I am fascinated with Seattle. I want to see the Olympic and Cascade Mountains from the top of the Space Needle. I want to go hiking in Olympia National Park and then camp in the Hoh Rainforest. And I want to go sailing in Puget Sound. In the winter, I want to go skiing, snowboarding, and sledding in the stark, rugged mountains, and I want to go beachcombing along Alki Beach in summer. I want to shop the markets and boutiques of downtown and I want to cheer at a Seattle Seahawks football game at Qwest Field.
If Seattle, Washington is on your short-list for a possible move, you’ll love the neighborhoods. They aren’t well-defined and tend to overlap each other, meander into each other, and change names with a curious frequency. Here are a few to check out:
West Seattle – This is Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, settled in 1851. It is hilly and coastal – Alki Beach is located here. Seafair, an annual boating festival, is held at Alki Point. West Seattle is also famous for its shopping areas.
International District – A true melting pot, this area is home to a diverse population that includes Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Filipino. This area has popular festivals, great restaurants, and a wide variety of shops.
Queen Anne – This neighborhood is perched on a hill, providing some of the best views of the city and Puget Sound. Gorgeous architecture defines the Queen Anne area, but residents will also appreciate the wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, and stores. Queen Anne is a short distance from the University of Washington.
Belltown – This great area is located downtown along the waterfront. It contains parks, shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightclubs. The historic Pike’s Market is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest continually-operating farmers market in the country, and it is located in Belltown.
Pioneer Square – First settled in 1852, this great area echoes with Seattle’s history. It contains the Skid Road Historic District. Early settlers filled the area of Pioneer Square with sawmills, and logs were moved by skidding them down the hill – giving rise to the nickname, “Skid Road.” Today, this popular area contains art galleries and museums.
Mt. Baker – Gorgeous views of Lake Washington and its namesake Mount Baker make this neighborhood highly sought-after. It is an expensive area, dotted with upscale homes and parks. Mount Baker Park is a 22-acre park that features tennis courts, a playground, a beach, and a dock that extends out onto Lake Washington.