The 25 Most Popular Apartments in Seattle

The Emerald city has been on the cutting edge of IT for the past 30 years and some of the country’s biggest names have chosen Seattle as home. The arts have followed close on the heels of this technology boom, making Seattle a hub for some of the best galleries and shops in the country and attractive to locals and transplants alike.

But with so many vibrant neighborhoods, finding the best area to live in can be a tough decision. We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the 25 most popular apartments in Seattle based on internet searches for you to choose from.

25. Tod Apartments

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Tod Apartments feature furnished studio spaces steps from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. Residents can enjoy jogging or relaxing at the nearby Cal Anderson Park or can take a stroll to the Jimi Hendrix Statue.

Seattle Central College is also blocks away, making Tod Apartments an attractive spot for students.

24. The Perry

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The Perry overlooks the tree-lined First Hill neighborhood. Its studios to two-bedroom apartments each include quartz countertops, an in-unit washer and dryer and smart home features. Plus, residents can enjoy breathtaking views from its rooftop longing area.

There’s also no shortage of entertainment and dining options, as plenty of bars and restaurants are within walking distance. For commuters, I-5 is only four blocks away.

23. Helios

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Helios is a 40-story skyscraper in downtown Seattle that features studios to two-bedroom spaces. Each unit comes with skyline views, a washer and dryer, a balcony and stainless steel appliances.

Helios offers a theater room, yoga room and three rooftop lounges. Four-legged friends also get a pet wash facility, dog lounge and outdoor dog running area. But residents and their pets alike have ample opportunity to walk to pretty much anything nearby.

Pike Place Market is two blocks away. The Seattle Aquarium, Westlake Park and Seattle Great Wheel are also a short walk away.

22. Broadstone Sky

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Broadstone Sky is located in West Seattle with the beaches of Puget Sound minutes away and The Junction nearby. Residents can choose a loft, one- or two-bedroom unit in 20 different floor plans complete with a fully equipped kitchen, dual-pane windows and a washer and dryer.

There’s a fitness center, rooftop deck and courtyard, plus shuttle service to and from The Junction to Alki Beach. Residents can also walk to the nearby eclectic shop and The Junction’s weekend farmer’s market or hop on a West Seattle Water Taxi to get to the city’s center.

21. Green Lake Village

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Green Lake Village provides residents one- and two-bedroom apartments with luxe, modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances, large windows, a patio and an in-unit washer and dryer.

The community is situated between I-5 and Green Lake, so residents have the best of both worlds: access to downtown and the relaxing East Green Lake Beach nearby.

20. Westlake Step & Marina SLU

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Located on the Queen Anne side of Lake Union, Westlake Steps & Marina SLU serves as a colorful backdrop to waterfront views. Residents can choose between one- and two-bedroom apartments complete with an island kitchen and large closets.

The building also has a fitness center and rooftop activities area. But, those who live here will have plenty to see and do with Lake Union Park, which host festivals, fireworks shows and boating events, at their doorsteps.

19. Eastlake 2851

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Eastlake 2851 features studios to two-bedroom apartment homes on Seattle’s Lake Union. The waterfront views and quick access to downtown, UW and Amazon’s headquarters make this spot an attractive place to call home.

Residents can enjoy the fitness center or access the nearby trails along the lake. This community is also close to I-5 so getting to other parts of town is a short drive away.

18. 111 East Olive

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111 East Olive offers open-concept studios to two-bedroom spaces with oversized closets, hardwood floors and in-unit washer/dryers. Pets are also welcome at this community.

It’s across from Cal Anderson Park and close to Seattle University, as well as walking distance to dining and entertainment options. The building is also just blocks away from the Broadway and East Pine Street LINK light rail station.

17. North Park Villa Apartments

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North Park Villa Apartments feature newly constructed one-bedroom units north of downtown and across the street from a greenbelt where you can relax and get some air.

Located in the up-and-coming Aurora Village area, North Park Villa offers eight floor plans to choose from and have an open, airy feel in the midst of this bustling area of town.

16. Cambridge Park Villa Apartments

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Gorgeous grounds and a meticulously groomed landscape greet you at the Cambridge Park Villa apartments. This pet-friendly property is near I-405 just blocks from Westfield Mall, restaurants and entertainment.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom units feature modern appliances. Residents can also enjoy an indoor pool and gym.

15. CityLine Apartments

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CityLine Apartments offers studio through three-bedroom apartments in plenty of different floor plans in Columbia City. Each unit features new appliances, an in-unit washer/dryer and open-concept areas.

The pet-friendly community also features a dog-walking service, a rooftop gathering area, Bocci Ball and a bowling alley. The area itself is filled with local bakeries, coffee houses and artisanal shops. The complex is just off Martin Luther King, Jr. Way so ample shopping and dining are a short distance away.

