Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods in 2020

Find yourself a place to call home

By Ariel Shearer & Chelsea Lin March 21, 2020

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This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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.

Mount Baker
Head south for lake access and tree-lined boulevards

Lower Queen Anne
The sky’s the limit for career-driven Seattleites who land here

Maple Leaf
Families flock to this northeast neighborhood for its small-town feel in the middle of the city

Everett
A former mill town ready for liftoff

Sunset Hill
A neighborhood perched on Seattle’s western edge provides ample views and beach-town vibes

Ones to Watch: Interbay, Ballard, Northgate, Bellevue

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Ones to Watch

As neighborhoods throughout the city grow and change, here’s a handful of hot areas to keep an eye on

This article appears in print in the March 2020 issue, as part of the “Best Neighborhoods” cover story. Click here to subscribe. InterbayExpedia’s newly opened waterfront campus is a shiny bellwether of things to come in this decreasingly industrial neighborhood, yet this strip separating Magnolia and Queen Anne has caught the attention of enterprising small-business owners, too….

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Sunset Hill

A neighborhood perched on Seattle’s western edge provides ample views and beach-town vibes

Liquid Assets: Sound views from Sunset Hill Park

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Everett

A former mill town ready for liftoff

Flight of Fancy: Locals love the new passenger terminal at Paine Field, as much for the luxe finishes as for the fast-moving security lines

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Maple Leaf

Families flock to this northeast neighborhood for its small-town feel in the middle of the city

Rainier views from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Lower Queen Anne

The sky’s the limit for career-driven Seattleites who land here

Space Needle views from the bus stop

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Seattle’s Best Neighborhoods: Mount Baker

Head south for lake access and tree-lined boulevards

Playtime at Mount Baker Park