Seattle Communities

About Seattle

Sandwiched between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle has long been influenced by maritime culture and its role as a seaport city. It was one of the earliest settlements in the Pacific Northwest and has long been the largest city in the region. Seattle's population increased by 12.5 percent between 2010 and 2015, making it one of the fastest-growing major cities in the U.S. Those interested in Seattle luxury real estate can expect homes to grow in value as the local population increases.

Seattle is home to a diverse array of building styles and designs. From high rise condos in the heart of downtown, beautiful Victorians decorated with intricate moldings and detailed ornamentation, dutch colonials with signature four-piece roof lines, classic American four-square homes meticulously restored, or modern-contemporary homes that embody sophistication. At VDB | Compass our extensive knowledge of the Seattle area and thorough understanding of high-end luxury real estate means we can show you the hidden gems of the city that perfectly match a property to your needs.

No region compares to the Pacific Northwest; and Seattle is a city that has so much to offer with the perfect balance of outdoor adventure and bustling city life. The lights, sounds, and soaring architectural landscapes of the metropolitan center are unrivaled. Each urban neighborhood is painted with personality and history. As exciting it is to experience upscale living in the urban core, it is also exhilarating to live in the midst of the region’s natural beauty. With stunning mountain ranges, fresh water lakes, and evergreen forests, Seattle is a haven for both nature lovers and city folk.

Seattle’s History

Today’s Lifestyle

Originally incorporated in 1869, Seattle began as a timber town that provided wood for many coastal cities. The heavily forested surroundings led to its nickname, the "Emerald City." As the timber industry dried up and gold rushes came and went, the city experienced many booms and busts throughout its first century of existence. It wasn't until World War II that Seattle developed as a major urban center. Much of the growth was a direct result from Boeing relocating its headquarters to Seattle. The airplane manufacturer still has factories in the city and surrounding areas.

Seattle went through another renaissance in the 1980s after Microsoft moved its operations to the region. This opened the tech floodgates as many other companies, including Amazon, Nintendo of America and most recently Google, began to sprout up in Seattle. During this time, the local indie music scene started to explode into the mainstream. While the city had long been known for its jazz clubs, alternative grunge music became the trademark "Seattle sound" in the 1990s

For outsiders, Seattle often evokes images of rainy days, fleece jackets and streets filled with coffee houses. While Seattleites certainly enjoy their lattes, the city actually gets less annual precipitation than New York or Boston and even during overcast days, Seattle remains one of the most livable places in the U.S.

Seattle's reputation for being a nature lover's paradise may be due to the city's beautiful backdrop. In addition to the azure waters and green forests, the city is surrounded by snow-capped mountains on two sides. With so many nearby opportunities for hiking, climbing, skiing and water sports, it's no surprise that Seattle is often ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the U.S. While its rustic surroundings may inspire a naturalistic calm, Downtown Seattle is a bustling urban center with world-class amenities. The area is anchored by the Space Needle, an iconic observation tower that draws 2.3 million visitors a year. People are also enticed to Downtown Seattle to see shows at the historic Paramount Theatre, browse through produce at Pike Place Market and view Elliott Bay from the Seattle Great Wheel.