Seattle is a great place to live and thousands of people move there every year. Despite it’s grey and gloomy reputation, the area is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and water. Even better, wineries, ski slopes, and hiking trails are less than an hour away.
All this natural beauty and fun has led to a predictable result — a desirable area becomes an expensive place to live very quickly. If you work at a large tech company, you might not need to worry about costs so much, but even so it pays — literally — to be responsible and look for an affordable place to live.
Fortunately, there are affordable places you can live in Seattle. To find a good area that isn’t extremely high-priced requires some patience and an excellent buyer’s agent. To get you started, here are five affordable places to live in Seattle.
One neighborhood with homes in the $400,000 range is Kenmore, and it’s a great community for families. It’s easy to commute to Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond. You’ll find beautiful biking trails and excellent schools in this suburban neighborhood.
72% of residents own their homes, and the area is one of the best suburbs in the entire state of Washington. It’s a safe area with great diversity and good nightlife and housing options. You’ll also find a lot of restaurants and coffee shops and the inviting beauty of St. Edwards State Park.
Redmond is a major draw to young professionals and families working in the Seattle tech industry. It’s very close to Amazon, Microsoft, Monolith, Nintendo, and Valve and boasts convenient public transportation directly to downtown as well.
It has highly-rated schools and dozens of parks. The median home value is $579,400, which is more affordable than many areas near Seattle. Redmond has incredible views of the Cascade mountains and is known as the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest.
You won’t regret house hunting in Redmond, especially if you work at one of the major employers in the area.
Pinehurst is highly rated when it comes to schools, family friendliness, nightlife, and diversity. It offers a more urban feel than many other affordable neighborhoods, and the median home value is $373,911. It’s a great area for young professionals as well, with an excellent commute to downtown Seattle.
Residents point out that while home prices are on the rise, it’s still better than other areas near downtown. There are a lot of shopping options and restaurants nearby as well. To find your dream home in this area, work closely with your realtor and don’t be afraid to negotiate.
On the east side of Seattle you’ll find the neighborhood of Mount Baker. It’s a great place for families and has excellent schools. It’s diverse and has great nightlife options as well.
Around 66% of residents own their homes and the area feels more urban than suburban. Median home values are around $592,931 and you’ll be very close to the lake. The closer you are to the lake, the more expensive homes get, but even in the western part of the neighborhood you’ll be close to the water.
You’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, with soul food next door to a Jewish bakery. The residents are friendly and you have easy access to light rail and bus routes.
Rounding out our top five is a neighborhood in West Seattle that’s conveniently located and affordable. High Point used to be a difficult area over a decade ago but has become a thriving community. The median home value is $379,329, and about half of the residents own their homes and half rent. It’s a family-friendly area with a variety of parks and is very diverse.
Schools are excellently rated as well. You’ll have to travel a bit to find much in the way of shopping and dining but people are friendly and there are lots of green spaces.
If you enjoy being at the highest point in the city and reaping the benefits of a successful revitalization, ask your local realtor about homes in High Point.
Work With a Great Agent to Get Your Seattle Home
If you’re ready to move into an affordable area of Seattle, you want to make sure you work with an experienced local agent. Unfortunately many neighborhoods are “you get what you pay for,” and you don’t want to end up in an area that’s unsafe.
Fortunately, these five neighborhoods give you a great place to start in your home search. From here, reach out to a Clever Partner Agent for a full-service home buying experience. Partner Agents are highly-rated in their communities and have the experience you need to find the right place to live.
Even better, when you work with a Clever Partner Agent you can get a rebate of $1,000 toward closing costs for a home over $150,000. It’s a win-win — you’ll get the help you need to find an affordable home in Seattle, and you’ll get some cash to help with closing.