Team Troy created a custom assessment to narrow down which of the popular Seattle and Eastside communities you should live in. If you are looking for a new place to live or just want to see if you're already living in an area that's right for you, this is a fun and quick quiz. The questions ask about your work, lifestyle and preferences, and so far it's pretty spot on. Try it and see for yourself:
Here are the Seattle communities that are featured in the quiz, which Seattle neighborhood is best for you?
Green Lake is a neighborhood in north central Seattle which
surrounds a lovely lake after which it is named. The lake and adjacent park are
the centerpieces of the community and create recreation hub for area residents.
Complete with a three-mile jogging path, paddle boat dock, tennis courts,
volleyball courts, playgrounds, and even a mini golf course, Green Lake is a
vibrant and active community. A commercial area with shops and restaurants
borders the lake, and the stately Green Lake branch of the Seattle public
library stands out as a historic landmark. From the lakeside Craftsman homes
and bungalows to the modern condos and townhomes, Green Lake has housing to fit
the needs of everyone.
Just five miles to the northwest of downtown Seattle lies
the Ballard neighborhood. As you meander through Old Town Ballard, with its
brick storefronts and cozy cafes, you can sense the history of the area. Old
Town, a local historic district within Seattle, is also the site of the vibrant
year-round Sunday Farmer's Market. Originally developed as an independent
fisherman's community, Ballard continues to have a small-town feel within the
Seattle metropolis. Famous for its lock system, it is common to catch small and
large vessels alike on their journey along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Ballard also offers lovely views of the Olympic Mountains just west across the
Puget Sound, especially from the Golden Gardens Park along the western border
of the neighborhood. The community offers an array of housing options from
historic bungalows and mid-century brick single-family homes, to contemporary
condominiums and townhomes. In recent years, it has become a hip place to live
within the city.
Magnolia is the second largest neighborhood in Seattle by
area. It is situated on a hilly peninsula to the northwest of downtown Seattle.
A large portion of the neighborhood is occupied by Discovery Park on the coast
of the Puget Sound. As one of Seattle's most popular weekend destinations,
Discovery Park is full of hiking trails that meander through the woods to the
grassland to the beach to the lush forest in only a matter of minutes. The
neighborhood's position on the peninsula also affords tremendous views of the
Puget Sound to the west, Lake Washington Ship Canal to the north, and the city
skyline to the south. In Magnolia, you can find a range of housing options from
the architect-designed homes to historic ranches, from contemporary townhomes
to affordable condos.
The Fremont neighborhood is a quirky and lively area that
dances to the beat of its own drum. Located on the north side of Lake Union
over the Fremont Bridge, with access to the main artery of Route 99, Fremont is
in a centrally-located area within the city. Overflowing with creativity,
Fremont hosts the annual Summer Solstice Parade & Festival and is home to
dozens of shops, galleries, studios, and public art. As the self-proclaimed
"Center of the Universe," the area offers an array of housing,
including historic bungalows, contemporary townhomes, and trendy condominiums.
A growing number of tech companies, including Adobe, Google and Groundspeak,
have a presence in Fremont, and the neighborhood is also home to a number of
Edmonds is located less than a half hour from downtown
Seattle right on the Puget Sound coast. While the third largest city in
Snohomish County, Edmonds offers a small-town feel with a historic downtown
core. Fantastic schools, a thriving commercial district, and a summer farmer's
market makes Edmonds an ideal home for everyone. Edmonds is also a perfect spot
for commuters, with a ferry terminal to the Peninsula and a Sounder train
station that travels from Everett to Tacoma. You'll find locals relaxing
beachside at Marina Beach Park and strolling along the galleries on Main
Street. In the Edmonds community, you'll feel like it's home. Learn more about
the housing market in Edmonds here.
Capitol Hill is the most densely populated residential
neighborhood in Seattle. Located just "up the hill" from the downtown
central business district, Capitol Hill offers convenience to downtown with a
neighborhood feel. As the center of the city's counterculture communities and a
place where nightlife and entertainment is thriving, Capitol Hill is a both a
lively and fun place to live. Broadway, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare,
is bursting with personality, as coffee shops, vintage stores, museums and bars
border some of the most beautiful turn-of-the-century apartment buildings and
homes in the city.
Kirkland is a city located on the Eastside of Lake
Washington. The city features a unique downtown waterfront area with
restaurants, art galleries, a performing arts center, public parks, beaches,
and a collection of public art. Like most of its Eastside neighbors, many
residents are associated with large tech companies like Redmond-based Microsoft
and Google. Kirkland also has active civic associations, especially focused on
youth-centered activities like Little League and the Teen Union. Kirkland is
one of the only cities that has adopted comprehensive transportation plan, with
pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian facilities addressed in all new road
construction. There are many wooded planned communities, as well as townhome
and condominium complexes.
Woodinville is a city located to the northeast of Lake
Washington. In recent years, the area has become a tourist destination for
Washington wine lovers, who come to explore the region's famous wineries and
take in the lovely scenery. Woodinville is also home to beautiful wooded
neighborhoods, organic farms, excellent schools, and several waterfront parks
along the Sammamish River. With the quaintness of a rural Pacific Northwest town,
and the convenient access to both Seattle and the Eastside, Woodinville is a
great community to call home.
Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington, with a
diverse population of more than 130,000. It is the high-tech center of the Eastside,
with office high-rises interspersed with condos and retail in the downtown
area. While business booms downtown, much of Bellevue is comprised of wooded
neighborhoods that are connected with a series of park spaces. Sandwiched
between Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish, the Bellevue community's immense
shorelines and waterfront homes attract the water enthusiasts. In addition, the
city's schools are consistently rated among the best in the country and it has
been ranked as one the "Best Places to Live," in recent years.
Downtown Seattle is the central business district of the
city and is comprised of several sub-neighborhoods including Pioneer Square,
Belltown, Sodo, and the International District. Convenience is the name of the
game when it comes to downtown living. There are a range of housing options,
from contemporary high-rise condominiums and studios, to trendy lofts in some
of Seattle's oldest architecture. In any case, you are steps away from the
famous Pike's Place Market and some the city's best shopping, bars,
restaurants, and cultural institutions. In addition, the downtown area is a
regional transit hub, with quick access to the ferries, light rail, train, and
bus systems. All the while, the views of Elliott Bay and distant Olympic
Mountains are simply breathtaking from nearly every vantage point.
The City of Bothell is located approximately fifteen miles northeast of Seattle. In recent years business development in the area has brought new jobs, many in biotechnology and software development that has popularized this suburban community. A branch of the University of Washington and Cascadia Community College also draw students to the area. Whether it is an afternoon playing golf at one of the many area courses, shopping along Main Street, or biking along the scenic Sammamish River Trail, there are plenty of activities and civic events for all ages. Bothell has many planned neighborhoods with a range of homes to fit any budget. Additionally, there are several exciting new construction and development projects in this rapidly expanding area.