How to select the perfect vacation rental in Seattle
Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own character and ease of access to the city’s activities. Some neighborhoods will be a better fit for your itinerary than others. Here’s a quick guide to the most popular neighborhoods for vacation rentals in Seattle:
- Shoreline:Seattle is centered on an isthmus, with Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east. At the northern end of the isthmus lies Shoreline, a forested suburban community with great access to the water. While Seattle is just a short drive away, quiet Shoreline lacks the hustle and bustle of the big city. Rent a home in Shoreline if you’re looking to go for a hike, take to the lake, go golfing, or just find some peace and quiet.
- Ballard:South-west of Shoreline in the north-western corner of Seattle proper is one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, Ballard. A historic Scandinavian fishing village turned foodie mecca, walkable Ballard boasts world-class restaurants, bars, breweries and coffee shops, but keeps things quieter and less pretentious than some of its buzzier neighbors to the south.
- Fremont & the University District:The gastronomic delights continue east into quirky Fremont, famous for its public art, including the Fremont Troll and the entirety of Gas Works Park. Head further east and you’ll find the University District, a great place to stay for those visiting the University of Washington.
- Queen Anne:Take the bridge south to find Queen Anne, one of Seattle’s most historic and picturesque neighborhoods. Upper Queen Anne rises on a hill above the city, criss-crossed with regal Victorian homes and leafy streets, while Lower Queen Anne descends down to meet downtown. This is where you’ll find the Seattle Center, featuring the Museum of Pop Culture, the Chihuly Garden, and Seattle’s greatest icon, the Space Needle.
- Belltown and South Lake Union:Squeezed between Queen Anne and downtown, Belltown is one of Seattle’s most dynamic neighborhoods. An urban neighborhood alive day and night, Belltown is the perfect place to stay for those who want to be in the thick of it. It also provides easy access to two of Seattle’s greatest attractions: the waterfront and the famous Pike Place Market. North-east of Belltown you’ll find South Lake Union and its many tech company campuses, centered around the Amazon headquarters.
- Capitol Hill:East of South Lake Union, hugging the north-eastern side of downtown, sprawls Seattle’s original hipster neighborhood: Capitol Hill. This is a neighborhood continually reinventing itself, but a few things remain constant: the nightlife is wild, the restaurants creative, and all of the city’s greatest trends start here. The condos and townhomes available here are often super-modern and close to the attractions. The action continues east into Miller Park and south into First Hill and Squire Park, where you’ll find Seattle University, and then into Central District and Madrona, quiet residential neighborhoods with easy access to downtown.
- South Seattle:South of downtown you’ll find Seattle’s International District, home to one of the nation’s greatest Chinatowns, as well as trendy Pioneer Square and the Seahawks’ Centurylink Field. Much of the southern side of Seattle – also known as ‘SoDo’ – is industrial, but there are a few neighborhoods to highlight here: Columbia City is known for its diversity, Georgetown is a gritty up-and-comer, and the residential Rainier Valley is beginning to awake from its long slumber.
- West Seattle:Despite its proximity to downtown, West Seattle is surprisingly quiet and residential, but California Ave boasts enough bars and restaurants that you may not ever need to go anywhere else. The real draw here is Alki Beach, Seattle’s best stretch of sand.
- Bainbridge Island & Bremerton:A 35-minute ferry trip across the Sound will find you a world away on Bainbridge Island. This is where Seattleites go to escape the city and take in spectacular views of the surrounding water, mountains, islands and trees. Rent a waterfront lake house with a private dock and go kayaking, fishing or canoeing. Further west lies quaint Bremerton, now home to its own suite of bars, breweries and coffee shops.
- Kirkland & Bellevue:East of Lake Washington, Bellevue is Seattle’s second downtown and will surprise you with a skyline of its own. Kirkland to the north is a quiet suburb hugging the lake, and is a great launchpad for those set on exploring deeper into Washington, where they’ll find world-class hiking and wineries.
No matter which Seattle neighborhood you decide to rent a home in, you can feel comfortable in knowing that TurnKey’s 24/7 support, and local management team will make sure you have a comfortable, worry-free vacation. Every Home, Every Stay, Every Time.