Seattle’s 5 best buy neighborhoods

Posted: December 11th, 2011 by Just Real Seattle

As a follow up to our November post about Seattle’s 10 hottest neighborhoods, we thought it important for everyone to know it’s not all about the north end. While some neighborhoods may have shorter selling times, other neighborhoods may have more ammenities, better commute proximity and greater affordability. Here are our top five affordable in-city neighborhood picks:

5.) Georgetown – Seattle’s longest-settled neighborhood is also one of its most feisty and creative. Just north of Boeing Field is this unique area which has drawn in a community of artists and activists. Rows of charming, turn-of-last-century homes are nestled in between retailers, wholesalers and light industrial facilities. If you prefer a neighborhood that’s more urban and eclectic, you might very well love it here. Home prices are about the best in town with the median at $273,250.
 
4.)West Seattle – Ah, how romantic! An in-city beach community oasis. Only Ballard and Magnolia get a worse rap for most challenging places in Seattle to navigate from Downtown. Here’s what’s so great about this neighborhood; it’s a town in of itself. Everything one could need is right here, except perhaps one’s place of business. If you really need to escape, you can do so by sea (water taxi and ferry). Better yet, home prices are still reasonable, especially in areas like Arbor Heights or Highland Park. In some pockets, you’ll find median home prices at $319,950 and median condo prices at $199,970.

 3.) Central District – They call it Central for a reason; it’s literally smack dab in the middle of Seattle. This neighborhood has to be one of the city’s most misunderstood. We have a suggestion to help alter perception; call it the Garden District. See, that has a much nicer ring to it. Seriously though, the Central District has a very strong community, great transit and easy commute proximity to Downtown as well as to the Eastside. The median price of a home is $317,000 and the median price of a condo is at $249,750. Capitol Hill is likely sprawling eastward into this neighborhood. After it does, don’t say we didn’t tell you so when you’re eventually priced out of this prime location.

2.) Columbia City – What’s not to love about this quaint, historic landmark district?! Once home to fallen trees awaiting transformation at the local saw mill, this area has also been known as the “garlic grotto” or Seattle’s Little Italy. Definitely in the upswing of an urban redevelopment cycle, this neighborhood has it all; walkability, transportation alternatives, shops and great dining options. While home prices skyrocketed during the real estate boom, people can now afford to live here again. Columbia City homes have a median price of $312,500, and condos have a median price of $192,500. 

1.) Beacon Hill – Here’s a neighborhood with a lot of upside. Close to downtown with easy access to north-south/east-west freeways, and car-free commuting via light rail. This overlooked enclave holds high promise and one of the most culturally integrated populations of any place in the world. The panoramic views from this hilly plateau hamlet are stunning. Where else can you see Downtown Seattle, the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, Downtown Bellevue and the Cascade Mountains? It won’t be long before more people catch on. For the time being, Beacon still has some of the most affordable in-city homes with a median price of $311,875. Condos in this area have a median price of $199,000. 

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