the shores of Lake Washington are sculptures and art projects in addition to quaint,  tree-lined streets, beautiful estates and the Argosy Kirkland Lake Tour.

 Columbia City:   This unique part of town is located east of Interstate 5 just south of the U District and north of Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. Neighborhood espresso shops, dog walkers, and local, secret dives. Have a delicious scone at the Columbia City Bakery or a pepperoni stick or delicious steak at Bob’s Quality Meats. There are so many foodie options here then choices are almost endless. THIS is where the food lovers come and stay.

Ravenna: Ravenna is that neighborhood drenched in history with 100-year old homes and beautiful traditional landscaping. Located north of downtown and the University District, Ravenna offers small cafe’s, suburban perks and the half mile long Ravenna Park. The life-blood of Ravenna is the two-block radius around 65th and Roosevelt with independent shops and restaurants. 

West Seattle: More of it’s own city than a neighborhood, West Seattle is about 20 minutes from downtown across the West Seattle Bridge located south of downtown. Even though you can see the soaring skyline, life sort of stops out here along the shores of Alki Beach. Grab some fish and chips at Salty’s and enjoy the beach, the quiet, the scenery of West Seattle, a world all to itself. 

Wallingford: Nestled next to Ballard and Fremont, Walllingford stretches from Lake Union to NW 60th ST chalked full of older, sturdy homes, history and backyard gardens. Enjoy the crazy shops, delicious food and fair-trade stylists from all over the world coming to culminate here in Wallingford. 

West Bellevue: This is an unusual option in the mix of Seattleite jungles but West Bellevue has a different set of attitudes making it an easy place to live and call home. This neighborhood embodies smaller communities such as Enatai, Clyde Hill, Medina and Beaux Arts. Intimacy, wine, Bellevue Square and Beach Parks all add the charm and sophistication of West Bellevue. 

South Lake Union: At the base of Queen Anne Hill on the Lake Union side is a small neighborhood of condos, apartments and lake view homes. South Lake Union is always evolving and morphing into what Seattleites want to make it. House boats, marinas, and of course, the famous Canlis restaurant are just the tip of the iceberg for why we love South Lake Union.

Edmonds: This again, is stretching a little farther than what I would call “Seattle” but Edmonds is a destination all to itself. Located about 20 miles north of Seattle along the waterfront, Edmonds offers larger homes, big lots, marinas and beaches and the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry. Downtown featured farmers markets and multiple festivals and is itself a quiet reflection of the northwest.

Madrona: Nestled just east of Capitol Hill  and south of Madison Park is Madrona. About 10 minutes from downtown, this trendy neighborhood is close to where Kurt Cobain lived and where many Seattleites grab their coffee every morning and their Thai food at night. Glass blowing shops, Cupcakes, fabulous ice cream and the convenient indulgences of a big city are found right here in this small neighborhood. Most properties are older, renovated homes and multi-family conversions.

Well, there you have it. The top 15 neighborhoods in Seattle and surrounding areas. Considering a move? Let Mary Pong know which neighborhood appeals to you and she would love to send you a custom list of homes that meet your search criteria and price in any of these or other areas of Seattle

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