Seattle: Vacation Rental
- 2 BDR
- 2 BA
- Sleeps 4
This great neighborhood may not be the most bustling, but it's a short bus or uber ride away from downtown!. You have access to a very well stocked kitchen, washer/dryer if you're a longer term guest, WIFI, Roku, big TV, Netflix, lots of DVDs, Wii, etc.
There is a library with two comfy chairs downstairs, two couches, a large dining table with four chairs in the middle floor, and two beds upstairs. There's an outside deck on the second floor. My yard is tiny, but it's there.
This isn't a neighborhood much traveled by tourists, but it's filled with great places. I especially love the Columbia City bakery, the population, Seward Park, Full Tilt ice cream, the small-town feel on Rainier Ave, the taco bus El Asadero, Geraldine's Counter, etc.
Let me name all the types of food that are available within a 1-2 mile radius: Vietnamese, Thai, American, Senegalese, Peruvian, Colombian/Puerto Rican, Ethiopian, Kenyan, Greek, Chinese, English, Mexican, Italian (pizza and fine dining), Caribbean, Japanese, dim sum, Hawaiian/Korean, Southern, vegan, and Mediterranean. Oh, I'm sorry. Did you want more choices :)
There's a whole foods-like grocery store in the neighborhood called PCC. It's a 10-minute walk away, and I'm obsessed with it. Get the Ellenos yogurt. DON'T QUESTION ME. JUST BUY IT.
Columbia City isn't known for its night life, but it has The Royal Room, Rumba Notes lounge, and The Columbia City Theater for live music and occasional burlesque shows. It also has a great farmer's market on Wednesdays May-October.
The 7 bus line is a 3-minute walk away, and it drops you off right in front of the Pike Place Market. The light rail is a 15-minute-walk away. Both cost $2.50 for a one-way trip, and they want you to have exact change. There is easy on-street parking by my house with tons of spots available.
Using the bus or light rail, downtown is about 30-45 minutes away. Driving without traffic is 15-20 minutes.
I'd also highly recommend car2go. Some neighborhoods are really annoying to get to (cough Ballard cough), and car2go would be perfect.
Uber and Lyft (apps on your phone) are two great options as well for those times when you've been out and are unable to drive.
Getting here from the airport is easy. You take the light rail from the airport to the Columbia City Station then walk about 3/4 mile through a neighborhood.