So, what’s the best?
A question I see getting asked ALL the time on the internet & mommy forums is… What neighborhood is the best for raising kids in Seattle?
Truth is, there are about a MILLION reasons someone may choose a particular area to live in. Apart from family-friendliness, people consider: commute (both work and play), buying vs. renting, housing prices, school districts, culture, community, safety, walkability, the list goes on.
Not to mention, the “greater Seattle area” is HUGE, with people living & commuting from all corners of the Puget Sound. From Bremerton and Bainbridge to Everett and Monroe. From Snoqualmie and Sammamish to Auburn and Puyallup.
Traffic + Cost of Living
It’s no secret that traffic in the Puget Sound is pretty awful & housing prices have skyrocketed. Seattle frequently makes the top 20 for lists considering cost of living AND traffic congestion. BUT with our amazing culture, business growth and natural beauty, it’s no surprise people are flocking to Seattle.
It is because of this massive growth that surrounding suburbs and neighborhoods have grown so rich in culture, especially when it comes to family-friendly living.
If possible, my number one suggestion if you are completely new to Seattle, would be to do a short term rental until you get your bearings. It’s hard to get a feel for which neighborhood is right for you just by researching on the internet. If you’re moving for work, ask your co-workers where they live, and what they like/don’t like about their neighborhood. Keep in mind if they have kids, too, or are living the single life because that can drastically change motivation for living situations!
I’ll be sharing opinions from mamas in the greater Seattle area that live in different areas around town what they love (and don’t love) about their ‘hood. I hope this series of posts will help you realize the multitude of benefits of each neighborhood around the greater Seattle area!
Love your neighborhood? Comment below on what you enjoy most! We’d love to share your insight!
From the Locals
I love Capitol Hill because we are walking distance to various restaurants, several grocery stores & parks! Also an easy commute to both SLU/Downtown and the Eastside/Bellevue. Being so close with two kids make it easy to grab a quick dinner out without having to get everyone into the car 😉
We love walks through the neighborhood, stops at various local coffee shops (we can walk to SIX in minutes), Volunteer Park adventures, and various small parks nearby.
Sunset Hill (Ballard):
Wedgewood (NE Seattle):
Walkability: We can walk to several cafes/restaurants, grocery stores, bank, post office, dry cleaner, coffee shops, etc. It’s a neighborhood and feels very suburban, but we are so close to things. It was very important for us to be able to walk to things, especially with a new baby (didn’t want to feel isolated).
Columbia City is the best neighborhood in the city because it feels like a small town in a big city! I can walk to the main strip (hello Columbia City Bakery) as well as to Lake Washington & Seward Park (great for my heart and soul). This neighborhood is full of young families and I love running into people I know I’m out and about. – Nicole
We’ll feature more neighborhoods soon! If you’d like to share a couple of sentences about why you love your neighborhood, email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: best neighborhood!