With stunning mountain scenery, a magnificent coastline and a vibrant music and arts scene, there's no better place to call home than Seattle, Washington. The Emerald City is renowned for its farmers markets, world class wineries and quality restaurants, not to mention the splendid Waterfront and Pike Place Market. This is a city with energy and technology, and yet also the perfect place to listen to jazz on a Sunday afternoon or enjoy a walk in the Olympic Sculpture Park. It has a high proportion of couples without kids and it's also a place for canine lovers -- there are more dogs here than children. Seattle is a fun and friendly place to live and definitely somewhere you can call home.
Seattles housing market is on the rise after seeing prices depreciate by 3.6% in the last three years. The trend is definitely on the upswing now, with a 6.6% increase on apartment prices in the last six months. If you are thinking about a move to Seattle, now might be a good time to come before things get to pricy.
The median price of a home in Seattle is $405,000.This ranges from $200,000 for a 1 bed apartment to over $500,000 for a 4 bedroom home. The average listing price in August 2013 was $733,430, which indicates more 3 and 4 bedroom homes are on sale in Seattle than the smaller apartment style buildings. In Seattle, the average price per square foot is $364, which is a decrease from 2012, but those prices are starting to turn around and rise again. Demand often outstrips the numbers of homes for sale or rent in Seattle as it is a popular area to live.
Rental prices in Seattle vary from $900 to $1200 per month and there is competition for apartments. Popular areas for rental properties include Belltown, Lower Queen Anne, and Broadway. The vacancy rate of apartments in Seattle is 5.2 per cent and so there is heavy demand, which pushes up rental prices. This is due to the high number of jobs advertised by the various industries here and people coming into the city to find employment. There are new apartment blocks being built in Seattle, which will add to this growing market. Apartments also vary by location in that over a quarter of the rental accommodation is in First Hill and Downtown, while the cheaper places to live are in Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley, as well as North of 85thStreet.
There are 155 primary and secondary schools across Seattle and many are extremely high-performing. The public schools in Seattle are part of Seattle Public Schools. There are around 54,000 students in Seattle, and each school has facilities for those with special needs. The International Baccalaureate Program is also available at Rainier Beach High School. Seattle is home to a number of technology leaders and industry champion, as well as the University of Washington.
Seattle has a vibrant music, arts and dance scene, and it is home to some of the best museums in the USA. This is where Jimi Hendrix came from and where Quincy Jones grew up. Bing Crosby was born in neighboring Tacoma and Kurt Cobain formed Nirvana here. This is a city where art can be seen in the streets and where museums attract people from all over the country. The Seattle Art Museum has interesting exhibitions through the year. In Seattle, there are also some great festivals annually -- including Bumbershoot, the Childrens Film Festival, and the Edmonds Art Fair. Music is very much a focal point within the culture of Seattle, and there are lots of concerts and recitals in town at the many venues.
Seattle has a number of neighborhoods in the city, which have their own distinctive characteristics. Choosing somewhere to live will depend on work and the commuting distance, your childs education needs, and the type of place that you feel at home in.
Queen Anne:Queen Anne is renowned for its stately homes and trees, but there is more here to do than that. The theatre and ballet is right in the center of the area, and the Queen Annes Farmers Market is one of the finest in the city.
Belltown:Belltown is popular for renting--it even has a few rent to own options--and the number of businesses dedicated to dogs is remarkable. This is an area where you might feel a little out of place without a dog, as there are more canine creatures here than kids.
Ballard:Ballard is in North West Seattle and quite a hip place to live. This is a casual neighborhood with a good sense of community and decent schools. It looks and feels very Scandinavian.
Georgetown:Georgetown is a smaller neighborhood in Seattle that is surrounded by the industrial sector and yet remains distinct. It is the sort of place where people know their neighbors, and it also has great places to eat. The Georgetown Brewing Company tour is a good place to get acquainted with the area.
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