Ballard is located in northwestern Seattle and is bordered on the west by Puget Sound and Shilshole Bay and to the south by the Ship Canal and Ballard Locks. Ballard is known for its Scandinavian heritage (early Scandanavian fishermen were attracted to the abundant salmon in the area) and is home to the Nordic Heritage Museum. Downtown Ballard has a number of historic buildings, shops, and restaurants. These days, Ballard is one of the most in-demand areas of Seattle.
The neighborhood of Beacon Hill is bordered to the north by I-90 and to the west by I-5. Some very famous photos of downtown Seattle, Century Link Field, Safeco Field, and Elliott Bay in the distance are taken from Beacon Hill. The Pacific Medical Center sits atop Beacon Hill and is a local landmark. Maple Wood Playfield sits above I-5 and includes two baseball diamonds.
Columbia City is a historic district located south of I-90 and east of I-5. Rainier Avenue South and Martin Luther King Way are traffic thoroughfares with retail options through the area. These streets also boast Light Rail and mass transit options. You can’t miss Cheasty Boulevard or the Genesee Playfields! Or if you are in the mood for a show, check out the Columbia City Theater!
Des Moines hugs the east shore of Puget Sound and includes recreational venues such as Saltwater State Park (the most-used state park on Puget Sound!) and a very popular marina complete with boat launch and fishing facilities. There are a number of notable landmarks such as the Des Moines Beach Park and Des Moines Field House and Activity Center.
Downtown Seattle has changed a lot in recent years. One only has to note the number of cranes busily building new residences and office spaces to realize that the Downtown Seattle skyline is changing. Downtown Seattle includes the Central Business District, Pike Place Market, the Seattle Center (including the Space Needle), Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Library, Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum, and some of the tallest buildings on the West Coast. If you are looking for a hub of activity, walkability galore, restaurants, shops, and easy access to transportation, Downtown Seattle has you covered. Condos, many with views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, or Mount Rainier are prevalent in this bustling area of Seattle.
Federal Way is full of beautiful parks and schools that are perfect for exploring and getting some exercise. It’s a neighborhood that is just North of Tacoma and is the south border to King County. Here you will see mature landscaping, beaches, parks, and a mixture of Mid-Century homes and Contemporary homes. About a 30 minutes from Seattle and 20 from Tacoma, you get the best of all worlds here.
Federal Way is constantly growing and evolving. There are great movie theaters and numerous tasty restaurants to satisfy any cravings, not to mention a good sized shopping center and several retail stores. When the skies are clear, you can see Mt. Rainier among the many trees.
Georgetown is sandwiched between I-5 and the Duwamish Waterway south of Seattle just south of the West Seattle Bridge, the Industrial District of Seattle, and the railroad mainlines. It is the oldest neighborhood in Seattle and despite it being a transportation hub, there are residences nestled in. Easy access to Boeing and the Museum of Flight are just two reasons to take a closer look at Georgetown.
The Leschi and Judkins Park is located just East of the Stadiums in Downtown Seattle. The area is just south of the Central District and north of I-90, and ends right at the shore of Lake Washington. It’s a wonderful location as it is walking distance to the city, totally connected to speedy public transportation, and riddled with parks and culture. Close by is the African American Heritage Museaum, Amy Yee Tennis Center, and the Seattle Girls School. We are finding that those working on the Eastside, like Bellevue and Redmond are able to live the Seattle city life and zip on over the bridge for work. It’s the best of both worlds!
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle and embrace a more rural or suburban lifestyle, Maple Valley may be a great fit for you. East of SeaTac, southeast of Renton and northeast of Auburn lied Maple Valley, off Highway 18. Complete with two mid-size lakes (Lake Wilderness and Pipe Lake), scenic golf course (Lake Wilderness Golf Course), Cedar to Green River Trail, Maple Valley is ripe with recreational activities. Richard Sherman of the Seahawks even calls Maple Valley home!