On an isthmus between Lake Washington and Puget Sound the greatest city of the Pacific Northwest rises into deep blue skies, skies that are broken only by the white accents of the nearby Cascade Mountain Range. This city, Seattle, has seen many a change to its economic status over the last century, as it has gone from a mining boom town and center of the logging industry to a metropolitan powerhouse that, in turn, has been dominated by the shipping, aviation, and now software industries. Throughout that time, however, much of its character has remained, particularly a civic spirit that is known for innovation and optimism.
Today, that willingness to pursue the fruits offered by the next frontier continues to make Seattle the location of choice for a number of 'New Economy', industries, especially those that are involved in powering the expanding world of digital media. Much of the appeal of this city of 600,000 is still rooted in the varied natural beauty of the surrounding area, though, as the breathtaking scenery offered by its evergreen-covered forests and whale-travelled waterways is likely to attract hikers, cyclists, yachtsmen, and kayakers for generations to come. Likewise, Seattle's highly urbane culture and city center, which are known for their cutting edge music scenes and ubiquitous coffee shops, continue to retain popularity with young professionals. Due to its varied architecture, which combines modern and post-modern designs with more traditional Victorian housing stock, this 'Emerald City' also possesses homes that are ideal for individuals that may have have sensibilities that fall anywhere on the contemporary to traditional spectrum. Whether they're a software engineer or an aircraft engineer, a music star or music producer, or just someone who loves the sights and sounds of the placid Pacific Northwest, Seattle represents the best in comfortable living that the region has to offer.