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Viktoria Apartment Rooftop in Downtown Seattle

At Freshome we’re always working to bring you the best in architectural innovation and interior design trends by showcasing beautiful homes and apartments around the world. In our new series, we explore the most dynamic neighborhoods in cities across the U.S. and highlight the best apartment options each of them have to offer. Starting with our hometown of Seattle, we put together a list of great things to do, eat and see while also showing you the best places to live.

We spent more than 40 hours conducting extensive research on Seattle real estate and looked at some 600 apartment complexes in the area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of variables. In addition to providing basic information about the buildings, such as year constructed, number of units available and average rent prices, we also factored in other important amenities such as outdoor space and fitness rooms.

Interior design is important to us, so we also looked for features such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and other modern features coveted by today’s renters. We also considered the apartment’s Walk Score — its accessibility to respective neighborhoods, public transit, bars and restaurants — in order to determine the city’s best pads.

From beachfront apartments in West Seattle to posh condos above the eccentric streets of Capitol Hill, we explored 11 of the most popular Seattle neighborhoods. Whether you are moving to Seattle, or just want a glimpse into the multifaceted communities of the Emerald City, browse the Freshome Seattle Apartments guide to the city’s vibrant urban neighborhoods and its best apartments.

Neighborhoods Covered in This Seattle Apartments Guide

Belltown

Located between Downtown and Queen Anne, Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle. With a large selection of restaurants and an active nightlife scene, Belltown attracts professionals of all ages looking for a blend of city living with a neighborhood feel. Residential options mainly include high-rise condos and apartments.

In recent years, Belltown’s popularity has decreased due to an increase in crime. However, the neighborhood has begun recovering and is seeing an influx of residential and retail development.

Things To Do

Located on the edge of the Downtown retail center, Belltown is home to many premium shopping destinations, including clothing boutiques, design studios and home interior stores. You’ll find a mix of trendy restaurants, such as the popular Local 360, cafes, sports bars and music venues, including The Crocodile. Enjoy the waterfront at the Olympic Sculpture Park, which features contemporary art sculptures, amazing views of the Puget Sound and a waterfront trail along Elliott Bay.

Transportation

Belltown is completely walkable and all of the major bus lines run through the neighborhood.

Belltown Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,874

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Walton Lofts

Walton Lofts

Walton Lofts

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 136
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,925-$5,550
  • Highlights: Newly constructed on the corner of Western and Vine, the 12-story Walton Lofts feature eco-centered, high-end design such as bamboo flooring, 10- to 13-foot loft ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows capturing expansive views of the city and sound. A few notable amenities include a grand library, bike workshop, fitness center and rooftop to rival the best of Seattle.

Volta

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 34
  • Number of Layouts: 13
  • Rent: $1,725-$3,895
  • Highlights: Volta, a luxury complex on First and Bell, comes with high-end appointments including free-standing bath tubs, professional-grade kitchen appliances, stone-tiled showers and walk-in closets. And with only 34 units, residents won’t have to do too much sharing of the community features — namely, a rooftop grilling lounge and garden area.

Via6

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 654
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent: $1,525-$4,270
  • Highlights: This double tower on Sixth and Lenora has dubbed itself a “vertical neighborhood,” and for a good reason. Excellent apartment layout options aside, Via6 really shines in its community features. The ground floor has food options ranging from high-end cuisine to juice and coffee bars. You’ll also find a food market, bike shop, movie screening area and barber shop. A large terrace on the seventh floor is equipped with grills and lounge areas for outdoor relaxation.

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Queen Anne

Queen Anne is north of Downtown and within walking distance of the retail center, but maintains a residential feeling. The neighborhood has two distinct areas: Upper Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne, each with their own unique demographics and housing. Upper Queen Anne’s tree-lined streets make it feel suburban. Affluent families live in mansions, stately homes and luxury condos.

Lower Queen Anne is younger and more affordable than its counterpart up the hill. Young professionals dominate the neighborhood, made up of turn-of-the-century and mid-century apartment buildings combined with new construction of luxury apartments.

This established neighborhood is growing by the day, especially on the lower part of the hill. Residential and retail development is taking place and many of the old buildings are being replaced with new construction.

