Besides probably having some of the best coffee the world over, what else makes living in Seattle such a draw?
Perhaps it’s the dynamic and diverse array of urban neighborhoods the city offers? Or the high quality of living for its expanding residential population? In downtown Seattle alone, living is accessible and attractive to a wide variety of people who call Seattle home.
So who lives here? Those who are attracted to downtown living are young urban professionals who also work in the area as well as empty nesters, reverse commuters and small families. The choice of living options ranges from high-rise penthouse apartments to unique lofts — at all various prices.
Unlike many cities, the region has a huge transportation hub, offering city buses, streetcars, the Link light rail to the Sea-Tac International airport and neighborhoods south, and easy freeway access.
Only steps away from cultural institutions, sports facilities and world-class shopping and dining, Seattle continues to be a worthy place to set down roots. Here is a closer look as to why Seattle is such a special place to call home.
College Town, Great Outdoors
Seattle is home to 13 universities, colleges, graduate schools and trade schools, attended by 32,000 students.
It’s also the place for those who like outdoor recreation — from commuting by kayaking to jogging along the waterfront to the ski areas within 45 minutes. Seattle has it all when it comes to outdoor-related activities.
Located between the shimmering waters of Puget Sound and Lake Washington, many say Seattle's astounding wealth of natural beauty is inspirational. There are the jagged peaks of the Olympic range, the spectacular Cascades and the majestic Mt. Rainier. Of course, the lush evergreen forests stand in dramatic contrast to the clear lakes, and salt and freshwater shorelines that touch the city.
Hip and happening Seattle, the hometown to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is a well-connected city of choice, eliciting raves from all who live here. The hub for visual arts, Seattle's wide array of sculptures, designs, subtle murals and the visionary glass art of Dale Chihuly can be found throughout the city.
Seattle Center a premier destination for arts, entertainment and leisure activities, and it is home to the city's leading landmark — the Space Needle. Jutting into the sky at 605 feet, the lofty Observation Deck features 360 degrees of breathtaking outdoor views, as well as indoor colorful displays of memorabilia from the 1962 World's Fair. The SkyCity features a revolving array of cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner is matched only by the views. Every visit here includes a complimentary trip to the Observation Deck. The lower level of Seattle Center houses the Pacific Science Center, a science and educational museum; planetarium; exhibits; an IMAX Theater; and the EMP Museum, which is a dramatic interactive museum about music, sci-fi and pop culture.
Pike Place Market the city's favorite public market, and also considered the soul of Seattle, is a kaleidoscope of colors, sight and aromas. Vendors hawk wares that range from farm fresh produce and delectable fruits to flowers and handicrafts. The Market is home to the famous flying salmon (tossed from vendor to wrapper), limitless heaps of fish, and huge saltwater tanks of lobsters and Dungeness crab.
Pioneer Square, Seattle's first historic district preserved from the 1880s, offers a glimpse into the city's rich and colorful past. Its roots are centered on the original Skid Road (Yesler Way), a road used to skid timber down from the hills to Elliott Bay. Pioneer Square's features restored handsome brick buildings that were built after the Great Fire of 1889. They now serve as home to trendy clubs, galleries and boutiques.
To learn more about the great city of Seattle, stay tuned for the second part of our review of Seattle where we explore its piers, museums and much more!