Seattle Real Estate Information
Known to many as the Emerald City, Seatown, Rain City, Jet City, Gateway to Alaska, or Gateway to the Pacific, the city of Seattle is one of the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest and hosts a growing population of over 602,000 people and is at the heart of a metropolitan area serving over 3.3 million Washingtonians. Picturesquely settled in the western portion of Washington State on an isthmus that juts out into Puget Sound, Seattle is the county seat of King County and has been established in the area since the original inhabitants settled the region over 4,000 years ago. Known for its gorgeous coastal summer weather and its very rainy winter season, residents of properties in Seattle have come to embrace the natural beauty of the area throughout the year.
Residents and people around the world have come to recognize the iconic Seattle Space Needle that was constructed in 1962 and is the area’s most recognizable landmark, partly due to its inclusion in several mainstream television shows and movies like Frasier, Grey’s Anatomy, and Sleepless in Seattle. The Space Needle is a part of the Seattle Center, a hub for local civic and cultural events. Tourists and residents can take advantage of the Seattle Center Monorail that connects the Space Needle to shopping malls and other local attractions.
The entire Seattle community gathers several times throughout the year for a number of intriguing affairs like Bumbershoot, an international music and arts festival that is held every Labor Day. The Seattle Center also hosts the Northwest Folklife Festival, an annual celebration of ethnic and traditional arts, crafts, and music, as well as a Bite of Seattle, a culinary event featuring the works of celebrity chefs from throughout the area.
Residents of Seattle have also come to support several local professional sports teams, including the Seattle Sounders soccer club, Seattle Seahawks NFL team, Seattle Mariners baseball team, and the Seattle Storm WNBA squad. As a result of these large organizations being hosted in Seattle, not only has the city become fans of these teams but have also supported the construction of several large athletic venues, including Qwest Field, the KeyArena, Safeco Field, and the ShoWare Center.