Things To Do

The quiet streets of Upper Queen Anne are lined with quaint boutiques, including the Queen Anne Book Company, Queen Anne Dispatch and Three Birds Home & Gifts, as well as trendy restaurants including Ethan Stowell’s How to Cook a Wolf, Lloyd Martin and Mezcaleria Oaxaca.

Many restaurants, bars and The Seattle Center can be found on Lower Queen Anne. Lower Queen Anne is also known for its arts and culture scene. It is home to numerous theaters, the opera, ballet and a SIFF theater. Most nights, you’ll find a young crowd out late at one of the neighborhood’s many bars.

Throughout the neighborhood, there are numerous parks, including some with impressive views of the water and the city, most notably Kerry Park, with its famous view of the Seattle skyline.

Transportation

The neighborhood is extremely walkable, but be ready to climb some hills if you plan on moving between the upper and lower parts of the hill. Car travel is common on Upper and Lower Queen Anne, but parking is difficult on Lower Queen Anne, especially if there is an event at Seattle Center.

Queen Anne Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,854

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AVA Queen Anne

AVA Queen Anne

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Elliott Bayview

Elliott Bayview

AVA Queen Anne

  • Year Built: 2010
  • Number of Units: 203
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $1,765-$2,670
  • Highlights: AVA is within walking distance to the bay, parks, and numerous shops and restaurants. The on-property amenities deliver as well; there is a fitness center and a CorePower Yoga studio, a rooftop deck that hosts frequent resident social events, and electric-vehicle charging stations. The building is ultra-conscious of energy-efficiency, but that hasn’t had a negative impact on design. The interiors are bright, fresh and updated with all of the modern necessities.

509first

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 43
  • Number of Layouts: 4
  • Rent: $1,345-$1,410
  • Highlights: Describing itself as a boutique apartment, the 43-unit building is a tastefully done collection of studio and one-bedroom apartments in Lower Queen Anne. A rooftop BBQ offers sweeping views of the bay, the mountains and the city. While there is no on-site fitness, 509’s 94 Walk Score rating means residents are only steps away from the neighborhood’s amenities.

Elliott Bayview

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 41
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent: $1,499-$2,729
  • Highlights: From the red-brick exteriors to the double-french doors in most apartments, this building was designed to bring old world charm and modern amenities together. The units are highlighted by tall ceilings with arched windows and rich wood cabinetry with high-grade appliances. The community features a skydeck with fire pits and grills, a conference room and a location close to one of Seattle’s most-loved neighborhoods.

The Runners Up

University District

As its name denotes, the University District is adjacent to the University of Washington, and the majority of residents are students. Student housing, including dorms, fraternities and sororities, make up the majority of the non-apartment housing options. There are also many single-family homes that are rented out to students and young professionals.

Things To Do

In the U District you’ll find two distinct areas. “The Ave,” on the west side, caters mainly to the student demographic. It consists of hole-in-the wall restaurants, bars frequented by students and eclectic clothing shops. If you can get a table, try Thai Tom for one of the most popular Thai restaurants. You can also enjoy a show at the historical Neptune Theater, which has recently been transformed into a multiuse live performance venue, or tour the Henry Art Gallery or the Burke Museum.

On the east side of the neighborhood, there is University Village, an upscale outdoor mall consisting of higher-priced boutiques and restaurants. For Northwest-inspired wine and dining from the owners of Beecher’s Cheese check out Liam’s, or Din Tai Fung for dumplings.

With the neighborhood’s proximity to the water, water sports are popular. Rent a kayak from Agua Verde Café & Paddle Club and then enjoy a margarita on the patio. Spend an afternoon walking, running or biking the Burke-Gilman Trail.

As the university continues to grow, so does the neighborhood. The University District is undergoing major development projects, one of the largest being a new light-rail system.

Transportation

As the neighborhood is mainly students, walking, biking and public transportation is very common. Parking can be difficult in the neighborhood. In the near future, the neighborhood will be served by a light-rail system that will connect it to Capitol Hill, Downtown and Sea-Tac Airport.

University District Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,478

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LIV U District

LIV U District

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Lightbox Apartments

Lightbox Apartments

LIV U District

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 56
  • Number of Layouts: 6
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  • Highlights: Offering units as large as five bedrooms, LIV is making a big statement in the U District this year. With modern decor and finishes, these units come furnished and are spacious and bright. LIV has a two-level fitness center, plenty of study rooms and a rooftop terrace, all close to UW.

