This article appears in print in the March 2020 issue, as part of the "Best Neighborhoods" cover story. Click here to subscribe.
Whether you’re searching for your first house, a promising investment or the best place to raise a family, seeing your personality reflected in a neighborhood is just as important as making sure the home’s foundation is secure and the windows don’t leak. Despite the bidding wars, endless construction and density debate—all part of living in an evolving metropolis—Seattle endures as a city of neighborhoods, each possessing its own unique character. For our annual celebration of the city’s best neighborhoods, we’ve zeroed in on those special qualities that shape daily life just as much as a mortgage does, and curated our list in terms of what type of resident might love each neighborhood most. Whether you’re looking to relocate or for a good reason to stay put, don’t lose sight of what matters most.
Head south for lake access and tree-lined boulevards
A former mill town ready for liftoff
A neighborhood perched on Seattle’s western edge provides ample views and beach-town vibes
Ones to Watch: Interbay, Ballard, Northgate, Bellevue