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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
Oct 10, 2010

"A Great Outdoors Area in the City"

Everyone wants to live in the forest, well everyone who lives in the Northwest anyway – ok a lot of us who live in the Northwest want to live in the forest and also have the perks of living in a city. North Delridge is one of these neighborhoods – it’s a residential area that feels like an outdoors experience. The housing ranges from small bungalows to condos to nice apartment buildings. The area boosts the Seattle Golf Course and Camp Long which is the go-to place for all those outdoorsy Northwest people. If fact Camp Long even has cabins in it that you can rent. The area also has an impressive artificial climbing rock called Schuman Rock where you can often find climbers perfecting their skills.

The North Delridge area of Seattle isn’t a one-stop shopping areas where everything you may ever need converges in one spot. In order to get necessities like groceries or your shopping fix you will have to venture over to one of the bordering areas.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
Oct 10, 2010

"Not the Most Exciting Area of Queen Anne Unless You Want Piece and Quite"

Queen Anne is one of the largest areas in Seattle broken into directional sections of North, South, East and West. The north Queen Anne section is unlike its other points. This area of Queen Anne isn’t known for its shops with mostly cleaners and like businesses in the north area.

Two of the best bars in my opinion are The Dubliner on Fremont Ave N and Nickerson Street Saloon on interestingly enough Nickerson Street. Although not the most happening places in the area they have great drinks and aren’t so hip you feeling like your undressed when you visit them. North Queen Anne also has one of the best taco shops called Melena’s which is a small, mostly take out restaurant that serves some of the best tacos in Seattle. It’s worth the trip to area just for one.

The housing market in the area is all over the place with the dwellings currently available being condos and apartments. The pricing is all over the place with some homes starting in the $250,000 range and others over $900,000 thousand. The cheaper homes are defiantly serious fixer uppers or units taken in foreclosure.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Oct 03, 2010

"Madrona - A City Within A City"

If you’re looking for a neighborhood that has charm, diversity than Madrona is the neighborhood you want to live in. This Seattle neighborhood is full of charm and has a small down feel, as if you are not in a burrow of a large metropolitan city but as if you are in a small town.

Union and Cherry street are the main roads in Madrona with Leschi just a short distant away giving the area a lot of avenues for exploration outside of its confines. Lining Madrona’s streets are tons of shops which a variety of themes, it’s more like a wharf town when you walk down the Avenue, with small bookstores, cafes and clothing boutiques that tempt a person to linger in the area.

I-90 is accessible from the area and a few area parks allow for hiking and picnics with Lake Washington view to keep you company on your outing. All-in-all the area is more like a small town than a small neighborhood in Seattle.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
Oct 03, 2010

"A Wonderful Place to Call Home, but You Have to Drive Elsewhere For Fun"

There’s nowhere in Seattle that is as nice, as fancy or as desired as the North Beach Blue Ridge area in Seattle. One of the perks of living in the area is not only the atmosphere, but the sheer beauty of the views. You’re not going to be disturbed in the area but cars driving too fast or radios blaring from car stereos as they drive by, instead you’re just greeted with the sounds of peaceful streets and a quiet atmosphere.

But it’s just not the homeowners that have amazing views; North Beach Blue Ridge is home to a pedestrian park called Carkeek Park which boosts 216-acres of hiking trails, picnic areas and play areas for kids of all ages. It also has a great sandy beach for those rare warm beach bathing days. The park also is home to an environmental center that holds a variety of program activities.

The North Beach Blue Ridge area is a wonderful place to call home but paradise does have its drawbacks. Because it’s so secluded homeowners have to drive fairly fare to run errands and the eateries are not plentiful in the area so venturing out is recommended for those dinners out.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
Oct 03, 2010

"A Great Seattle Area if You Can Deal With the Traffic"

Not a lot of areas in Seattle feel like their own little world like Montlake does, one of the nicest areas in Seattle it’s not a place that everyone can afford, but the ones that can are treated to pristine streets with trees lining the roads, great small cafes that sell sandwiches and soups or more exotic fares. The area is also the home of MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry) which is rich in Seattle history and on the verge of closing it[s doors if funding doesn’t come through.

The Seattle Yacht Club is also located in the Montlake area, one of the nicest moorage areas in Seattle the Yacht Club has a great dining areas for a quick, although not affordable, lunch or dinner. Because of the proximity of the University of Washington the Montlake area can get really crowded on game day making it a difficult place to live if you want to make a quick trip to the store.

