If you’re planning on moving to the Seattle-Tacoma area soon, then you’ve truly picked a great place to live. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most progressive and up-and-coming parts of the country and has something to offer everyone. Seattle is one of the biggest cities in the region and has numerous neighborhoods that should be experienced in full by all new residents. As a newcomer, you’re probably wondering which part of our city would be best to settle down in. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best neighborhoods in Seattle. Check each of them out after you get settled in.
This neighborhood is great for families and over 20 percent of the households here have kids. The Beacon Hill community is diverse, so you’ll meet many different kinds of people in one of the many local parks and playgrounds. Beacon Hill has great schools and a branch of the Seattle Public Library so if you’re moving with a family, give this neighborhood some serious consideration
South Lake Union
With its population jumping more than 20 percent from 2014 – 2015, this is perhaps the fastest-growing neighborhood in Seattle. The reason for this is likely the emergence of Amazon and the surrounding businesses that have recently sprung up. Hundreds of new employees needing a place to live have transformed this former industrial area into a vibrant neighborhood. That is why 25 buildings have been approved since the spring of 2014, with many more in preliminary phases; all of this in an area less than one square mile in size.
Pioneer Square is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, and SoDo is one of the up-and-comers. Yet, the combined neighborhood is still one of the least densely populated parts of greater downtown Seattle. That is set to change soon, as there have been many new projects announced lately, such as the new Stadium Place apartments on South King Street. If a trendy, new up-and-coming neighborhood is your style, then you might want to find a place in this neighborhood sooner rather than later.
Do you like to eat? We do. This is one of the best places in the city to find some great food. Seattle is home to two of the best chefs in the nation, Tom Douglas and Ethan Stowell. Down here, you can spend a week trying new restaurants every day and still not eat at the same place twice. We’ve got cafés, gastropubs, microbreweries, and, of course, the coffee scene in Seattle is legendary. Loosen those belt buckles when you come to this neighborhood.
The Lakehurst neighborhood is beautiful, with miles of bike trails and close proximity to the University Village shops. The homes and rentals are on the pricier side, averaging around $1,800/month for rentals and over $1 million asking prices for homes. It’s worth every penny though, as Lakehurst is one of the safest neighborhood in Washington state.
East of the Central District, facing Lake Washington, Leschi’s lakeside homeowners enjoy the same stunning views as communities like Denny-Blaine, at more reasonable prices. Also, they have easy access to the parks and docks along the lake. The median home price in Leschi is almost half of that of similar neighborhoods, such as Denny-Blaine or Madison Park. If you’re moving to Seattle to get a view of the water, this may be the neighborhood for you.