Posted in: Living Posted on: Feb 10th, 2015

Living in Seattle’s U-District

Photo Credit: Seattle skyline by Angela N. | CC-BY-2.0

Seattle is constantly topping lists like “America’s Coolest Cities” and “Top 20 U.S. Cities for Culture”. And it’s easy to see why. Living in Seattle allows residents to live at the intersection of the big city and the great outdoors, making it the perfect place for adventurous young professionals.

Transportation

This commuter-friendly city offers several cost-effective methods of getting around. Commute Seattle is a great resource to help familiarize yourself with the city’s transportation options. The city also operates streetcar and monorail services that make it easy to navigate downtown. Given Seattle’s aquatic element, the city also runs several ferry lines and water taxis in Puget Sound.

Employment

Seattle is one of the few cities that remained relatively unaffected by the recession. The unemployment rate in Seattle is five percent, less than the national average, which is one of the reasons Forbes ranked the city #9 on its list of “Best Places For Business and Careers”. In addition to low unemployment, Boeing, Microsoft, the University of Washington, Amazon and Nordstrom all have major offices in the region. Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee are also located here, which should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the city’s coffee obsession.

Dining and nightlife

Seattle is known for being health-conscious and eco-friendly, and that translates over to the culinary scene. Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe has locations around Seattle, including one in U District. The restaurant is committed to providing the highest quality, organic, locally sourced ingredients.

On the opposite end of the spectrum lies the city’s vibrant nightlife scene, and there’s a particularly high concentration of bars in U District, given its collegiate setting. The College Inn Pub has daily happy hours and specials and trivia nights. Blue Moon Tavern is a counterculture clubhouse and a former haven for beatniks and hippies. It also hosts lots of local talent, ranging from stand-up comedians to live music, pretty much every night of the week.

Although Seattle has lots of farmers markets, those living in the U-distric don’t have to travel very far to find one. The University District Neighborhood Farmers Market is open every Saturday, year round. Of particular fame, Condé Nast Traveler named the U District Farmers Market one of the best in the United States. Another market is Pike Place Market, which is a bit further, but has more than 200 vendors and restaurants.

Things to do

Seattle is an outdoor enthusiast’s heaven. Nicknamed “the Emerald City” because of it’s dense evergreen forests, the Seattle area offers plenty of outdoor activities with guaranteed views of the area’s stunning landscape. The Burke-Gilman Trail is a popular recreational trail amongst walkers, runners and bicyclists. The trail runs from Puget Sound and stretches almost 20 miles to Bothell, WA. More than 2,000 people use this trail every day, making it one of the busiest trails in the country. Agua Verde Paddle Club offers hourly kayak rentals that give you access to Lake Union and Lake Washington. They also offer guided tours.

Seattle Center, built for the 1962 World’s Fair, offers year round entertainment. The campus is home to the Space Needle, where you can get a 360 degree view of Puget Sound. Visit the Pacific Science Center, see a concert at KeyArena, or catch a show at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The downtown Seattle Art Museum has an extensive permanent collection and regularly features special exhibitions.

Renting in Seattle gives you the convenience of big city living combined with the small-town feel provided by the city’s charming neighborhoods. Its scenic location, waterfront views and eclectic feel are a perfect compromise for those who enjoy the great outdoors and the bustling urban center.