5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

5 of Seattle’s Most Competitive Neighborhoods of 2017

These Seattle neighborhoods took the cake 2017, and are starting strong with staggering figures in January 2018. Overall, the Greater Seattle Region has seen increasingly low inventory, raising home prices and heightening competition for homes – and while these issues aren’t unique to Seattle, we are experiencing it most prevalently.

Seattle has grown in several areas in the past year, including the grand reopening of our beloved Pike Place Market and the 2018 reopening of the highly anticipated remastering of the Seattle Space Needle – and the city towers are growing right alongside other areas of economic growth. Check out a three-year time lapse of Seattle’s astounding growth.

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But, which areas have growth more than others, in terms of home price or bang for your buck? We’ve compiled a list of Seattle great-growth neighborhoods in Seattle’s not-so sleep streets.

Neighborhood #5 NORTH SEATTLE, with an average of 14.3% increase.

Laurelhurst is a coveted residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle near the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Waterfront homes enjoy frontage on Union Bay, a part of Lake Washington. The Laurelhurst Beach Club (private) and Laurelhurst Community Center (public) are popular community hubs while nearby University Village offers a hip shopping, dining and social venue for residents and UW students alike. To the north, Wedgwood (map), is a more modest local neighborhood that is undergoing much transition as homeowners rebuild or remodel its predominantly 1950’s homes to transform them into modern and more functional structures suitable for today’s needs. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #4 The greater BALLARD are, including neighborhoods such Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Ballard and Wallingford, averaging 14.6% home gains.

Ballard is one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. Its close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont and reasonable access to the Eastside via 520 makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home. Located in the northwestern part of the city, Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and looks out upon Fisherman’s Terminal, the home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard Locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound-a 26-foot grade change. Pass a sunny day watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage for 1,500 recreational boats, a waterfront promenade, and fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens Park, a popular beachfront park. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood # 3 WEST SEATTLE saw a 17% increase from 2016.

West Seattle is aptly named—it represents all of the city located west of the Duwamish River. It is the birth place of Seattle, being the first place settlers established themselves. Gorgeous views from West Seattle of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, along with the Cascade and Olympic mountains, have contributed to residents’ love for the area and make this a favorite Puget Sound destination. Alki Point, and its immensely popular Alki Beach, offers sandy beach, lawn, fire pits, volleyball nets and a flat bike and pedestrian trail runs the length of the beach—people who use this trail are treated to some of the most amazing views in the region. Low tides offer extraordinary opportunities to explore tide pools of Puget Sound marine life. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #2 SHORELINE, though not entirely within Seattle jurisdiction, saw 19.6% home gains.

North Seattle includes the Cedar Park, Jackson Park, Lake City, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook, North Matthews Beach, Northgate, Olympic Hills, Pinehurst, and Victory Heights neighborhoods. To the northwest along Puget Sound the city of Shoreline (map) boasts and incredible 404 acres of parkland enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Its saltwater shoreline, botanical garden, interurban trail, athletic fields, courts and playgrounds draw people to this popular north Seattle community. Homeowners in the North Seattle region have benefited from a surge of sales activity and buyer demand for their modest, affordable homes conveniently located to Seattle’s metro employment centers. Click here for the full article.

Neighborhood #1 And the number one increase from 2016 to 2017 was the BEACON HILL & MOUNT BAKER neighborhoods, who saw a staggering 20% increase year over year.

Beacon Hill in South Seattle, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. To the east, Seward Park, named for the park located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington, offers coveted waterfront views and access. Between them, Columbia City is an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer. Click here for the full article.


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9 Gorgeous South Lake Union, Seattle Eateries & Cafes

9 Gorgeous South Lake Union, Seattle Eateries & Cafes

Seattle is known for many things: The Gum Wall, the Space Needle, rocking seafood, and crazy traffic. But, there’s also that niche of excellent eateries brazenly ambushing our city! And if they weren’t so tasty we might have a problem with that. But, alas, they’ve proven themselves a delight.

Curious what these restaurants are? This selection from South Lake Union depicts the semblance between local eats and classic Seattle design. Before the area was bought by developer giants, the area was used for milling, then shifted to manufacturing and warehouses and decreased its residences. Since the technology boom, however, much of the area was bought and built up. Apartments and condominiums, blend with commercial, office, and retail spaces, bringing a new light to the once dusty area.

These restaurants highlight the buildings that once served the area, which have been repurposed from open warehouses to cozier areas meant for retail and restaurants.

Step inside this retro-chic eatery, complete with fairy lights during the holidays, “high-backed booths” and “swiveling captain’s chairs.” Since 1967, 13 Coins has been at the forefront of countless first dates, proposals, family gatherings, and late nights with friends. With food noted as “intoxicating”, with “impeccable” and “spot-on” service, who can’t see why this place is amazing? Their interior is to the nines, with great attention to detail at every level.

