Greater Seattle Real Estate Information

The city of Seattle was actually created after the annexation of several smaller communities in 1891, including Magnolia, Wallingford, Green Lake, and the University District. Today, the unified city is joined by several surrounding communities that serve as suburban neighborhoods and industrial parks in support of Seattle. Some of the most notable nearby communities include Bellevue, Carnation, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Downtown Issaquah, Mercer Island, North Seattle, Queen Anne, Sammamish, Shoreline, and West Seattle.

Seattle and its surrounding communities host six Fortune 500 companies, including Washington Mutual, Starbucks,, Nordstrom, Safeco Corporation, and Expeditors International. Other companies that call surrounding areas home include Costco, Microsoft, Nintendo, Weyerhaeuser, and Paccar. These companies operate their largest corporate headquarters in Seattle and its surrounds are some of the largest local employers. Boeing Company recently moved its headquarters to Chicago although its main manufacturing plants remain in the Seattle area where it produces hundreds of commercial and military aircraft and other electronic systems. Residents find that this diversity of industries and commercial operations based in Seattle provide a wealth of career development opportunities and allow for stable living and raising families.

Lake Washington is the largest natural lake in the county and is the second largest in the state. A large portion of Seattle’s and several other communities’ waterfront is alongside Lake Washington. Not only does the lake provide an exceptional waterway for canals and ships working in the transportation of goods and materials, Lake Washington is also a very intriguing recreational hotspot with several motor boats and water skiers gracing the water every day.

The University of Washington is comprised of campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. However, the largest school in the system is the Seattle campus, located along the shoreline of Lake Washington. The school is the largest university in the northwestern United States and is one of the oldest public universities west of the Mississippi. The university offers hundreds of degree programs through its 140 departments that are organized into several schools and colleges. Some of the most popular departments are in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Michael G. Foster School of Business, College of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, and the School of Social Work.