Choose the Right Seattle Neighborhood for You

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Choose the Right Seattle Neighborhood for You

Emily Gojko · Nov 28, 2009

If you are moving from another state, the suburbs of Seattle into the city, or even if you already live there, you want to be sure you live in the Seattle neighborhood that is the best fit for you and your family. Here is some information on Seattle neighborhoods to help you decide.

Living in Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square is located in the southwest of Downtown Seattle. This area is a mecca for galleries, night life, restaurants and historic buildings. The area is also known for its shopping. It has the largest number of boutiques in the Downtown area. It is also easy to get to and around Pioneer Square. The area is part of Seattle Metro ride free zone. That means public transportation is free between the hours of 6 AM and 7 PM daily. Pioneer Square is a great place to live if you are looking for a trendy scene with many different things to do.

Living in Belltown

Belltown is a Seattle neighborhood that has become an increasing magnet for trendy stores, restaurants and night life. The area, which is located on the Downtown waterfront, is known for its off-the-beaten-path boutiques, and small shoppes. Belltown was originally a low-rent, arts district, but not so much anymore with the influx of shopping and dining. However, if you are looking for high-end, chain store shopping, then Belltown is not the place for you. Aside from unique boutiques, Belltown is home to the Olympic Sculpture Park and the Art Institute of Seattle. Public transportation in Belltown is readily available, so getting around here and the rest of Downtown Seattle is a cinch. This is an artsier area, which may be great for you if you are into the warehouse/loft living style.

Living in the Chinatown-International District

Chinatown is a section of Downtown Seattle that is to the east of Pioneer Square. It has a heavy Asian influence, hence the name Chinatown. However, do not be misled, the Asian influences here are not just Chinese, but also Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino and Southeast Asian. So, you can imagine all the amazing food there is to try here! Great attractions in Chinatown include the Chinatown Gate, Hing Hay Park, Kobe Terrace, Wing Luke Asian Museum and many Asian art galleries. If you are looking to be surrounded by cultural influences, then Chinatown may be a fun place for you to live. There is a lot of history and art here, as well as great shopping for foodies and fun festivals.

Living in Denny Triangle

If you are looking for high end living in Downtown Seattle, then check out Denny Triangle. The area is in a constant state of building and rebuilding, with multi-use buildings, luxury condos and rentals, and office buildings popping up like weeds. This Seattle neighborhood is part of the metro transportation system, and has everything you need-great housing, great schools, including Antioch University Seattle, art galleries, theater, boutique shopping and parks. Denny Triangle is a great neighborhood if you have a family, or are looking to start one.

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Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

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