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    Seattle Real Estate

    Get to Know Seattle

    Seattle has come a long ways since its days as the grunge capitol. Now a metropolitan city and a center for tech and innovation there is a lot to know about Seattle. Like any city it is made up of smaller neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, West Seattle, Ballard, Green Lake,Magnolia, and Beacon Hill, to name a few.

    The best way to get to know the different neighborhoods is to see what kind of homes are for sale in what neighborhoods and tour the open houses. If you are out cruising the neighborhood and get hungry consult Seattle Met’s 100 Best Restaurants in Seattle.

    If your job is in Seattle but the hustle and bustle is not attractive feature check out some of the surrounding suburbs.


    Schools

    Seattle is services by the Seattle School District but also has plenty of top notch private schools. The city is also home to several institutions for higher learning. The University of Washington often comes to mind first but there is also Seattle University, a private university, and plenty of community colleges.

     

    Seattle, Washington,  is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. Located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in King County, of which it is the county seat, and overlooking Elliott Bay, Seattle is nicknamed The Emerald City. The city is a damp green gem, with an abundance of evergreen trees throughout, and spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. The cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, the city and its surrounding areas are the home of the Space Needle, Boeing’s aircraft assembly plants, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Costco, Nintendo of America, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and the University of Washington, as well as a vibrant arts and music scene and an excellent park system.

    Seattle was founded on the rough, physical industries of fishing, logging and coal mining, with San Francisco as her primary customer. Boeing, founded in 1916, grew to be Greater Seattle’s primary industry as natural resources were depleted.  Over the last twenty-five years, the area has become less seedy and more developed with the massive influx of Microsoft money (and other software and biotech proceeds), but Pioneer Square is still the original Skid Row. (Yesler Way was a “Skid Road” for logs skidded downhill using dogfish oil to Henry Yesler’s lumber mill).

    Seattle is also substantially influenced by the presence of the University of Washington (the largest single campus in the state and recipient of over $1 billion in research grants annually), as well as multiple smaller colleges and universities. Seattle is also the center for financial, public health, and justice systems in the northwestern part of the U.S