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Downtown Seattle Real Estate Guide

It’s hard to define downtown Seattle through just one lens. A modern American city-center, it’s full of modern and stylish developments right next to grade A office buildings of some of the worlds biggest companies. Yet there is plenty of historical flair as well, from the world famous Pike Place Market to the western architecture masterpiece of Pioneer Square. One thing is certain, downtown Seattle is a fast-paced ever-changing neighborhood that offers plenty to visitors and residents alike. 


After relocating the city from Alki to Pioneer Square, Seattle was centered around its business district until the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, after which the center of town moved slightly further north to what would be considered the core of modern day Seattle. The 1960’s brought the first wave of skyscrapers. These original buildings stand out today as they were built out of stone and brick per the building codes of the time. The city’s most famous buildings are the 76-floor Columbia Center, the historic Smith Tower and of course the iconic Space Needle

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What to expect

The intersection of commerce and culture



Convenience of living near the office and happy hour.



A rich regional cultural center



Downtowns ever changing scenery and growth.


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Downtown Seattle Real Estate

Downtown Seattle living consists predominantly of high rise living. Most Seattle condos for sale in downtown are in modern condo buildings rich in amenities, and most even richer in views!

What to Expect

Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom and Facebook all have headquarters in downtown Seattle – it truly is a bustling business center. During the working hours you will find downtown full of workers grabbing lunch or running between meetings. After work, the area is full of restaurants, bars and event spaces to fill your time. The neighborhood is also constantly changing, Seattle has had the most cranes in a city for several years in a row – highlighting the constantly evolving nature of the city’s skyline. 

The Lifestyle

Locals tend to shy away from the downtown tourist traps – but only because there is so much more on offer! I really recommend visiting Cinque Terre restaurant or Matt’s In the Market. If you need to go shopping there is a strong retail core, anchored by the original Nordstrom

Unexpected Appeal

Finding ways to fill free time shouldn’t be a challenge! The Seattle Art Museum, known as the SAM has brought world class exhibits to Seattle since its inception in 1933. The Museum of Modern Pop Culture, a fabulous Frank Gehry design, the Seattle Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the 5th Avenue Theater all have events year round. For those seeking more casual experiences, the downtown core is full of speakeasies, jazz clubs and the newly refurbished Climate Pledge Arena which attracts the worlds best artists. 

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The constant progress. Downtown Seattle is already a special place, but there is so much more planned. The Alaskan Way Viaduct removal created the canvas for the new waterfront project that will completely transform the City yet again. Once completed, it will offer residents and visitors stunning views of Elliott Bay, the Olympics and the Seattle skyline while hosting community events, concerts and public art commissions. 

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Chris Reis

Compass Seattle Real Estate Agent

In real estate since 2013, Chris uses his experiences in real estate investments, home renovations and advanced digital marketing to help his clients buy or sell with confidence.

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