Another restraint pulling from the industrial history of South Lake Union is Serious Pie & Biscuit. Don’t let it fool you, this multi-story palace, offers biscuits and gravy (and jam!), sandwiches, and a wide pizza selection, complete with foraged mushrooms, imported cheese, and local goods! Their open ceilings of wood and metal construction, make seating open and informal, while open-shade light fixtures, offer that distinct Edison vibe.

Industrial chic meets Asian fusion. Of metal and wood design, every layer is of fascination. Tables, lit from above with tainted, glass fixtures, rest beside a window wall. Though the inside is small, it’s great for friendly gatherings or a date-night out! Thai Thani Kitchen is praised by locals for delightful and beautifull displayed eats!

Dramatic colors, meets a modern blend. From their seating to their plating, everything is a sight to see. Their front door escorts you under the sea, with bubbles and invites you into this premier Seattle restaurant. Inspired by the season and what’s fresh and local, the Flying Fish remains an excellent choice for seafood lovers.

Lit by fairy lights and Edison-esque fixtures, re:public is the picture of industrial beauty. Concrete floors, dark wood details, and classic bricked wall make this trendy restraint a hit amongst the locals. Their quick and simple menu makes you feel right at home, as you select from traditional American fares, including “Avocado Toast.”

Their tables: picture perfect, heavy wood and stone. Vestal’s food: delicately layered and cooked to perfection. The lighting: ceiling hung and copper embossed. This sleek dining experience, inspires passion and local preservation by provoking the Pacific Northwest in every bite!

Brick walls, ceiling hung LEDs, and a unique sense of open seating, complete this South Lake Union restaurant. Local Seattle is “kind of like your living room” but with passionate food curators, and was designed to be your local hangout.

Industrial-chic, with gears on the ceiling, Zoka Coffee has made another Seattle building home. Nestled in the heart of the South Lake Union Amazon campus, Zoka provides delicious coffee, in a caffeine-infused atmosphere, alongside delicious pastries and fantastic people! With passion, Family Trade Direct, and sustainable living, this Seattle local knows what its doing!

With outdoor seating, you can indulge in the summer sun. But indoor is bright, modern, and full of character and charm. Conveniently located on Westlake Avenue, Mio Sushi offers creativity and inspiration by the bucket load. Asian fusion meets Seattle, creating a family-friendly and fresh experience.

Now that you know them, you can try them! What are some of your favorite places to dine in South Lake Union? Why are your favorite places?


new listings this week from

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IDEAL SEATTLE LIFESTYLE
1017 Minor Avenue #501, Seattle • MLS# 1170851
$450,000 • 2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathrooms • 981 Square Feet

Convenience never felt so easy! This rare 1930 Art Deco high-rise is set in a prime First Hill location—with a Walk Score of 98, its tree-lined street is just a few blocks from the hottest happenings in Downtown & Capitol Hill. Take the elevator from the grand lobby to your own light-filled living spaces. Gather or relax with vintage flair and beautiful updates. A rooftop deck offers sweeping views of Downtown, Lake Union & Puget Sound. Experience the good life!

For more information, please contact Denise Coe.
DeniseCoe@Windermere.com • 206.851.7702 • DeniseCoe.com

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JEFFERSON PARK CLASSIC
4152 14th Avenue South, Seattle • MLS# 1174426
$715,000 • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2,450 Square Feet • 4,207 Lot Size

Welcome home to this update on a classic bungalow, where vintage charm merges with modern living. Its bright layout is ideal for entertaining or everyday with elegant formal rooms flowing into the open kitchen and breakfast nook. Dine alfresco on the deck, relax by the water feature in the garden, or host parties in the huge rec room with fireplace & bar. Just a short stroll away from schools and parks, and minutes to I-5!

For more information, please contact Brian Rosso.
BRosso@Windermere.com • 206.356.9206 • BrianRosso.com

Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Seattle Community Hub + New Listing

Sam Smith Park is the largest park of the I-90 lid. This 15.20 acre park intensifies the natural beauty of the Great Seattle Region. With a soccer field, outdoor tennis courts, and an incredible play area, this park has a little something for everyone! Sam Smith Park incorporates  many unique features, including the art piece Urban Peace Circle, which is a sculpture by Gerard Tsutakawa, “that is dedicated to children killed by gun violence in Seattle’s inner city.”

This cozy park is nestled under and around the I-90 lid, and offers different activities for all age brackets. The playground was renovated in 2016, and offers a different experience for every child – from sliding and climbing, to a jungle gym, running, and balancing! Tennis courts, a soccer field, trails for running, walking, and biking offer tons of active recreation, while picnic tables, and lofted arrangements offer fabulous lake views. Thinking about reserving a tennis court? Check this out! Water fountains offer a welcome breeze and reprieve from a sunny, summer afternoon!

