Can’t-miss apartments in every Seattle neighborhood
If you’re moving to Seattle, you’ll find that much of what you’ve already heard about the city is true. Still, once you get here, you’re also bound to discover many “hidden” gems that surprise and amaze. More than just the rain—which is more like a misting drizzle on most days—Seattleites enjoy 4-5 months of idyllic summer weather. The Space Needle has great views of the city, but so do many downtown apartment buildings, not to mention the Columbia Center. A better spot, in our view, if you’re looking for something quintessentially Seattle? Check out the Underground Tour.
Even if you’ve been in the city for a while, it doesn’t mean you know everything about the local apartment scene. Just because you recognize the Premiere on Pine building from your last visit to Pike Place Market doesn’t mean you can intuit the list of amenities, floor plans, and rent prices. Just because a coworker likes where he or she is living doesn’t make it the right choice for you. With this in mind, here’s our overview of the Seattle apartment scene as well as featured listings (below) to help you find the perfect spot for your next apartment living experience.
Average Rent and Seattle Apartment Pricing
Of course, that’s assuming you can afford the apartment you fall in love with. Over the past 7 years, apartment rents have been rising at a fast clip of about 8 percent. According to The Seattle Times, in 2017, the average rent for an apartment in King County passed $1,600/month. Many long-time tenants struggle to keep up as the city continues to attract high-earning professionals. There is something of a silver lining, however. Desirable neighborhoods are seeing a corresponding rush of real estate developers and apartment construction. This new supply is already showing early signs of taking the edge off Seattle apartment rents.
On the other hand, we recognize that new building permits and rent projections don’t do anything to help with an apartment lease you’re trying to sign within the next couple weeks. Moreover, that $1,600+ figure is an average. You can find reasonable apartment units in Beacon Hill for under $1,000/month. Meanwhile, a large luxury downtown apartment can run more than $6,000/month.
Choosing a Neighborhood
Looking for diversity and an international flavor? Seattle has a world-class International District. Ready to beeline right toward that part of the city defined by its nightlife, dining, and general entertainment? From Belltown to Pioneer Square, you can’t go wrong pretty much anywhere in the immediate downtown area. Looking for that oddball, counter-culture neighborhood that’s hard to put your finger on? That means Capitol Hill. Looking for something more residential that’s, nevertheless, close to the city? Anywhere along Lake Union (Eastlake, Westlake, South Lake Union) is a great option. If you know where to look, you can even find the center of the universe in that part of Seattle. Thinking a little further east instead? Mercer Island provides even more of a lake-centered respite from the city, while still getting you into downtown in 15-20 minutes on most days and from most spots on the island.
Even still, this is far from an exhaustive list. A popular self-select amenity for all kinds of apartment communities, our Seattle storage service area extends from Lynnwood and Shoreline down past Seatac and Kent, and out east all the way to Snoqualmie. No matter what part of town you’re looking in, you’ll find something in this list that you’re sure to love…
Find the Perfect Seattle Apartment Community
The Post (Seattle, WA)
The Post has fully embraced the amenity arms race that the Seattle luxury apartment scene has been experiencing over the last several years. Between downtown and Pioneer Square, it’s got the location for nightlife, live music, views, and foodies. It’s also just 2.5 blocks from one of our favorite local spots—the Underground Tour. Meanwhile, concrete ceilings, exposed ductwork, and plank flooring confer a distinctly industrial and trendy flavor on the interior of the apartments. Yet, the predominance of weathered brick around the neighborhood adds a welcoming touch. Even then, there’s one signature feature that can call to those looking for that next level experience for luxury downtown Seattle apartments. Before you sign a lease somewhere else, you’ll want to check out the rooftop reflecting pool. You’re not going to find anything quite like it in the Puget Sound area.
