Where to find pricey pads in the Seattle housing market

If your budget allows and you have the right financing options available, consider purchasing a home with a price tag on the other side of a cool half a million. In the 98122 zip code area of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region, you're most likely to find some truly luxurious houses. These properties had an average listing price of $775,000 for the week ending on April 4, 2012 - considerably higher than the median sales price for the first quarter of the year, which was $300,000.

While this is not the most expensive area in the Seattle metro area, it does offer quality housing options. Located east of the city center along the coast of Lake Washington, the population is ethnically diverse and a majority of inhabitants are single, according to Neighborhood Link. The median age is 32.3 years old, with an estimated 15,000 men and 13,500 women in residence.

Consider purchasing one of the houses for sale in Seattle in the 98122 area for an easy commute to the downtown area. You'll find plenty of things to do amid these properties, some of which are expected to increase in value in the near future.