Downtown Seattle Real Estate & Information
Downtown Seattle Real Estate & Information
Downtown Seattle offers a lifestyle like none other. A dozen distinct neighborhoods offer a unique blend of urban culture with a great appreciation for the outdoors. The city is built on lowland hills along Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains rising in the west and the Cascade Mountains in the east. The elevation ranges from sea level to 450 feet. The mountains shield the area from extreme temperatures. Although it is known for its rainy season, the average annual rainfall is less than in many American cities. It is the home of America's largest forageable urban forest, the Beacon Food Forest.
Shopping and Dining
A wealth of shopping opportunities await in downtown Seattle at shopping centers such as Pacific Place and Westlake Center. Pacific Place houses many popular vendors from Ann Taylor and Michael Kors to boutiques such as Francesca's Collections. Specialty stores such as Destination maternity and Soma Intimates add to the mix. Made in Washington at Westlake offers locally made products. For those who prefer independent boutiques to malls, the Finerie carries clothing for both men and women, as well as accessories. Another popular choice for jewelry, accessories and women's clothing is the Mix Boutique. Earth, Wind & Fire carries high end women's wear, as does Diva Dollz in Pioneer Square.
Steakhouses are very popular in the area, as evidenced by the Metropolitan Grill, The Capital Grille, and Sullivan's Steakhouse. International cuisine is also available at the Georgian Restaurant, for French dishes, the Pink Door, for Italian, and the Triple Door for Asian fusion. Seafood is plentiful at Pike Place Chowder, The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House, and Cutter's Crabhouse.
Parks and Recreation
The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a dozen downtown parks including four with play areas. Dogs are welcome in most, including four with off-leash areas. At Denny, Kinnear, Plymouth Pillars, and Regrade Parks, dogs are free to run without leash restrictions. Also downtown are tow community centers which offer extensive classes and programs for residents of all ages.
Numerous festivals take place in downtown Seattle each year, including the Winter Festival, presented at Benaroya Hall by the Seattle Chamber Music Society each January. The St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place each March near Seattle Center. The Northwest Folklife Festival and International Film Festival take place over Memorial Day Weekend. Seattle's Seafair is an annual tradition that includes arts, crafts, and live music. Nearly 20,000 runners participate in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in June.
Several smaller neighborhoods make up the downtown Seattle area, each with its own characteristics. Belltown is one of the oldest and is rich with trendy shops, restaurants, and live music venues. Chinatown-International District features Asian culture. Denny Triangle is home to new apartment and condo developments. Pike Place Market is one of the country's oldest working farmer's markets. Pioneer Square is the historical district. Retail Core is full of department stores and restaurants. South Lake Union is home to a biotech community. Uptown contains the Seattle Center, with many entertainment options. The West Edge is the place to find high-rise buildings, including luxury penthouses.
Downtown real estate contains luxury condominiums, historic lofts, and modern lofts. Prices range from close to $150,000 for a studio to more than $7 million for a two-bedroom with a magnificent ocean view. Such a home would enjoy a number of exceptional amenities such as a 24-hour staff, restaurant and spa.
Median income for Seattle is higher than the rest of the state of Washington, commensurate with the fact that the education levels are significantly higher than the rest of the state and the nation.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
Public schools in downtown Seattle include Garfield High, Nova Service School, Washington Middle School and several elementary schools: Montlake, Stevens, McGilvra, Lowell, Medrona, Gatzert, Leschi, and Thurgood Marshall. The Seattle School District publishes detailed performance reports for each. Seattle boasts of several college options within the area.
Group Health Cooperative offers excellent medical care in downtown Seattle. Swedish Medical Center maintains several locations around the city. The University of Washington Medical Center is a 450-bed facility that U.S.News and World Report, Health ranks number one in Seattle.
Downtown Seattle benefits from multiple public transit options including Metro Transit, Sound Transit, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, and three tour bus services. Making use of the water channels around the city are Washington State Ferries, Metro Transit Water Taxis, cruise lines in the Port of Seattle, and at least eight intercity tour boat services. The city also maintains many bicycle trails and walking trails, often touted as one of the most physically fit communities in the nation. Seattle Tacoma International Airport supports international travel as does King's County International. Seattle Seaplanes and Kenmore Air support shorter local flights.