Seattle Real Estate & Community Information

Seattle Real Estate & Community Information

Seattle, Washington is a beautiful seaport city along the Pacific Northwest coast. It is the biggest city in both Washington and Pac Northwest with a population of about 685,000. Seattle is the 4th biggest port in North America being the main trade gateway for Asia and the west coast. It is just about 100 miles south of the Canadian border, wedged between Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

Seattle was originally inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before the European settlers made this beautiful city their home. With lodging being the city’s first major industry, settlers came from Illinois in November 1851, ready and eager to build the commercial and shipbuilding center that would one day be the gateway to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1852, the settlement was named “Seattle” after Chief Si’ahl of the local Duwamish and Suquamish tribes that had been a part of the land for so long.

Seattle also had a big influence of the musical culture, especially jazz. Many noteworthy artists arose from the jazz scene, which had nearly 2 dozen nightclubs along Jackson Street from 1918 to 1951, including Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, and Ernestine Anderson.

Living In Seattle

Seattle, also known as “the Emerald City”, is surrounded by the sea, rivers, forests, lakes, and fields, giving the landscape outside of the magnificent city such beauty and serenity. The median home price is $476,700 with a median household income of $78,948. Forbes lists Seattle as #4 Best Places for Business and Careers.

Shopping and Dining Options in Seattle

Washington state grows some of the freshest fruits with the cleanest air, the seafood is some of the freshest and most delicate in the nation, and the well known flavorful abundance of coffee will leave any coffee fanatic marked for life. The endless choice of shopping and dining options for all that will leave you wanting to come back more!

Pioneer Square – this is Seattle’s original neighborhood, attracting people from far and wide to the historic aura, established in 1852. It perfectly combines the history of the ages with the new modern day feel. There are a variety of antique shops, businesses, stores, eateries, and nightlife for all to explore.

Pike Place Market – this is one of the oldest operating public farmer’s markets in the United States. It has been in the works since 1907, providing the public with a variety of the area’s best produce, cheeses, coffees, meats, seafood, and more. It is also home to the original Starbucks, which opened in 1971.

Food Trucks – Seattle brings together multiple areas where the local restaurants can bring their food truck for the community to enjoy. This unique, quickly growing concept is one that Seattle embraces.

Seattle Coffee Works – this coffee shop has an amazing selection of local coffees, and a signature “slow bar” which sets them apart from a city bathed in cafes.

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle is home to many attractions that draw travels from near and far. The outdoor lifestyle that surrounds the city has plenty to do for the adventuresome type and the city life gives the traditional tourist attractions

javascript:void(0)The Space Needle – Seattle’s most renowned attraction sits at 605 feet tall with a 360-degree view of the city and surrounding landscapes. From the Cascade Mountains in the far distance, to the ships coming through Elliot Bay, you can sit and gaze at all that Seattle is made of. The observation deck is open every day and the Skycity Restaurant offers a once in a lifetime dining experience.

The Seattle Center – this 74-acre campus is a one-stop destination for the entire family. There are endless options for arts, entertainment and leisurely activities. It is home to the Experience Music Project Museum, the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum and the Space Needle. With shopping and dining options intertwined with the entertainment and arts, you can spend an entire day with the family enjoying the campus’s attractions.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Seattle’s school system has both a mixture of public and private options. The private high schools include 5 Catholic, 1 Lutheran and 6 seculars. With over 91 schools operating within the Seattle Public School District, it is the largest in the state of Washington, serving over 47,000 students. Seattle is also home to University of Washington and many private universities including Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.

Seattle’s 3 largest medical centers are located on Seattle Hill – Harborview Medical Center, the only Level I trauma hospital in the Pacific Northwest region, Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center. With is dense population of hospitals the neighborhood carries the nickname of “Pill Hill”. The University of Washington Medical Center is also ranked among the county’s top research institutions.

Seattle is described as the 5th most walkable U.S. city by Walk Score. Along with the pedestrians, there are 3 different public transportation options. King County Metro provides bus service throughout the city and surrounding areas. South Lake Union Streetcar is a line that travels between South Lake Union and Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. Washington State Ferries is the largest network of ferries in the US and 3rd largest in the world.

The most used means of transportation for Seattle though is by car. The streets are laid out in a cardinal direction grid plan and Interstate 5 and State Route 99 run through the city north and south. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located just south of the city and provides flights throughout the world. 

Contact Information

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Donna McCampbell
RE/MAX Northwest Realtors
300 NE 97th St
Seattle WA 98115
(206)949-9147 - Direct
(206)522-5500 - Office