Newcomers to Seattle have a lot to think about when it comes to choosing where they want to live and work. Seattle is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Seattle is the county seat of King County, which is ranked in the top 100 of highest income counties in the country.
Seattle has often been referred to as a city comprised of neighborhoods, and this is very true. Each of Seattle's neighborhoods, whether they are in town or in the suburbs, have their own unique feel. Depending on if you want to rent a condo, buy a townhome or live in a single-family house, you may want to check out each of these neighborhoods to see which one feels best for you.
The Downtown neighborhood is mostly a commercial area, although there are a few condos and several apartment buildings. It is primarily a professional area, and there aren't many options for children's activities. Belltown offers more options for renting apartments or buying townhomes. It also has a much more active nightlife scene than Downtown. Pioneer Square is a popular location for young people who are looking for more unique rental units. This is the oldest area of Seattle, and many of the oldest structures now house apartments.
If you're in the market for a house, but don't want to venture outside of Seattle, there are neighborhoods with single family housing inside the city. These include Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Ballard and Wallingford.
For rental houses, check out Queen Anne. Located on top of a hill overlooking the city, this old neighborhood has many well-kept homes for rent. Occasionally you will find a house for sale in the area as well.
Capitol Hill is one of the most densely populated areas of Seattle. It features homes in almost any price range, although the single family houses tend to be on the high end of the scale. It is also known as the center of counterculture, and the home to Seattle's now-famous music scene.
Ballard and Wallingford are both a little farther from city center, but they both offer a lot of residential options. You can rent an apartment, buy a condo or build your dream house. There are also some good restaurants and several shopping areas, so your travels into town may be limited.
Unlike most cities, Seattle's largest business district is not in the heart of the city. While some people do work in the Downtown area, most residents do not. Instead, they commute to what is known as The Eastside. Located in the eastern suburbs of town, this area is made of the towns of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond. Adobe, HTC, Microsoft, Nintendo and T-Mobile are all in this area.