Prior to becoming a city in 1995, Shoreline was a region of unincorporated King County. Shoreline has an interesting history that dates back to the late 1800’s. In the early 1900s, the light rail system known as the Interurban crossed through Shoreline, connecting Everett and Tacoma and bringing an effective form of transport to the Shoreline residents commuting in to Seattle. It was shut down in 1939 when the surplus of automobiles took hold. The famous S. S. Duwamish, an old Seattle fire-boat, spent many years on Shoreline’s Puget Sound coastline.
Shoreline is a neighborhood that boasts of an interesting history, plenty of parks, strong neighborhoods and a respected school district. It has more than 53,000 residents and is one of Washington’s largest cities. Located approximately 15 miles from downtown Seattle, it offers its residents a combination of suburban convenience and urban opportunities.
Both areas of Northgate and Shoreline tend to be made up of low-middle income families and professionals. Shoreline Community College, North Seattle Community College, and the University of Washington are in close proximity, so scatterings of college students and faculty also call the area home.
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Small Apartment Buildings
Medium Apartment Buildings
Downtown 20-25 minutes
Eastside 30-40 minutes
This neighborhood is home to Northgate Mall, touted as the first regional shopping center in the country. The city has designated this area as one of five "urban centers" in Seattle. The effort to create a self-contained work/live environment has brought substantial development to this neighborhood.
The rental housing in this area is a mix of single-family homes, small apartment buildings, multiplexes and privately owned condominiums and townhomes. Due to substantial residential development in the 1950s and 1960s, today there are a large number of affordably priced rental homes available for rent. Newer apartment and condominium development continues to occur within a close radius to the Northgate Mall with numerous projects slated for the future.
If a short commute to downtown is not necessary, Northgate offers an opportunity to rent affordably priced newer units with great amenities and shopping located right at your back door. The commute to downtown can be longer and less predictable on I-5, but Northgate can be an affordable alternative to working in the city and living closer to Downtown.