If you love Seattle, but don’t want to live right downtown, consider these three neighborhoods at the north end of the city, between the water and I-5. They’re very diverse, and each one has a lot to offer.
Broadview - population: 7,799; average apartment rent: $1,259
The Broadview neighborhood lies in the most northwest part of Seattle and has a bluff along the western edge that separates it from Puget Sound. A key feature of Broadview is Carkeek Park which has several easy hiking trails with views of the water — a great place to spend weekend afternoons. There’s also Llandover Woods, a wonderful meandering forest trail that is great for kids.
Bitter Lake - population: 7,113; average apartment rent: $649
Just east of Broadview is the Bitter Lake neighborhood. New residents of this Seattle community are pleasantly surprised by the number of decent restaurants for such a small place. Favorites include Fu Man Dumpling House with fantastic dumplings and garlic sauce, El Camion with the most delicious grilled veggies stuffed into burritos ever, and Pho of Aurora, a superb Vietnamese restaurant with excellent vegetarian options.
Haller Lake - population: 7,590; average apartment rent: $1,025
With a peaceful lake in the center of the neighborhood, this area also is home to Northacres Park, a large, forested public park that allows for off-leash dog runs and operates a wading pool during summer months. Located between the Bitter Lake neighborhood and I-5, this Seattle neighborhood hosts the hidden gem of the Family Donut Shop with the best buttermilk bar in the entire world.
Some of the best apartments in Seattle are here:
- The Galleria - 10500 Meridian Avenue North
- The Luxe at Meridian - 10306 Meridian Avenue North
Blue Ridge - population: 5,174; average apartment rent: $1,274
South of Broadview and with Puget Sound as a western boundary, Blue Ridge (also known as North Beach) is the home of over 350 beautiful homes built in the 1950s — like an architectural time capsule — that give the area a wonderful local flavor. Residents are sure to find out quickly about Alexa’s Garden Café which is located inside a glass nursery.
This great part of Seattle is one of my favorites. While it’s a little removed from downtown, that’s a plus for many people; and, it’s really not that bad since downtown is only about 8 miles south. Make sure, if you’re looking for great apartments and Seattle neighborhoods, to check out The Galleria and The Luxe at Meridian in the Haller Lake neighborhood.
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