Seattle is the gem of the Pacific Northwest, but it’s called the Emerald City for its green lushness. It is a world-class city that consistently ranks in the top ten in livability, commerce, and growth. From the vibrant downtown sector to the trendy surrounding neighborhoods, Seattle is a thriving cultural landscape with a tech epicenter that is quietly becoming the hottest spot to call home.
Between the Puget Sound, Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountain range and Mount Rainier in the Cascades, Mother Nature has blessed Seattle with an assortment of riches. It’s not all about the great outdoors. The more than two dozen museums, ballet, theater and symphony halls can fulfill anyone’s artistic addiction. Not to be omitted is the international menu of world class restaurants with access to some of the finest and freshest ingredients from glorified farmer’s markets like that of the famous Pike Place Public Market. When you reside here you can play tourist and experience things like the famous Space Needle, The Seattle Great Wheel, Key Arena, CenturyLink Field, or Safeco Field.
The economy is a resilient one with an emphasis on high tech sectors and strong global connections. Aerospace, education, information and clean technologies are among the city’s key industries. So much so, the South Lake Union region has recently received a full makeover to make room for companies like Zillow and Amazon. Other companies of note that call Seattle home include Nordstrom, Starbucks, Safeco Corporation, Boeing, Microsoft, and Weyerhauser. Many of these powerhouses benefit from talent via the local University of Washington whose scenic campus is just fifteen minutes from downtown.
In the real estate market, new condominiums and town homes are being built to take advantage of the city’s stunning views, often with rooftop decks as a key amenity. The incorporation of green building materials and designs is also becoming a priority, and foreign investors are buoying the market.
There is no shortage of desirable and diverse zip codes throughout the Greater Seattle region. The stately homes of Ravenna, the grand estates of Laurelhurst and the mansions of Madison Park and Capital Hill bordering Volunteer Park are but a few. High-level executives and pro athletes can be found in private family compounds in waterfront enclaves on Lake Washington such as Medina and on Mercer Island. Some areas feel utterly removed from the city’s urban core such as Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, an outpost of wineries, artist studios and low-key attractions, this slice of Americana is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle.
When the Space Needle was built in 1962 for the Seattle World’s Fair, it was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.