As a lifelong Northwest resident, and a real estate professional, one of my greatest joys is to play the role of tour guide and introduce visitors and prospective residents to this wonderful and unique place that I call home. Not a day goes by that I don’t find myself telling at least one person about my favorite this, and my favorite that, or this reason or that reason that Seattle is just the best. So it seemed fitting then, that my first blog post should be all about what I consider to be the highlights of the Seattle area. So, without further ado here are 10 things that I think make Seattle the greatest place to live.
- The food scene – Seattle is world-famous for its amazing restaurants, fresh seafood, and diversity of cuisine. It truly is a foodie’s paradise! My wife and I are huge fans of the Tom Douglas restaurants. We have eaten at Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Brave Horse Tavern and Etta’s. We have a tradition of hitting up Etta’s on our anniversary for great seafood! Read more on this, HERE.
- The Sports – With the Seahawks being the only football team for a thousand miles, the fanbase is unstoppable. Get ready to see 12’s everywhere. The Sounders have built up a faithful fanbase of their own, and the Mariners…are still here. If you want to know the definition of commitment, go talk to a longtime Mariners fan. It’s not easy, the 2017 Astro’s have proven that anything is possible, given a long enough timeline. I am one of the long suffering fans of Mariners baseball.
- The sights – You can’t throw a rock around here without hitting something some iconic building, monument or historical site. The Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the MOPOP building, the Seattle waterfront piers… My wife and I had our first date at the top of the Space Needle. Our second date was walking along the waterfront and touring Underground Seattle. My wife says one of my redeeming qualities was that I lived in Seattle.
- The diversity of neighborhoods – Wikipedia shows 127 neighborhoods in the city, each with its own distinct vibe. Its abundance of options for living, working and playing make Seattle a place that everyone can enjoy calling home. I have had the pleasure of living in a few of them. Green Lake, Eastlake, Westlake. I’ve always loved the beautiful homes overlooking the drive along Green Lake. Such a great vibe with small neighborhood cafes and pubs, a fantastic park like setting within a beautiful and mature residential neighborhood.
- The history – Seattle has a long rich history that extends well past its famous 90’s music scene. The Klondike Gold Rush, the Great Seattle Fire, Boeing airplanes, the 1962 World’s Fair that gave us the Space Needle…the list goes on and on.
- The Music – Seattle has a rich tradition of launching major artists, from classics like Ray Charles, Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, to Grunge era bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, to more recent stars like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Here’s a list of all of them.
- The Culture – Benaroya Hall and Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Ballet, Museums (MOPOP, MOHAI, SAM). My personal favorite is MOPOP, formerly known as The Experience Music Project. Great exploration of the Seattle music scene and the pop culture of my earlier years.
- The Ferry System – We have the largest ferry system in the country. How would you like to commute to work by boat?
- The Great Outdoors – If you enjoy anything outdoorsy, you’re going to LOVE this area. There are gorgeous natural wonders to hike, explore, ride your bike, ski or just relax and gaze up, like Mount Rainier, the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands, Olympic National Park, and the North Cascades. They’re all within easy striking distance for the outdoor enthusiast.
- The Weather – OK, so the rumors about Seattle’s famously bad weather are only kind of true. It doesn’t rain nearly as much as people think, but it is cloudy and grey for about half the year. The payoff is the other half of the year is breathtakingly beautiful. There simply is no place more naturally stunning than the Pacific Northwest in the summer. It definitely makes up for the gloomy part.
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