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Your guide to the Emerald City.

Welcome to Seattle - the city that offers a perfect mix of nature, technology, and accommodation. Home of the 1962 World's Fair, Seattle has since become a top destination for arts, entertainment, and leisure activity - and many who go there to play and relax end up coming back and calling it home.

Situated on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Washington, is surrounded by water, mountains, and plush evergreen forests. This seaport locale was named the fastest-growing major city in the U.S. in 2013. With a metro area that consists of roughly 3.7 million people, Seattle has a lot to offer those who live here. A primary gateway for international trade, this city is said to be the third-largest port in all of North America. Home to many large corporations, Seattle offers opportunity for those who are seeking it. Ranked by Forbes in 2013 as No. 9 on its list of the Best Places for Business and Careers, Seattle is definitely worth checking out as a place to work, play, and live.

What to do in Seattle

Depending on the time of year, there is always something to do in Seattle. You can begin your day with a nice hot cup of coffee or a latte from the original Starbucks. From there, you can take in the sights at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, or the Pacific Science Center.

How to Get Around in Seattle

Bill Gates' house sits on the east shore of Lake Washington - so if you're in the neighborhood, drive on by. The 66,000 square foot mansion is hard to miss! Or, you could view it from atop the 605-foot Seattle Space Needle. And, if you're an avid outdoors person, then Seattle will be the perfect playground for you! There are a plethora of day tours where you can take in the beauty of Mount Rainier - or, you could hop aboard a duck boat and enjoy a day on the water. If you're a sports fan, you definitely won't be disappointed. The city of Seattle has several professional sports teams. These include the Seattle Seahawks for football, the Seattle Mariners for baseball, the Seattle Sounders for Major League Soccer, and the Seattle Storm for Women's National Pro Basketball.

What it's like to live in Seattle

Seattle is easy to navigate - especially if you use your smartphone. First, the city offers a light rail system. Link Light Rail makes trips between Seattle's airport to downtown Seattle every week between Monday and Saturday, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., and on Sundays between 5:00 a.m. to Midnight. There is also the South Lake Union Streetcar. This travel option makes daily 11 stops through Seattle's South Lake Union area, with streetcars arriving approximately ten to fifteen minutes, and running each day. Seattle also has the Seattle Center Monorail system. This train travels between Westlake Center in downtown Seattle and Seattle Center, at the base of Queen Anne Hill. In addition to the rail system, the King County Metro Transit provides bus service both in the downtown Seattle area, as well as throughout the outlying neighborhoods in King County. Cabs and ride sharing services are also available. Surrounded by mountains and the Pacific Ocean waters, Seattle can be breathtaking with regard to natural beauty. It can also offer numerous activities for those who love to camp, walk, and bike. In fact, it is here that both Microsoft and Amazon have made their headquarters - as well as other large companies such as Starbucks and Nordstrom - meaning that there are opportunities when it comes to employment. Seattle is also known for its futuristic Space Needle - an attraction that alone brings in thousands of visitors each year. This soaring tower reaches more than 600 feet into the Seattle skyline and it can literally be seen for miles. The city's climate is considered relatively temperate, having cool, wet winters, and primarily warm and dry summers. The high temperature in July doesn't get much warmer than the mid-70s, while the winter lows don't dip too much lower than the mid-30s. Because of this, outdoor activities year-round are possible - provided that you don't mind a little rain. Hiking, mountain climbing, and kayaking are the activities of choice for many here in this region. There are also a lot of outlets if you have an interest in the arts, as Seattle has long been known as a regional center for the performing arts. Here, you will find numerous theatres, as well as many music venues.

Where to find apartments in Seattle

There are a variety of places to live both in downtown Seattle, and in and around the outskirts. However, before you make the trek out to view any of the available apartments, you should first do some research in order to determine rent rates, as well as what each location has to offer, and what will be required of you. When seeking an apartment in Seattle, you will typically need to put down both a security deposit, and the amount of the first month's rent. This will usually also need to be accompanied by proof from your employer that you have stable income that is higher than what you will need for your monthly rental - as well as proof that your income is stable going forward. Also, you should ideally have a positive credit history, and two or three good credit references. When trying to locate the ideal Seattle apartment for you, there are some important criteria that you'll want to consider. For example, you should think about the type of neighborhood that you will want to live in with regard to the proximity to public transportation, as well as other various amenities such as parks, shopping, eating establishments, and even your place of employment. Once you have settled on your chosen location, there will be other factors to decide on, too. For instance, what size apartment do you need (or want) to live in? Apartments in Seattle can come in just about all sizes and configurations - as well as various price ranges. With that in mind, think about the number of bedrooms and baths that you will be looking for. In addition, what about other select amenities such as in-unit laundry facilities? Here, is it a necessity to have a washer and dryer in your apartment, or would you be ok having laundry machines that were located just somewhere in the building (or even offsite), in exchange for paying a lower amount of monthly rent? This, and other amenities that may or may not be important to you, such as a workout room, should all be considered. Once you have nailed down your list, it will be much easier to find your ideal apartment.