The JUXT (Seattle, WA)
Every apartment community likes to highlight local hotspots and the surrounding neighborhood, but the JUXT does it better than pretty much everyone. Of course, it helps that that neighborhood is South Lake Union. Whether it’s lake-based entertainment and beauty, personal fitness and a great social scene, or the architectural heritage or technological innovation, there’s nothing quite like SLU. From the MOHAI to almost every aspect of the neighborhood, the JUXT finds local inspiration for their apartment community. From their Laptop Lounge to their Rooftop Speakeasy, you can find a quiet workspace or a fun time whenever you need it.
AMLI at Bellevue Park (Bellevue, WA)
AMLI at Bellevue Park features 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and spa, washer/dryer in every unit, full kitchens, and multiple appliance packages. From online payment to an easy reference list of utility, school, government, and childcare contact information, this is a hassle-free and regret-free choice for apartment living. As part of the AMLI Residential network of apartment communities, you’ll also benefit from living in a sustainable apartment community and local volunteer programs, if that’s your thing. Many of our own customers, who are changing jobs or in between homes, are eager to learn about the options for short-term furnished apartments available at AMLI at Bellevue Park.
The Whittaker (West Seattle, WA)
The apartment’s namesake, Jim Whittaker, was the first American to summit Mt. Everest. If you’re ready for your own adventure, it’s hard to beat following this native son into West Seattle. Just because you’re outside of downtown doesn’t mean you have to drive everywhere. You’ll be in easy walking distance of the Junction and any number of bus, bike, and water taxi rides. You’ll also be right next to Alki beach, Lincoln Park, and Colman Pool, as well as a range of services and local businesses. And while you won’t be disappointed with the apartment interiors—not with floor plans, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops—the Whittaker is best known for its outdoor living. This includes an amazing outdoor kitchen, fireplace lounge, bocce ball court, and a glass-enclosed courtyard.
One Lakefront (Seattle, WA)
With its ideal South Lake Union, One Lakefront really can deliver on its promise of a laid-back lifestyle in an urban apartment. It’s also a location that’s great for trading in your private vehicle for downtown Seattle living. It’s easy to walk or bike to work, especially if you work for Amazon or Facebook. The luxury amenities are no joke, either. We’re talking incredible rooftop decks, a yoga studio that opens on to a courtyard, a sports lounge worthy of a Man Cave, stunning modern interiors, and an entertaining space for large, catered events. There’s also specialty storage for your “outdoor toys,” in the form of a water sports and bicycle workshop.
MOD Apartments (Seattle, WA)
Love the idea and look of older buildings but also the aesthetics and functionality of modern interiors? It’s going to be tough to beat the MOD in Ravenna, especially if you’re looking for something near the U-District. There is a decent amount of on-site storage for your bikes and whatnot, but there are limits. After all, the rest of the apartment site also boasts a game room, yoga studio, Precor equipment, outdoor seating and fire pit, as well as an atrium and garden lounge. Even the DIY craft room is often full of activity. Talk about pet-friendly, these apartments have a dog wash station. The community is popular among students and university staff alike, and you shouldn’t underestimate the surrounding “bars, bistros, and baristas” of the Ravenna neighborhood.
H2O Apartments (Seattle, WA)
In Lower Queen Anne, you’ll find hundreds of restaurant and retail shops, Memorial Stadium, Key Arena, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Space Needle, and this amazing apartment living experience. The building, and the rooftop deck especially, provides great views of the city and spectacular views of Puget Sound’s Central Basin. Modern, eco-friendly interiors provide sensible functionality and aesthetics, but better yet, the design of the building allows for a wide variety of floor plans including studio units, traditional one- and two-bedroom apartments, townhouses, and live/work lofts. This is a great spot just outside of downtown that appeals to people who are looking for a little bit everything and decide to get into the flow.
Overlook at Magnolia (Seattle, WA)
Simple yet oversized balconies put the spotlight on all the surrounding natural beauty from Puget Sound to Mt. Rainier. To go along with these views, site amenities include fitness center, BBQ and lounge area, dry sauna, and free DVD library. Pets are welcome, too. Spacious interiors with open floor plans are enjoyed by all. Some units also have fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and washer/dryer. This is also a great spot for being near the city center while avoiding the premium rent prices that come with downtown apartment locations. Part of the network of Weidner Apartment Homes, if you’re looking for apartments along the north side of Elliot Bay, this is a great landing spot.
