We are living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but whatever the reputation it might have for a bustling bar scene and loud nights, this isn't it. We are on a quiet street with historic homes and apartment buildings; near a whole bunch of coffee shops that all close before 8. There isn't really a nightlife in this part of Seattle; which is perfect. I like to leave my windows open at night but am freaked out by strange noises.
Parking is a bear, but not as large or growly a bear as if we were trying to park closer to downtown. It’s usually a matter of circling the block a few times, and thanking God that in his providence he caused us to buy a postage-stamp sized car long before we ever knew we’d be moving to Seattle (I know that sounds facetious, but I'm actually being totally serious).
We are within an easy downhill walk from downtown Seattle (walking uphill on the way back is a different story). But an even better walk is the two blocks to 15th Ave, where there are shops and restaurants, many of which I will be featuring on this blog in the coming months. We are an easy walk to church as well; it was important to us in coming here that we be part of a “neighborhood church”—somewhere that is invested in our community and with whom we could serve our neighborhood.
How do you choose a place to live? Obviously some of that is based on availability, but what are your priorities? What do you want to be close to, and what sort of neighborhood makes you feel most at home?