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Seattle, justifiably nicknamed the Emerald City, has a great deal to offer with its walkable downtown and extensive mass transit in the form of buses and trolleys. With shopping, museums, parks, farmers markets, theaters, restaurants, and so much more, this city of just over half a million people has a lot to offer.

And for those who crave physical activities, there are mountains to climb or ski, endless hiking trails, as well as boating and water sports. And remember: Washington does not have a personal income tax.

While Arizona may be, for many, the go-to retirement state, not everyone likes it hot. There are those who are more comfortable with wetter winters and generally cooler summer temperatures, and the lush green beauty that only wetter climes can provide. If you're one of those who yearns to look out a window to see glorious lakes and tree-clad mountains, Seattle may be just the ticket.

It's true, Seattle's assisted living scene is not as extensive as that in, say, Phoenix, and there are several facilities that have either no or very few ratings yet. Even so, there are still plenty of options worth considering.

What people like about Seattle

  • Nature lovers will appreciate the proximity of both the majestic Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, gorgeous Puget Sound, and beautiful Lake Washington. (No wonder “SeaTown” is one of the city’s nicknames.)
  • Don’t be put off by the rain which, natives say, tends to be more of a mist. Though fully sunny days may number only about 60, the sun will make a lot of random appearances.
  • “Seattlelites” are passionate about sports and have the major league teams to prove it. Football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, soccer and rugby – they’ve got it all covered.
  • There is no state tax on income, regardless of the source.
  • If you’re interested in taking a cruise of Alaska, Seattle is now one of the best jumping-off places for this adventure.
  • Love being on the water? Then take advantage of the largest ferry system in the US (and 4th largest in the world). There are 10 routes to choose from, including one to Victoria, BC.
  • There’s no better way to savor the city from many different perspectives while enjoying comfort, fresh air, and gorgeous views.
  • For fresh flowers, produce, good food – and so much more – be sure to visit Pike Place Market. This impressive farmer’s market has been around since 1907.
  • Seattle has hundreds of parks. The largest is Discovery Park, with its 534 acres of everything from gentle green pastures to dramatic cliffs overlooking the ocean and beautiful beaches.
  • The website rates Seattle as the best US city for cyclists. Their determination to create extensive and safe routes is paying off.
  • The Queen City (another nickname) is considered by many health experts as among the five most healthy cities in the country. The levels of physical activity, healthy eating, and the pursuit of higher education all factor in.
  • Getting around Seattle’s pretty easy thanks to their four-part network of alternatives including an extensive bus service, the Link Light rail, the famed Seattle Center Monorail, and the city’s streetcars. The Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Amtrak, and the ferry system make traveling to and from Seattle a breeze.
  • Seattle’s healthcare scene has been rated highly. Buttressing the quality of healthcare – according to – is the fact that Seattle offers 308 physicians per 100,000 citizens, while the US average is 210.

Other considerations for Seattle

  • Seattle is spendy. As of 2018, the cost of living in Seattle was 52.8% above the national average.
  • With no income tax, the sales tax is substantial, ranging from the state’s basic tax of 6.5% up to as high as 10.1%, depending on the merchant. Additionally, there is an estate tax of 20% while property taxes are also higher than the national average.
  • Despite what was said above, those who suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may find the short winter days made even shorter by lots of cloud cover and little sun.
  • The city only seems to be growing and builders can’t keep up, so expect housing prices to increase.
  • Traffic can be a nightmare.
  • Seattle’s crime statistics are higher than both Washington State’s average and higher than the national average. Choose your neighborhood carefully.

Best Assisted Living in Seattle, Washington | Who makes the list?

A look at the best assisted living in Seattle, Washington.

Ida Culver House Broadview | Seattle, WA 98133

Ida Culver House Broadview offers care for dementia, Alzheimer's, rehabilitation or Skilled Nursing, Retirement & Assisted Living Facility

Caring– 13 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 16 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.75
GoldenReviews– 1 Review, Average Rating 5

What they liked: Clean, great location, nice neighborhood, beautiful gardens, great caring staff, confident & friendly staff, desire to give residents happy life, cheerful & positive environment, very calm, resort-oriented, open layout, stability, high level of assisted care, and transitional care for rehab, lots of shopping nearby, many activities, relaxed atmosphere, great housekeeping (frees up resident's time), onsite health care center, salon, library, swimming pool, outings to symphony and museum and parks, very upscale, Assisted Living services brought to apartments, private apartments like little houses with lake view, wonderful apartments, food made to order, eating hours are good, great coffee, very nice & handy bus system, not expensive

What they didn't like: Great distance between some apartments and other portions of facility, do not do two-person-transfers except in Skilled Nursing, lack of empathy from staff and management, rudeness from evaluator, slow to refund money, yearly rent increases above Cost of Living Index increases, not enough activities, decline in food quality, fairly limited menu, somewhat outdated premises, need a car to get to stores, for wheelchair-bound most doors don't open automatically and gates too heavy to open easily, dining room too formal, color scheme dark and depressing, hallways dark, beautiful library but cold temperature, not accommodating about food, kind of pricey, incredibly rude to seniors

Ida Culver House Ravenna | Seattle, WA 98115

Ida Culver House Ravenna offers a Retirement Center, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.

