Edmonds, just over the north border of King County, is the oldest incorporated city in Snohomish County. Logger George Brackett founded Edmonds in 1890. The town was plotted and a wharf was added along the waterfront. Modest houses and commercial structures sprouted up with a row of shingle mills dominating the cityscape.

By 1900 there was regular passenger ferry service available by the steam-powered "mosquito fleet" of private ferryboats from Edmonds to Seattle. During the late twentieth century the city became increasingly urban, while retaining elements of its small town character.


The City of Edmonds is located in south Snohomish County on the shores of Puget Sound approximately 14 miles north of Seattle. A rich blend of old and new makes Edmonds distinctive, with the present urban form preserving many characteristics of it's historic origin.

A walkable waterfront town and celebrated arts community, Edmonds offers sandy beaches, stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and a full calendar of year-round events. Fanning out from the central fountain, enjoy sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and a variety of unique shops.

The pedestrian-friendly downtown is accented by art, colorful hanging baskets, and vintage street lamps, and reflects the scale and design elements of the past with the former Carnegie Library Historical Museum, a log cabin Visitor Center, and a 1920s Art Deco movie theater.

Types of Housing

Properties for rent primarily consist of apartment units, condominiums, and single family homes. There are newer apartment and condominiums complexes near the downtown area/waterfront (some with sweeping views) as well as more affordable rental properties within 5 miles.


An active arts and cultural community contributes to the strong sense of civic pride widely shared in the community. There are numerous well-kept residential neighborhoods, a viable economic base, and an active, involved citizenry. There are also many young residents due to Edmonds Community College and affordable apartment complexes near HWY 99.

Where the Rentals Are:

The majority of apartment complexes and single family rental homes are located just to the west of HWY 99, the Aurora Village Transit Center, and Costco. That offers easy access to transit commuting and shopping, while still being within a 5 minute drive to the waterfront. The downtown and waterfront area consist mostly of homeowners and a few scattered condos.