Central District Real Estate
Central District Real Estate
Anyone looking to live in a culturally diverse neighborhood with a culturally rich history should take a serious look at Central District real estate. The neighborhood began as a predominantly Jewish area in 1907. Only a few decades later, the neighborhood obtained a strong Japanese-American presence. During and immediately after World War II, the neighborhood became the home to many African American families. In fact, in the 1970s, the Central District became the center of the city’s civil rights movement. Recently, the Central District has begun attracting some of the more affluent citizens of Seattle. Many residents who have chosen to move to the Central District have done so due to the culturally rich heritage of the neighborhood as well as its close proximity to downtown Seattle.
Shopping and Dining
Seattle has become known for the love of food and coffee, and the Central District is no different. Residents will find restaurants as diverse as the neighborhood, meaning that residents have a wide range of options to consider. The many options include Tougo Coffee Co., Cupcake Royale, The Lemongrass Vietnamese restaurant, Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, Café Flora vegetarian restaurant, Cortona Café, Ezell’s Famous Chicken, The Barbeque Pit, and the Lark Restaurant.
Residents of Central District have direct access to a number of local shops such as Hitchcock Madrona, an accessories boutique, GlassBaby, handmade glass drink ware and votives, InGrain Furniture, 20/20 Cycle, and Two Big Blondes women’s consignment clothing. For a more traditional shopping experience, residents can head to downtown Seattle for a variety of stores and shops including Pacific Place in downtown Seattle spanning five floors with over 50 stores including Barneys New York, Club Monaco, J.Crew, lululemon athletica, Michael Kors and Tiffany & Co.
Parks and Recreation
Residents living in Central District will find Seattle’s parks and recreation system to be incredibly extensive. Residents have access to over 400 parks boasting more than 6,200 acres of land. Some of the nearby community centers include the Garfield Community Center, the International District Community Center, and the Montlake Community Center. Here, residents can take advantage of basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, game rooms, and more. These community centers are a great place for both adults and children to spend an afternoon, take classes, or join athletic leagues. There are some fantastic parks for residents to explore as well. Some of the parks located within the Central District area include Gerber Park, Homer Harris Park, Plum Tree Park, and Pratt Park. Many of these parks are perfect for a picnic with friends and family and include picnic areas, trails, playgrounds, and much more.
The cost of living in the Central District is 17.2 percent greater than the state average, but it is 3.6 percent less than Seattle’s average cost of living. The average value of an owner occupied home is around $447,216, which is slightly lower than Seattle’s average of $456,200 but much higher than the state average of $247,541. The income per capita in Central District is $27,528, which is right around the state average of $27,620. The average household income is $42,312, which is below both the city and state averages. However, the average income of an owner occupied home is $83,472, which is exactly the same as Seattle’s average and above the state average of $68,176.
Schools, Health and Transportation
There are 8 public schools in Central District. The student to teacher ratio is a respectable 18 to 1. Central District real estate is located within the Seattle Public Schools district, which is the largest K-12 school system in the state. The district contains 95 schools in total with a staff of roughly 8,000, including 3,100 teachers. Private schools in Central District include The Bush School, Epiphany School, and Seattle Girls’ School.
There are a variety of hospitals throughout Seattle, including Virginia Mason, Kindred Hospital Seattle and University of Washington Medical Center. Swedish Medical Center is located directly in Central District and offers residents a variety of services including primary care, a heart & vascular institute, and emergency medical services.
The city of Seattle has an extensive public transportation system that includes an excellent bus system. Amtrak runs three routes from King Street Station; Empire Builder, which travels from Seattle to Chicago, Coast Starlight, from Seattle to Los Angeles and Cascades, which travels the northwest, from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia. The Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport is located south of Seattle and is accessible via I-5 or via Central Link light rail from several stations within Seattle.