Neighborhoods in Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle can offer the best of all worlds - that is if you're looking for somewhere to live where you can view the mountains and the waterways all in one spot. In this extremely walkable area, you can stroll among skyscrapers and large shopping centers, as well as historic theatres and even a farmers market.

Capitol Hill

While you will find some of Seattle's century-old mansions situated here, there is also a new mix of trendy eateries and boutiques, cocktail bars, and cafes. Here is also Seattle's hub of the LGBT community. There are numerous places to shop, eat, and just stroll along the sidewalk - including through the area's "green lung," a 48-acre park that provides some stunning views of the Seattle skyline.

Bainbridge / Bremerton

Bainbridge / Bremerton is a 30+ minute ride by ferry from the downtown Seattle area. This neighborhood offers a small town feel, but yet has a more than thriving dining and arts scene. It also has numerous trendy shops.


The cute waterfront neighborhood of Ballard still gives off a historic vibe, with its restaurants, shops and bars. It offers a very pedestrian-friendly layout for those who enjoy taking a morning or evening stroll.

Bellevue / Eastside

The Bellevue / Eastside area offers nearly 100 parks along its expansive green landscape. It is situated between Lake Sammamish and Lake Washington, so it essentially provides a downtown neighborhood with lots and lots to do!


If you're into the hip and bustling nightlife, then Belltown might be an ideal place for you. There seems to be something going on 24 / 7 here - from cafes that open early in the morning, to nightclubs that are open into the wee hours of the night.

Columbia City

Columbia City is a diverse neighborhood where you will find residents from many different backgrounds. Here, you will also find the Columbia City Farmers Market, as well as the Columbia City BeatWalk, and the Columbia City Theatre.


Looking for a neighborhood where you can express yourself through art? Then look no further than Fremont. This area, situated on the north shore of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, is the self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe" when it comes to art. You'll find it on the streets - and even under the bridges!

International District

If you love the taste of international cuisine, then the International District should be at the top of your list. This area offers a wide variety of eateries that feature sushi, curry, and other overseas specialties. You can also visit the local shops here where you are apt to find Japanese-language newspapers, among other items.

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is the location of Seattle's original downtown. Back in 1889, fire destroyed many of the original buildings in this area. But today, the area is coming back in vogue, with a variety of popular new restaurants and shops.

Queen Anne

Historic homes and shops dot the streets of this area of Seattle. Part of the Queen Anne neighborhood sits high atop a hill - which offers stunning views for its residents.

SoDo & Georgetown

SoDo, or "South of Downtown," is one of Seattle's more artsy areas of town. Here, you will find many warehouses that are the home to start-ups and newer galleries. There are also a nice array of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Georgetown is also somewhat of an industrial warehouse district, offering refurbished lofts, along with cute shops and eateries for locals and visitors. Some of the local attractions here include the Museum of Flight and the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts.

South Lake Union

Want to be close to downtown, but yet not directly in the middle of it all? South Lake Union may be the perfect place. This area has been undergoing some changes lately - and it is frequented by many an Amazon workers by day for its restaurant options.

University District

Surrounding the University of Washington, the University District tends to be more of an overall mix of eateries, bars, and theatres, all mixed in with historic homes - and together the area offers a charming and relaxing feel for its residents. There is a great deal of green space here, with plenty of places to jog, walk, bike, and even kayak.


While it may be a 30 minute drive outside of Seattle, the Woodinville area offers in excess of 100 wineries and tasting rooms - which is basically a wine lover's dream. Many of these wineries have attached restaurants, so you can spend time enjoying a meal, walking the grounds, and just simply enjoying the day. Living near these peaceful entities can provide you with the solitude of being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet still being close enough to take part in the opportunities and other activities that Seattle has to offer.


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