8.6 out of 10

Fremont

Ranked 2nd best neighborhood in Seattle
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Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
Mar 05, 2016

"Sightseeing and attractions"

We’ve been here several times and have enjoyed our visits. There are many tourists here, to see the unusual attractions.

The tourists come to see things like the Fremont Troll. It is a very large troll made of sand under the bridge. We visited it once but it smelled of urine so we did not allow our daughter to climb on it like the other children. There is also a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Fremont. I do not understand why people would want such a statue in their neighborhood. But I suppose it is to make it a unique, unusual place, which it is.

There is also the Fremont Market. We thought it was a farmer’s market but it is not. It is a “flea” market, and antiques market. There is some food, but not like other farmer’s market. I probably would not return.

We did the chocolate tour at Theo’s chocolate factory without our daughter, and it was delicious. I wouldn’t recommend it for young children but it is appropriate for teenagers and older. You can try many chocolates and see the process of creating chocolate bars.

We also attended the Fremont Solstice Parade in June, which celebrates the longest day of the year. We were surprised at the nudity at the beginning of the parade. We heard that all the bicyclists would have their bodies painted. They did not. But the rest of the parade was more family-friendly with beautiful costumes and dancing.

I can also recommend walking along the waterfront on the cement trail, which is nice in the summer to cool down. See if you can find the bush shaped like a dinosaur.
Pros
  • Unique culture
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
Feb 18, 2016

"Music venues for different tastes"

So Fremont’s one of my top places to go out, especially in the summer. The bars are fun, there’s music, and lots of summer patios. Not so many tourists (at night) as other places, and less clubby than Cap Hill.

You should check out the Solstice Music Festival if you can. You can either get a pass for the main stage where there are the bigger names (but no one super big. Biggest name this year is the Presidents of the United States of America) or go to the free stage to discover a new band.

The rest of the summer (or whenever) you can go to a show at Nectar Lounge. The shows are usually $15 or under, but just listen to the music online before you go because it’s hit and miss. But since it’s half outside it’s super fun in the summer. They do alternative and dance music. Dive Bar right across the street does shows too, usually no cover, or only $5. They do rock and punk.

There’s acoustic shows and quieter music at the Fremont Abbey up the road. Their calendar is usually pretty packed, and they bring in some high quality musicians.

So lots of music options. Good neighborhood if you’re not sure what music mood you’re in yet.

Other places I like going out for a drink:

-Brouwers: tons of beer choices! I think they have like 50 beers on tap. Plus they do tons of beer specialty events. Like events just for hoppy beers, or for barleywine. Oh and when hops are in season they have fresh hops beers. It tastes TOTALLY different from regular beer, you just have to try it.

-Fremont Brewing: a huge brewpub with lots of outdoor tables in the summer

-Schilling Cider: Lots of cider. You have to like cider to go here. But it’s not all sweet luckily.
Pros
  • Tons of music options
  • Great nightlife
Cons
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Feb 11, 2016

"Fremont is my FAVORITE"

Do you enjoy a neighborhood with personality? A neighborhood with amazing food and fun places to drink? Fremont checks all of these boxes!

I adore Fremont’s cute little main drag. It is totally walkable and has a bunch of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and some super cute stores. Fremont is home to the one and only Fremont Solstice Fair, which takes place in June and is most known for naked cyclist parading down the main drag. The fair also has live music and crafts, but think of it as one BIG outdoor party to celebrate the official start of summer.

Living in Fremont is a little slower pace than Cap Hill or the U Dist. It’s still super close to Downtown, but feels like it’s far outside the city core, which is probably because Fremont has views of the city center.

I would totally consider living in Fremont. It’s very up and coming and has a plethora new apartments with full amenities, and it looks like they are building more.

The real reason I head to Fremont is the food. My absolute fav is Revel, it’s Korean fusion in a fresh modern space. This place is a MUST, it is right on the 36th Ave. Joule, which is on Stone Way, is from the same chef duo behind Revel. Think French meets Asian in a beautiful melody.

Right next to Joule is The Whale Wins this seafood spot has received national recognition year after year. Their patio is SO cute. And just a couple doors down is Miir, a modern space that has the type of craft coffee people associate with Seattle AND a huge microbrew beer selection.

All of these places I listed are less than two years old, so yes, Fremont is very up and coming. The neighborhood is extremely walkable, all of the places I list are right next to each other. Plus, the neighborhood has Seattle staples like Paseo and a list of bars on 36th like Norms (DOG BAR!) and Ballroom.

