Last month, US News released their annual ranking of top U.S. cities to live in, and according to their calculations, Seattle ranks 7th in a comparison of 100 of the nation’s top cities. The list is based on a methodology incorporating the job market index (20%), value index (25%), quality of life index (30%), desirability index (15%) and net migration (10%). What elevated Seattle to the top? As Naomi Tomky describes, “for many, living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city as what’s inside. Less than an hour from downtown, residents escape for the day or weekend to wineries, ski resorts, hiking trails and sprawling parks. Seattleites bring that love of nature into the city as much as possible, enjoying Seattle’s parks and tree-lined streets” in addition to what Tomky says is an inherently calm and patient attitude.

To celebrate Seattle’s feature and highlight the diverse lifestyle options found in the city, we explore a few of our favorite current listings below:

2811 42nd Ave W | Offered at $1,495,000

The Manor on Magnolia is a classic Tudor sited perfectly in its bluff neighborhood overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Daylong sunshine and western exposure meet forever views from living areas and the panoramic master bedroom. Property details >>

8357 11th Ave NW #A | Offered at $499,900

A spacious three bedroom corner townhome in the heart of Ballard embodies open-concept living from the large living room with a separate dining room to the two sun decks overlooking a fully fenced yard. Property details >>

1000 1st Ave #1804 | Offered at $574,000

In-city living is luxurious at Madison Tower where Hotel 1000 amenities are at your fingertips and views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and twinkling city lights are enjoyed from floor-to-ceiling windows and a large balcony. Property details >>

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