Lightbox Apartments

  • Year Built:  2014
  • Number of Units: 161
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $1,729-$6,514
  • Highlights: The largest complex in the neighborhood, Lightbox Apartments has an expansive list of amenities for the students, faculty and professionals who call it home. Residents have access to a panoramic skydeck and several club rooms and lounges, and can rent the latter out for private events. The units include large windows, energy-smart appliances and USB charging stations. Select units have private patios and balconies.

47 + 7

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 24
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,680-$1,925
  • Highlights: 47 + 7 is one of the more unique options we discovered in Seattle. Centered on environmental consciousness, each unit was individually poured and constructed to optimize sustainability. Almost every feature of the one-bedroom apartments is made of recycled materials while also being top-grade. The floors are heated, and lights can be controlled by smartphone. A modern steel-and-glass exterior faces the vibrant neighborhood, earning this building an impressive 98 Walk Score.  

The Runners Up

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is one of the most diverse and vibrant parts of the city. This densely populated neighborhood consists of apartments and condos, as well as mansions and large single-family homes around the perimeter of the neighborhood. The demographics include singles, young professionals, students and families.

Things To Do

This is one of the top destinations in the city for dining and nightlife, and the number of bars and dining options is continually expanding. From trendy restaurants and cocktail bars to dive bars and music venues, you can find just about any type of entertainment or food.

Explore the food-focused Melrose Market, have a cocktail at Liberty and catch a show at Neumos or longtime Seattle institution The Comet. Enjoy the city views at Volunteer Park or visit the Asian Art Museum. As for outdoor activities, most evenings you can find people playing soccer, softball or Frisbee (or just relaxing) at Cal Anderson Park.

Capitol Hill only continues to grow. There are numerous development projects taking place, including the construction of several luxury condos and apartments throughout the neighborhood.

Transportation

The neighborhood is extremely walkable and is within walking distance of downtown. Many residents bike as their primary means of transportation. Parking can be difficult, especially on weekend evenings when people are attracted to the neighborhood’s nightlife. However, transportation will substantially improve with the introduction of a light-rail stop on Broadway in 2016.

Capitol Hill Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,845

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Stream Belmont

Stream Belmont

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Hollywood Lofts

Hollywood Lofts

Stream Belmont

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 69
  • Number of Layouts: 16
  • Rent: $1,450-$2,950
  • Highlights: Constructed with Zero Net Carbon Footprint, Stream Belmont is eco-friendly and ultra-chic. Natural light streams into units ranging from studios to two-bedroom lofts equipped with hardwood flooring, large private balconies and Energy Star appliances. Renters enjoy a picturesque rooftop deck and easy accessibility in and around Capitol Hill.

Hollywood Lofts

  • Year Built: 1929 (renovated in 2015)
  • Number of Units: 24
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: $2,550-$3,295
  • Highlights: New to the scene, Hollywood Lofts has taken the historic Del Teet building and enhanced the original character while bringing in some modern touches. Refurbished to feature hardwood, exposed brick and ceiling beams, these unique spaces are completely customizable and no two are alike.

Pine + Minor

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 120
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: $1,395-$2,650
  • Highlights: Apartments are bright with clean, modern lines and stainless steel appliances throughout. Residents have access to an urban garden roof deck and exceptional workout facilities, as well a prime location for those looking to live in Capitol Hill while being a few blocks from Downtown.

The Runners Up

Central District

Located east of Cherry Hill, west of Madrona and Leschi, south of Capitol Hill and north of Rainier Valley, the Central District has historically been one of the most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. In recent years, this neighborhood has experienced growth as home and rental prices in surrounding neighborhoods have increased. Its central location makes it easy to access Downtown, and young families and singles living in single-family homes or apartments make up the majority of the neighborhood.

Things To Do

Residents are close to a variety of destinations within the city, whether that is the nightlife of Capitol Hill, the central hub of Downtown or the suburban vibe of waterfront Madison Park. The Central District has several notable dining options, ranging from fine-dining restaurant Crush to the locally acclaimed Ezell’s Chicken, made famous when Oprah claimed it was her favorite fried chicken.

