One South Park perk: Duwamish River views.

In Seattle real estate, "affordable" just means less expensive. The city's home prices are among the country's highest; you're not going to find many bargains here. Still, proximity to the city's downtown core can be had at a lower cost than you might assume, according to Redfin data from 2020.

Newcomers will find a cultural medley in Chinatown–International District.

Chinatown–International District

A caveat first: Very few homes are typically listed in this part of town. Those that do hit the market are generally small units. But maybe you're ready to spend a little more time outside your living space. Here you'll find great eats and shopping, and even better neighbors

Median sale price: $322,500

South Park

Unlike a couple of the others on this list, this southern Seattle neighborhood saw a bump in closed sales during 2020. Quick drives to the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal or Sea-Tac offer travel possibilities with fewer logistical hurdles. And the adjacent Duwamish River is only going to get better.

Median sale price: $487,500

First Hill

Welcome to the city's hospital hub. The UW Medicine and Swedish systems both have major presences, which is helpful in the event of an emergency and in your search for a reasonably priced condo; health care workers have been known to move around a bit. The condo conundrum of 2020 means even more availability close to downtown.

Median sale price: $500,000

Bitter Lake

This stretch of North Seattle has been a popular area to buy of late. Its namesake mass of water is more inviting than it sounds, and Carkeek Park isn't far if you prefer some more expansive water views. You can have a yard here without breaking the bank.

Median sale price: $520,500 

The commute for Amazonians couldn't be quicker in South Lake Union.

South Lake Union

The neighborhood best known for a tech behemoth that practically prints money isn't as expensive as you might think. In part, because you're not going to find any houses in this urban swath of the city. But prices suggest you don't have to get in a bidding war with Amazon executives for a condo in the vicinity of the Spheres.

Median sale price: $522,000