A breakdown of the 10 most popular Seattle neighborhoods:
By KIRSTEN O’BRIEN, SEATTLEPI.COM
Seattle’s rental market is undoubtedly hot, but some neighborhoods are much hotter than others.
San Francisco-based Zumper analyzed thousands of calls and emails made through their rental listing service in May to identify the 10 most popular neighborhoods and bedroom types.
The data show those moving to Seattle like their peace and quiet: 31 percent of all inquiries were for one-bedroom apartments at a median price of $1,350. Studios were the next highest in demand with 25 percent of the inquiries at $1,500. Three-and-four-bedroom apartments generated the least amount of interest. Three-bedroom units accounted for 16 percent of the inquiries at $2,650, while four-bedroom units garnered just eight percent at $3,000.
The demand for solitary dwellings could be a partial result of Seattle’s tech boom, which has brought a massive influx of young, highly-skilled workers to the Emerald City over the past few years. The Seattle metro area grew by 1.6 percent from 2013-14, making it the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
But living alone has also become something of a nationwide pattern. Findings from Zillow show more Americans are living alone than ever before. The study found almost 15 percent of middle-aged adults reported living alone at the end of 2015, up from around 11 percent in 1976.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Zillow study found young adults were no more likely to live alone than they were a generation ago, with the exception of women in their mid-twenties. Around 10 percent of young women live alone compared to roughly seven to eight percent a generation ago.
If you’re in the market for a new spot, scroll through the slideshow above for a breakdown of the most popular neighborhoods for renters. Keep in mind: High demand means stiff competition, and some might have better luck looking for homes outside the city center in North or South Seattle.