Transportation

The Central District is very walkable and bike-friendly, as it is near many surrounding neighborhoods. The neighborhood also has plenty of public transportation options.

Central District Apartments

Average Rental Price: $1,822

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Chloe Apartments

Chloe Apartments

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Legacy at Pratt Park

Legacy at Pratt Park

Chloe Apartments

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 117
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,650-$2,725
  • Highlights: Located on 14th and East Union, Chloe residents get a vibrant scene outside and a relaxing place to call home inside. Floor-to-ceiling windows can be found in every unit, and residents also enjoy a rooftop entertainment space, as well as dining, retail and a guest suite within the building.

Legacy at Pratt Park

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 248
  • Number of Layouts: 20
  • Rent: $1,668-$2,491
  • Highlights: Contemporary decor and rich wood finishes can be found in these studio to two-bedroom units one block from Pratt Park. With a high Walk Score and easy access to mass transit, the Legacy offers residents a comfortable living space with room to entertain and enjoy incredible views of Seattle.

The Runners Up

Downtown

The heart of Seattle, Downtown draws affluent professionals who want to live in high-rise condos and apartments. It’s the hub of the business district, featuring large shopping centers (including the flagship Nordstrom store) as well as historic buildings and landmarks.  

Downtown Seattle continues to grow. Over the past few years, the neighborhood has seen numerous construction projects, including new condos and apartments.

Things To Do

Premium shopping is the main activity in this neighborhood, the city’s retail core. Other attractions include the striking Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas; the Seattle Art Museum; and, of course, the iconic Pike Place Market, where you can spend an afternoon shopping for local produce and goods and watch the famous fishmongers. There are numerous dining options Downtown, include Le Pichet, Miller’s Guild and Purple Wine Bar & Cafe.

Transportation

Downtown is extremely walkable for those living in the neighborhood. All of the major bus lines run through the area, and taxis are always readily available. Finding parking, however, can be very difficult in this part of the city.

Downtown Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,799

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Premiere On Pine

Premiere On Pine

Cielo

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 335
  • Number of Layouts: 44
  • Rent: $1,620-$3,855
  • Highlights: The newest addition to Downtown’s skyline, Cielo left nothing out when designing these luxury apartments. Units offer under-cabinet lighting, walk-in closets and and quartz countertops. The views are front and center, whether from one’s own floor-to-ceiling window walls or from the 31st floor, where residents enjoy a fitness center and roofdeck.

Premiere on Pine

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 386
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent: $1,849-$6,621
  • Highlights: In the Pike and Pine Corridor, these ultra-sleek and impeccably designed apartments come standard with Bosch appliances, California Closets and Grohe kitchen fixtures. Residents receive access to the community penthouse and skydeck, luxury fitness facility and a dog lounge.

Viktoria

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 249
  • Number of Layouts: 42
  • Rent: $1,715-$5,322
  • Highlights: Designed to evoke the feel of the Northwest, the Viktoria features muted color palettes, high-end materials and waterfront views. The perks of living here include access to the 25th-floor residents lounge and wine bar, fitness and yoga space, and theater, while just outside the door is Pike Place Market and the waterfront.

The Runners Up

South Lake Union

South Lake Union has experienced a surge of growth in recent years, due mainly to Amazon’s continued development of the neighborhood. The main demographics are young, single professionals who want to live close to work, especially those at Amazon. Retail and restaurant development has taken place right alongside the residential development.

The last few years have seen major development and the neighborhood will only continue to grow.

Things To Do

New restaurants and bars are continuously popping up. Try Tom Douglas’ acclaimed pizza place, Serious Pie, Mexican restaurant Cactus and popular breakfast joint Portage Bay. As the name implies, the neighborhood borders Lake Union. The six-mile loop around the lake is frequented by walkers, runners and bikers. Also, the city’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is right along the water and great place to learn about the industrial history of Seattle.

Transportation

Residents here are within walking distance of many things, but buses and other public transportation, including the South Lake Union Streetcar, are readily available for traveling beyond the neighborhood.

