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Seattle Overview

Ballard | Beacon Hill | Belltown | Capitol Hill | Freemont | Greenwood | Laurelhurst | Leschi | Magnolia | Queen Anne


Seattle is a thriving urban core of culture, economy and entertainment, surrounded by many distinct neighborhoods. Each of these neighborhoods possesses its own identity and character that sets it apart from other areas in the city: An ambiance, an attitude, a special chemistry that is unique to that particular area. Newcomers maybe surprised by Seattle's many hills as well as the proximity to water in almost every direction. But the benefits of our geography are numerous, including plentiful view and waterfront homes along with a chance to enjoy suburban-type living within minutes of downtown.

Most Seattle neighborhoods support an economically, ethnically, socially and religiously diverse population. Seattle residents are known for their tolerance and integration. The following descriptions are an introduction to a few of the city's many neighborhoods.

Ballard
Ballard used to be a neat, blue-collar neighborhood of Scandinavian fishermen and mill workers. Now an influx of young, educated professionals are taking advantage of its reasonable housing prices, and it's quickly becoming a hot spot. The town is proud of its Scandinavian roots, as seen by the Nordic Heritage Museum and several specialty food stores and restaurants. Ballard has a lively pulse after dark, with the Tractor Tavern and the Ballard Firehouse.
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Beacon Hill
Beacon Hill is the hill south of Capitol Hill and east of Downtown. Like most Seattle neighborhoods, it is ethnically and economically integrated: stately turn-of-the-century homes live next to brick ramblers and split-levels. One of Beacon Hill's treasures is Jefferson Park, which also contains one of the city's most-used public golf courses.
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Belltown
One of Seattle's oldest inner-city neighborhoods, Belltown is one of the most dynamic communities in the area. With more than 2000 condominiums and some 50 eateries opening within the last 5 years, Belltown is going more upscale. An assortment of young professionals, middle-aged empty nesters and wealthy Seattleites make up the neighborhood's population. It has quickly become Seattle's hip place for nightlife, with The Vogue, Crocodile Cafe, Dimitriou's Jazz Alley and the Moore Theatre.
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Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is located directly east and uphill from downtown Seattle. Broadway is the center strip and bursts with the energy of its eclectic population. Capitol Hill boasts art galleries, cafes, quaint shops, independent-film theaters and funky clothing stores. It is a very urban neighborhood that embraces the diversity of the people who live here. The neighborhood contains stately mansions, single-family homes and plenty of rental units.
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Freemont
Fremont is a popular neighborhood to live and to visit. It has a hip and whimsical personality, with funky shops and restaurants, public markets and microbreweries. It is a Mecca for area artists, and is home to some of Seattle's most famous public art.
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Greenwood
Located north of Green Lake and the Woodland Park Zoo, and west of Aurora Avenue (Highway 99), Green wood is one of the last affordable neighborhoods in North Seattle. Narrow streets are quiet and tidy, with an interesting architectural mix from brick Tudors to 1950's-style ranch homes to split-levels.
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Laurelhurst
Laurelhurst is the spit of land that juts out into Lack Washington east of the University of Washington. This is a fashionably sought-after neighborhood, home to many well-to-do families. Stately, manicured homes blanket this hilly peninsula overlooking Lake Washington.
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Leschi
Rising from the shores of Lake Washington between Mount Baker and Madrona, Leschi is home to a racially and economically diverse group of people. It has stately turn-of-the-century homes and many far more modest houses. Neighborhood streets end at Lake Washington, creating small public parks with lake access. Homes here average $652,330.
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Magnolia
Magnolia is situated on two hills: east hill, with views of downtown, and west hill with views of the water. It's a comfortable quiet neighborhood close to downtown with a mix of mansions, ranch homes, condos and apartments. The neighborhood touches water on three sides, featuring hillside lots with great views. Homes here average $516,220.
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Queen Anne
Upper Queen Anne has a majority of single-family dwellings, many in the classic Queen-Anne style. Lower Queen Anne is closer to the Seattle Center, and is more densely populated. Proximity to downtown and fabulous views makes this a highly desirable place to live. A home here averages $606,532. Condominiums average $308,440.
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