Traffic or not the area is still one of the more desirable areas in Seattle to live.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
Oct 03, 2010

"Everything You Need in One Area"

The greatest thing about the Olympia Hills | Victory Heights area in Seattle is that everything you could ever need is in the area so you don’t have to drive all around the city just to run errands. More than four grocery stores are in the area including two QFC’s, a super Fred Meyers and a Safeway. The housing prices vary to affordable to expensive depending on the area you’re looking to buy in. A lot of apartment buildings in the area have been converted to condos so the market its filled with people who have purchased their first homes which helps to make the area pretty diverse and vibrant.

Parts of the Olympia Hills | Victory Heights area can be slightly sketchy and there tends to be a lot of police presences in certain areas especially near small parks or streets with several apartment buildings but other than load radios and teenagers driving just a little too fast down some side streets the area is a great place to call home. It’s also brimming with a nice selection of restaurants and small shops so it’s an area that truly has everything.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
Sep 12, 2010

"More of a fishing village then a neighborhood in Seattle"

You can never beat an area in Seattle that has an ocean view. A lot of the city has them, or is close to them or is in driving distance of one, but the Seaview Area actually lives up to its name of having the Seattle Ocean view.

The area is in several stages of development with condo buildings in different stages of construction, but no new ones have popped up recently and the construction isn’t distracting or causing the area to lose its charm.

Seaview has a great boatyard named after the area that handles all types of repairs. The neighborhood is relatively quiet even with some of the ongoing construction and it tends to be a low key area with kind of a beach town feel, the community is friendly and accommodating and it seemed that everyone knew at least every other person that passed them on the street. Over all it’s a sleep-kind of small town feel that seems more like a fishing village then a neighborhood in Seattle
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
Sep 12, 2010

"The Place Where Seattle Lives Up to It's Movie Star Name"

There’s really no place in Seattle that truly feels like Seattle seems in the movies than North Admiral. This neighborhood is the home of Alki Beach with its amazing coastline, great eateries and stunning views. On a sunny Seattle day you can take an Alki Kayak Tours and explore the waterways and then eat at Salties or Admiral’s Pub, Circa or even Mission.

But Alki isn’t the only attraction of the area, the homes in the area range in price and can be affordable bungalows to sprawling mason but it seems that almost every price range is represented in the area.

North Admiral has some great grocery stores like Metropolitan Market with its great wine selections and organic treats. Safeway and QFC also are in or close to the area. The traffic in the neighborhood can often be a bear and it’s recommended that one plan extra time in their day to travel around the area. Parking isn’t really great when venturing out to eat either so it’s defiantly a place to live if time isn’t a huge concern of yours.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
Sep 12, 2010

"Not a lot to do, but people seem to be everywhere"

Mann is a pretty croweded area of Seattle with a lot of small modest homes, apartments and some condo buildings. Considered part of central Seattle the Mann area is close to everything but doesn’t really have a lot of stand out resturants and or businesses in the area.

The neighboorhood area is fairly quiet and there seem to be a lot of one income homes with a lot of single mothers. The age in the area is fairly young, but even that doesn’t seem to draw a big night life scene to the district. The area has a fairly decent transit system with the buses being enough to get a person here to there without much of a wait in between buses, but not so many that traffic is a nightmare.

The activities on a rainy Sunday afternoon were slow paced. Mann High School is in the area and a few eatiers like Assimba Ethiopian Cuisine, Crush and CC Burgers can makea visit to Seattle district of Mann enjoyable.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
Sep 05, 2010

"Always look both ways before crossing the railroad tracks"

In order to call Interbay home you have to be a person who doesn’t mind noise because in order to live in Interbay, you have to enjoy hearing the trains. Because of the heavy train traffic, Interbay is a noisy place to call home and the trains don’t abide by a 10pm quiet time. The area is fairly industrial because of the trains and so it’s not a lot to look at when you travel through.

