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Neighborhoods

Whether you are looking for a suburban dwelling or an urban neighborhood, there are plenty of off-campus housing options. Below you will find information about nearby cities for housing and visiting purposes.

Eastside

Bellevue, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville
 


Bellevue, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville are suburban cities that are considered part of the “eastside” (so named because they are situated on the east side of Lake Washington). These cities are generally less than a 20-minute drive from campus and have transit services that connect to the UW Bothell campus (and other cities).

Bellevue is the largest city on the eastside and the fifth largest in Washington. It includes high-end retail shopping centers, a booming business/financial hub, as well as beautiful parks and scenery. Bellevue also has a convention center, a botanical garden, the Bellevue Arts Museum, and the Bellevue Youth Theatre. You may also go blueberry picking at any one of several farms.

Bothell has a walkable downtown, offers easy bike access to campus, and is a generally considered a bedroom community. Many changes and developments are currently underway, though, as witnessed by construction all over town! In the late 1800s, Bothell was a part of the “Squak Slough,” an important waterway that allowed the logging industry to float timber to Seattle. Today you can still see parts of Bothell’s pioneer past in historic buildings close to downtown. Bothell is home to two popular bicycle trails: the Burke-Gilman trail (which leads all the way to Seattle) and the Sammamish River trail. These trails meet just south of the UW Bothell campus.

Kenmore, which also sits on Lake Washington, is a great place for outdoor recreation. It has many parks including St. Edward State Park, previously a Catholic seminary and now a vibrant park with a playground, soccer and baseball fields, and lots of hiking areas. Kenmore also boasts the Northshore Performing Arts Center, a beautiful theater that serves as a local cultural center.



Kirkland has a walkable downtown, a vibrant business district next to Lake Washington, and quieter pockets like the Juanita neighborhood. Kirkland is a mix of families and young professionals with plenty of space for everyone. Sitting on Lake Washington’s shore, Kirkland’s downtown offers a vibrant restaurant, arts and shopping community and plenty of nightlife.

Redmond, home of Microsoft and Nintendo America, as well as diverse retail outlets, is an affluent suburb with a varied mix of families and singles. It has a historic downtown with many unique shops, restaurants, and small businesses. It is also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the area with miles of trails and bike paths that are easily accessible for riders of all levels.

Woodinville is known for its scenic beauty and local history. There are several parks and many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including canoeing, rock climbing, and fishing. Woodinville plays a prominent role in Washington’s wine industry and is home to over 75 vineyards, including Chateau Ste Michele, which also hosts a summer concert series. Enjoy a visit to the Woodinville Whiskey Company and the Red Hook Brewery nearby!



The chart below is a snapshot of each city comparing size, commute times, walkability scores, and diversity.

City

Population

Travel Time to/from UW Bothell

Walkability Score (out of 100)

Diversity (% non-white)  

Bike

Bus

Car

Bellevue*

117,429

1h 30m

45 min

18 min

50

32.6%

Bothell

34,408

-

-

-

42

18.7%

Kenmore*

20,879

20 min

27 min

9 min

44

18.2%

Kirkland*

48,450

40 min

45 min

15 min

60

19.6%

Redmond

50,027

42 min

58 min

17 min

44

27.4%

Woodinville*

11,108

11 min

20 min

6 min

n/a

22.5%

Serviced by King County Transit, Sound Transit
*Neighborhood includes routes with direct, no-transfer service to UW Bothell (may or may not be Express bus service)

Northend

Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Shoreline



Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Shoreline are the “northend” suburban cities of the Seattle-metro area. In addition to being accessible to campus via I-405, they also sit along the I-5 corridor, which provides easy access south into Seattle or further north. North of Shoreline is Snohomish County. For transit services, refer to Community Transit and Sound Transit; both transit agencies serve the local area with commuter buses to/from Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Bothell.

 Edmonds is about 11 miles northwest of Bothell and is situated right on Puget Sound. Activities in the area include a summer farmers market, boating and fishing out of the Edmonds Marina, and scuba diving in the Edmonds Underwater Park. Edmonds has a quaint downtown with sidewalk cafes, shops, and art galleries and is close to larger commercial districts along Highway 99.



Everett is the county seat of and the largest city in Snohomish County. A large percentage of its residents are employed at Boeing. In Everett you will also find the West Coast’s largest marina, a navy homeport, the Port of Everett, and a historic downtown.

