Last updated on March 8th, 2019
Among the 50 biggest cities in America, the U.S. Census ranks Seattle fourth in growth. A top factor driving this surge in popularity is the beauty of Seattle’s natural environment. Sure, it rains, but the rain is what produces the amazing views of its verdant landscape. Known for being environmentally conscious, dog friendly, and passionate about coffee, Seattle boasts an active outdoor scene, impressive attractions, an appreciation for art and culture, and a thriving job market.
The Outdoor Scene
Whether you’re planning to move to Seattle or just visiting, you’ll find plenty of activities to enjoy outside. Opportunities for skiing, sailing, hiking, camping, and gardening abound. One of the best ways to take in all the natural scenery is cycling on the popular Burke Gilman Trail, commonly referred to as The Burke. For 27 miles, the path weaves its way along lakefront residences, wooded shorelines, and parks like Gas Works, Matthews Beach, and Magnuson.
There are hundreds of parks scattered throughout Seattle. Some of the best parks to explore include:
Discovery is the city’s largest urban park. Situated on Magnolia Bluff, it offers spectacular views, protected tidal beaches, open meadows, and active sand dunes. It’s a place of quiet and tranquility as well as an outdoor classroom for environmental education.
Seward Park is a 300-acre peninsula that juts out into Lake Washington. It includes swimming areas, boat launches, playgrounds, paved trails, and an environmental learning center. You’ll want to keep an eye out for bald eagles, which are known to nest there.
Gas Works Park
Once home to the Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, Gas Works Park still incorporates pieces from the plant, some of which have been incorporated into a child’s play-barn structure. Also fun for the whole family isKite Flying Hill, which has an elaborately sculptured sundial built into its summit.
Seattle is full of incredible attractions. Some favorites include:
This 605-foot-tall spire is a symbol of Seattle and one of the city’s most visited attractions. An observation deck and rotating restaurant with amazing views await you at the top.
Home to more than 200 vendors, farmers, and specialty shops, Pike Place Market is a must to experience.
After a fire raged through the city in 1889, the streets were raised, leaving an underground network of interconnected tunnels. Now a Seattle attraction, the buried city can be experienced through guided walking tours.
Art and Culture
Seattle is known as the cultural center of the Northwest. It offers abundant opportunities to enjoy exceptional theater, dance, music, and art.
Seattle has a lively theater scene that includes Broadway shows at the Paramount or 5thAvenue Theaters, classic interpretations at the Seattle Repertory Theater, and magic and cirque at the Teatro ZinZanni.
There are four main art museums in Seattle where you can experience exhibits of every kind. The city’s largest is the Seattle Museum of Art, which extends outside to the Olympic Sculpture Park. Also worth visiting are Frye Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery, which house contemporary works.
More Reasons to Live in Seattle
With all there is to do and see in Seattle, it’s no wonder U.S. News ranks Seattle as one of the top 10 places to live. Seattle earned high marks for quality of life, job market, value of living, and peoples’ desire to live there.
The job market in Seattle is booming on all levels. It’s a top destination for tech professionals and boasts opportunities in many other fields as well, including the arts, environmental organizations, nonprofits, and research. There’s a high demand for workers with skills in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analytics along with construction and professional business services.
Seattle is home to some of the best schools in the country, with 28 high schools and two colleges making U.S. News World Report’s Best Rankings list.
The housing market in Seattle is one of the hottest in the country. Buyers can take advantage of Toll Brothers’ luxurious new homes in the most sought-after communities of Seattle, including Belvedere at Bellevue, Rosehaven at Bradford Place, Talon Ridge, Meridian Grove, and many more.
If Seattle tops your list of places to live, Toll Brothers offers dozens of exclusive home designs and styles to choose from in the area’s top school districts, each thoughtfully constructed with your needs in mind. Visit our website to explore the various communities in and around Seattle and to request an appointment.