Mapping Seattle’s Noise Complaints

By Jennifer Riner of Trulia

Dealing with irritating or unreasonably loud neighbors is tricky. On one hand, individuals have the right to enjoy their properties as they please – right? But whether you’re renting or buying, tenants and owners have the right to a quiet night’s rest.

In Seattle, and as holds true for many major metros throughout the nation, some of the noisiest neighborhoods are those with the biggest nightlife scenes. Take a look at the two loudest Seattle neighborhoods, University District and Capitol Hill, and how they compare to calmer communities on the outskirts of the city.

Noise Complaints In Seattle

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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is one of the most conveniently located neighborhoods in Seattle. Not only does it offer it’s own unique, boutique-like culture filled with local restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Capitol Hill is within walking distance to historic Pioneer Square and CenturyLink Field, downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market. It’s even situated close enough to Lake Washington for summertime fun. But, such a walkable neighborhood creates unparalleled popularity, and noticeable noisiness undoubtedly follows. Plus, the median age in the center of Capitol Hill is only 28 years old, which brings the energy up a few decibels no matter the time of day. If you’re searching for real estate in Capitol Hill, keep in mind the recent median sales price for homes in the Broadway region – $428,000, to be precise. Overall, the median sales price for homes in Seattle from August to November 2015 was $476,000.

University District

The U-district, as it’s commonly referred to by Seattleites, is home to University of Washington, which attracts thousands of new young and returning undergraduate and graduate students every semester. Although UW is a world-renowned educational facility, it’s also a college campus where parties are frequent, especially along Greek Row where the sorority and fraternity communities primarily reside. Individuals looking to move to the University District might consider expanding their search farther north, away from the center of campus. The median sales price for homes between August and November was $515,000, representing a 1.1 percent decrease since last year.

Quieter Neighborhoods in Seattle

For a more peaceful urban environment, Seattle residents might look outside the center of downtown at neighborhoods like Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach in south Seattle. Both of these neighborhoods are conveniently located directly off of the Light Link Rail line, so hopping on the train to access downtown is quite easy. And, construction on the Link is extending to Capitol Hill, providing Seattle residents with better accessibility without the hassle of switching buses.

A bit to the north, Wallingford and Queen Anne provide Seattleites with a more suburban-like feel – think homes with yards instead of high rises and walk-ups. Further, Laurelhurst is a prime option for those wanting to be close to the U-district without fretting over constant campus uproar.

Also in the north, Green Lake offers pedestrians a gorgeous walking trail around the lake and sprawling parks for picnics and games. Nearby Fremont is a one-of-a-kind gem, complete with it’s own “troll” sculpture underneath the I-99 South bridge that connects the neighborhood to the downtown region.

No matter where you go in Seattle, with the growth of Amazon and the tech industry, more young professionals could add to the population in the near future. If you’re especially worried about noise, Pacific Northwest residents have the unique opportunity to live on various nearby islands – and still commute to work by ferry each morning!