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CLOSE-IN CONVENIENCE
2827 South Charles Street, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1079365
3 Bedrooms ♦ 3.5 Bathrooms ♦ 1,320 Square Feet

Tucked down a tree-lined street near the Judkins Playground, Sam Smith Park & Frink/Leschi Park, this home is warm and inviting while still providing all the convenience of in-city living. A welcoming yard & front porch lead you to the main-level entry. Step in to interiors that feel spacious and airy with lofty ceilings and an open layout. Siberian larch hardwoods flow throughout the great room — relax by the gas fireplace, grab a favorite book or movie from the beautiful built-in media center, or host friends in the roomy dining area. Overlooking it all is a stylish kitchen with stainless steel surfaces, ample cupboards and pendant lighting.

For more information, please contact Doug McKiernan.
Doug@Windermere.com ♦ 206.369.3949 ♦ WindermereDoug.com

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COTTAGE GROVE TOWNHOME
4826 Delridge Way Southwest #A, Seattle ♦ MLS# 1089499
2 Bedrooms ♦ 2.5 Bathrooms ♦ 1,250 Square Feet

Ideally located minutes from all that West Seattle has to offer: Alki Beach, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. This well-built home includes attached garage and quality finishes throughout (quartz counters, custom blinds, hardwoods). You’ll love the quiet location, tucked behind the first row of homes. Main level includes an open kitchen, dining area, amd living room with gas fireplace and deck. Upstairs features two bedrooms and two baths, stacking washer & dryer. Lower level features family room with access to fenced patio and yard.

For more information, please contact Chad Dierickx.
Chad@windermere.com ♦ 206.854.3931 ♦ ChadDierickx.com

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Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Featured Community: Seward Park-Beacon Hill

Seward Park covers 300 acres and is located in southeast Seattle in the neighborhood of the same name (map). The park occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a forested peninsula and former island that juts into Lake Washington. It contains one of the last surviving tracts of old-growth forest within the city of Seattle. The park is named for former U.S. Secretary of State William Seward. Columbia City and surrounds, located just west of Seward Park, offers a variety of local restaurants.

By Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons
By Dcoetzee via Wikimedia Commons

One approaches the park from the north by Lake Washington Boulevard S, from the south by Seward Park Avenue S., or from the west by S Orcas Street. The main parking lot and a tennis court are located in the southwest corner. The most commonly used trail is a car-free loop around the park. It is flat and 2.4 miles long. The perimeter trail was repaved in 2007. Other trails run through the interior, including a few car-accessible roads that lead to amenities including an amphitheater and picnic area. Seward Park features numerous small beaches, the largest one on its southwest side, as well as a playground and an arts center. Both Seward Park and Beacon Hill are part of the Seattle School District.

Beacon Hill, in south Seattle (map), is comprised of four areas: North Beacon Hill, Mid-Beacon Hill, Holly Park and South Beacon Hill. It’s a neighborhood where professional people and blue collar workers still live side-by-side. Rather than being divisive, the economic diversity of Beacon Hill has brought the residents together, as they strive to keep the feel of the community intact. Still considered an affordable place to buy a home, the houses possess unique character. In North Beacon Hill area, there are nice examples of the Seattle Box style home and quality Craftsman-style bungalows. The Pacific Medical Center, also located in North Beacon Hill, is an Art Deco style building that used to serve as Amazon’s world headquarters and has been a national landmark since 1979. The Seattle Light Rail has a stop at Jefferson Park in Beacon Hill, which has upped neighborhood’s appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. The distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades are enjoyed throughout the whole Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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By Lumpytrout via Wikimedia Commons

One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park.  Its golf club, which was home course for professional golfer Fred Couples during his teens, is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views of the Olympic Mountains, downtown Seattle and Puget Sound. Other sports which can be played at the park include lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. Starting in 2012, a permaculture project called Beacon Food Forest will be housed on a 7 acre plot adjacent to the southwest corner of the park.

Van Asselt Community Center is located on S. Myrtle Street. It offers children and teen programs, drop in sport activities, fitness classes, art classes and other programs to benefit local residents. The facilities, remodeled in 2007, include a gym, dividable multipurpose room, teen room, childcare and kitchen. On the grounds, there is a wading pool, playground equipment and outdoor basketball hoops.

The Beacon Hill Blog, which is maintained by Wendi Dunlap (who also has managed the Beacon Hill email list since 1999) offers timely neighborhood information, neighborhood photos and an events calendar.

Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The station is 150 feet under Lander Street and the average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.