Like most Seattle neighborhoods the place has its uses, once marshland it’s now a place where commerce thrives by the way of the rail. However, unlike most industrial areas Interbay have many neighborhoods with homes that are modestly prices and well kept up. The area is pretty hilly, and you need to watch out for the occasional kind on a skateboard taking advantage of the steep inclines, but the area is a good place to call home, especially if you’re not put off by the noise from the railroad tracks.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
Aug 29, 2010

"Licton Springs An Area by Everything"

Proximity is key when living in Seattle. The city is a busy place so you want to be able to venture out, get stuff done and then get home in a reasonable amount of time. Licton Springs is that place. It’s by everything and still has a neighborhood charm.

On one side you have the Northgate area which host the Northgate Mall and all it’[s shops and restaurants. Then on another side you have Aurora Avenue or Highway 99 whichever its preferred name is. This Avenue also contains shops, chain stores and restaurants, more than anyone person would need.

But the area isn’t just some spot you cross through to get to Northgate or to Aurora Ave. Licton Springs is also known for being a natural spring which in itself is pretty cool. The area is also the home to North Seattle Community College which is a popular 2-year school with an impressive extended learn program. The houses in the Licton Spring area are nice and semi-affordable for Seattle and with its nearness to Northgate and Aurora it’s not a bad place to call home.
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3/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 4/5
Aug 29, 2010

"The Place You Go When You’re Sick"

Sadly most people visit Minor area of Seattle because they are either in or visiting someone who is at the Swedish Medical Center. The main destination of the area is either the hospital or the Seattle University Campus. Because of these two businesses there are more than enough coffee shops and restaurants to go around and to keep anyone busy while they are in the area.

It’s not an area with much to look at thought, no really great parks are in the neighborhood and the coffee shops are a mixture of locally owned haunts and chains like Starbucks, Tully’s and Seattle’s Best. You’ll always find parking when in the area, but it’ll cost you and there is a lot of pedestrian traffic because of the hospital and school. Traffic is a nightmare in the area no matter what the time so save ample time when you head to this neighborhood because it’ll take you good 15-minutes longer than you though it would.
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  • Clean & Green 4/5
Aug 29, 2010

"The Kubota Gardens are the Number One Reason toi Visit"

There is a time for everything. Rainier’s Beach time is here. The area is still known for its crummy past but with such a long stretch of shoreline that helps to increase the value of waterfront property.

The area has one of the new light rail stations which connect the area to downtown so the neighborhood is booming for those commuters who don’t want to take an hour or more to get home at night. But the real draw of the area is the Kubota Gardens. Walking into this stunning public garden is like walking into another world and you forget that the area is still sadly known for past violence. The gardens take up about 20 acres and the landscaped grounds host waterfalls, a great planet variety, streams and ponds. The gardens are the best part of the area and are a must visit destination when in the area.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
Aug 29, 2010

"Host One of the Best Fish Restaurant in the City"

One of the advantages of living in Seattle is that most anywhere you go you can see water, which is why it’s known as a port city. The Steven’s area is one of the areas that sees no water, but doesn’t lack the charm of a Seattle neighborhood; its charm is why it’s such a great place to visits. Who needs water when you have restaurants galore and funky and fun shops?

Coastal Kitchen is a must when you are in the Steven’s area. Known for fish this restaurant has a home kitchen feel with its old tables and friendly wait staff, the food is to die for and the service is the best. It blows away any of the other area restaurants.

Interlaken Park is a must when in the area, it’s over 51 acres of wooded area it’s a little piece of wilderness in Steven’s backyard. It’s not much of a place to have a picnic or to play catch with the dog, but there are great hiking and biking trails for those people in the city who want to get away without getting away.
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Aug 22, 2010

"An Island Where Nobody Lives"

The store of Seattle is simple. It’s built on sand and its harbors are somewhat manufactured so as to take away the booming cargo business from Tacoma. This is one of the reasons people dread earthquakes because nothing here is built on solid ground. Harbor Island has the same history as it’s an island completely manmade. Stretching 400 acres it’s not the biggest island in the area and it’s not the liveliest either. In fact no one lives there the only people who visit are there to work on unloading cargo ships. Several shipyards are located on the island, Todd Pacific Shipyards and the Port of Seattle terminals.

Harbor Island isn’t alone in its manmade-ness the much frequented sports stadiums Safeco Field and Qwest Field now sit on land that was built up the same time Harbor Island was. A favorite for Seattle based fishermen the island is a hot bed for crabbing.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 15, 2010

"It’s an eyesore, but a commerce haven"

It’s an eyesore with all the cranes and metal container – barges and trains are always in the area loading and unloading cargo to take it to and from the city. The landscape is that of tracks and steel, it’s where all the bad guys go in the movies. However, without this area of Seattle we wouldn’t be Seattle.

