Its small, walkable core contains vintage brick buildings filled with hip bars and cafes, breweries and record and comic-book stores.
Population: About 1,300
Location: Georgetown is bordered by the Duwamish Waterway to the west; South Brandon Street to the north; Airport Way South to the east; and Boeing and other facilities to the south.
Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s an up-and-coming neighborhood that is heavily industrial but has also seen a revitalization of its commercial center in recent years, thanks in large part to artists who moved to the area for its cheap rents. Its small, walkable core contains vintage brick buildings filled with hip bars and cafes, breweries (and was the original site of Rainier Brewing), a vintage trailer-park mall, record and comic-book stores. It also has a school of acrobatics and new circus arts. Much of the neighborhood is occupied by the King County International Airport (aka Boeing Field), as well as many other industrial plants and facilities. Boeing’s corporate headquarters are just south (hearing small, low-flying planes overhead is common in this neighborhood).
Distance from downtown Seattle: About 5.5 miles, 15 minutes by car
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School district: Seattle Public Schools
Housing: Modest single-family homes and midcentury apartment buildings, as well as some vintage apartments in the historic brick buildings. Housing is less expensive in Georgetown compared with many other Seattle neighborhoods.
Walk score (out of 100): 66
Transit score (out of 100): 46
Bike score (out of 100): 63
Historical facts: Beer has long been a part of Georgetown’s identity. Two breweries — the Bay View Brewery founded in 1883 and Sweeney’s Brewery founded one year later — preceded the Seattle Brewing & Malting Co. But the third brewery proved to be the charm. By 1904, the Seattle brewery employed 300 people and was the biggest brewery west of the Mississippi, due in large part to its famed “Rainier Beer.” After a brief hiatus during the Prohibition era, the brewery re-established itself as the Rainier Brewing Co. It was later sold to Pabst Brewing, and in 1999, the brewing left Georgetown and was moved to another facility.
Recreation: Its commercial core is perfect for Sunday brunch and window shopping, then catching a concert in one of its music venues or joining in on an “Art Attack,” one of the neighborhood’s regularly scheduled art walks. Just a few blocks from the commercial center is the Georgetown Playfield, which is often filled with budding athletes and cheering onlookers on weekends, and also has play equipment and a spray park during warmer months. The Georgetown PowerPlant Museum offers free guided tours of the historic Georgetown Steam Plant and is open to the public the second Saturday of every month, and you can learn more about the history of the planes flying overhead at the Museum of Flight just south of Georgetown. Gateway Park North provides beach access to the Duwamish Waterway.
Zillow Home Value Index: N/A (as of January 2016)
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