1. Capitol Hill
While you’re more likely to have a condo here than a house with a yard, the neighborhood flavor makes it an interesting and fun place to live. You’ll be well within walking distance of music venues, amazing restaurants, coffee shops, shopping and a wide variety of nightlife. Just make sure you figure out your parking situation if you have a car, because street parking in this neighborhood is near impossible.
2. West Seattle
West Seattle is an older neighborhood four miles from downtown Seattle, where the streets are lined with single-family homes and the The Junction offers nearby dining and shopping without having to leave the area.
Ballard started out as a Scandinavian fishing village and transformed into one of the hippest, most sought after neighborhoods in Seattle. Here, you can go to trendy bars, dine on the waterfront and partake in boutique shopping, all while enjoying a fairly relaxed atmosphere.
A laid-back neighborhood that’s close to the interstate, downtown and Lake Union, Wallingford is a pretty and friendly neighborhood lined with old houses with yards. The main business district offers many shops and restaurants, where you can enjoy the benefits of city life without feeling crowded or stressed.
5. Mount Baker
Mount Baker is a good option for people who want to live in a place that’s walkable but that’s more affordable than trendier and higher-priced options like Fremont. In this neighborhood, you may be able to find a charming bungalow in a good location.
6. South Lake Union
South Lake Union offers a mixture of new apartments with the Seattle flavor offered through close proximity to the water. Here, you can see fishing boats and warehouses amongst the shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
Leschi is close to the water, so many of the home prices will reflect that, but there are still deals to be found here, especially compared to some of the pricier neighborhoods in the area. Here, you can take advantage of parks and docks right along the lake.
8. Queen Anne
Queen Anne is stunning, with beautiful Queen Anne-style houses, spectacular views of the Puget Sound, and a plethora of restaurants, coffee shops, and culture in the form of theaters, opera, ballet and much more.
This charming neighborhood features older Craftsman and Tudor style homes and is close to the University District. Buying a home here is highly competitive. Homes on the market here stayed on the market an average of a mere seven days.
Greenwood is a self-contained neighborhood that puts first time home ownership more within reach than some of the more expensive neighborhoods. With easy access to the interstate and Aurora Avenue, and a downtown of its own to make it walkable, it’s a great option.