Seattle is one of the best places to live on the West Coast, particularly for singles and young professionals. Not only does the Pacific Northwest jewel have a strong economy—thanks to its technology, aerospace, shipping, and lumber industries—but it also offers a diverse culture with deep roots in food, art, music, history, and much more. If you’re thinking about moving to the “Emerald City,” here are some of the best places to live in Seattle for singles and young professionals!
Home Price: $522,193 median purchase price; $1,410 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 12% of cities in Washington
Originally founded as a separate city, Ballard is now one of the biggest Seattle neighborhoods. Housing ranges from classic single-family homes to newly-constructed condos and luxury apartments. Ballard is also packed with just about everything needed for good living—an eclectic mix of eateries, bars, boutiques, and entertainment. Stop by The Walrus and the Carpenter, a famed spot for delicious seafood. Learn more about Ballard’s Scandinavian roots at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Or find fresh produce and local goods at Ballard Farmers Market, which is open (rain or shine) year-round.
Home Price: $526,860 median purchase price; $1,259 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 9% of cities in Washington
Sometimes called the “Brooklyn of Seattle,” Capitol Hill has a distinct alternative vibe that runs through the neighborhood. Bars, coffee shops, tattoo parlors, and music venues rub shoulders with a population of urban singles, young professionals, and Seattle’s LGBTQ community. If you love the party scene, Capitol Hill is a great place to live! Hit up the area’s nightlife at carnival-themed bars Unicorn & Narwhal or dance club Neighbours. Grab an incredible BLAT (that is, a BLT with avocado) from Oddfellows Cafe & Bar. Or get some fresh air at Volunteer Park, where you can jog, bike, or visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Home Price: $533,092 median purchase price; $1,462 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 29% of cities in Washington
If you’re looking for one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in Seattle, Fremont is the place! With famed landmarks like the Lenin statue that’s been on “temporary” display for years, the concrete troll eating a car under the bridge, and the Waiting for the Interurban sculpture, it’s easy to see why this Seattle neighborhood attracts hipsters, artists, and bohemians. Spend the day shopping at local boutiques Pipe and Row and Blue Owl Workshop. Sample cuisine from all over the world at restaurants like Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar and Agrodolce. Or try the seasonal ales over at Fremont Brewing Company.
Lower Queen Anne
Home Price: $447,030 median purchase price; $1,354 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 7% of cities in Washington
While Seattle’s Upper Queen Anne is tailored more to families and retirees, Lower Queen Anne is a hidden gem for singles and young professionals. Though it’s hard to find housing in this neighborhood, the home value is incredible, thanks to the area’s historic buildings and convenient urban amenities. Lower Queen Anne is also home to Seattle’s most instantly-recognizable landmark, the Space Needle. Catch fine arts performances at Seattle Repertory Theatre, KeyArena, and McCaw Hall. Enjoy Toulouse Petit’s Cajun-influenced cuisine and extensive cocktail menu. Or learn more about film, music, and celebrities at the Museum of Pop Culture.
South Lake Union
Home Price: $372,100 median purchase price; $1,591 median monthly rent
Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of cities in Washington
Seattle singles and young professionals who want to live in the heart of the city’s tech industry should consider South Lake Union. The 170-acre neighborhood is perhaps best known for being the home of Amazon and its unique Amazon Spheres campus building, which doubles as a greenhouse for exotic plants. The neighborhood is also along the banks of Lake Union, so it’s a great spot for those who want to stay active. Go kayaking or paddle boarding at Lake Union Park. Practice your climbing skills with a go on the in-store climbing wall at the REI flagship store. Visit the Museum of History and Industry to experience interactive exhibits. Or pick up a sustainable, organic breakfast at Portage Bay.
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