Neighborhoods


Edmonds
Edmonds is a friendly neighborhood located 11 miles north of downtown Seattle. Known for its stunning views of the Puget Sound waterfront and Olympic Mountains, Edmonds is also home to the Edmonds/Kingston ferry terminal. The waterfront beach park features a very popular off-leash dog beach and a nearby train station that servers commuters. The “bowl” of Edmonds offers view homes within a short walk of the waterfront and quaint downtown area. Shops, restaurants and a small movie theater await neighborhood strollers along with a plethora of events including the farmer’s market and popular Taste of Edmonds festival. This town is popular with families and people looking for a small town feel with stunning views of Puget Sound with an easy commute to the big city.


Shoreline/Richmond Beach

Shoreline is located about 9 miles north of downtown Seattle, on the north border of the City. Shoreline’s popular Richmond Beach neighborhood skirts Puget Sound, offering views of the water and sunsets over the Olympic mountains. Shoreline sprawls east across highway 99 to I-5, offering easy access for city-bound commuters. It is a popular area for families, boasting strong neighborhoods, beautiful parks and good public schools.


Lake Forest Park
Lake Forest Park is a residential community located just north of the city of Seattle. Lake Forest Park remains a primarily residential community with large family homes and one small commercial center. This charming community offers lake view properties, numerous parks and nature preserves and access to the popular Burke-Gilman Trail, all within a short drive or bus ride of downtown Seattle.


Green Lake
Named for its lake and its surrounding park, Green Lake is a popular family-friendly neighborhood in north central Seattle. The neighborhood is known for its walk/bike/scooter/skate friendly tree-lined streets and beautiful vintage homes. A paved 2.8-mile trail circumvents the lake, giving residents and visitors access to a number of parks and recreation activities, as well as restaurants, playfields, playgrounds and shops. Adjacent to Green Lake Park is the popular Woodland Park Zoo. Green Lake is one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle.


Ballard
The Ballard neighborhood is located in northwestern corner of Seattle. Ballard is bordered both by Puget Sound and the Ship Canal. The Ballard locks, transition boats in and out of the Ship Canal for travel between Seattle’s fresh water lakes and Puget Sound. Historically, Ballard was established as a Scandinavian fishing community. Recent years have brought new development, nightlife, shops and restaurants that have breathed a vibrant, youthful life and culture into this unique neighborhood.


Phinney Ridge/Greenwood
The Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods are located in northwest region of Seattle, just north of Ballard and south of Shoreline. These neighborhoods offer an eclectic collection of coffee shops, bars, shops and restaurants. With easy access to highway 99, the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhoods also provide easy access to downtown for commuters.


Wallingford
Wallingford is conveniently located between I-5 and Highway 99, nestled between Green Lake Park and Lake Union. It lies just west of the University District and is home to the first famous Dick’s Drive Inn. Wallingford offers a rich historic feel with large homes and tree-lined streets. Shops, restaurants and parks are abundant and access to the city center is convenient.


Belltown
Located on the downtown waterfront, Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is the perfect location for city-dwellers that want to be in the heart of the action. Formerly and industrial area, in recent years Belltown has become ever more popular and trendy. New high-rise condo developments are a skip and a hop from Pike Place Market, Westlake Center Shopping Mall and the beautiful Seattle waterfront. Myrtle Edwards Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park provide a touch of natural beauty in the bustling city.


Fremont
Deemed by many of its artistic residents “the center of the universe,” Fremont is home to some of Seattle’s freest spirits. Located on the Ship Canal, Fremont sits just west of Highway 99 and is connected to the city on the south via the historic Fremont Bridge. Multiple unique art installations include a statue of Lenin, an 18-ft troll under the Aurora Bridge and a space ship preparing for take off. Residents of Fremont enjoy eclectic bars, restaurants and festivals that are bolstered by its unique aura of diversity, culture and artistic flare.


Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is located just east of downtown Seattle and I-5. It is a densely populated neighborhood that offers a plethora of shops, nightclubs, restaurants and bars. Capitol Hill is often defined by its rock n roll history, as home to many grunge-era music venues. It is also home to the city’s largest gay and lesbian population. Capitol Hill is a vibrant community with a curious and eccentric nightlife, but also rich history of diversity and expression.


Downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle is the central business district of the city. It is home to the famous Pike Place Market, Westlake Center Shopping Mall (home to the Nordstrom flagship store) and the Seattle Art Museum. Other significant buildings include the Seattle Convention Center, Columbia Tower and Benaroya Hall. Downtown is where the heart of Seattle commerce, nightlife and recreation collide.