If you're looking for fun and adventure and maybe a bit less hustle and bustle than Capitol Hill, Fremont is a neighborhood to check out.
Pros
  • Amazing Restaurants
  • Excellent cafes
  • Unique culture
Cons
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Feb 05, 2016

"Burke Gilman Trail and tech"

Fremont is a pretty chill neighborhood. There are a ton of tech companies here like Google, Tableau, Adobe, Getty, and some smaller ones. So that means that Fremont has a lot of good restaurants to feed them all.

Paseos is of course a classic. It’s up Fremont Ave, you’ll know you’re there when you see a huge line. But dude the Cuban sandwiches are worth the wait. Rock Creek a block away has amazing seafood too. I also like brunch at the Yellow Dot Café because they have bottomless mimosas haha. There are a lot of other places, I won't name them all though, just go explore. You'll find something good.

But mostly I’m near Fremont because I’m running on the Burke Gilman Trail. I love running all the way west to Golden Gardens Park in Ballard. If it's really hot you can jump in the water! But then you have to rinse your feet off and wait for them to dry so you don't get blisters on the way home. Lessen learned the hard way. Or you can run the other way and go past Wallingford and around Lake Union or Lake Washington. It’s just nice being on a path away from the road to avoid stoplights and cars. Since I start at Queen Anne, usually Gasworks park is a good turnaround point for a pretty decent workout.
Pros
  • Burke Gilman Trail
  • Excellent cafes
  • Bicycle friendly
Cons
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Feb 04, 2016

"Fun Times in Fremont"

Fremont is on the north end of South Lake Union and is a really awesome little neighborhood with great outdoor spaces and cool bars & restaurants. The area is also a little tech hub onto itself, with the likes of Google and Tableau having offices in the neighborhood.

There are amazing places to eat in Fremont! Revel, The Whale Wins, Joule, Roux, and Paseo are all really really good. How good? Well Paseo has been the #1 restaurant on Seattle’s Yelp for years. Joule and The Whale Wins were named two of the best restaurants according to Bon Appetite Magazine. I can’t forget Westward, the patio is one, if not the best in the city. There is also Art of Table and Canlis, both out of my budget but highly acclaimed.

Besides food I come to Fremont for beer, and Fremont Brewing has a great outdoor space to chill at in the summer. One of my favorite coffee/beer/bike spots is Miir which has super clean/modern vibe with a huge selection of beverages.

Fremont is also a pretty good place to go out at night, especially on the weekends. I think a good portion of the crowd is from nearby Seattle Pacific University so some places can have a slightly younger crowd than I’m used to. The neighborhood has a little bit of everything from hipster bars (Add-a-Ball), bro bars (Red Door), dancing (Ballroom), Irish Pub (George and the Dragon), and even a ski bar (Woodsky’s).

Fremont is also home to Gas Works Park, probably one of the best parks in Seattle. It has an amazing view of the Seattle skyline and of lake; a great spot to watch the seaplanes and boats!

With lots of new apartment buildings popping up in the area I think Fremont could be a great place to live, plus it’s super close to downtown.
Pros
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Unique culture
Cons
  • Many rental properties
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Jan 30, 2016

"A Seattle gem"

Fremont is a gem of a neighborhood. I live nearby and can be found in Fremont nearly every week. It is my go-to place not just for family visiting from out of town, but also to get together with friends and colleagues.

Downtown Fremont is peppered with quaint bistros, gift shops, and women’s clothing shops. There are quite a few eateries I would recommend, such as Café Turko. Yet, there are so many excellent options, that rather than cherry pick those that I prefer, I’d recommend to simply set aside a bit of time and walk around the neighborhood yourself and explore. The same can be said about the bars, which create a relaxed yet convivial nightlife in Fremont. There are at least a dozen bars within walking distance, of varying degrees of formality (though none have anything close to a dress code), catering to a wide range of customers. There are no clubs or dance venues in the neighborhood, however, apart from the Nectar Lounge, which attracts a college crowd.

Living very close to Fremont, I appreciate the many fitness centers. There is a good variety of complete fitness centers (Emerald City Athletics, Anytime Fitness, and Fremont Health Club) and boutique specialty providers (Yoga Tree, The Lab, etc.). Emerald City Athletics is probably the most comprehensive, with Barre, yoga, pilates, and other classes. But it also is by far the most expensive. For me, the expense is worth the value.
Pros
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
Cons
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Fun in Fremont!"

