North Seattle Apartment Living

Before moving to a new city, it is important to learn a few things about your new neighborhood. This new introduction to a new city often begins with researching where you will move to. But there is more to it than knowing what the best school district is, or where affordable housing is best. We live in the age of information, so it is easy to learn about your new city. 

One of the main reasons a relocation fails is the displeasure with their new area in their new city. Truthfully, all cities have great things to offer and other things that are a huge turn-off. It takes time plus some trial and error to find those great places.

It is important to research the cost of living before you begin looking for a North Seattle apartment. With that, you need to see how your salary stacks up to the local cost of living. If you don’t have a job yet, you might want to see what job opportunities are there and try to see how those salaries run. All of these factors will help establish your budget. Each city has its own dynamic, socially, style of living and financially. If you are aware ahead of your move, you are ahead of the game.

Things to Know About the Area of Your North Seattle Apartment

So, you moving to Seattle? 9th Best Place to Live in the US, 30th Best Place to Retire (US News & World Reports)

Here are some things to know before moving into your apartment!


  • No income tax
  • About 24% more expensive cost of living than the average US city
  • (a 50,000 income in the average city would need $62,000 in Seattle)
  • Electricity is cheaper in Washington state than most areas of the country.
  • State sales tax is 9.5%
  • Housing


  • Warm and dry summers with low humidity
  • Short summers
  • Gloomy and misty winters
  • Less winter daylight

Social & Recreation

  • Many great restaurants, especially seafood
  • Cost of restaurants average about $30 per person
  • Coffee shops are popular and tasty – the local ones are the favorite over the chain coffee shops
  • Great city for music
  • Three major sports teams – Football Seahawks, Baseball Mariners and Soccer Sounders
  • Plenty of museums in many interests – art, history, science, children’s, military and specialty museums

From the Locals

  • Using your car horn is shocking to locals – police have actually written tickets for use of your horn
  • Very polite drivers
  • Jaywalking is illegal
  • Dick’s Drive-In is better than In-and-Out
  • “Jesus Christ Made Settle Under Protest” mnemonic will help you to find your way around downtown.
  • Jefferson and James, Cherry and Columbia, Marion and Madison, Spring and Seneca, University and Union, Pike and Pine. The streets crisscross outside downtown, however.
  • The Seattle hipsters don’t often speak in sarcasm
  • Locals don’t carry umbrellas and seldom wear a hood; they just hunch over and accept it

Make Seattle Your Home At City North Apartments

Every city has statistical info available online but knowing the little secrets from the locals is always helpful. No matter how well you educate yourself, moving to a new city, especially if you are changing from one area of the country to another, getting acclimated will take time. Use some patience, pay attention to the habits of the ones around you and soon no one will be able to tell that you are a transplant. If you’re ready to make the Seattle move, reach out to us today to schedule an apartment tour.