South Lake Union Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,534

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Aperture On 5th

Aperture On 5th

True North

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 286
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent: $1,640-$3,070
  • Highlights: This complex is aimed directly at the hikers and gearheads of South Lake Union. The apartments feature barn doors, lofted sleeping space and built-in desks; amenities include a bouldering wall, dog park, four outdoor terraces (one with a pizza oven), gear storage, fitness center, bike-repair shop and trailhead room with local trail maps and space to dry out wet tents. Committed to being green, True North partners with local conservation organization Forterra to plant one tree for every lease signed.

Aperture on Fifth

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 106
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent: $1,449-$3,396
  • Highlights: Its contemporary architecture brings the outside in, and artwork found all around the property has been selected from local artists. Residents of Aperture are free to enjoy the finer things as apartments come with top-grade appliances; standout amenities include luxurious clubrooms, a dog-washing station, and panoramic rooftop views with fire pits, grills and a bocce ball court.

Union SLU

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 284
  • Number of Layouts: 8
  • Rent: $1,500-$2,382
  • Highlights: Located two blocks from Lake Union, this urban complex is perfect for those who want to be near both the water and Downtown. Select units at Union SLU include courtyards and bay windows, while all residents can enjoy the six rooftop decks, an outdoor kitchen and electric-car charging.

The Runners Up

West Seattle

West Seattle is located four miles southwest of Downtown. It has had a reputation for being a family-oriented community, though recently a surge of young singles have moved into the neighborhood. Property runs the gamut from condos and apartments to small mid-century homes, even mansions with views of the Puget Sound.

Things To Do

You’ll find plenty of dining and retail options at The Junction, the area around the intersection of California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street. West Seattle also offers some of the most stunning views of Downtown across Elliott Bay. As you make your way into the neighborhood, you’ll notice the view from Admiral Viewpoint and Belvedere Park. Or take in the views from one of the waterfront restaurants, including Salty’s or Marination Ma Kai.

Farther north, you’ll find the beach culture at Alki, where on any given night you can find people strolling the trail along the water. The streets are lined with waterfront dining options, including Cactus, El Chupacabra and Duke’s.

Transportation

Getting around West Seattle is most commonly done by car. Bus routes also run through the neighborhood to take commuters to and from work Downtown. For something a little different, a water taxi runs from the Seattle Ferry Terminal to the eastern shore of West Seattle, perfect for a commute home on a sunny day.

West Seattle Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,704

The Blake Apartments

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 103
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent: $1,342-$2,671
  • Highlights: Situated in the heart of West Seattle, The Blake Apartments are near many of the area’s bars, restaurants, shops and activities. The Blake offers a wide range of housing options with modern finishes, from studios to two-story townhomes.

The Vue

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 111
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $894-$3,100
  • Highlights: Steps from the Junction and minutes from Downtown, The Vue welcomes its residents with community amenities such as a penthouse resident lounge with rooftop garden plaza, a pet spa and easy access to mass transit.

Link

  • Year Built: 2011
  • Number of Units: 195
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent (range low to high): $1,342-$2,671
  • Highlights (amenities): Also found in the vibrant Junction area, Link Apartments offers several one- and two-bedroom floor plans with contemporary finishes and natural light. Community features to note are the penthouse lounge and terrace, a 24-hour fitness center and an in-house Internet Café.

The Runners Up

Ballard

Ballard, a former Scandinavian fishing village, has transformed into a hip, family-friendly, foodie neighborhood. The majority of residents are singles in their 20s and 30s. Although it is only a short commute to downtown, the neighborhood feels more suburban than urban. The southern part of the neighborhood is dominated by condos and apartments, while the northern side contains mostly single-family bungalows and townhomes.

Construction, especially of new condos and apartment buildings, continues to take place.

Things To Do

This neighborhood consists of many historic landmarks and winding streets, making it reminiscent of a European city. Old Ballard Avenue is lined with boutique shopping, trendy restaurants, bars and music venues. The street is home to a year-round Sunday Farmer’s Market.

Some of the city’s trendiest restaurants have found a home in Ballard. Enjoy pizza at Delancey, coffee and croissants at Cafe Besalu and oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter. Or take time to explore some of Ballard’s microbreweries. East of 15th Avenue Northwest and south of Northwest 50th Street, there is a small community of microbreweries, including Reuben’s Brews, Hilliard’s and Hale’s Ales.

