Named for a Duwamish chief remembered for his pursuit of peace with the first European settlers to the area, Seattle is uniquely situated between the deep salt water of Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Historically known for its deep-water port and local airplane manufacturer Boeing, the city reinvented itself in the 1990s as a center of both technology and the artis. The area surrounding your new home now boasts Amazon, Microsoft, and Google as major employers. Buying a home in this area of the beautiful Pacific Northwest gets you access to local attractions such as The Space Needle, Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Underground, as well as unrivaled access to outdoor sporting activities. A short drive can bring you to world-class whitewater in the Cascades, while a similarly short ferry trip can take you to several unspoiled sea kayaking island destinations in Puget Sound, or across the water to the spectacular natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula's rainforests, beaches, and mountains. When you purchase a home in Seattle, other area attractions just a quick trip from the city include North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the tulip fields of the Skagit valley, the Victorian port towns of Port Townsend and Port Angeles, and a wide variety of sightseeing and adventure options. If you prefer to stay in the city, however, there is plenty to see and do as well, including shopping at Pike Place Market, checking out the local music scene in Belltown and on Capital Hill, walking the shopping districts of Queen Anne, West Seattle, Pioneer Place, and Wallingford, and more.
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