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Common’s ultimate guide to Seattle

Whether you love the mountains, water, good coffee, or delicious seafood, Seattle has something for everyone! To celebrate the opening of two homes, Common Broadway in First Hill and Bode Greenview by Common in Greenwood, we created a Seattle guide of some favorite spots from local Common employees and members. Keep reading to hear more about what makes Seattle so special to them and if you’re finding yourself itching to check out the Pacific Northwest, check out our Seattle homes

Alex Ohlsen: Maintenance Tech at Common

I love the water and grew up on the beaches of SoCal, so I never thought I’d live anywhere else!  When I arrived in Seattle in the late 70’s, I was truly shocked. It’s a water lover’s paradise. 

Seattle’s geography also captivated me. If you look at Washington state from 40,000 feet it would look like corduroy from west to east. Water, mountains, water, hills, water, city, and on and on. Whether you love the mountains or the sea, everyone can find something they love as close as a fifteen or thirty-minute drive away!

But what about the weather? To be honest, as a California boy, I was nervous. However, I happily discovered that the famous “rainy Northwest” is nothing like its reputation! In fact, it rains more in New York City than it does in Seattle – 45″ vs 38″ per year!

A few of our favorite places to eat and hang out for dinner or drinks: 

Ray’s Boathouse – Happy hour and glorious sunset views over the Olympics on Shilshole Bay are minutes away.

Cactus – South American cuisine in Madison Park is as tiny and cozy and cool as you can imagine.

Duke’s on Alki – Alki Beach is the closest thing you can get to a California beach scene – volleyball, paddle boarding, beach fires and shell searches are an everyday affair, not to mention the high-end classic American diner food.

“The Fish Nazi” (not their real name) – A secret Greek brothers’ Alki restaurant whose name I will share only with those I trust and love.

Hannah Schultz: member at Common Lake View


I love that Seattle is so close to the wilderness and green outdoors. From paddleboarding on the lake next to my apartment to bouldering in the mountains on the weekends, Seattle and the surrounding area is full of opportunities to fall in love with the outdoors.

For the avid outdoor adventurers, these are my top outdoor weekend spots to explore just outside of Seattle:

Gold Bar Boulders — Perfect for bouldering or an all-day outdoor hike

Leavenworth — A quirky Bavarian-style town with beautiful architecture and the best Christmas decorations

Index — Another one of my favorite climbing spots!

Maninder Dulai: Leasing Specialist at Common

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There is a lot to love about Seattle, but what I love the most is the ability to eat cuisine from just about any country in the world. There are so many delicious options right within the city and even more right outside of it. 

Some of my favorite spots to go for food and views are: 

Grill of Ipanema


Metropolitan Steak House

Ramen Izakaya

Alki beach

Discovery Park

Tavern Law

Century Link + T-Mobile park

Keaston Devitt: member at Common Terry 

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“This was my first experience renting an apartment on my own. I lived at Common Terry for about two years, and overall I have nothing negative to say. Any time I had an issue, which was very rare, they were on top of it, and moving in was very easy! I think I moved in about 24 hours after sending in my application. They also have staff that keeps the building and common areas clean, and the events they have for the building are really fun (even for an introvert like me). I’d definitely recommend anyone checking this place out. Especially if you’re a young professional who needs something affordable, clean, in a central location, and cares about their privacy but also enjoys the option to get to know their neighbors (which can be pretty difficult to do in a bigger city.)”

Devlyn Thompson: Portfolio Manager at Common

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One of my favorite things about living in Seattle is the mixture of open natural spaces and a bustling city center. You can get lost in a nature reserve and then grab ramen for dinner!

Anyone new to the area or a seasoned local should check out these spots: 

Magnuson Park – The mark of a great park is when you can feel like the city doesn’t exist while you’re there. Magnuson has acres of open space, a beach, and one of the biggest off-leash dog parks in the city.

Betsutenjin Ramen only serves a handful of options, but it does those exceptionally well. My favorite Ramen spot in a city full of great choices.

Stampede Cocktail Club – Definitely go check out Stampede and it’s locally famous bathroom designs. They also have great cocktails and a drink menu made out of recycled paperback books and each drink has its own story.

Interested in seeing what life in Seattle has to offer? 


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With spacious layouts, awesome amenities, and an active community, Common’s microunits are the perfect place to start fresh and make Seattle feel like home! For added convenience, we’ve also partnered with Inhabitr to offer furniture rentals to all of our Seattle members. Head to our website to see all of our homes in Seattle and beyond.


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