Lynnwood is a growing suburb with a mix of families and young professionals. Located at the junction of I-5 and I-405, Lynnwood offers convenient access to Seattle and other major destinations. It has an expansive shopping district called Alderwood Mall and other strip malls throughout the city.

Mountlake Terrace, a quiet and relatively small city, is roughly 14 miles north of downtown Seattle and around 7 miles from Bothell. It is home to families and singles alike and provides a variety of housing options. Only four square miles in size, recreational opportunities include parks, golf courses, sports fields and waterfront beach access.

Shoreline is a suburban city about 8 miles west of Bothell with the majority of its households being single-family residences. It is known for its unique neighborhoods (14 separate ones), abundant hiking trails, parks, gardens, an excellent school system, accessibility to the shores of Puget Sound, and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

City

Population

Travel Time to/from UW Bothell

Walkability Score (out of 100)

Diversity (% non-white)

Bike

Bus

Car

Edmonds

41,261

1 h 23 min

1 h 50 min

23 min

49

18%

Everett

98,820

1 h 44 min

57 min

21 min

52

26.8%

Lynnwood*

37,394

1 h 14 min

34 min

13 min

60

35.8%

Mountlake Terrace

21,273

45 min

56 min

14 min

54

31.5%

Shoreline

53,007

54 min

1 h 9 min

18 min

58

32.1%

Serviced by King County Transit, Sound Transit
*Neighborhood includes routes with direct, no-transfer service to UW Bothell (may or may not be Express bus service)

Seattle

As the largest city in Washington State, Seattle is a vibrant, urban environment with diverse neighborhoods that range from quiet to downright rowdy. Seattle is home to an exciting arts and music scene, with lots of restaurants, and serves as a popular tourist destination for visitors to the region. Seattle is also home to a number of industries: tech, biotech, aerospace, and maritime industries are just a few examples in Seattle’s local economy. Often cited as a literary and well-educated city, Seattle is considered a national leader for progressive trends in green industries and sustainable development. Surrounded by water, mountains, and forests, Seattle offers urban living with easy trips into the outdoors.

Seattle is often described as a city of neighborhoods, and local residents often take great pride in their corner of the city. Neighborhoods vary in size and each has a unique community with quiet parts as well as vibrant business districts with popular local establishments (Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Ballard). Quieter neighborhoods include: Northgate, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Ravenna/Green Lake, and Beacon Hill.

Some of the busier, more active neighborhoods include: Belltown, Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard, University District, and lower Queen Anne. All of these neighborhoods offer dense living, business districts, dining, and nightlife with a neighborhood feel. The Green Lake area is also a popular neighborhood to live and/or visit with Green Lake being a great loop in the city for running, walking, rollerblading and more.

Elliott Bay Bookstore is a favorite literary hangout in Capitol Hill. Across the street at Cal Andersen Park, you'll find a high-action bike polo court (this player needed a break).

For more information on neighborhoods in the Seattle metropolitan area, check the Seattle Met magazine’s “Neighborhoods by the Numbers” for a more detailed breakdown of the area.

Click on the neighborhood below to learn more about it.

Neighborhood

Population

Travel Time to/from UWB

Walkability Score (out of 100)

Diversity (% non-white)

Drive

Bus

Ballard

32,021

32 min

1h 24 min

94

15.6%

Beacon Hill

25,487

32 min

1h 30 min

62

82%

Capitol Hill

40,078

27 min

1h 13 min

91

26.3%

Fremont

12,001

28 min

1h 22 min

86

15.9%

Greenwood

15,032

26 min

1h 15 min

82

24.1%

Northgate

30,222

22 min

53 min

88

33.1%

Phinney Ridge

8,961

29 min

1h 27 min

74

13.7%

Queen Anne

23,705

32 min

1h 28 min

88

16%

Ravenna*/Green Lake

19,489

24 min

1h 12 min

77

19.25%

U District*

26,279

28 min

49min

92

36.2%

Wallingford

15,831

23 min

1h 13 min

86

21.1%

Serviced by King County Transit, Sound Transit
*Neighborhood includes routes with direct, no-transfer service to UW Bothell (may or may not be Express bus service)
** Note: all routes crossing the 520 bridge include a toll


Sources: Google Maps,
www.apartmentratings.com, Seattle Met magazine’s “Neighborhoods by the Numbers”, www.city-data.com