Shorewood Heights (Mercer Island, WA)
Looking for that luxury apartment living experience that’s close enough to, but definitely not in, downtown Seattle? You’re likely looking for Shorewood Heights on Mercer Island. It’s got a tricked-out fitness center with a private yoga room, an outdoor kitchen area with a bar and a renovated clubhouse, high-tech game room, basketball and tennis court. Oh, yeah, and a set of walking trails and dog park for you and your dog. You can opt for the classic hardwood in the main areas and bedroom carpet flooring with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and some choice of patio or balcony, some of which provide great views of the downtown Seattle and mountain skyline.
Aspira (Seattle, WA)
Aspira is Seattle’s “first 4-Star Built Green high-rise.” Put another way, this building and community emphasizes both modern downtown apartment living with an eco-friendly philosophy. Plus, it offers spectacular views of the city and the Sound with its premium Belltown location and 97% Walk Score. Within the apartment community, you’ll enjoy fitness center and yoga studio, rooftop deck with BBQ, fire pit, and a sundeck. Inside your own unit, you’ll enjoy what we like to call “just right” ten-foot ceilings, especially if you opt for a unit with a balcony. And then all the highlights you would expect from a luxury downtown apartment: energy-efficient appliances, floor-to-ceiling windows, kitchen island, granite counters, hardwood flooring. A gas range for those cooks who know how to use that extra measure of heat control.
Island Square (Mercer Island, WA)
Every apartment community offers some portfolio of amenities, but Island Square takes it to another level. Gourmet presentation kitchen, outdoor BBQ, fire pit, sun deck, sauna, and two-tier water fall spa speak for themselves. There’s a fitness center, retail, business center, and wine tasting room aren’t exactly shy, either. This is a never-be-bored-type atmosphere. And, yes, you’ll love the walk-in closets and flexible living space with alcoves, as well as modern interiors that include granite counters and energy-efficient, stainless steel appliances. Find everything you’re looking for in apartment living, while still enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of this island spot sandwiched between the bustle of Seattle and Bellevue.
Avalon Towers Bellevue (Bellevue, WA)
The Avalon Towers Bellevue has studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments that boast of hardwood floors, track lighting, European-style kitchens and private patios for their individual units. Community amenities are headlined by the rooftop fitness center, sundeck, clubhouse, and lounge. This is a great living community that just happens to be an apartment. The Avalon Towers Bellevue are also part of the larger Avalon apartment community that guarantees a maintenance response, online resident portal, and easy relocation within its network. The Towers themselves are a great choice if you’re looking at Bellevue for your next landing spot.
Barclay Broadway (Seattle, WA)
Barclay Broadway is located in a great spot just between Pioneer Square and First Hill. With the level of amenities, online convenience, and neighborhood services available at Barclay Broadway, it’s no wonder they encourage their residents to ditch the car if they so choose. Otherwise, the gym, rooftop, garden, dog run, and bike room are some of the side benefits. Interiors are highlighted by private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows. Personal storage and walk-in closets are available, but with so many other amenities to bring to the apartment community, there’s only so much extra space to go around.
Ballinger Commons (Shoreline, WA)
Ballinger Commons will help you experience the local charms of Shoreline’s shopping, dining, and entertainment in a new way. The apartment itself offers many of the same amenities as downtown communities with a lot more outdoor space. With 77 acres and views of Lake Ballinger, you’re not going to find a better spot for you and your dog. Likewise, no matter which of the two pools you prefer, as well as the indoor spa, you’ll have plenty of chances to relax. In your apartment, wooden flooring, fireplace, balcony and modern paint choices make for incredible apartment living. Looking to stay active during the rainy season and to take advantage of the gorgeous Seattle summers, you’ll find something you love among the tennis court, racquetball, fitness center, and playground. If you’re looking for the peace, quiet, and affordability in Shoreline, this is an amazing spot.
