The culture and diversity of Shoreline is growing, with residents representing a variety of ethnicities, ages, incomes, interests, and politics. Mark Hinsaw, Shoreline City Hall designer, perfectly describes what’s happening in Shoreline in his 2015 article in Crosscut, “Seattle may be seeing a decrease (aka displacement) in certain population groups, but those folks are replenishing older, inner-ring towns that were, not too long ago, mono-cultural bastions of the white middle class.”…
We are not “just another suburb of Seattle.” We’re a city! And we have 14 well-defined neighborhoods to prove it. As you move through Shoreline, you’ll see signs that mark your entry and exit to the various neighborhoods, and if you look closer, you’ll find that the people, places, and parks make each truly unique. While some of this happened organically, a lot is owed to neighborhood leaders—a group of volunteers who prioritized the creation of community among their neighbors through organizing social events, coordinating Block Watch activities, implementing Neighborhood Mini-Grants projects, and sharing information through social media. It’s a snap to find out what’s happening in Shoreline neighborhoods, from food trucks to soccer
20 Miles to Most
A lot of folks think Shoreline is far away (hello Canada?!). Turns out we’re a whole lot more central than you think. If you head 20 miles as the crow flies in any direction, you’ll cover a lot of ground and reach most major destinations including Pike Place Market; University of Washington; Microsoft’s Redmond campus; Sea-Tac Airport; Paine Field/Boeing; Amazon’s campus in South Lake Union; multiple ferry terminals to points beyond; multiple hospitals (hey it matters); downtown Seattle, downtown Bellevue, and downtown Everett; nationally renowned museums and cultural venues; hospitals, and world-class shopping. And with all this in reach, it’s no surprise that there’s 1.1 million jobs and 2.1 million people within 20 miles of Shoreline.
Our highly sought after public schools are rated at 8 out of 10 by Greatschools.org, with a 25 percent above average in-state proficiency. Both public high schools were recently completely rebuilt, creating inspiring learning environments for students and beautiful campuses for surrounding neighbors. Understandably, Shoreline Schools recently limited enrollment to only residents who live in the district. And don’t forget, award-winning Shoreline Community College and destination private schools such as The Evergreen School, King’s Schools, Shoreline Christian, NW School for the Deaf, and nearby Lakeside School! In Shoreline, the kids are alright.
So Fresh and So Green
Here in Shoreline we know a healthy environment equals healthy people. And we do this in more ways than just recycling (ahem, 2012 Recycler of the Year by the state Recycling Association). Our summer farmers market is part of our Healthy City Strategy, connecting Shoreline residents and visitors to fresh offerings from local farmers and artisans. And we’re really excited about our new director, Teri Wheeler, former rockstar Market Master of the Pike Place Market just down Aurora…
Our best kept secret is probably the 3.4 miles of Puget Sound shoreline surrounding Richmond Beach. In a region of breath-taking views, this one stands alone. Back in 1952, a beach patrol was enacted to enforce an 11 p.m. curfew in an effort to rid the area of rowdiness. Today Richmond Beach Saltwater Park has moved past its wild ways (for the most part) and offers the community a place to play with family, friends, and fur babies – even in the winter.
Not Your Dad’s Aurora
Think what you want about Aurora (SR 99)—in Shoreline we embrace our boulevard. When you enter Shoreline from either north or south, you’ll realize it’s not your dad’s Aurora. Rebuilding the vital north-south corridor was a community goal since the city incorporated in 1995. Over the past 20 years, we redesigned and redeveloped all three miles of Aurora for 21st Century Shoreliners to enjoy improved traffic flow for cars and transit; beautified streetscapes; safer bike and pedestrian pathways and crossings; access for individuals with disabilities; nighttime visibility; stormwater quality and management; and economic investment potential. As a result of these improvements, Shoreline has seen a 56 percent reduction in accidents with injuries, and we expect it will only get better! Oh yeah, we also won numerous national, state, and regional awards for the project to add to our growing trophy case.
More Bang for Your Buck
Shoreline is a place where you’ll find homes for sale between $200k and over a million dollars. But it’s more than just the price range that’s important. Shoreline offers a range of home and yard sizes, from starter-home to magazine-ready; tree cover to open space. And yes, stunning Puget Sound views. Twenty-something renters and students can enjoy spacious apartments near higher education institutions like Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington. Families can grow in size next to some of the best schools in the state. And all can enjoy the eclectic and evolving shopping and dining experiences, community events, and local art installations.
Arts for All
With over 40 public art installations and dedicated capital funds for public art, we strive to make our city a beautiful place to live, play, and express your artistic side. This love for art extends throughout the community with over 15 annual events and festivals—and most are free! The big ones include the Shoreline Arts Festival, which draws over 10,000 people and Celebrate Shoreline, a week long extravaganza featuring art, food, and main stage concerts showcasing local music like Pickwick and Grace Love & the True Loves…
Shoreline residents can ditch their cars during the day to be chauffeured around town by three of the region’s transit agencies (King County Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit). Transit access is a top priority in Shoreline, with eight park-and-ride lots, 18 bus routes, Metro’s RapidRide E-line from Aurora Village transit center to Downtown Seattle, Snohomish County’s Swift line, and two future Light Rail stations coming in 2023. Maybe you prefer a two-wheeled commute? We got you covered with just over three miles of the Interurban Trail that takes you south to Seattle or north to Everett, along with two new connections east to the Burke Gilman Trail system.
Calling all pets! Tell your humans that Shoreline is where it’s at. Have you seen all the grass we have here?! Say sayonara to cement dungeons and hello to lush greenery and big backyards. Ditch that leash and head to one of the THREE off-leash dog parks. One is even on the BEACH (in the winter), so there’s plenty of opportunity to roll in seaweed and get a well-cultivated wet-dog smell. In addition to the pet recreation, you’ll also find several groomers, pet supply stores, and animal hospitals throughout the city. Even a cat-only veterinarian!
Parks and Rec
We may be a small city (11.7 square miles to be exact), but we’re a healthy one. We invest in over 400 acres of city parks to enhance the lives of our community and future generations. More than just a walk in the park—there’s hiking, fitness areas, ball fields, and a skate park. An award-winning array of year round recreation classes for all ages and abilities. In addition to our lush greenery, you can find an ice arena, several gyms and yoga studios, and we’re home to the awesome Rat City Rollergirls.