Moving to Seattle? First of all, congratulations — you’ve chosen a beautiful, bustling, and highly cultured city to call home. But as with any move, you need the basics covered before you can begin to explore your new stomping grounds.
Not sure yet which neighborhood to choose? We’ll take you on a tour of some of Seattle’s more family-friendly zones, perfect for those with preschoolers. Need a reliable and efficient real estate agent to help you find that perfect home? There’s a guide listed below, along with a few other moving resources that you may need to get started. With this guide, your moving experience can be both simple and enjoyable.
1. Best Neighborhoods for Families
The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is: Are you looking for a home in the suburbs, or would you prefer to stay in the city itself? There are strong cases to be made for either option; below, we’ve explored a few neighborhoods in both of them.
According to a survey posted on the Niche website, Sammamish is the highest-rated suburban community for families. In fact, census results place it as the number one place to raise a family and to buy a home in not just Seattle, but in the entire state of Washington. Number two on the same list is Yarrow Point, ranked as one of the safest suburbs in the state. With a population of just over 1,100, it’s a smaller but more close-knit community than Sammamish, with home prices at about a third of what you’d pay at the tonier address.
If you’d prefer to be closer to the hustle and bustle of Seattle’s downtown, here are a couple of options, taken from the Great American Country webpage:
Queen Anne, located on a hill just above downtown, is a self-sufficient community, with shopping and restaurants within walking distance. The catch? Homes tend to be on the pricey side. The area of Capitol Hill east of 15th Avenue is another good choice, with its quiet, child-friendly streets. West Seattle has affordable homes in a desirable location near the beach, but it’s also more isolated than the others.
4. Real Estate Agents
To find a list of available homes and their listing agents, try the Homelight webpage. It’s easy to navigate, and you’ll be able to get a feel for what you can afford before signing on with an agent.
5. Moving Resources
NW Majestic Moving and Packing is a locally owned and operated moving company, in business for almost 25 years. The website is chock-full of handy tips about how to make the most out of your move.
For an excellent insider’s guide to life in the Emerald City, try the Moveline website. Their pages will take you through the moving process step by step, asking detailed questions about the distance of your move, the size of your current home versus the one you’ll be moving into, and other considerations. Another popular resource is Cheap Movers Seattle, a site dedicated to helping people find local Seattle movers. Here, you can request free moving quotes from multiple licensed and insured Seattle moving companies.
Here’s to a smooth and successful transition to your new life!