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Guide to Seattle
Seattle Apartments For Rent
The city rises from the trees that surround it, a fantastic jumble of peaks and spires. Dominating the cityscape is the Space Needle, resembling a giant, robotic arm balancing a saucer on slender fingertips. In the background, the rugged and snowy Mount Rainier looks other-worldly and remote. The city slopes gently downward, wrapping in a crescent around the blue water of Puget Sound. This is Seattle – the “Emerald City,” a city as spectacular as it is beautiful.
George Vancouver discovered this wild and beautiful section of the Pacific Northwest in 1792. But it wasn’t until 1851 that settlers finally arrived – near present-day Pioneer Square. Today, this historic section of downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The nation’s oldest farmer’s market, Pike Place Market, first opened in 1907 and has become synonymous with Seattle. It is the place where you can watch the “flying fish” soar, and where you can visit the original Starbucks, located along the market’s cobblestone streets.
From coffee to grunge music to Pike Place Market to the Space Needle to soaring mountains and cool water, Seattle is an iconic city and the largest in Washington State. If you are ready to make the Emerald City your hometown, get the scoop on Seattle apartments for rent!
Things to Do in Seattle:
Seattle is located between two mountain ranges, making it the ideal city for outdoor adventures. Go mountain climbing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. And with more than 40 percent of the city water – including Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Lake Union, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal – boating, fishing, swimming, sailing, and other water sports are also popular.
Beyond outdoor adventures, there’s much more to see and do in Seattle. Trying to decide how to spend the day – at the Space Needle or at the Seattle Great Wheel, shopping Pike Place Market, visiting Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, taking the Seattle Underground Tour, or going one of Seattle’s many museums – is overwhelming, proving that the word “bored” just doesn’t apply to Seattle.
If it is football season, Seattle has a team you can cheer for … perhaps you’ve even heard of them: the Seattle Seahawks? Of course, these Super Bowl winners always give their fans a reason to cheer! Because they are the only NFL football team in the Pacific Northwest, their fan base isn’t limited to just Seattle – fans cheer on the Seahawks from Montana, Oregon, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, and even Canada. The Seattle Seahawks fans (the so-called “12th Man”) are so loud, they actually break sound records. Commentators have trouble being heard over the din at Century Link Field. Other teams have even been known to wear ear plugs to block out some of the noise. When you want to get rowdy, head for a Seahawks game!
If you prefer the relative quiet of museums, Seattle offers the Seattle Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, the Burk Museum, the Seattle Children’s Museum, the Suquamish Museum, and the EMP Museum, just for starters. The Olympic Sculpture Park offers unique outdoor art, while the Space Needle is (arguably) an amazing work of art that delivers terrific views of the city from the 520-foot-high observation deck.
Seattle is pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly, with terrific shopping districts to explore. Be sure to visit the retail and entertainment district, located downtown. This area is home to the flagship Nordstrom store, City Centre, Westlake Shopping Center, and Pacific Place. If you prefer trendy boutiques to upscale shops, head for the neighborhood of Ballard. Here you’ll find hip, indie shops with a variety of unique items. Belltown is the place to go for art galleries and shops, and the International District is the perfect place for foodies.
Of course, as the home of grunge music and the University of Washington, there’s plenty to do after dark in Seattle – check out the nightclubs, theaters, taverns, and bars that populate the downtown area. After moving to your apartment in Seattle, be sure to check out the Earshot Jazz Festival, catch a performance at the 1926 5th Avenue Theater, and visit Benaroya Hall to enjoy the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Seattle has some amazing parks, including the largest park in Seattle, Discovery Park, which is located along Puget Sound in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood. This park has over 11 miles of walking trails, a lighthouse, and the United Indians of All Tribes’ Daybreak Star Cultural Center. The Fort Lawton Historic District is also located in the park. Green Lake Park features a 2.8-mile path around the lake, popular with roller-skaters, walkers, and bicyclists. The park also has a bathhouse that was built in 1927, which is now home to the Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse. Seattle has so many hiking trails, kayaking and sailing opportunities, skiing, and other outdoor activities, Men’s Fitness magazine once named Seattle the nation’s fittest city.
What to Consider When Moving to Seattle:
Don’t believe the rumors – it doesn’t constantly rain in the Emerald City! Seattle is actually sunny six months out of the year, and Seattle isn’t even one of the top 10 rainiest cities in the US – that honor goes to cities in the Gulf Coast states.
Seattle has been ranked one of the nation’s most literate cities and is the most-educated city in the country, with more than 52 percent of residents over the age of 25 holding at least a bachelor’s degree. Of course, Seattle is home to the University of Washington, one of the country’s top research facilities.
Seattle has a strong economy with several businesses located here, including Amazon, Costco, and Starbucks. Seattle has a diverse mix of industrial, technology, design, and Internet companies. The Port of Seattle is a major trade port, and the city is also home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Seattle is America’s number one “smarter city,” based on its green building practices and clean technologies.
As you search for Seattle apartments for rent, be aware that this city’s diverse, fascinating neighborhoods each have something unique to offer. Downtown Seattle is home to Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle Aquarium, Safeco Field (home to the Seattle Mariners baseball team), and the Seattle Waterfall Garden.
In Seattle Center, you’ll find the Space Needle, the Seattle Monorail, and the Pacific Science Center. Ballard is home to the Golden Gardens and the Nordic Heritage Museum, while Green Lake is home to Green Lake Park and the Woodland Park Zoo.
Students populate the University District, home to the University of Washington and the Burke Museum. Georgetown is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods and has a distinctively bohemian feel, with rail yards and commercial buildings being converted into apartments, bars, coffeehouses, live music venues, art galleries, and restaurants.
Why Seattle Apartments Are Hot:
Seattle is busy, beautiful, clean, green, and pedestrian-friendly. The Emerald City sparkles, from the sun glittering off snow-capped mountains and the blue waters of glacier-formed lakes and Puget Sound to the iconic neighborhoods to the endless supply of things to do. Seattle is home to top-rated restaurants, historic sites, museums, fine arts, culture, gorgeous parks, and a dazzling coastline. Whether you want to tour a winery, scale a mountain, or tailgate at a Seahawks game, Seattle offers plenty of exciting adventures. Find your apartment in Seattle today and become a part of this Pacific Coast gem!
- Central Business District
- First Hill
- Pioneer Square
- Pike Place Market
- International District
- Lake Union
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Northwest Grad School of Ministry
- Antioch University Seattle
- Art Institute of Seattle
- Cornish College of Arts
- Seattle Central Community College
Nearby Military Bases
- Fort Lawton Military Reserve
- Naval Supply Center
- East Park Naval Reserve
- Keyport Naval Reservation
- Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
- Afternoons at the Seattle Center, home of the iconic landmark Space Needle.
- Pike Place Market, a historic farmer’s market and distinctive community.
- The galleries, restaurants, and shopping at the historic Pioneer Square.
- Walkable, bike-friendly, and plenty of outdoor recreation in nearby parks.
- Visiting the Experience Music Project and the Science Fiction Museum.
- Seattle is home to the University of Washington, a top research facility.