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A diverse neighborhood with a tightknit community.
Studio / 1 BR
49% Complete
1,767
2 Bedrooms
68% Complete
2,450
3 Bedrooms
83% Complete
2,995
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete
3,600

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Professionals
  • Singles

 

What's around
  • 35 Shops
  • 0 Schools
  • 44 Restaurants
  • 22 Fitness options
  • 2 Banks
  • 8 Grocery stores/markets
  • 17 Nightlife options

 


PUBLIC TRANSITGood

WALKABILITYGood
Safety

Columbia City has a below average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for Seattle.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Columbia City LIKE?

Columbia City is a diverse (over 60 languages spoken!) neighborhood in south Seattle. As one of Seattle's eight historic landmark districts it has retained its unique character despite increasing development here. So while you will find brand new condos and apartments, there are still quaint neighborhood shops and elegant homes that can make this feel like a small town with all the benefits of urban living – residents often talk about the community pride here.

As you'd expect of a diverse neighborhood, there are dining options here to suit every taste – Ethiopian, Thai, American, Mexican, Caribbean, Japanese, and others. The unique vibe extends to its mom-and-pop stores, boutiques, bookstores, and toy stores. During the summer months a famous Farmers Market attracts residents from other parts of the city.

Many residents don't require a car given its great walkability and access to public transit.

Columbia City is bordered on the north by Mount Baker, on the east by Seward Park, on the south by Rainier Beach, and on the west by Beacon Hill

 

Commute:
Downtown Seattle: 4.7 miles / 15-40 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit
Bellevue: 12 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 65-85 minutes by transit
Redmond: 18.5 miles / 30-50 minutes by car / 60-70 minutes by transit

Columbia City Seattle Neighborhood Photo

 

Local Flavor   Columbia City LOCAL schools

PK-8 GRADES
Torah Day School Of Seattle
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.13 mi
PK GRADES
Zion Preparatory Academy
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.34 mi
PK-12 GRADES
Maxine Mimms High School
Parent Rating:
Type:Private
Distance:0.42 mi
K-8 GRADES
Orca (Columbia)
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.50 mi
PK-5 GRADES
Hawthorne Elementary School
Parent Rating:
Type:Public
Distance:0.51 mi

 

Local Flavor   Columbia City Local Flavor

Geraldine’s Counter
Geraldine’s Counter 4872 RAINIER AVE S SEATTLE, WA 98118 MAP
geraldinescounter.com

American style diner serving all the best traditional cuisine for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. 

The Royal Room
The Royal Room 5000 RAINIER AVE S SEATTLE, WA 98118 MAP
heroyalroomseattle.com

With permanent backline, recording and video, a grand piano and a generous stage, the venue has been designed to serve the musicians and artists who will be performing. The restaurant and bar has a comfortable neighborhood feel that welcomes patrons of all ages and varied tastes.

Island Soul Restaurant
Island Soul Restaurant 4869 RAINIER AVE S SEATTLE, WA 98118 MAP
islandsoulrestaurant.com

Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack is a family-run restaurant featuring a full bar and Caribbean-inspired Soul Food. Located in the heart of historic Columbia City for more than a decade.

Ark Lodge Cinema
Ark Lodge Cinema 4816 RAINIER AVE S SEATTLE, WA 98118 MAP
arklodgecinemas.com

Local cinema showing all the latest and greatest movies. 

Full Tilt Ice Cream
Full Tilt Ice Cream 5041 RAINIER AVE S STE 105 SEATTLE, WA 98118 MAP
fulltilticecream.com

Full Tilt Ice Cream makes all natural ice cream and frozen desserts with as much creativity and local ingredients as possible. Their retaill outlets feature new and vintage arcade and pinball machines, an eclectic mix of sodas, an amazing mix of music on our stereos, and some of the finest beers the Northwest has to offer.

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