The area isn’t void of life, and the people who go there daily to work aren’t the only people who frequent the area. Some apartment buildings are in the area and a restaurant or two have cropped up. Some artists use some of the warehouse spaces as studios and the vibe isn’t just commerce.
It’s not the cleanest part of Seattle and it’s not for those people who like peace and quiet, to live here is to live surround by nose which sounds like a construction site on overdrive. But it’s a thriving area that helps make Seattle a thriving city.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
Aug 15, 2010

"A surprising destination"

I ended up here by accident, trying for another destination and getting terribly lost in the process, but it was worth it because this area hosts some of the nicest people who got me un-lost and back to exploring the city.

The one thing everyone knows or should know about the Haller Lake area is that it’s named after a lake which adds nicely to the scenery of the neighborhood. Public access to the lake is tricky and you may need a detective or a search and rescue dog with you in order to actually find it but your detective work will be all worth it when you find what you’re looking for. The surrounding park with its trees and trails is a great way to spend some time and the off leash area makes walking your dog a little more enjoyable.

A small residential area is nestled in the Haller Lake neighborhood and local eateries and small shops are shattered here and there for a person’s buying pleasure. It’s a great place to end up when you get lost, kind of a surprising destination that was worth the blindfold.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
Aug 15, 2010

"An Oasis of Peace in a City of Noise"

When you think of Seattle you think thriving nightlife, exciting action and the movie Singles, but Broadview Bitter Lake is none of those assumptions – it a quiet suburb with a community vibe and little to do outside of working on your yard or having BBQ’s in the back. That’s not to say that the area isn’t quite lovely it’s just not a Mecca for those who want fast pasted action and a big city feel.

Contributing to the low key lifestyle reflected in the area is the recreational area known as Llandover Woods which is a massive green space spanning 9.1 acres where nature enthusiast can really get out into the forest without having to travel to the Olympics or travel across the Deception Pass Bridge. The area is relatively unspoiled and is great for wildlife watching if you’re a birder or if you just like to get away for the city and enjoy the outdoors.

There are a few locally owned eateries but the area is really a residential one and to really dine in style one would have to venture away for this oasis.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
Aug 08, 2010

"Feels Faraway, Even Though it’s in the City"

There seem to be a lots of fairly affordable housing in the Gatewood area of Seattle as this area makes up a smaller part of the much larger neighborhood – West Seattle. The area honestly doesn’t have much going on in it and even after a visit it’s hard to go on and on about all the possibilities that lie within its streets.

Not a lot of restaurants are in the area but with this being so close to West Seattle, you won’t have far to travel to find a place to dine. Besides the nice homes there seems to be lots of condos in the area. While visiting this part of Seattle I got the feeling like I was in a suburb that’s enclosed by another city, a city other than Seattle. It just feels disconnected in Gatewood. It feels really far away even though it’s actually really easy to get to downtown from it. Not sure I’d live here, but lots of people seem just fine with it. And it’s all about individual tastes.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
Jul 31, 2010

"Home to two of the coolest parks and they know it"

You want big, then you want Magnolia the home of Discovery Park, which is one of the largest parks in the City and is the home of many Seattle based festivals. To truly take in the wonder of the park though, I recommend acquiring Seattle Audubon Society’s species checklist as it gives you a ton of species to be on the lookout for and I’s a great way to make sure that your taking in all the scenery while you’re walking the numerous walking trails, like the Loop Trail, which the park has. The shoreline is also a great destination on your visit.

Magnolia Park is also a great destination while in the area, this park has tennis, picnic tables and less of a wilderness hike feel. Although the Magnolia area is large it’s not the easiest part of Seattle to access as visitors need to travel over the Magnolia Bridge to get there. Some great, expensive, homes line the water though. It’s a nice area to visit and not just because of the two parks. Shopping, food and businesses - large and small - call the Magnolia area home too. And because this area covers a lot of Seattle more than one trip is recommended, because believe me you can’t pack it all in a 4-hour visit.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
Jul 31, 2010

"An Artist Paradise nestled in a Warehouse District"

Seattle as a city has always been into revitalization and the Georgetown area is a standing testament to that. The neighborhood host a good number of bars, clubs and the ever present Seattle staple – coffeehouses. This industrial area has grown from a transportation hub into a place where artist and residence have embraced the grittiness of warehouse buildings and train tracks and have turned the area into a place they can be proud of.

