After a long stint of renting in Seattle’s lively Phinneywood neighborhood, I felt like I was “taking the black” (see: Game of Thrones) when I purchased my first home in suburban Edmonds last year. But, as a first-time home buyer, I couldn’t ignore the affordable prices, practically palatial square footage, gorgeous greenery and close proximity to an extended Greek/Serbian family. Besides, with commuter Sounder train service (and projected for 2023: light rail!), Edmonds is more convenient than you might think.
Only 20 minutes north of Seattle, Edmonds is not your typical bedroom community. Bustling yet low key, it boasts a ferry landing, great parks and schools, a growing restaurant scene, stunning peekaboo views of Puget Sound and the Olympics, and an adorable historic downtown that never fails to charm visiting urbanites into staying just a little bit longer.
Don’t miss: The patio at Five Bistro; movies at the quaint Edmonds Theater (it’s cheap to rent out for private parties); Yankee dip sandwiches by the fire at Rory’s of Edmonds Bar & Grill; dinner and cocktails at Bar Dojo; just about any Asian food you’re craving in the burgeoning International District on Aurora between 220th and 236th streets; and last but not least, the gorgeous beachfront off-leash dog park and marshland trail. And thanks to the train and ferry, you’re one ticket away from countless scenic and biking destinations around the Northwest.
Go-to for out-of-town guests: Grab a coffee to go at downtown’s Walnut Street Coffee, and then stroll along Main Street, browsing charming storefronts all the way down to Marina Beach Park.
Famous for: Home base of travel guru (and marijuana legalization activist) Rick Steves.
Bond Huberman is the seattlemag.com editor and has been an Edmonds resident since December 2012