When it comes to Seattle housing, the U.S. Census Bureau has designated 97 neighborhoods within the city limits of Seattle. Here is an introduction to the city's population centers.
Seattle Neighborhood overview:
Green Lake, Wallingford, Fremont and Phinney Ridge surround the ever-popular Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake. Seattle's Fremont area neighborhood houses an eclectic, artistic community. Distinctive bungalow houses are found in Wallingford. Ballard, known as Seattle's Scandinavia, is home to waterfront attractions like the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Shilshole Bay Marina and Golden Gardens Park.
The University District and Ravena surround the University of Washington campus, northeast of downtown Seattle. Here you'll find the high-energy lifestyle associated with college life. For a more sedate pace with panoramic Lake Washington and Mount Rainier views, Laurelhurst would be the choice.
A high percentage of renters and single people enjoy the energetic surroundings and convenient location of Capitol Hill, one of the city's most diverse, yet harmonious, neighborhoods. Queen Anne and Magnolia residents enjoy easy access to city attractions, and magnificent views are possible from many homes in these neighborhoods.
The people who call these neighborhoods home take pride in a supportive network of business and residential neighborhoods, community participation and cultural diversity. Residents of neighborhoods such as Mount Baker, Seward Park and Rainier Beach have views of Lake Washington and Mount Rainier, as well as access to the Lake and a large number of city parks situated practically in their backyards.
Only a few minutes from downtown Seattle, West Seattle residents enjoy the peacefulness of long stretches of waterfront. In the Alki neighborhood, housing reflects the beach-community atmosphere with old cottages tucked in between newer apartments and condominiums, while Fauntleroy features elegant manors nestled on view bluffs.