Eastlake

This central Seattle neighborhood is located on the east side of Lake Union, just north of Downtown and south of the University District. Filled to the brim with restaurants, shops, and excessive nightlife options, Eastlake is rapidly becoming a Seattle hotspot, especially for the twenty-something crowd. Seattle’s collections of houseboats are mainly located here along the many piers and marinas that jut out into Lake Union.

For the past few decades, it’s been like one long episode of “Extreme Makeover: Neighborhood Edition” in Eastlake. Almost 60% of the residences there were built after 1980, most of them the kind of five-story apartment buildings with retail space on the ground level. It has probably the most eclectic, if not unusual, assortment of architecture in Seattle, with floating homes, urban condos, turn-of-the-century homes, modern townhomes and old brick apartment buildings. This makes the area very fun and lively, both for residents and those who want to visit.

Its central location makes Eastlake attractive to all kinds of people, from students at the University of Washington to professionals who work downtown or maybe across Lake Washington. You’ll find a somewhat younger crowd here—the bulk of the population is in the 20 to 40 age range, according to Zillow. There aren’t many households with children, either, though about 35% of the population is married.

Check out local amenities and neighborhood statistics: http://www.areavibes.com/seattle-wa/eastlake/livability/