First Hill
First Hill lies directly to the east of downtown Seattle and south of Capitol Hill. Due to its close proximity to the business district, First Hill was once home to some of Seattle’s wealthiest early residents. Three of Seattle’s major hospitals reside on First Hill, as well as two prestigious private schools and Seattle University, a private Jesuit college.


Kirkland
Kirkland is an eastside neighborhood, located across Lake Washington from Seattle. Kirkland is known for its popular downtown strip, located directly on Lake Washington. Swimming beaches, trendy boutiques, salons, restaurants and bars skirt the pristine lakeshore. Downtown Kirkland is home to both condominiums and single-family residences. An affluent, yet family-friendly neighborhood, Kirkland is largely dependent on eastside business giants such as Microsoft, Expedia, T-Mobile and Nintendo.


Leschi
The Leschi neighborhood borders Lake Washington to the east and I-90 south. While many of its homes offer million-dollar lake views. Leschi is also home to modest family homes and condominiums. Leschi features many popular parks, a lakeside marina and waterfront restaurants.


Madison Park
Madison Park is an upscale community located north east of downtown Seattle on Lake Washington. Named for its popular lakeside park with stunning views of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington, it is no surprise that Madison Park is home to many upscale restaurants, shops and residences. One of the most sought-after communities in Seattle, Madison Park is also home to the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum.


Madison Valley
Madison Valley is located east of Capitol Hill near Washington Park Arboretum. Home to many locally owned shops and restaurants; Madison Valley is a popular sub-neighborhood of downtown Seattle.


Magnolia
Connected to the city by only three bridges, Magnolia is a hilly neighborhood located northwest of downtown Seattle. This affluent and popular neighborhood is home to beautiful Magnolia Park, which overlooks Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the city skyline. Magnolia is also home to Seattle’s largest park, Discovery Park, which features a marina. Some of the best views in the city are from the coveted homes and parks in Magnolia.


Mountlake Terrace
Mountlake Terrace is a northern suburb of Seattle, located in Snohomish County and bordering the King County line. Mountlake Terrace remains a primarily residential community within comfortable commuting distance of the city. One of the more affordable northern suburbs of Seattle, Mountlake Terrace features single-family homes on large lots. Efforts to create a commercial district are slowly taking shape as Mountlake Terrace begins to define its own city culture.


Northgate-Maple Leaf
Northgate is located in the northeastern area of Seattle. Named for the newly remodeled Northgate mall, the surrounding neighborhood has an urban feel. In 2006, a new library, community center and park opened, attracting more residential development to the area. This growing neighborhood features a mix of historic homes, mid-century construction and new condominium developments.


Ravenna
A residential neighborhood in northeastern Seattle, Ravenna is home to the popular University Village Shopping center and offers access to the expansive Burke-Gillman Trail. Because of its proximity to the University of Washington, Ravenna is a convenient home for many professors and students.


SoDo
The SoDo district of Seattle is located south of downtown and Pioneer Square. Seattle’s International District overlaps SoDO from the South and the Seattle Transit Tunnel bounds it on the east. SoDo is home to two sports arenas – Safeco Field (Mariners) and CenturyLink Field (Seahawks and Sounders FC). SoDo offers an eclectic mix of artist lofts, studios and warehouses. It is also home to a variety of popular breweries and restaurants.


South Lake Union
The aptly named South Lake Union neighborhood sits directly on the south shore of Lake Union, just north of downtown Seattle. This neighborhood has seen extreme changes in the past decade, including the renovation of South Lake Union Park, opening of REI Flagship Store and, most recently, the consolidation of all of Amazon.com’s corporate offices into the neighborhood. Condo development in the South Lake Union area is booming and the neighborhood’s popularity is growing at a similar rate.


University District
The University District is home to the historically beautiful University of Washington campus. The commercial center of the district is University Avenue, known locally as “the ave,” a relaxed and funky strip of bars and shops that are frequented by a youthful and diverse crowd. All of the University’s fraternities and sororities reside in stately mansions on Greek Row between 45th and 50th streets. Beginning in 2016, the U District will be served by a new Link Light Rail system that will serve Capitol Hill, Downtown, Rainier Valley and Sea-Tac airport.


West Seattle
West Seattle lies across the Duwamish River to the west of downtown. Several popular residential neighborhoods exist in West Seattle. Alki Park, one of the most popular beaches in the city, offers 180-degree views of both Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, the city skyline and the Puget Sound. Fire pits, sandy beaches, a paved trail and numerous festivals boost its popularity in the summer months. The West Seattle community offers several commercial centers that feature restaurants, bars and shopping centers. Many of the homes in West Seattle offer stunning water and mountain views.