Fremont is a lively neighborhood with lots of entertainment and dining options. Highly recommend it if you're looking for a neighborhood with lots to do any time of year.
Pros
  • walkable
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
  • Interesting historic sites
  • Unique culture
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Quirky, all-in-one neighborhood."

Fremont is one of those places that locals call “quirky,” and in this case, “The center of the universe.” I’m serious, they actually call it that. It’s a joke from when a giant rocket was attached to a downtown building as artwork. Fremont is full of odd things like that. There’s the statue of Lenin. The giant troll under the bridge. A dinosaur-shaped bush. And the Fremont Solstice Parade, which is kicked off each summer by the naked bicycle ride, followed by an all-day march of people in outlandish costumes.

This quirkiness is balanced out by the tech community that’s also based there. With most of the tech buildings clustered along the waterfront, this low-key crowd has helped keep in business the many little shops that line Fremont’s ‘downtown,’ which is at the intersection of Fremont Ave and 35th. You’ll find clothing boutiques, a paint and sip place, spas (including one where you float in a salt bath!), and a few gift shops.

One of my favorite aspects is the abundance of low-key pubs. It’s like Goldilocks. Sometimes you want a place that’s not too fancy, not too grimy, but juuuust right. There are a lot of those in Fremont. I’d recommend “9 Million in Unmarked Bills” and Brouwer’s (which has 50+ beers on tap).

There’s plenty of good food too, especially if you have food restrictions. You can find the Flying Apron, a gluten-free vegan bakery with lunch items, a stone’s throw from the “Silence Heart Nest,” which is a vegetarian place with a-maz-ing food. Especially brunch.

When I lived in Fremont, I loved walking or biking down the Burke Gilman trail. It goes all the way to the Ballard Locks, and beyond to Golden Gardens Park to the west, and to the East, if you’re feeling like a workout, you can go for miles up the edge of Lake Washington and beyond to Redmond. Speaking of workouts, I’ve tried both the Fremont Health Club and the Anytime Fitness, and both are good options, with very honest staff (rare these days at gyms).

Bike commuters will love the bike lane that goes all the way to downtown, which gets quite busy in the summer. The downside is that there’s constant construction when you go through South Lake Union, so the route changes sometimes. But still, after a modest uphill, it’s mostly a gentle downhill, so you don’t arrive at work too sweaty. Then you can power home for your afternoon workout. Just watch out for the overly-competitive guys in spandex who Will. Not. Let. You. Pass. (just kidding, they’re not that bad).

For groceries, I usually went to Fred Meyer in Ballard, which isn’t far. Closer, you have two options. Right in downtown is PCC Natural Markets, which is fantastic for organics, but expensive. The other option, Marketime Foods, also pricey, is in what I call Fremont’s “other downtown.” If you go up Fremont Ave north until you reach 40th-45th you’ll find a cluster of coffee shops, a yoga place, a cook book store, and a couple restaurants including the famous Paseo’s Cuban sandwich shop, which often has a line 30 people deep down the road.

Living in Fremont means you’ll probably be in a small apartment building or a single-family home. There aren’t a ton of huge apartments yet, though there are a few along Aurora/99. Either way, it’s going to be pretty expensive. Prices are driven up for the small-town walkability, and all-in-one downtown, with most amenaties you’d need on a daily basis. But watch out for the recent appearance of “Apodments.” They take a small plot of land that had 1 single family home, put in a 40-unit ‘micro-studio’ building, and provide zero parking. Zero. So the nearby street parking gets flooded, and neighbors frustrated. There’s a constant tension between affordable housing, parking, and wealth. Because, like most neighborhoods North of downtown, Fremont is very white, and quite privileged. Which isn’t a bad thing, but important to know.

Another sticking point is the traffic. In the summer, the Fremont Bridge goes up about every 10 minutes to let wealthy folks through on their sailboats. This clogs up traffic all throughout the downtown area. Luckily there’s the alternative to cross the Aurora Bridge, but be careful, because it has dangerously narrow lanes that has caused countless fender benders, and more than a few high-profile multiple fatalities.