A lot of companies have taken up residence in the area, from spas to small businesses the warehouses are being utilized for more than storage and auto shops. The biggest draw of the area though is the art scene, artist seem to have flocked to the area for the big space warehouses that have now become artist work spaces, art shows and its own “Georgetown” art walk take place to showcase this unique artist community. The Museum of Flight is close to the area and Georgetown also has a park with a giant pair of cowboy boots in it – how can you go wrong with a visit here?
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Jul 24, 2010

"The Home of Seattle Center – Where all the Entertainers Come"

Lower Queen Anne or Uptown is pretty bustling although not as much now that the Sonics are gone. You have to fight the traffic for any event happening at Seattle Center. Seattle Center itself is a Mecca of tourist attractions and things to do. It houses KeyArena and Mc Caw Hall which presents the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera, both great options when they’re season is running which is September through June. Two major playhouses are also in Seattle Center – Intiman and Seattle Repertory Theater, both of which are revamping the shared common area so that it becomes a more attractive area for patrons to congregate. The Ride the Ducks is the area also and you can often see it drive by with its hosts in costume.

There’s a bit of a clubbing meat market thing that happens on the weekends. There are a lot of condos and it’s very close to downtown. There’s an area that’s to the Northeast of Seattle Center that has a few things going for it that could be nice, but nothing that blows the mind. Queen Anne is very close to downtown. I couldn’t get a read on the safety of the area in my short visit, but upper is going to be safer than lower since there’s just so much happening on Lower Queen Anne.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
Jul 24, 2010

"It’s Where the College Kids Live"

From the moment I moved to Washington State I wanted to live in the U District, but as I grew mature that dream changed. The area has a lot of college kids, duh, I mean it is where the University of Washington’s main branch is located and the reason the area is called the amply named U District. The down side of an area housing a campus and its young students and the fact that the average age is around 20 and that will never change. So if you’re past those college days you feel old walking the streets after a while.

There aren’t a lot of condos in the area; in fact the area mostly has apartments and houses that are used as rentals for the students. The Ave area is kind of rundown and that’s where the crime seems to be happening these days. There’s the U-village area that’s newer and safer but probably pretty boring. And the U-village area can have terrible traffic through Montlake. I would probably advise staying away from the U-district.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
Jul 24, 2010

"Tons of Construction, with no fun"

South Lake Union is kind of an odd area that’s forcing itself into existence. Right now the big “new” thing is a lot of construction, with lots of condos and office buildings going up, with the economy the way it is the condos just might be an affordable real estate option, so probably a ton of deals are currently to be had. Thankfully with the some restaurants and other shops are popping up along with all the new constriction. The only close grocery store is Whole Foods, which is nice if you want to spend your whole paycheck on groceries.

The University of Washington Campus has a branch in the area as well for the School of Medicine and a lot of other medical type buildings line the area. Although once the Amazon compound is finished and occupied it might liven up the area. However, with all the tons of construction still going on, it’s an area that needs to develop past just residential & real estate. The area seems safe, but perhaps a bit boring.
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  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
Jul 18, 2010

"A Beautiful Area to Watch Sailboats & Pirates"

I spent most of my visit to Mt. Baker driving through neighborhoods looking at all the houses that border Lake Washington and dreaming of one day owning one of them. The housing in the area is some of my favorite and goes from lakeside to wooden in mere blocks. It’s defiantly a neighborhood of homes with some restaurants and shops tossed in; it’s not a big nightlife area. However, every summer is its one of the hottest destinations when it host Seafair.

The Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center which is located on Lake Washington and in Stan Sayres Park where people come to see the Hydroplane Races. It’s a great place to hang out of a nice sunny Seattle day to take in the sail boats or just sun worship. There’s also Mount Baker Park where picnic tables are plentiful and tennis is the afternoon game and the courts are in great shape. Lots of paths run through the park for those wanting to explore while taking in the views.

