Downtown

Belltown, Downtown, Pioneer Square
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Downtown

If you’re looking for your own slice of New York City on the West Coast, downtown Seattle is a great place to start. Everything you could ever want from a big city is packed into Seattle’s very geographically manageable downtown.

Liveability: Strong Urban Feel

Amenities: Everything you need right outside your door

Commute: No need to drive, walk or take transit

Transit Options: Link, buses 40, 62, 2, 13

Walker Score: 100

The History of Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle is not just another neighborhood. After centuries of settlement by Indians, the first Europeans to call Seattle home established farms and a steam-powered sawmill in the area of Pioneer Square. As downtown grew, it spread north, becoming the financial and retail center of Washington’s largest city and of the region. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, downtown Seattle has escaped the urban decay of many cities and remains a vibrant center, with many retail, financial, and cultural activities and with new urban residential areas developing in and around it.
The first European settlers in Seattle were the party of a dozen Midwesterners led by Arthur Denny (1822-1899). After a rain-soaked stay at Alki point across Elliott Bay, in 1852 the party relocated in the area of the future downtown. They settled on a small patch of level land and on a nearby island in the middle of what is now Pioneer Square, at the south end of downtown. The decision of Henry Yesler (1810-1892) later that year to build the Sound’s first steam-powered sawmill in the new village of Seattle secured its economic future.

Downtown Market Snapshot

11/2020 compared to 11/2019

Active Listings: 286

+40%

Median Sales prices: $590k

-1%

Pending Listings: 29

-29%

Days on Market: 52

0

Sold Listings: 39

+13%

Interest Rates: 2.65%

-8%

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Anusha S.

She definitely went above and beyond. Her strengths are her knowledge about the Seattle area and neighborhoods. In addition, she provided valuable insights about the integrity of houses we were seeing and materials used in the houses. In some cases she even steered us away from bad decisions

Anusha S.

Angela & David

Laura is an excellent agent, she expedited every response to every question. There were many questions during the purchase of this home, Laura made sure we were at ease that any and all questions would be answered. This was a quick 30 day purchase that closed on time, much Thanks to Laura. She has the perfect personality for sales agent! Enjoyed working with her. 

Angela & David

Anna

I find it hard to put into words how wonderfully patient, knowledgeable and professional Laura is. She has an incredible knowledgeable in not only the Seattle market, but the whole market and buying process. She is kind and patient, and takes time to learn about the client’s need. Laura went far above and beyond to help me find my first condo. I recommend Laura to anyone looking to buy property in Seattle. As a naive first time home/condo buyer, I firmly believe that having Laura in my corner made my purchase possible and she helped me get the best deal possible. I cannot recommend her enough! Thank you for everything you have done Laura, you’re awesome and made the process surprisingly easy and wonderful! 

Anna

Ismat

I wanted to thank Laura, for her help to find us right home. It's great to work with someone who is so dedicated in doing best job possible.She is very knowledgeable ,easy reachable.We are so excited about next step in our journey.I will highly recommend her.

Ismat

David M

I worked with Laura after previously having numerous home walkthroughs from other agents via Redfin. What impressed me most was the extra details and printouts about the properties we were touring. With the Redfin folks I worked with previously they hadn't provided any of that information and would sometimes show up late, so it was a nice change of pace to work with someone professional, prepared, and took me seriously as a younger buyer. After I made an offer on the home, Laura helped connect me with a Lender with a much better rate than I was pre-approved for and was highly responsive to any questions (of which I had many as a first time homebuyer) about the process and next steps. Laura was always prepared and kept me informed about what I should be expecting next or what she would be doing. Working with Laura felt extremely easy and I appreciated how well she communicated with me throughout.

David M

 

Cliff & Vien

Laura was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and responsive as our listing agent. Her professionalism, expertise and excellent interpersonal skills work to make her an incredible representative for anyone attempting to purchase a home. I would absolutely recommend her as your only real estate agent!

Cliff & Vien

Martin P

We are so grateful that Laura has been with us for every step of the home buying process. She has been readily available and able to answer all of our questions, going above and beyond to ensure that we find a home that is the perfect fit.

Martin P

Julie F

Laura was amazing to work with. She helped me through the process of buying a home step by step. Never pushy and always willing and ready to show homes I was interested in. She’s always willing to go the extra mile. The process of buying a home can be scary or intimidating, but Laura made the process so easy. She is definitely someone you can trust. I highly recommend her. Thanks Laura for a great experience!

Julie F

Matt

Laura was amazing. We had some interesting circumstances with a job change that required a very quick move. On top of being extremely knowledgeable about the market, she was so helpful and responsive in helping prepare the house for the move, from initial conversation to listing happened in less than a week and our first offer within 24 hrs. Furthermore, when we ran into some appraisal issues, she was extremely helpful in navigating the negotiation process. I would highly recommend Laura.

Matt

Cara

Michelle is absolutely amazing. She has a wealth of knowledge and goes above and beyond to help at every stage of the process. We looked at one home, fell in love with it, contacted Michelle, and she helped us move into our dream home with 14 other bids at play. She answered all my questions from the escrow process to favorite local restaurants and everything in between. I HIGHLY recommend working with Michelle!

Cara

S & G

We were so lucky to find Laura! She has a deep knowledge of the neighborhoods in Seattle and worked closely with us to find properties that matched our vision. We changed strategies a couple times after we realized that what we said we wanted wasn’t actually what we wanted, having seen properties that matched those qualifications perfectly. Laura was super flexible and patient with us through this process and we ended up finding a property only after a few weeks of working together. We also appreciated Laura’s empathy with us as first time homebuyers and all of the anxiety and second guessing that comes with the process. We’d highly recommend working with Laura!

S & G

Rachel

I can not say enough about how amazing our experience was with Michelle. We had a complex and untraditional negotiation, in the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we had a baby during the negotiation process! She made owning a home possible for us and brought a level of humanity and compassion to the transaction that is commonly missing. I strongly recommend working with Michelle Beckman!

Rachel

Miguel

Michelle is a delight to work with. She is diligent, knowledgeable, and fierce on behalf of her client. We could not have been happier to work with her. And on top of it all, she is wonderful to be around. She is the perfect support whether you are selling or buying. I look forward to a future where we get to work with her again. 10 out of 10 a genuinely awesome human.

Miguel

Reeni

Michelle was awesome to work with, from the initial list of items to do to make sure the house showed the best and would receive the best offer(s) to do extensive market analysis to ensure a great initial listing price. She outlined every step of the selling process ensuring there were no surprises along the way. She followed up on every showing to gather important feedback and when there were multiple offers received on the same day, she was fantastic at helping decide which was the strongest offer to accept. She consistently went above and beyond, including amazing photos and marketing of my house and her diligence helped the selling process go smooth. I cannot recommend Michelle enough!

Reeni

Romeo

I am a transplant from New England. I had very little area knowledge but knew I wanted to be close to SODO for commuting. Diane helped to determine what my "must haves" were for the home I was looking for and drove me around neighborhoods to show me what was available in the commuting zone I was wanted to stay within. Once she showed me the exact home I wanted, she advised me on a negotiation plan and made all the necessary arrangements (in a very short timeframe). I could not have been happier with the finance company she put me in touch with as my bank could not meet the turnaround time I needed as well as the home inspector she was able to get me an appointment with in same week. I am over the top happy with my home and the entire process thanks to Diane.

Romeo

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