Lastly, there are plenty of tourists in Fremont! Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they come to see ‘the center of the universe,’ and you can’t avoid them. There’s not so many that it’s unbearable, but it can get a little crowded in summer. They love going to the Theo chocolate factory, which sometimes causes the smell of warm melted chocolate to waft through the streets. Not bad.
Pros
  • Burke Gilman Trail
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
Cons
  • Lots of tourists
  • Cost of living
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"In the middle of everything - home to hippies to Google."

Fremont is affectionately called the “center of the universe” and for good reason, it’s centrally located in Seattle and close to everything.

The neighborhood is eclectic and has a mix of modern styling and hippy culture. Fremont has some of the best restaurants in the city and is home to tech giants like Google, Tableau, Impinj and more. Rather than being a hub for tech, Fremont is known for being home to hippie culture and most notably the Summer Solstice parade, which includes a naked bike ride, and the Fremont Troll, a giant statue of a troll under the Aurora Bridge.

Fremont has a fun personality all its own and that is reflected in its residents. You’ll find college students in rentals, professionals in new modern apartment complexes, young families in a mix of both old and new homes, and older folks in classic Seattle houses.

As a single professional, living in Fremont was awesome. My commute to downtown was a really quick bike ride or bus trip. The nightlife is fun, but not as immense as Capitol Hill and the crowd is a bit younger than Ballard – you’ll find a lot of college aged and/or just out of college people.

There is so much to do and see in Fremont and it feels like something is always going on. The Burke Gilman trails follows the water and is a great trail to run or bike. Gas Works Park has an amazing view of South Lake Union and Downtown, it’s a great place to have a picnic and watch the boats and seaplanes.


Some of my favorite places in Fremont are:

Paseo – The #1 restaurant in Yelp, they serve up Cuban sandwiches and there is always a line.

Rue – Southern comfort food, try the fired chicken and waffles for brunch.

Uneeda Burger – Burgers, fries, and milkshakes.

Revel – Korean fusion set in a modern atmosphere.

Brouwer’s Café – Belgian Pub with a huge beer selection.

Jai Thai – Thai food at its best.

Theo Chocolate – Local fair trade chocolate factory; take a tour!

Fremont Brewery – Excellent beer selection but bring your own snacks, they don’t serve food. Awesome spot in the summer months.

Miir – Part bike shop, coffee shop, and brewery. A great place to chill.

Cascade Bike Works – Boutique bicycle shop.

Evo – Action sport shop. Amazing selection of ski, snowboard, wake, skate, surf, and bike gear. They even have a skate park in the basement.

Recycled Cycles – New and used bike shop.

Freemont sounds like a perfect place to live. What are the downsides? The cost of living is high; rent is higher than most Seattle neighborhoods and will only go up as more tech companies move into the neighborhood. Street parking can be a pain, so if you plan on moving here with a vehicle opt for a place with off street parking. The neighborhood is full of events and activities, which bring in people and noise, so if peace and quiet is your ideal atmosphere Freemont might not be the best choice.
Pros
  • Cental location
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
  • Interesting historic sites
  • Unique culture
Cons
  • Cost of living
  • Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Center of the Universe"

Fremont is the ordained and official Center of the Universe, the place where all things and people gravitate toward. A visitor with remember the area fondly, a resident will be drawn back by and by. This is a neighborhood that is haughty with charm and enthusiasm for—everything. There’s a solid foundation in the neighborhood: a library, three parks, bike trails, and lots of employment for people in IT industries. Getty Images, Adobe Systems, and Google all have offices in Fremont, which comes with its share of controversy in opinion about possibly gentrification. Not surprisingly for people who have stepped foot in the Fremont area, several progressive nonprofits are headquartered in the area, including Literacy Source and Provail.

There’s definitely plenty to do as well. Seasonally, there are events like a farmer’s market, the Solstice Festival (which is notorious for its over-enthusiastic sun worshippers), and Oktoberfest (which is just one of the many anchors that beer has in Fremont). All year, visitors can see idiosyncratic artistic pieces around town like the troll under the bridge holding a Volkswagen Beetle, the statue of Lenin, and the Interurban sculpture, which is intermittently decorated by locals for all sorts of occasions.

If you get a moment to sit for a bite to eat, drink at Brouwers (and don’t mind the pretentious service… they’ve got a great selection and a charming venue) and fill up at Royal Grinders.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Funky and trendy neighborhood to visit or live in"

Fremont is one of Seattle's most artistic and eclectic communities. It is one of the trendiest areas of the city for couples, young professionals, and artists. Lying to the north of Queen Anne and east of Ballard, its neighborhood boundaries are the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the south, Stone Way N. To the east, North 50th Street in the north, and 8th Avenue NW to the west.

