Green Lake

Green Lake is a highly desired neighborhood that curls around its namesake. The lake, considered Seattle’s “Central Park,” attracts over 3.6 million visitors each year who come to walk, jog, bike, skate, fish, rent boats, or just hang out. Other neighborhood amenities include the Evans Pool, Bathhouse Theatre, Green Lake Community Center, a library, and a Pitch and Putt Golf Course, as well as various eateries and shops. House styles tend toward bungalows and Tudors. Condos and some multi-unit apartments are also available. Median Prices: Homes $428,888; Condos $278,500.


The Scandinavian fishermen and mill workers who founded this historic neighborhood in the late 1800’s would feel right at home in the Nordic Heritage Museum or at annual events like the Norwegian Constitution Day Parade each May or Ballard SeafoodFest in July. While their influence on Ballard remains, much as changed as old buildings are restored, new condos and other exciting projects such as the award-winning “green” library take shape. Unique shops, trendy boutiques, great restaurants, a cinema, and other businesses line downtown streets. Ballard’s lively nightlife draws music fans to establishments like the Tractor Tavern and the Conor Byrne Pub. The Ballard ArtWalk, on the second Saturday of each month, showcases local artisans. A Sunday Farmers Market on Ballard Avenue runs year round. Ballard is also home to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and beautiful Carl S. English Botanical Garden and Visitor Center. Median Prices: Homes $395,000; Condos $296,725.

Queen Anne

Upper Queen Anne has a majority of single-family dwellings, many in the classic  Queen-Anne style. Lower Queen Anne, also known as Uptown, is more densely populated with condos and apartments. The neighborhood is sprinkled with specialty shops, local eateries and pubs. A busy Community Center features a pool and community programs. Kerry Park, well known to photographers, offers fantastic downtown Seattle views. These views and its great location make Queen Anne a highly desirable address. Rentals are at a premium and homes rarely stay long on the market. Median Prices: Homes $642,000; Condos $299,995.

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