Not a lot of fancy restaurants are in the area but there are some as well as a few great wine shops and smaller retailers in the area. Overall it’s a great place to own a nice home and to visit when the pirates are in town.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
Jul 18, 2010

"Stick to Rainier Ave and You’ll Not Want for Activities"

Columbia City is a diverse section of Seattle in its people and their incomes. But Rainier Ave is the place to be when visiting Columbia City, the Columbia City Cinema is pretty spectacular, once a lodge it’s been refurbished into something more than the multi-plexes you can find at any and all strip malls.

Also on Rainier Ave is the Columbia City Gallery which host works my local Seattle artists. The collection is diverse, like the area, and doesn’t limit its displays to those just into canvas arts. Some great jewelry can be purchased here so that you can wear a one-of-a-kind piece by a local. Once you’re done drooling over all the great art your pick of entertainment is just down the street or next door. Columbia City Theater host live music and cabaret shows on Friday nights, big in Seattle, this act is pretty up there with the best the city has to offer.

But the greatest event in Columbia City happens of the second Friday of every month with BeatWalk where for a small fee you can visit several area locations to watch several bands performing.

I was underwhelmed by the selection of eateries in the areas, with the one’s I visited looking more like cafes. But all-in-all it’s a nice place to visit, just bring a sandwich with you.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
Jul 18, 2010

"Beacon Hill a Nice Destination for a Sunday Afternoon"

Some part of Seattle are vibrate with too much to do and see, Beacon Hill is a nice mix, so as you stroll down the streets taking in the scenery you don’t fill rushed to see all you can in your visit. On my Sunday visit I took in the Beacon Rocks festivities on Lander Festival Street which featured rock band performances, from what I found out for the guy next to me this happens a few times during the summer months on Sundays.

Jefferson Park is the spot for golf in the area, it also features a community center and I watched a lively game of lawn bowling when I visited. There’s also Rizal Park which has an off-leash area for dogs, grassy areas with picnic tables and amazing views of Downtown Seattle & Elliot Bay.

The coolest neighborhood hang out to me was the Rockit space which is an art and music space where open night mics and poetry readings take place; it’s a great place to partake local music & art. For yummy cheap eats try the Dim Sum House It’s my favorite in all of Seattle or you can take in the atmosphere of the Beacon Pub which is a great place to go where mostly regulars hang out at the bar and the atmosphere is quiet.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Jul 11, 2010

"Where People Go to Shop"

Most people associate Northgate with Seattle’s Northgate Mall, and although the mall is the primary focus of people visiting the Northgate area it’s not the only thing this area of Seattle has to offer. Northgate is the host to several neighborhoods with houses, condos and apartment buildings mixed in throughout the area. Condos are reasonably price in the area as well as the smaller homes, like all areas the real estate market was hit hard in this area so the housing is less expensive than it once was.

North Seattle Community College also calls the Northgate area home, with its 2-year degree programs, as well as one of the many branches of the Seattle Public Library. Because the Northgate Mall is in the area of Seattle restaurants are plentiful with big named chain restaurants like Red Robin, the Ram and California Pizza Kitchen are always busy but have familiar fare. My personal preference is Bluefin with its Japanese fair and wonderful sushi. Although whenever I’m in the Northgate area I’m sure to be found wondering for hours in the two-story Target.

The Northgate area isn’t really a place to find nightlife, parks or unique boutiques and restaurants, but it does have all the chain stores, outlets and eateries that a person is familiar with.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Jul 11, 2010

"“A Borough Unto Itself”"

Seattle is known for it’s funky off-beat boroughs, but none seems to compare to the pulsating scene that is Fremont. This hip, funky and often jumping area is famously known for many things from the Fremont Troll to the Statue of Lenin to the nude cyclists who appear during the Summer Solstice Parade.

Sunday’s can be best spent at the outdoor Fremont Market. This market hosts blocks of items like fresh vegitables and fruits, antigues, crafts and food vendors selling gyros and other street fair type items. It’s best to get their early, right at 10am, so you can avoid the huge after church crowds and find the best deals and items. Homemade soaps are my favroites to buy from the craft vendors. After checking out the market I recomment the independantly owned Fremont Book Shop, located on 35th Street it holds treasures both new and used and all at affordable prices.

