Tucked into the forested Puget Sound bluffs north of Seattle, Shoreline has a reputation for being an out-of-the-way outpost. But what was once unincorporated forest land left from railroad prospectors has quietly turned into a community hub for people living on the north end of Lake Washington.
Hidden among its twisting roads and cul-de-sacs are new luxury developments, historic craftsmans, and a quality of life that includes bars and restaurants, a climbing gym, world-renowned golf, and more outdoor sports opportunities than you could imagine. So, if you’re looking for a city near Puget Sound where homebuyers get excellent value, give Shoreline a second look.
5 things you don’t know about Shoreline—but probably should.
1. Shoreline is actually 14 different neighborhoods.
From the northern border of Seattle to the northern border of King County, Shoreline is in a quiet corner of Puget Sound along—you guessed it—the shoreline. It’s actually fourteen different neighborhoods that criss-cross each other through greenspace, hills, residential and downtown centers. With both Highway 99 and I-5 running through it, Shoreline’s location is ideal for people working in Seattle and on the Eastside but it also stands as a destination all on its own.
Each neighborhood is different, so there’s something for everyone. From historic, luxury mansions in The Highlands to modest, nature-inspired craftsmans in Innis Arden, homes range from $500,000 up to over $5 million from neighborhood to neighborhood. And, ever since it was incorporated in 1995, Shoreline has been undergoing a long term project of improvement and development.
2. You’ll love the variety of food and drinks.
Downtown Shoreline, along 15th Avenue in the North City neighborhood, is the center of nightlife in the city. In just one block, you can walk to craft breweries, taprooms, a wine shop with live jazz, authentic Japanese, Filipino take-out and even Nepalese street food.
But if you want to eat like a local, head out into the other neighborhoods like Ridgecrest, Innis Arden or Richmond Beach for everything from neighborhood taverns and lounges to upscale eateries and beachside dives.
Shoreline’s restaurants aren’t the pricey and famous restaurants in Seattle. But in Shoreline, that’s kind of the point.
3. There’s always something to do.
Street fairs, art installations, outdoor concerts, a historic movie theater, a farmers market, a top-notch golf course, an ice arena, a climbing gym, and more. From the commercial center in Ridgecrest with a theater showing new releases, second-run movies, and independent film to the brand new climbing gym in North City, there isn’t much you can’t find within a few miles of your Shoreline home.
The Shoreline Farmers Market is along Westminster Way in Highland Terrace and offers a long list of vendors and merchants. Shoreline also has a rich tradition of supporting the arts and recently converted one of its groundskeeper sheds at Richmond Beach Park into an art space. The problem in Shoreline isn’t boredom—it’s having too much to choose from.
4. It’s an outdoors paradise.
Shoreline Parks and Recreation counts thirty three parks in all of its fourteen neighborhoods. And by the city’s location alone, they’re some of the most beautiful greenspaces in the area.
From protected botanical gardens to freshwater creeks and saltwater parks on Puget Sound, Shoreline can feel like more forest than city, depending on what direction you’re looking. Its location on the bluffs above the water make this a city with a view and if you’re a hiker, swimmer, kayaker, skateboarder or even golfer, there is a place for you in Shoreline.
5. You can afford a home here.
There are neighborhoods in Shoreline full of five-bedroom mansions on winding streets. But then there are neighborhoods like Ridgecrest, Innis Arden, Richmond Beach and Highland Terrace where the homes start closer to $500,000 and include everything from new construction to decades-old craftsmans.
The median home price in Shoreline is $713,094 compared to $897,000 in Seattle. And the homes generally sell for closer to their list price, too. But not for long! Shoreline is a hidden gem north of the Emerald City but it’s not going to stay a secret forever. We can help you start your Shoreline search right away.