14. The Kennedy Building

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Just steps from the University of Washington (UW) Campus, you’ll love the eclectic feel of the UW neighborhood, as shops, bars and restaurants surround this property.

The Kennedy Building offers studio to two-bedroom spaces complete with a private deck. Residents can also enjoy a rooftop grilling area, views of downtown, a built-in fire pit area and 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour cyber café.

13. Thornton Place

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Thornton Place is located in the Northgate neighborhood along the I-5. Residents can choose from studio to two-bedroom units that include open floor plans and 20-foot ceilings. This building also has a controlled entrance and an easy access 24-hour fitness center.

Plus, this supremely convenient location gives anyone access to shopping and entertainment just a walk away. The community is even close to the Northgate Transit Center, making the commute to downtown a breeze.

12. The Station at Othello Place

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The Station at Othello Place features modern studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and an in-unit washer/dryer.

Located in the Othello neighborhood, this up-and-coming area is surrounded by shopping and restaurants. Additionally, the light rail (of the same name) is right outside the front door, so it’s easy to explore the rest of Seattle, including a trip to the nearby King Country International Airport.

11. The AJ

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The AJ offers West Seattle living at its finest. These spacious studios through two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings, hardwood floors and private patios.

This gated community is just minutes from downtown and walking distance from West Seattle Bowl and Junction Plaza Park.

10. Malloy Apartments

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Minutes from the University of Washington campus, the Malloy Apartments offers studio and one-bedroom homes ideal for students. The new interiors feature high ceilings and oversized walk-in-closets, plus 24-hour on-site staff to help with all needs.

Residents can step out their front door and enjoy the trendy shops, coffeehouses and plenty of dining and entertainment up and down 15th Avenue.

9. The Enclave

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The Enclave in smack in the middle of the urban Northgate neighborhood. Residents can choose from studio to two-bedroom spaces with stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchens and oversized closets.

The pet-friendly building also offers a fitness center and shuttle service to UW. It’s even close to I-5, so getting around is a breeze.

8. 101 John Apartments

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Seated in the desirable lower Queen Anne neighborhood, 101 John Apartments features 20 studios to two-bedroom luxury apartment homes near some of Seattle’s most tantalizing attractions.

It’s across the street from the Seattle Center, that includes grassy spaces, fountains, restaurants, sports arena, two museums, four theaters and the McCaw Opera House. It’s also near the Seattle Waterfront. The spaces include stainless steel appliances and in-unit washer and dryer.

7. Harbor Steps

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Harbor Steps offers access to pretty much everything with its prime downtown location. The modern building features luxury studios to three-bedroom spaces, including penthouses, in more than 20 floor plans.

Residents have access to stunning waterfront views, three fitness centers, a basketball court and an indoor pool. The Seattle Art Museum is across the street and famous Pike Place Market is two blocks away.

6. Chroma SLU

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A unique sense of style meets one of downtown’s most desirable locations. Chroma SLU offers a pop of color in an otherwise traditional neighborhood.

Located in South Lake Union, these one- and two-bedroom spaces include hardwood floors, large closets and a washer and dryer. Chroma SLU is next to Cascade Park, which has playgrounds and ample green space. It’s also close to I-5 and a short drive from the waterfront.

5. Juxt

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Juxt is all about creating that sense of community in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The community offers studios to three-bedrooms surrounded by best-in-class shops and restaurants.

Residents can enjoy a private balcony or the community media center and grilling areas. Lake Union Park is a few blocks away and the N Westlake Ave. and Mercer Street Light Rail station is a short walk away.

4. UDistrict Square Apartments

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Originally built in 1923 as a 5-star resort, UDistrict Square Apartments is a seven-story building in the heart of the University District and two blocks from the University of Washington.

The studios to three-bedroom apartments are ideal for students and professionals alike and feature many different floor plan options in two separate buildings. The area also offers access to eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

3. Brooklyn 65

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Brooklyn 65 sits in the heart of the sought-after Roosevelt neighborhood, steps from beloved Green Lake Park. This trendy and quiet area of Seattle is perfect for singles or couples looking for studio spaces.

The units include above-standard ceiling heights, spa-like bathrooms, built-in wall beds and barn-door style room separators. And, short-term leases are available. Locals can also enjoy artisan shops and cafes, top-notch restaurants and the nearby Cowen and Ravenna Parks.

2. The Blake Apartments

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The Blake Apartments sit in a beautiful south Seattle neighborhood offering stunning views of the Olympic Mountain, Puget Sound and Blake Island.

Resident can choose from a studio to a two-bedroom unit that includes vaulted ceilings, island kitchens and private balconies. The area is also extremely walkable, so everything you need is a quick jaunt away.

1. Westview Apartment Homes

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Westview Apartment Homes is located in Beacon Hill and provides views of Olympic Mountain, Puget Sound and downtown Seattle. Its studios to two-bedroom apartment homes are a part of classic Seattle construction, built in the early 1900s.

