In recent years, it has been no secret in real estate circles that Seattle has become one of the world’s most desirable places to live. With its lush, green landscapes, exciting cultural scene, proximity to nature, and a business-friendly environment, Seattle truly has it all. It is little wonder that the city consistently ranks near the top of the US News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live” list.

Tucked away in one of greater Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods, leafy Newcastle is a beautiful destination for individuals and families interested in moving to this dynamic region. Newcastle’s 19th Century roots give the area a historic and timeless feel, and its location along Lake Washington provides residents with a relaxing, resort-like atmosphere that is difficult to beat.

The area’s architectural heritage also combines vintage charm with newer amenities and resources. Throughout Newcastle, visitors are likely to see stately lakeside Victorian houses blend seamlessly with more modern upscale homes and sprawling public parks.

And as a suburb that is only 12 miles from downtown Seattle, Newcastle also offers plenty of fun day trips for residents looking to enjoy all of the cultural amenities that the region is famous for. Seattle is justly renowned for its world-class restaurants, music scene, and museums, and Newcastle residents will essentially have these resources at their doorstep.

For lovers of nature, the nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park offers 3,000+ acres of natural scenery and opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and swimming. Just northwest of Newcastle, Lake Sammamish State Park is also a perfect location for day trips, hiking, and lakeside picnicking.

In Newcastle itself, Coal Creek Park and Newcastle Beach provide residents with wonderful places to get away from the bustle of life, and Locals revere the Golf Club at Newcastle for its beauty and excellent food. As you might expect in a region that prizes gourmet dining and first-class coffee, the area’s business district also has a wealth of good restaurants and cafés. (The Starbucks coffee company was founded just a few miles away.)

For people considering a move to Seattle, Newcastle will undoubtedly make for a great home base. With its relaxing historic environs and green, waterside pastures, the area is a true winner.

Lori Weaver HeadshotLori Weaver is a Certified Luxury Home Specialist with John L. Scott Real Estate in Bellevue, WA. For more information on Lori & The Weaver Team at John L. Scott, please visit TheWeaverTeam.com.