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THIS COLD POSTBUBBLE REALITY taught us a lot about homeownership we didn’t want to know (the challenges of short sales, the benefits of strategic foreclosures, how to find a good real estate attorney), but it reminded us of one thing we should have never forgotten: Loving where you live is just as important as loving what you live in.

Here are Seattle Met’s picks for the Emerald City’s 15 must-live neighborhoods right now, plus vital stats on the people, property, and parks in 116 communities.