Amenities include large windows, hardwood-style flooring and a claw foot tub. The pet-friendly community is also close to I-5 and just two blocks away from the Beacon Hill station, so getting around town shouldn’t be a hassle.

Methodology

We looked at all organic entrances from April 2018 to April 2019 to rental property inventory listed on ApartmentGuide.com to determine which properties with a Seattle mailing address are most searched by people on the internet. The information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice, availability or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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Amazon Pledging More Than $2 Billion for Affordable Housing in Three Hub Cities

Amazon.com Inc. said it would commit more than $2 billion to create and preserve affordable housing in three of its employment hubs, the latest tech giant to make a large investment in easing the U.S. housing shortage.

Amazon said it intends to invest in affordable housing over the next five years in three regions where it is a major employer: Seattle, Arlington, Va., and Nashville, Tenn.

The online giant has more than 75,000 workers in the Seattle area, its main headquarters. Amazon has more than 1,000 employees each in Arlington, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C., where it is establishing a second headquarters, and in Nashville, where the company is building an operations center. It plans to have at least 5,000 employees in each region within five years.

The bulk of its investment will be through low-cost loans to preserve or build affordable housing, Amazon said. The company also will offer grants to public agencies and minority-led housing organizations.

“We don’t have control over how the [housing] markets respond to a large employer coming into the market or expanding in the market, but we can play a role in how Amazon’s growth is impacting our local communities,” said Catherine Buell, head of community development for one of Amazon’s philanthropic arms. “Particularly as we’re expanding our corporate presence, we’re working to get ahead of the issue as much as we can.”

Catherine Buell, head of community development for one of Amazon’s philanthropic arms, and Kimberly Driggins, executive director of the Washington Housing Conservancy, near Amazon’s second headquarters just outside D.C.
Catherine Buell, head of community development for one of Amazon’s philanthropic arms, and Kimberly Driggins, executive director of the Washington Housing Conservancy, near Amazon’s second headquarters just outside D.C.

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A slew of large tech companies in 2019 committed to investing in affordable housing, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. Job growth has outpaced new housing supply in many large cities, especially on the West Coast.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has committed $1 billion toward Bay Area housing, and Apple Inc. pledged $2.5 billion for housing throughout California. Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft Corp. has committed $750 million toward affordable housing in the Seattle area.

Facebook Inc. also pledged $1 billion toward affordable housing in and around Silicon Valley, one of the most expensive areas in the country. The social media giant said last month it would spend $150 million on homes for the lowest-income residents of five Bay Area counties. This funding would support the development of at least 2,000 units.

For some of the world’s largest tech companies, which regularly generate tens of billions of dollars or more in revenue annually, these phased-in housing commitments aren’t expected to have a big impact on their bottom lines. Amazon doesn’t expect to make money from these housing investments and there is no special tax treatment for them, according to a person familiar with the program.

The housing efforts also come as Facebook, Alphabet and other big tech companies are facing scrutiny in Washington and from state attorneys general over their business practices.

Many housing advocates have welcomed these contributions, saying large employers like tech companies have played a role in driving up home prices by attracting well-paid workers who can pay more for housing than longtime residents.

But advocates also say these investments aren’t expected to solve the housing shortages for lower and even middle-income earners in these expensive metro areas. Solving the country’s affordable-housing crisis would require policy changes and government spending, not just private-sector investments, said Chris Herbert, managing director of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

“It’s going to take a much larger investment of resources to address the problem at a scale that’s needed,” he said.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected renters, and housing advocates have warned that millions of renters could face eviction this year.

Amazon helped Washington Housing Conservancy acquire a multifamily property in Arlington, Va.
Amazon helped Washington Housing Conservancy acquire a multifamily property in Arlington, Va.

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Amazon said it plans to create or preserve more than 20,000 units affordable to households making between 30% and 80% of each area’s median income. It expects about half of those units to come from preservation or from converting market-rate rentals into affordable housing, Ms. Buell said.

The company has so far spent about $380 million in loans and grants to help the Washington Housing Conservancy acquire a multifamily property in Arlington near Amazon’s planned second corporate headquarters. Real-estate investment trust JBG Smith Properties also invested in the project.

“This is the housing stock that is most at risk of being lost to private development,” said Kimberly Driggins, executive director of the Washington Housing Conservancy. “This building would typically have gone to a private developer to…continue to escalate rents.”

Amazon also committed about $185 million in loans and grants to help the King County Housing Authority preserve about 1,000 apartment units in the Seattle area.

Before the latest commitment, Amazon’s biggest housing-focused investment was $100 million to build and operate a homeless shelter on its Seattle campus for Mary’s Place, a local homeless-services organization. The shelter opened in March.

Source: realtor.com