Which Seattle neighborhoods feature luxury homes?

After working a long day, many Americans enjoy walking into their homes and kicking their shoes off. However, not all properties are the same, and some people enjoy striding into luxury homes in well-to-do neighborhoods. Amidst a list of affordable Seattle neighborhoods are a few prosperous regions. Potential homebuyers looking at real estate in Seattle for a luxury home may want to check out the following neighborhoods.

Sprawling mansions make up a large portion of the homes in the 98039 ZIP code. The average home value is $737,498, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Consequently, Forbes’ “Americas’s Most Expensive ZIP Codes” list puts this ZIP code firmly at number 46 in the nation. However, the news source reports the median home price $1,988,000.

The spectacular scenic views of Lake Washington, towering trees and bright skies make it a popular place to live for luxury homebuyers. Included on the list of affluent residents is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes reports. The 66,000 square foot home is built into a hillside and the amenities included in the floor plan of this unique structure are astounding.

The 98053 ZIP code covers about 28 square miles and is called home by a number of people, reports ZipDataMaps. The population has grown 15.6 percent from 45,389 residents in 2000 to 52,468 in 2009, according to community information provider AreaVibes. The city is located between the Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound, and offers access to a wide variety of outdoor activities such as bike paths and concerts at the park. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the average property value is $545,677.

Broken up into two ZIP codes, Sammamish offers residents a peaceful community that is ideal for active families. The city encompasses the 98074 and the 98075 ZIP codes, and average property values range from $549,006 to $602,308 respectively.

"The Vision of Sammamish is a community of families. A blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, the city also enjoys a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. It is characterized by quality neighborhoods, vibrant natural features, and outstanding recreational opportunities. A variety of community gathering places provide numerous civic, cultural, and educational opportunities. Residents are actively involved in the decisions that shape the community and ensure a special sense of place,” according to the Sammamish Comprehensive Plan, which was adopted on September 16, 2003.