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.
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!
Normandy Park is just next to the larger city of Burien, both of which are south of West Seattle. Burien is still known to long-time residents as “Sunnydale” and the broader area is known as “Highline”. This area may be looked over by some, but its proximity to the Puget Sound, views of Vashon Island, amazing waterfront wildlife, Three Tree Point as well as advances in transportation options make Burien and Normandy Park an area with potential for homebuyers.
Rainier Beach is located east of I-5, just north of Tukwila and is the furthest southeastern part of Seattle. It is bordered by Lake Washington on the east. Rainier Beach has some notable parks and recreation areas such as Be’ersheva Park, the beautiful Kubota Garden Park, and Lakeridge Park as well as the Chief Sealth Trail. There is a Sound Transit Link Light Rail station within its boundaries.
What do Boeing, the Seahawks, Wizards of the Coast, IKEA, and Providence Health have in common? Renton! The Cedar River flows through Renton into Lake Washington and there are many parks and natural areas surrounding it including Cedar River Park, Cedar River dog Park and the Cedar River Trail. There is even a boathouse! Check out the Henry Moses Aquatic Center or Hazen Pool or take a dip in the lake at the Gene Coulon Memorial Park.
Seahurst is a small, unicorporated area between Burien and the Arroyo Heights area of West Seattle. Known for its sprawling Seahurst Park which hugs the Puget Sound and has amazing views of Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains.
Seatac may be known for the airport, but it is really an area bursting with potential. International Blvd plays host to hundreds of thousands of travelers each and every year, some of whom wind up calling the Pacific Northwest home. There are almost 80 Fortune 1000 companies that call Seatac home. With proximity to both Seattle and Tacoma, aided by Light Rail, this is a great community for commuters. With parks like Angle Lake Park, Grandview Park, and North SeaTac Park complete with SeaTac Community Center, rest assured that this is an area that values recreation.
With its numerous neighborhoods, all with their own subculture, small community-centered businesses, and amazing selection of restaurants, views, and activities, Seattle has a lot to offer! From Queen Anne with its view of the Space Needle and Elliott Bay to Laurelhurst and Sandpoint on the shores of Lake Washington, Belltown with its museums and concert halls within walking distance, and even Fremont with its funky shops, troll, and sculpture of Lenin, there is something for everyone in this great city!
Just south of the City of Seattle, Tukwila has claimed itself the City of Opportunity. Not only is it home to one of the largest shopping areas in the area –the Southcenter Mall and surrounding area, but it also has a bustling Community Center, Family Fun Center complete with Rocky and Bullwinkle, and who could miss the indoor skydiving facility, iFly? The Museum of Flight is also a popular attraction.
West Seattle is separated from Seattle by the Duwamish River. In this bustling area which has seen a lot of change over the last few years you might find yourself strolling along Elliott Bay on your way to Salty’s or enjoying the views at Alki Beach Park or Lincoln Park, enjoying views of the Seattle skyline. Be sure to visit The Junction, the heart of West Seattle, where you can find a number of shops and businesses that are sure to please.
Highland Park and Westwood Village
White Center is just south and east of the Southworth-Vashon-Fauntleroy ferry in West Seattle and is a neighborhood tucked between Seattle and Burien. Lakewood Park, Steve Cox Memorial Park (complete will ballfields), and White Center Pond Natural Area are to be found in the neighborhood along with a smattering of restaurants and shopping. Don’t miss the Southgate Roller Rink and Full Tilt Ice Cream arcade, and Zippy’s Giant Burger!