The main roads through Fremont are Fremont and Aurora Avenues N., and North 34th Street. The Aurora Bridge, a main feature of the district, crosses the Ship Canal carrying traffic on Aurora Avenue. The famous Fremont Troll, an enormous concrete sculpture, lives under the Aurora Bridge. Other works of public art include a statue of Lenin, the Waiting for the Interurban statue, and the Fremont Rocket, a Cold War-era rocket. Fremont is known for offbeat parades and festivals happening year-round, especially the Annual Solstice Parade, frequented by nude cyclists. Don't let this stop you from exploring Fremont with your children, though – every other day of the year, Fremont is a family-friendly neighborhood.

For decades, residents of Fremont have referred to their neighborhood as "The Center of the Universe." Indeed, whether you live here or are visiting, you'll find a surprising array of eccentric shopping and dining opportunities.
Long a center of Seattle's counterculture, today Fremont's newly-built and high-priced condo buildings are attracting a more professional crowd. The district is also home to the offices of several technology corporations, including Getty Images and Adobe Systems, and Google, all of which are located along the Lake Washington Ship Canal at the southern edge of the neighborhood. Though some feel that the arrival of these businesses has undercut Fremont's bohemian edge, this neighborhood still has much of the spirit that it has been known for since the 1950s.

Although Fremont is known for the arts, there are also plenty of green spaces, including the B.F. Day Playfield, and the Burke-Gilman bike trail. Just east of Fremont is the large and ever-popular Gasworks Park. One of the best Sunday markets in Seattle happens year-round in Fremont. During the summer, there are also outdoor movies on weekend evenings.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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
2yrs+

"“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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"An Eccentric Community Worth Visiting"

Having a close resemblance to the shape of a staircase, Fremont’s “top step” is at NW Market Street, between 8th Avenue NW and 2nd Avenue NW. The next step runs along North 50th Street, between 2nd Avenue and Aurora Avenue. The third step runs along N 41st Street, between Aurora Avenue and Densmore Avenue North. The fourth and final step is 37th Street, between Densmore and North Pacific Street. The southern boundary is simply the water, a combination of Lake Union (http://bitly.com/es7BhB) and the ship canal (http://bitly.com/dniouN).

History

Small industries lining the north Lake Union shore ushered the beginning of Fremont’s existence. However, as quickly as it may have prospered, adding railroads and trolleys in the early 1900s, it waned from lack of interest (and money) for passenger transit in the 1930s. A minor rebirth occurred during the cultural revolution of the 1960s, bringing various types of artists. Then, with the tech boom, another surge came in the 90s. Adobe (http://adobe.com), along with its 500 employees, moved in to a building under the Aurora Bridge. Even more recently, Google (http://bitly.com/fiPRV3) has snatched up property just yards from the king of .pdf and Flash.

Demographics and Income

Calling all twenty and thirty somethings who have interest in tech or would deem themselves artistic—Fremont is for you! Over half the population is comprised of singles and about 30% is devoted to married couples. Most of the Fremont demographic is Caucasian. The median income is just a hair below the Seattle average.

Culture

Walking through the streets of Fremont invokes certain emotions. A quick panorama of the business district here can make you do a double-take. The eye-catching landmark is a 55-foot rocket (http://bitly.com/dYRhVZ) at the corner of Evanston and 36th bearing the inscription "De Libertas Quirkas" - which means "Freedom to be Peculiar". If that isn't enough to clue you in on the unique culture, then walk around the block and say, "Hello" to Lenin. Yes, Lenin. There is a 16 foot statue of Lenin (http://bitly.com/hdY3wW) next to the Taco Del Mar (http://tacodelmar.com). As I sat eating lunch with a friend next to this giant work of art, many emotions welled up. One of the first impressions is "What is this doing in Seattle?". It is obviously a controversial monument and one that sparks lively debate.

Let's head East a few blocks until we run into Troll Avenue North. After making our way under the Highway 99 Bridge we come face-to-face with the Fremont Troll (http://bitly.com/hwHzXu). Something more bizarre is that he's holding an authentic Volkswagen Beetle in his left hand. He was erected in 1990 for the purpose of discouraging drug deals.

