South Lake Union

Once home to blue-collar workers and a major industrial center of the city, South Lake Union has recently begun its transition into hip urban neighborhood. South Lake Union has seen redevelopment at a meteoric rate unmatched by the vast majority of the rest of Seattle. SLU is now considered a major hub for life science based companies and other trendy design and web-based start-ups that occupy the revamped vestiges of its industrial heritage. Hyper-progressive in its focus on sustainable development and always on the cutting edge, SLU is highly popular amongst the Generation-Y crowd who move into the area chasing tech based jobs and a vast amount of local amenities. If you must leave, the bus service is excellent, and SLU’s central location makes jaunts to other parts of Central Seattle simple and quick.

It seems that people can’t get enough of South Lake Union these days. Everyone wants to either live here, work here, or come visit. New businesses are opening daily, transportation options are improving, and hip restaurants seem to open almost weekly.

The neighborhood is quickly being dominated by local technology companies. Amazon.com’s new headquarters is in the neighborhood, and you’re sure to see thousands of Amazonians roaming the streets at lunch time. Other stalwarts like Microsoft and UW Medicine also have a large presence in the neighborhood, along with plenty of up-and-coming tech startups.

This neighborhood is perfect for young professionals who work downtown or in one of the many companies that have set up office space in South Lake Union itself. There really aren’t any houses, but the spanking new apartment and condo buildings are luxurious and have some great views. The other plus is that it’s not so densely populated yet as to be noisy and congested, so residents can get where they need to go, but still have some peace and quiet when they’re home.

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