However, Fremont isn’t just about the weird and unusual it actually has something for everyone, with everything at your finger tips from an electric arts scene, locally owned coffee shops, some of the best beer in the area and it’s home to the Adobe Campus and summertime outdoor cinemas.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
Jul 08, 2010

"A California Beach in the Pacific Northwest"

Alki is a very popular destination for Seattleites and tourist alike – especially when the weather is sunny and warm. Its beach stretched about 2 ½ miles running from Alki Point, which is the home of Alki’s very own lighthouse, to Elliott Bay’s Duwamish Head. Alki is a popular destination for sun worshipers and those wising to stretch their legs. On a summer evening you can find more than one group huddled around a bonfire in one of the many fire pits on its surprisingly sandy coast.

Alki is also the proud home of a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty, which has become a popular landmark. Like many outdoor hotspots Alki’s paved path is often the home of roller bladders, joggers and dog walkers out for a stroll. The park offers a boat launch for smaller hand carried crafts and a rental facility where kayaks and other water bound vessels can be discovered.

The real estate market in the area is mixed with beautiful homes, small bungalows and condo and apartment buildings all mixed in together. The area offers some of the best views, especially on a clear day of the Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle.

Alki also host a variety of restaurants where visitors and residence alike can dine. The award-wining Salty’s is a popular dining location, though it can be expensive. If you’re looking for a more affordable dining out adventure Alki Café Beach Bistro is also a good choice.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jul 05, 2010

"A Little Something for Everyone"

Downtown Seattle is always jumping no matter what the time of day with so much activity always taking place it’s hard to know what to do once you get there. If you’re an Art lover than Seattle Art Museum with its permanent and traveling exhibits is the way to go, recently expanding SAM had floors of art to keep one busy. A day can easily be spent within its walls with nourishment coming from its in-house restaurant Taste. If visual art isn’t your scene than I recommended you just cross Second Avenue and head into Benaroya Hall where you can take in any number of shows from Seattle Arts & Lecture presentations, to National Geography Live speakers, or the famous Seattle Symphony which calls the walls of Benaroya Hall home.

Dining options are numerous with Purple Café & Wine Bar on Fourth Avenue, Wild Ginger on the Third and Triple Door just halfway down the block where good food and entertainment is happening seven days a week. But no visit is complete of downtown Seattle without stopping by Pike Place Market – world famous for fish throwing and ambiance, Pikes Place is an adventure unto itself.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
Jul 05, 2010

"Where the City Meets the Woods"

Something like 72 languages are spoken in the Seward Park area, this ethnically diverse area is home one of the oldest synagogues in the state and host a remarkable cultural diversity. It’s one of the only places I’ve been in Seattle that seems truly diverse. However, one of its greatest treasures is the park which in 277-acres host a range of animal and plant species including an area of old-growth forests, active bald eagle nests and the barely two-year old Audubon Center.

The Audubon Center makes Seward Park not only an ethnically diverse neighborhood, but an environmental Mecca. Finished in 2008 the Tudor-style house at the entrance of Seward Park features a nature and education center that holds environmental classes for schools and underserved youths, adult bird-watching activities and a variety of other environmental projects and classes. The center itself is stunning and a great addition to the park and its many trails and paths. In almost any kind of weather you can find people walking or jogging around the paved loop which is about 2.4 miles through wilderness and by part of Lake Washington. And if after taking in all that nature wasn’t enough I recommend dining at the Flying Squirrel Pizza Company, which is a funky and fun pizza place that has a true neighborhood pub feel.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Jul 04, 2010

"The “it” place to be on a nice day"

It’s considered somewhat cliché to walk around Green Lake’s lake on a nice day as it seems like everyone is strolling around it the minute the sun comes out from behind the clouds. But where else can you find such a tranquil setting on a nice Seattle day? Green lake and it’s lush country atmosphere is only minutes from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Seattle and it’s the perfect place to take a stroll, ride your bike or skate around for some exercise or just to stretch your legs in an outdoor setting.

The lake area has more to offer than a walking path though, a rental center can get you on the lake for a fee where you can rent a kayak, canoe or paddle boat, and you can often see the rowing crew on the lake during any type of weather.

After a stroll around the lake pedestrians can find anything they need at their finger tips, just mere blocks away. One favorite is Café Lulu on Latona Ave where you can never go wrong when seeking a caffeinated beverage or the many pubs and cafes, many with outside seating when the weathers nice. Green Lake is the place to be on a nice day, and oasis away in the city.
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