Real Estate

The single family home and condominium, combined, only make up about 57% of the housing market in the “center of the universe.” Let your imagination run wild regarding the remaining balance—the 63% of housing which puts a basic roof over the heads of the transient, young artsy sojourner. Most houses are under 1800 square feet, so large families may find it worthwhile to look elsewhere for a multi-bedroom setup. Bringing no surprise: only 32% of Fremont residents own their home. Values are off by over $100,00 since 2007, falling between those of Wallingford (http://bitly.com/cO972f) and Greenwood (http://bitly.com/bTCLk1).

Local Business Tour (Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee Houses, Shops and other Amenities)

In addition to the bizarre culture, information technology is thriving here. Fremont has been called "The Center of the Universe". An expanding Google office has allowed them to live up more closely to this ideal. Adobe and the world headquarters of Getty Images (http://gettyimages.com) have also found their way to the waterfront in Southern Fremont.

Art is at the heart of this community and the food/beverage venues are no exception. The Red Door Pub (http://reddoorseattle.com) offers a generous selection of local brews. Hales Ales (http://halesbrewery.com), on the southwest side, features their own on-site brewery. Fremont Coffee (http://fremontcoffee.net) and Canal Street Coffee (http://canalstcoffee.com) dish ambiance with taste - one featuring a renovated residence with a maze of tables and semi-private rooms. The other, a high deck to oversee the activity on the Burke-Gilman trail (http://bitly.com/b9XkAC) and canal waterfront (http://bitly.com/gnCBYl). Other establishments to try out: Sambar (http://sambarseattle.com) - Creative cocktails, light bites and desserts in a cosmopolitan setting; Le Gourmand (http://legourmandrestaurant.com) - Chefs Bruce and Sara Naftaly, who believe cooking is an art and eating is a wonderful necessity; The Dish Café (http://thedishseattle.com) - The “breakfast institution,” serving meals as a family-owned business for over 10 years; LTD Bar & Grill (http://ltdbarandgrill.com) - The perfect place for food, drinks and sports entertainment; Chillies Paste Thai Cuisine (http://chilliespaste.com) - Newly opened, featuring a chef with 20 years experience of cooking Thai food; Brouwer’s Cafe (http://brouwerscafe.blogspot.com) - Serving up creative concoctions of beer, wine and hard liquor; Tandoozy (http://tandoozy.com) - Seattle’s only mobile Tandoor Food Stand, open in conjunction with Fremont’s Sunday Market; Silence Heart-Nest (http://silenceheartnest.com) - A vegetarian restaurant surrounded by love and joy; Dad Watsons (http://mcmenamins.com/dadwatsons) - A reminiscent of a classic British pub; and Baguette Box (http://baguettebox.com) - Where everything is about bread, made by hand.

You don't have to rent "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" when visiting or living in Fremont. The one-of-a-kind spirit wins again with Theo Chocolate (http://theocholocate.com). Get an inexpensive tour of the place that allows sampling of all Theo's products. The creativity extends even more to the festivals held here. The Solstice parade (http://fremontfair.org) tops the list with creative floats, wall-to-wall crowds and nude cyclists to bring in the first day of Summer. Warm nights from June to September feature Saturday evening outdoor movies (http://bitly.com/hVsDXR). This is not exactly a "drive-in" theater, but a "walk-in". Some even arrive early for a family-like picnic! The neighborhood puts out their own publication of a "walking tour", so be sure to pick up a copy (http://bitly.com/dPnDNR) at any of the major landmarks or businesses (I grabbed my copy from Lenin).

Schools

An eclectic assortment of education options, to say the least. Savor your intellect on these: Martin Blank Studios (http://martinblankstudios.com) - Discovering the beauty of Martin Blank’s ability to carve space and explore ‘flow’ in his studio; Seattle Language Academy (http://seattlelanguageacademy.org) - Helping individuals communicate effectively in more than one language, with a heart to increase cross-cultural understanding in the community; The Piano Nook (http://christinefeagin.com) - A place to learn beginning and intermediate level piano with teacher Christine Feagin; Pacific Crest School (http://pacificcrestmiddleschool.org) - A private independent Montessori Middle School focused on building self-worth and self-esteem in a safe community; The Pressley Violin Studio (http://pressleystudio.com) - One of the finest pre-college violin studios in the United States, setting the standard of excellence in violin pedagogy; KapKa Cooperative School (http://kapkaschool.org) - A passion to life-long learning, enabling children to believe in themselves, respect the views of others, follow their passions, and contribute to their world; Seattle Life Coach Training (http://seattlelifecoachtraining.com) - Owned and run by Richard Seaman, one of the nation’s top spiritual authors; and Stone Soup Theatre (http://stonesouptheatre.org) - Organized in 1996 as a neighborhood-oriented professional theatre, Maureen Miko derives vision from a favorite childhood story.

