Industrial area now an urban oasis

Though not long ago it was an industrial area with a less-than-stellar reputation, Georgetown is now a trendy neighborhood that saw an influx of artistic businesses in 2008. Real estate in Seattle is diverse with a truly unique quality to every neighborhood. Bordered by the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad to the north, Duwamish River to the west, Interstate 5 to the east and Boeing Field to the south, the former industrial area is one of the oldest residential regions of Seattle.

Before being annexed by Seattle in 1910, Georgetown was a saloon town with several horse tracks and an open layout. It wasn’t until Interstate 5 began construction that the neighborhood began to deteriorate. For many years, it functioned largely as an industrial hub because of its proximity to transportation routes. Due to the fact real estate was often cheaper here than in the rest of the city, artists began to flock to the neighborhood in the 1990s, causing Georgetown to begin to flourish.

Current residents of Georgetown are now hip artists looking for a less city-like feel and more of a rough urban atmosphere. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops and cafes have entered the area in recent years, adding a new appeal to the neighborhood.

Just north of Georgetown is SoDo, which is considered to be a part of the Industrial District. Meaning south of downtown, and referencing New York’s hip SoHo neighborhood that was built from a similar area, SoDo is home to two major sports stadiums, CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field.

The area is quickly becoming more popular with the construction of new apartment buildings and complexes. Several area lofts and artist studios were converted from industrial buildings and old factories, and are ideal for residents looking for unique property.

The neighborhood's latest highlight isn’t an art gallery or coffeehouse, however. On June 30, Seattle residents may have noticed a strange, whale-like plane overhead, which was holding the newest addition to the Museum of Flight in Georgetown.

The Super Guppy, one of five planes NASA built to transport aircraft parts for famous space shuttles like Gemini and Apollo, delivered the Full Fuselage Trainer to Boeing Field for display. Also known as FFT, the space shuttle isn’t a real shuttle, but rather one that was used by astronauts to practice controls and gadgets until they were ready to use the actual technology. It will soon be on display at the museum for all science buffs to enjoy.