Welcome to Shoreline
An affordable community with easy access to Seattle and scenic waterfront views of Puget Sound
Shoreline is nestled between Seattle and the Snohomish County border, making it a haven for regular Seattle commuters who appreciate a residential, suburban vibe more than a metropolitan one. There are no physical or geographic boundaries between Shoreline and Seattle, making Shoreline the Washington capital's closest neighbor. The name "Shoreline" originated in 1944 when it was given to the Shoreline School District, which stretched between the shores of the Puget Sound and Lake Washington and from the Seattle city limit of 85th Street to Snohomish County.
Shoreline no longer stretches all the way to the lake, but the name stuck. The city's unique history and proximity to the breathtaking Puget Sound are what attracted early settlers to the land and remain an allure to newcomers to this day. Aside from the sound, residents are surrounded by more than 400 acres of parkland offering a variety of elevated outdoor recreation, including hiking trails, a botanical garden, athletic fields, and playgrounds.
What to Love
- Puget Sound
- Close to Seattle
- 14 distinct neighborhoods
- Great schools
- 400 acres of parkland
People & Lifestyle
Residents enjoy suburban living in Shoreline while appreciating the nearby urban opportunities offered by Seattle. Shoreline divides into 14 distinctive neighborhoods, each one with a distinct community, including events and volunteer initiative projects. The cost of living in Seattle has skyrocketed in recent years, which is one of the reasons people come to Shoreline, where housing is more moderately-priced.
That said, there are still luxury neighborhoods within Shoreline, like The Highland, which is home to the elite and seamlessly integrates the woodlands into the posh, secluded area. Homes on the Puget Sound are also in the pricier range and located within the Richmond Beach neighborhood. Innis Arden is perfect for families and, while located farther from Puget Sound, still offers scenic waterfront views from a distance. Overall, living in Shoreline affords residents city access with more affordable living.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For most shopping and entertainment, residents will flock to Seattle, but Shoreline isn't without its trademark restaurants and markets. Shoreline Farmers Market sells a variety of fresh Washington produce and organic groceries. The market also hosts live music and provides local artisan crafts to keep patrons entertained along with their popular PoP Kids Club.
Hills Restaurant & Bar is a local staple. Owner Chris Hill prides himself on creating an inviting neighborhood bistro with a casual menu of New American fare and crafted cocktails. Local pizzerias like Spiro's Pizza & Pasta and Streetzeria offer salads, sandwiches, and pasta alongside their delicious pies. Spiro's is a Greek family-owned restaurant, while Streetzeria is an Italian eatery selling wines that perfectly complement each dish.
Worldly cuisine like authentic Mexican or Vietnamese is best found at the counter-serve Taqueria El Sabor or Pho 99. Burritos, fish tacos, and pollo asada are Taqueria specialties. Pho 99 specializes in vegetarian pho options in a cozy dining room setting.
Things to Do
Given the vast amount of open space and parks in Shoreline, the majority of things to do in town revolve around the great outdoors and recreation. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a waterfront park leading to the beach with Puget Sound views, while Shoreview and Boeing Creek Park is a more wooded area with plenty of hiking trails and a babbling creek. Hamlin Park is perfect for kids with its main entrance playground. Similar to Boeing, Hamlin is heavily forested and sprawls across 80 acres.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a local jewel that started in 1958 by a Washington University professor and his wife. It has been preserved ever since and boasts a plethora of native and non-native specimens, including exotic conifers, hardwoods, ferns, wood sorrel, oaks, maples, magnolias, and other fauna. Technically, the garden is hosted in a private space, so you'll need to carefully check the hours open to the public ahead of time.
Learn more about Shoreline at the Shoreline Historical Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and educating residents on the history of the town and its relationship to the greater northwest. You could also catch a flick at the historic Crest Theater. Initially built in 1949, the Crest has been in operation ever since. It was one of the first theaters in the entire country to run 1977 classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 70mm.
Shoreline residents enjoy excellent public and private schools, many of which are often recognized for their active community support. There are nine local elementary schools, one K-8 school, two middle schools, and two high schools. Aside from the public schools, there are 18 private schools scattered throughout the town. Shoreline is also home to Shoreline Community College.