Seattle Homes

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Surrounded by water and mountains, just inland from the Pacific Ocean, and just south of the Canadian border, Seattle homes are notable for their often spectacular views of the surrounding area. From the locks of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the grandeur of Mount Rainier, from many different vantage points you can view the ruggedly beautiful Pacific Northwest. With neighborhoods full of character and a population of about 560,000, Seattle is a wonderful place to live.

A Walking Tour of Seattle Homes

First named Duwumps and soon after renamed Seattle for a local Indian chief, the city stretches along a relatively narrow strip of land between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Seattle homes were first built in the early 1850s. The heart of today's downtown, a neighborhood known as Pioneer Square, is the same street grid platted in 1853. From the waterfall garden at Main and Second to the Ballard Locks, the streets are lined with trees, cafes, Victorian-style brick and stone architecture, and remnants of the Gold Rush days.

Neighborhoods define a city as much as any other characteristic, especially for its residents. You might look toward Lichton Springs in the northwest for Seattle homes. This unique residential stretch is a small fragment of a formerly vast wetlands area, and takes its name from Licton, an Indian word for the reddish mud of the local springs. In the northeast is the University District and Sand Point, a small peninsula carved out by glaciers.

Eastside you'll find Montlake, Capitol Hill, and Judkins Park. To the west, along with Pioneer Park, you'll find Chinatown and Queen Anne--famous for Seattle's most recognizable landmark, the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, as well as for the predominant architectural style of its older homes. Seattle's Chinatown-International District is one of its oldest neighborhoods, renowned for its Asian restaurants, unique specialty shops, and Wing Luke Asian Museum.

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