Which Puget Sound Area Should You Live In

Dated: 06/01/2014

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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

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 non-profit organizations.

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.

Troy Anderson

~Married with 2 children ~Turned grey prematurely ~Fetish for all things Apple ~Urban chicken farmer ~Enology (wine making) student @ WSU ~14+ years of Real experience “Here at TeamTroy we h....

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