To some extent, Seattle remains a frontier metropolis, a place where people can experiment with their lives, and change and grow and make things happen.Tom Robbins
Seattle is blessed by a unique location in between majestic mountains and an opportune spot hugging the Puget Sound. This emerald city is considered the capital of the Pacific Northwest wonderland. The area is characterized by by its mild weather, love of gourmet food, and an addiction to fantastic coffee. Corporate giants Boeing, Microsoft, and Amazon all call Seattle home.
Seattle is served by the Sea Tac airport (SEA) which is approximately a thirty minute drive south of downtown. Sea-Tac is a large airport which is the ninth busiest in the United States. Both Alaska Airlines and Delta Airlines treat Sea-Tac as a hub. Everett, north of Seattle, will soon start having commuter flights. Southwest Arilines serves 10 destinations from SEA.
Other metropolitan areas within driving distance of Seattle include Tacoma, Kelso, Yakima, Pasco, Spokane and Portland, OR.
Notable regional restaurant chains include Ivars, Dick’s Drive-in and Dukes Chowder House.
- Alcohol sold in grocery stores are subject to excessive taxes.
- Seattle is know for a trend where coffee is served by baristas in bikinis.
- The City of Seattle has a unique $15/hour minimum wage.
For Sushi, Blue C has several locations with conveyor belt sushi. Look for there Legion of Boom roll which is a shout to the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl team.
Ikea has one store in the Seattle region in Renton, southeast of downtown off the 405.
One notable brewery to visit is the Fremont Brewing Company. The patio and tasting room sits just north of Lake Union for unmatched view. This beer nirvana is a short walk from the Gas Works park and the Fremont Troll.
Where to Invest
The following zip codes are good places to start looking for your rental properties:
98033 Kirkland Central
98034 Kingsagate Totem Lake
98101 Pike Place
98168 Latona Foster
98178 Bryn Mawr – Skyway