80 Main Seattle (Seattle, WA)
80 Main is an amazing downtown living experience that only stands to get better. Seven stories seem to be the perfect height for this amazing Pioneer Square location and its own stunning window-dominant exterior. It’s no joke when the apartment talks about the building being designed as a local landmark. Several different styles of one- and two-bedroom apartments, including studios and lofts, offer flexible living space choices. The rooftop deck and lounge is already a great spot, but this community stands to become an even more popular living spot when they finish removing the Alaska Way viaduct and install Waterfront Promenade Park. So just because you find a vacancy this year doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be there waiting for you next year.
Harbor Steps Apartments (Seattle, WA)
Harbor Steps Apartments is an upscale, luxury apartment in the heart of downtown Seattle. This place has it all. Community amenities feature eye-catching designs for the sundeck, pool, hot tubs, sauna, and waterfront jogging trails. Along with views of the skyline and bay, apartment amenities include washer/dryer, balcony, nine-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, floor-to-ceiling windows, large kitchens, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. Even the transportation amenities run the gamut from unmatched walkability to bike storage to easy highway and Microsoft Shuttle access to an electric car charging station to underground parking. With more than a dozen floor plans to choose from, you can find the perfect living arrangement for your live-work flow.
Evolve (Seattle, WA)
Let’s start with the community amenities. Evolve has a rooftop deck, fountain terrace, a large lounge area with TV and full kitchen. And if you don’t already know the city, Capitol Hill living is its own amenity. You can find 30 restaurants within three blocks and a grocery store right around the corner. Still, you can find amazing amenities and neighborhoods throughout Seattle’s city center. Often, the hidden difference-maker can be the floor plans. Here’s the really good news: Evolve’s building design allows for 8 different floor plans that can accommodate anyone’s lifestyle. That way, you can be sure to use the space you’re paying for! Content them to learn about living at Evolve.
UDistrict Square Apartments (Seattle, WA)
Less than two blocks northwest of the University of Washington campus, this type of location and amenities attract both students and young professionals. After all, as close as it is to campus, it’s just as close to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife all within easy walking distance. The UDistrict Apartments are actually a collection of three tightly clustered apartment communities in the UDistrict. Lothlorien is a seven-story, mixed-use community, known for its award-winning architecture and “luxury with a view.” There’s also Rivendell and UDistrict Square Apartments. If you’re looking for flexible floor plan options and your own community to retreat to after classes, this is a great place to start your search.
Equinox (Seattle, WA)
Looking to find a luxury apartment community in the popular neighborhood of Eastlake? Wish you could get a taste of downtown dining and entertainment, while still beating a hasty retreat to home base? Chances are you’re trying to find the Equinox. If you don’t already know, Eastlake has a close-knit, small-town feel just a few miles outside of downtown Seattle. The apartment community at Equinox itself does a great job of being part of this community experience. Be sure to check out the rooftop terrace, gas grills, clubhouse and community room, yoga and weights, business center, and dog park, among other community amenities. Inside your own place, you’ll enjoy combination hardwood, tile, and carpet floors, all the major appliances including washer/dryer, balcony, and garage. Your pets are welcome, but you may have want to say good-bye to your dry cleaner. That, too, is offered at the Equinox.
Sanctuary Apartments (Renton, WA)
Between the bicycle storage and easy walking distance to public transportation, the Sanctuary Apartments prove that you don’t have to live in downtown Seattle to ditch the car. Or not. You may instead be more interested in the free parking and direct access garage. Fitness center and private training, business center and conference room, club room with wet bar and TV, and outdoor recreation that includes a pool, spa, BBQ grill, and lounge. Many residents are drawn to the area for work. Right next to The Landing, this apartment location makes for an unbelievably easy work commute to places like Boeing, SeaTac Airport, and others. Find the sanctuary you need from Seattle congestion—without giving up the convenience of consumer services. Talk to the Sanctuary Apartments today.