Watch the boats go through the Ballard Locks, which serve as the main access from Lake Washington into Puget Sound. Then enjoy a sunset at Golden Gardens, one of the larger beaches on the sound.

Transportation

Ballard is extremely walkable and bike-friendly. Transportation in and out of the neighborhood requires a car or public transportation, but many bus lines run through the neighborhood.

Ballard Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,800

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Ballard On The Park

Ballard On The Park

Odin

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 301
  • Number of Layouts: 37
  • Rent: $1,572-$2,776
  • Highlights: This brand-new building has a 97 Walk Score for its proximity to the best of Ballard. Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, vaulted ceilings and hardwood throughout. For resident use, there is a 24-hour fitness center, a roof deck and pet grooming.

Ballard on the Park

  • Year Built: 2010
  • Number of Units: 268
  • Number of Layouts: 5
  • Rent: $1,497-$3,386
  • Highlights: Arguably the best location in Ballard, residents here are close to neighborhood amenities. Extensive building community offerings include a two-level fitness center, 24-hour QFC grocery store, year-round outdoor spa and private movie theater. The property’s modern decor also features several local artists’ work.

The Runners Up

Green Lake

Located north of downtown, the neighborhood of Green Lake is named for its namesake body of water. The area consists of high-income singles and couples, and living options consists of turn-of-the-century to mid-century homes, apartment buildings and townhomes.

As people move to Green Lake, housing and rental prices continue to rise. Most of the current development is through the remodeling of older homes.

Things To Do

The most obvious attraction is the lake, and most days the 2.8-mile loop around it is populated by runners, walkers and bikers. Kayak rentals are available at the boathouse, and the Green Lake Pitch and Putt is great for an afternoon of mini-golf. The Bathhouse Theater, located on the lake, has regular shows from the Seattle Public Theater.

Nightlife and dining in the Green Lake neighborhood is minimal, but there are a few restaurants near the lake, including Green Lake Bar & Grill. Or make your way through the winding streets of Tangletown to Mighty-O Donuts, Mkt. (one of Ethan Stowell’s newest locations) or Elysian Brewing Company.

Transportation

Most commuting is done by car, but bike transportation is extremely popular through the neighborhood, as well as bus.

Green Lake Apartments

Median Rental Price: $2,295

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Green Lake Village

Green Lake Village

Green Lake Village

  • Year Built: 2014
  • Number of Units: 297
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $1,850-$3,235
  • Highlights: The most recent addition to the neighborhood, Green Lake Village has quick access to both Green Lake and I-5. Apartments feature oversized windows and dark wood finishes, and residents share the large roof deck, entertainment lounge and state-of-the-art fitness. There’s a PCC Natural Market and iCafe onsite.

The Runners Up

Fremont

Situated along the Fremont Cut of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, north of Queen Anne and southeast of Ballard, Fremont has been dubbed the “Center of the Universe” by those who live there. The neighborhood is known for its quirky, bohemian vibe, which is put on full display at the annual Fremont Solstice Festival and Parade.

Several technology companies have made Fremont their home, including Google, Tableau and Adobe, thereby increasing the number of young professionals moving into the neighborhood.

Things To Do

Fremont has an active nightlife and attracts a young demographic in the evenings. It has recently seen a new batch of trendy restaurants, including Revel and its sister bar Quoin, Roux and RockCreek. There is also a chocolate factory, distilleries and numerous breweries. The Fremont Sunday Market, offering everything from antiques and vintage clothing to fresh produce and cutting-edge jewelry, runs all year. Walk or run the Burke-Gilman Trail or enjoy the water views and boat traffic on the Ship Canal, and don’t miss the Fremont Troll.

Transportation

The neighborhood itself is extremely walkable, and you will see many locals riding their bikes as well. Getting in and out of Fremont require public transportation or a car.

Fremont Apartments

Median Rental Price: $1,798

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Collage Fremont

Collage Fremont

Collage Fremont

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 52
  • Number of Layouts: 11
  • Rent: $1,278-$1,555
  • Highlights: A newer addition to Fremont, Collage is a collection of studio, alcove and one-bedroom units, well-designed and tastefully decorated. Residents can enjoy the iconic neighborhood or relax on the roofdeck.

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