The City of Seattle has been growing by leaps and bounds recently, with an estimated 250,000 population growth since 2010 – that’s 19.1%. Because of this recent population boom, we figured we’d go over some of our favorite parts of Seattle, what makes our region amazing, and in which neighborhood you might call home.
Built as an accumulation of communities, each neighborhood in Seattle offers its own brand of home. Here at LiveOnGuides.com, we’ve built out each area of neighborhood to help you decide where might best suit your personal preferences. But first, if you’re wanting to stay in-the-know with the most updated real estate market analytics, be sure to subscribe to our sister site, TheMarketTalks.com.
Without further ado, let’s dive into Seattle neighborhoods!
North Seattle is a broad term, which refers to neighborhoods in Seattle’s “northern” area, including Northgate, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook, Pinehurst, Lake City, Victory Heights, Olympic Hills, Cedar Park, and Jackson Park. Lake City along State Route 522 and Northgate offer the bulk of the area’s dining and shopping choices.
Ballard is a quaint, family-friendly neighborhood with lots of walkability – and is easily recognized as one of Seattle’s most coveted and hippest neighborhoods. Lots of families and lots of rich history surrounds Ballard.
Always bustling Green Lake is a north central Seattle neighborhood surrounding the ever-popular Green Lake, which offers year-round activities, including a 2.8-mile perimeter for runners, bikers, etc., water activities, and other interpretive goings-on.
Another sleepy neighborhood with a vibrant “downtown” neighborhood culture is Fremont. Situated between Ballard and Wallingford and across the Ship Canal from Queen Anne, which little community has a lot to offer in boutique shopping and commuter options – and don’t for get to say hello to the local Troll!
Resting along 45th Street, just north of the Lake Union, Wallingford is a community that rests west of I-5, and slopes down towards the Lake Union waters. Most of the area’s commercial district rests along N 45th and contains an array of boutique shopping, local restaurants, and easy conveniences. Gas Works Park is Wallingford’s most notably park, which offers panoramic views into Lake Union and the city of Seattle, as well as offers insight into the neighborhood’s rich history.
Laurelhurst-Wedgewood encompasses a large area, which includes Ravenna, the University District, Hawthorne Hills, Windermere, and Sand Point – and all-together they create Northeast Seattle. Though mostly residential neighborhoods, each offers a little commercial hub which includes the basics, such as grocery, shopping, coffeehouses, and restaurants.
Home to Seattle’s largest park, which is 534-acre Discovery Park, Magnolia rests on a natural peninsula located just west of Queen Anne and across the Ballard Locks from Ballard. Just out of reach of Seattle’s hustle and bustle, Magnolia offers a unique, urban tranquility no-quite found in other neighborhoods.
Due east of Magnolia, Queen Anne offers both astounding and somewhat famous views of Seattle’s cityscape. Though Queen Anne contains many of the steepest streets of Seattle, it’s not the highest point in the city. Queen Anne Avenue North offers much of the commercial activity on the hill, as well as the neighborhood’s Farmer’s Market.
Seattle’s Broadmoor neighborhood would be Seattle’s boutique neighborhood, if we ever had one. Broadmoor is a private community nestled inside the Broadmoor Golf Club and is near other communities, such as Madison Park and Denny-Blaine.
Located east of Broadmoor, along the shores of Lake Washington, you’ll find Madison Park. Considered by many an urban retreat, you’ll see why when you visit as it’s tucked away between sparkling waters and the Washington Park Arboretum. Madison Park offers an upscale commercial district that both draws people to the community and is beloved by neighborhood patrons.
Set in Seattle’s Downtown, Belltown is Seattle’s most walkable neighborhood and offers easy commuter options and convenience public transportation options, plus you’re never too far from trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping, music venues, and some of Seattle’s most beautiful high-rises!
Though mostly a commercial mega-house, Seattle’s Downtown neighborhood offers several luxury, high-rise condominiums and apartment developments built in the past couple decades – and living in Seattle’s heart, you’ll enjoy your pick of local food, shopping, lodging, and activities.
Definitely Seattle’s most diverse and unique neighborhood, Capitol Hill and the adjoining First Hill offer “old Seattle charm” in a thriving urban epicenter. Bookstores, bakeries, epic restaurants, music venues… everything can be found walking along Broadway Avenue and adjoining streets.
Located south of Madison Park, the Madrona-Leschi area also rests along the shores of Lake Washington and is home to many beach parks and Lake Washington view homes. Madrone offers a small commercial district along 34th Avenue between Pike Street and Spring Street, while Leschi offers a small commercial hub near the junction of Lake Washington Boulevard and Lakeside Avenue.
Perched on top of Beacon Hill, the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle offers sweeping views of Seattle and surrounding areas and easy access to I-5, I-90, and downtown Seattle. Currently, the area is seeing tons of revitalization and friendly communities.
South Seattle includes neighborhoods like Seward Park, Columbia City, and the Rainier Valley, among others, each with their own local ambiance and vibes. A local-favorite Farmer’s Market is run in its Columbia City neighborhood and offers easy access and parking with relatively low traffic.
Last on our list is Seattle’s West Seattle neighborhood, which is west of South Seattle across the Duwamish Waterway and includes neighborhoods such as North Admiral, Alki, South Park, Delridge, Fauntleroy, and White Center. Other notable commercial-centric areas include the California Junction and the Morgan Street Junction, both of which fall along the neighborhood’s premier street: California Avenue.
As one can see, Seattle has so many neighborhoods, that it’s easy to get lost in one and forget about the many others, but hopefully this guide can outline each and help you choose your favorite!
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