Recreation

The artistic bent of Fremont permeates the landscape, not only of food and education, but of recreation. Seattle Gas Works Park (http://bitly.com/ib57wy), admittedly, is one of the most unique outdoor spots around the Northwest. The remains of a natural gas plant provide a children’s haven, as they can meander through the brightly painted machinery of days gone by. A steep, grassy knoll with a spectacular view of the skyline and mountain ranges dominates the center of the park. Paths are plentiful, even along the waterfront. No water entry is allowed, as the lake sediment contains hazardous substances. Even a kite shop (http://gasworksparkkiteshop.com/) exists nearby for another layer of fun at Gasworks. Fremont Peak Park (http://fremontpeakpark.org) - A spot to enjoy mountain views, wander among tall trees and relax in a meadow. Ross Playground (http://bitly.com/gh6d3u) is a two acre plot with sports facilities (basketball, baseball and T-Ball) in the western portion of Fremont. The Burke-Gilman Trail (http://bitly.com/b9XkAC) runs along the ship canal, giving bicycle and walking access eastward into the University District (http://bitly.com/abtiNK) and westward into Ballard (http://bitly.com/feMcz2).

Medical and Wellness Facilities

Following closely on the heels of artistic expression is the holistic experience of health. Just as Starbucks may have a café on every corner, wellness facilities, even for pets, are but a short walk from any residence in Fremont. A few with honorable mention are: Seattle Acupuncture & Herbs (http://seattleacupunctureandherbs.com) - Acupuncturist Marina Smith addresses nutrition, lifestyle and emotional well-being for added balance; Chopstix Acupuncture (http://chopstixacupuncture.com) - Christian Hunt, licensed acupuncturist, has been administering this healing art in Seattle since 2003; Puget Sound Integrative Medicine (http://pugetsoundintegrative.com) - Owned by Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Sabrina Kimball; and Ancient Arts Veterinary Acupuncture Services (http://ancientartsvet.com) - Providing healthy, sustainable and nontoxic therapies for pets.

Spiritual Centers and Churches

The center of the universe must, of course, provide some answers for the deeper side of life. A handful of spiritual centers are planted around the neighborhood, including: Fremont Baptist Church (http://fremontbaptistchurch.org) - Associated with the Evergreen Baptist Association (http://evergreen-abc.org) and featuring Pastor Judy Gay; Church of the Apostles (http://apostleschurch.org) - A young, emerging Episcopal and Lutheran mission congregation; The Vine Christian Ministries (http://thevineministries.org) - Place where a diverse audience can receive encouragement, strength and healing; and Nalandabodhi (http://nalandabodhi.org) - An international organization that explores the ancient Buddhist science of mind as it applies to modern life.

Transportation Access and Tips

You may want to bring hiking shoes and ropes to traverse the steep terrain to the north. The neighborhoods are primarily located in that direction. Expect superb views of the canal and slopes of the Queen Anne area (http://bitly.com/9FJ1Dg). Be careful of the street layout throughout Fremont. It can be easy to lose your way, especially when traveling East-West. Interstate access can be a hassle, especially during high volume drive times. A few options to access I-5 are 45th Street, N 34th Street (changes into N Pacific Street), or taking Aurora either north or south. Close proximity to downtown (http://bitly.com/fwXJkP) gives commuters a several minute advantage each day. However, this drive time can be lengthened due to ship canal traffic, necessitating the raising of the Fremont Bridge, especially during warm weather months.

Summary

This neighborhood, dubbed "The Center of the Universe" is worth a visit. It is a vibrant place for singles, couples, and even small families to live. The atmosphere is edgy, but accepting. The analytical will feel challenged, but the "out-of-the-box" type will feel right at home.
Pros
  • Unique culture
  • Bicycle friendly
  • Excellent cafes
  • Great nightlife
  • Interesting historic sites
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • Highway corridor dividing neighborhood
  • Many rental properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"The best place to work, like and play in Seattle"

Fremont is known for its totally ecclectic lifestyle. From the annual Fremont Fair and Parade to the Farmer's Flea Market, there is so much fun to be had in this little section north of the city. As advertised, Fremont claims to be the Center of the Universe and has a street sign to prove it.

