Average rents provided by Redfin
1. Bainbridge Island
- Pro A quaint, distinctly Northwest community
- Con Isolated, lacks entertainment variety
- Average Rent $1,646
- Unique Traits The 8.6-mile ferry route between downtown Seattle and Bainbridge is the most active water commute around.
- A $50 Night Out 3 small plates, tip at Hitchcock $42; 2 scoops at Mora Iced Creamery $8
- Pro An affluent mix of multiunit neighborhoods and single family homes
- Con Minimum 15-minute commute downtown, can feel more like a suburb than a Seattle community
- Average Rent $2,000
- Unique Traits The Ballard Farmers Market is a bustling tourist spot during summer and a local’s produce hub in colder months.
- A $50 Night Out Tiki drink, tip at Hotel Albatross $12; Moules frites, glass of wine, tip at Bastille $38
- Pro Family friendly neighborhood up north
- Con Not exactly a hot spot for young singles
- Average Rent $1,622
- Unique Traits Green Lake Park offers a three-mile jog, swimming, and a small theater.
- A $50 Night Out Bottle of wine, pint of ice cream at Ken’s Market $20; Takeout for two, tip at Tiko Riko $25; Video on demand $5
4. South Lake Union
- Pro State-of-the-art condos surrounding the Amazon campus
- Con Tech employees, and only tech employees
- Average Rent $2,306
- Unique Traits Amazon’s forthcoming headquarters is set to be a futuristic tech wonderland.
- A $50 Night Out Salad, burger, cocktail, tip at Re:Public $50
5. Capitol Hill
- Pro The cultural epicenter of Seattle
- Con The gentrification epicenter of Seattle
- Average Rent $2,022
- Unique Traits More than 30 bars and restaurants have opened in Capitol Hill over the last year.
- A $50 Night Out Prosecco, Chickpeas, 12 happy hour oysters, tip at Anchovies and Olives $35; Cocktail, tip at Canon $15
- Pro Urban living that maintains a neighborhood feel
- Con Loud on weekends, no parking
- Average Rent $2,475
- Unique Traits Belltown is the most densely populated neighborhood in the city.
- A $50 Night Out A show at The Crocodile $8; Half pizza, beer, tip at Rocco’s $30; Nightcap, tip at Bell and Whete $12
7. West Seattle
- Pro Traditional, single family neighborhoods away from urban density
- Con Rush-hour nightmares on the West Seattle Bridge
- Average Rent $1,835
- Unique Traits Alki is one of the most popular, and swimmable, beaches in Seattle.
- A $50 Night Out Two strong beers, tip at Locöl $12; Pupus, half fried chicken, tip at Ma’ono $38
This article has been updated since publication to include Redfin as data source.