The two most popular streets in Fremont are Fremont Ave and North 34th Street. The majority of the businesses, shops, restaurants and attractions are all within walking distance within this great neighborhood. Originally, popular among artists, Fremont has become one of the premier places to live in the city. The greenery of the area, due to the huge trees and their density, provides such natural beauty. The sense of community is unrivaled (though Capitol Hill comes close).

There are many local artists that have their work displayed along the streets of Fremont. The neighborhood is also where the movie "Say Anything" was filmed. Just on the outskirts of the neighborhood, underneath the Aurora Bridge, sits the Fremont Troll, a huge statue carved out of the stone beneath the bridge, holding a Volkswagen bug and greeting the visitors to the neighborhood.

Year-round, Fremont is full of fun and exciting things to do and see, amazing little shops and fabulous restaurants. Housing is moderately priced, but completely worth it. In addition to the fantastic attractions in the downtown area of Fremont, GasWorks Park, just to the east, provides a great place for kids to play, an outstanding view of the Seattle skyling, and a phenomenal place to sit and watch the fireworks over Lake Union and the Space Needle on the 4th of July and New Years.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Truly the center of the universe"

Fremont is very hippy and funky! The best way to get a feel for Fremont is to just go there. There are numerous shops that exhibit everything from high end antiques to the quirkiest furniture found in Seattle. Some of the locals call Fremont the center of the universe and with good reason. Fremont really is a state of mind; a combination between hip and yuppy.

The boundaries surrounding the area are full of attractions. There is the Woodland Park Zoo, the Fremont Bridge, Ballard, and Gasworks Park. A walking guide tour is available through the Chamber of Commerce in Fremont and if you are not familiar with the area, this is a great way to become accustomed to the way of life.

There is a lively social scene in the neighborhood with plenty of options to choose from. There are coffee and tea shops on virtually every corner and some of the best bakeries in the city. A great organic grocer known as PCC Natural Market is found on 34th Street and has a fabulous deli with cafe seating. There are a number of popular nightspots that range of the hippest and most modern to swanky hole-in-the-wall. Fremont has just about everything you can imagine. I guess that is why they call it the center of the universe.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The Center of the Universe"

You may think I am kidding when I say that Fremont is the center of the universe, but there is an actual street sign located in Fremont that boasts of this. At the same time, Fremont is also home to a troll carved in the rocks under the Fremont Bridge who jealously clutches a Volkswagon Beetle and stares at you through his shiny hub cap of an eye. Yes, Fremont is by far the most ecclectic and diverse of all neighborhoods located within seattle. Home to many starving artists because of its low cost of living, the creativity within this little community has definitely spilled out into the streets quite literally. A great place to explore with your significant other or even your children, Free=mont has wonderfully inventive little shops and fabulous cafe's each with their own little niche.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Fremont is the center of the universe"

Fremont is an artsy and eclectic neighborhood located in the north-central area of Seattle. Overlooking Salmon Bay, the small community of Fremont bills boasts itself as “the center of the universe.” It is bordered to the east by the Wallingford neighborhood and to the west by the trendy Ballard neighborhood.

Known best for its offbeat and irreverent parades, parties and sidewalk art, Fremont is home to such Seattle landmarks as the Annual Solstice Parade. The parade is famous for its nude cyclists and quirky celebrations; the Fremont Troll Monument; and the neighborhood’s controversial 7-ton Lenin statue.

In order to get a true feel for Fremont a walking tour is in order and probably the best way to appreciate Fremont’s unusual artistic character. You must sample some of the neighborhood’s homemade microbreweries and bistros. True to its nature, Fremont’s culinary opportunities are both cosmopolitan and exceptional. Choices run the gamut, from traditional Asian cuisine and western vegetarian to Italian trattorias and upscale seafood restaurants. Lodging isn’t hard to find in Seattle and is within minutes from Fremont’s best attractions. There is so much to do in this area and it is all within walking distance or a short cab ride.

The people who live in this area are so friendly and very much relaxed. Nightlife hotspots are located within walking distance of many residences, but never keep the rest of the neighborhood up at night.

You will find many condos and a little over 1300 homes in the neighborhood. If you are looking for a little bit of everything in a neighborhood, Fremont is just that place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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