Caring- 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.9
SeniorAdvisor- 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes- 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews- 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.75

What they liked: Smallish overall, homey, great staff, exceptional, friendly, kindness, they learn your names quickly, great location, pleasant views, clean, attractive, beautifully landscaped and maintained, covers range of living arrangements, many amenities, library, patio, garden, outdoor space to walk or sit, nice dining room, good food, lots of vegetarian choices, can eat wherever one likes, crafts room, daily activities, outings, meeting or exercise room you can rent, exercise classes, lecturers visit, can have family get-togethers, studios to 2-bedroom apartments, transportation to and from appointments, some counseling

What they didn't like: Small apartments, new director was aggressive, newer portion of facility much nicer than older portion, apartment mini fridge on floor of closet, huge turnover of staff, newer staff less accommodating, lip in shower that was difficult, only two dinner shifts, second shift sometimes ran out of food, quality of food went downhill, great spreads on Mother's Day but not for regular meals, horrible visitor parking, parking tickets

The Lakeshore | Seattle, WA 98178

The Lakeshore offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring- 9 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor- 15 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes- 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews- 1 Review, Average Rating 4.5

What they liked: Welcoming, very clean, spacious, friendly staff, staff good at explaining things, staff and residents having fun, staff works to get residents involved, great rapport between staff & residents, friendly residents, right off Lake Washington, lovely views and gardens, plenty of places to sit inside and out, garden club, many activities, physical fitness activities, weekly scenic rides, weekly fun outings, great menu options for special diets, pay for what you order not just a flat rate, two dining rooms with gorgeous lake view, order ala carte, 2 meals a day part of package & third if you want to pay for it, adequate group transportation, grocery shopping nearby, outings including to casino, pets (dogs and cats) permitted, studio or one- and two-bedrooms available, studios quite roomy, cost is competitive, reasonable fees, emergency call systems, kitchenettes, personal care services (bathing, dressing, eating, continence management, etc.) provided, resident-specific care needs assessed every 30 days

What they didn't like: No individual transportation options, personal help services could be more advanced, too expensive, not well laid-out for spatially-impaired residents, poor location, not suitable for mobile seniors, depressing décor, activity rooms too small, no indoor parking, not homey

Brookdale Queen Anne | Seattle, WA 98109

Brookdale Queen Anne offers Assisted Living, Memory Support, and Respite Care.

Caring– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 20 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.75
GoldenReviews– 1 Review, Average Rating 4

What they liked: The best Memory Care Facility, comfortable physical layout of building, great attention to each resident, lots of staff per resident, exceptional staff, long-term staff, kind, warm & sensitive, staff available 24/7, dedicated to making residents feel at home, felt like home, nice location, staff very supportive should resident pass away, if desired staff will prompt resident to engage in activities, dementia and Alzheimer's care, great Alzheimer's care, great for singles or couples, 24-hour-a-day coffee service, good food, shopping and restaurants are easy walking distance away, lots of opportunities to walk outdoors, historic building, lots of onsite activities, clean, great recreation program, free transportation, feels like family, clean, nicely furnished, no institutional air, each resident clearly cared for, each apartment with private bathroom, good breakfast, onsite movies every night, free to go out (except Sunday evenings), visitors welcome anytime without appointment

What they didn't like: Memory Care Facility worst ever, staff inexperienced, patients neglected, unexplained injuries, casual attitude of staff, private bathrooms and showers small & hard to navigate with wheelchair or other walking assistance equipment, rooms too small, couldn't get deposit refunded, street parking an issue, no church stuff, poorly cooked meals (apart from breakfast), some staff didn't speak English or was simply unhelpful, as of June 2017 undergoing renovations so not to certain what to expect, expensive, too large a community, too much like an institution

University House Wallingford | Seattle, WA 98103

University House Wallingford offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.

Caring– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– 1 Review, Average Rating 5

What they liked: Care team very caring, friendly and helpful, multiple levels of care, family-like, staff view residents as #1 priority, staff pleasant and upscale, good at welcoming new resident and helping them feel at home, well-equipped gym, activities include participating on committees, homey, elegant, good location, set in pleasant neighborhood, sense of community, well-maintained building, “can walk to about anything,” very clean, spacious so resident can move around easily, caring, delicious food, standard food, several options for main course and dessert, lectures offered, “musical things,” no sales pressure or intimidation, opportunity for intellectual conversation, number of longstanding residents, quiet like a library, nice dining hall, grand piano for monthly concerts, efficient shuttle bus service, more than usual visitors and volunteers from neighborhood, staff will cater even big get-togethers, this facility an “emergency/disaster” center

What they didn't like: Visitor parking a bit of a challenge, only 27 meals a month included in the package, small garden, quiet like a library, no easy walking access to the city, cable TV setup takes a while

Horizon House | Seattle, WA 98101

Horizon House offers Independent Living, Supported Living and Memory Support.

Caring– 8 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews– 0 Reviews

What they liked: Memory Care staff very kind, caring, attentive, helpful to visitors, vibrant residents, residents seem healthy, residents seem happy, two 19-story buildings and a shorter one, comfortable, great location, easily accessed, saline pool, Sky Lounge view stunning, large fitness room well-equipped, woodworking room, sewing club, water & land aerobics, classes of all kinds, lots of committees to get involved with, dining room very clean and appealing, patios available, live performances onsite, onsite bistro, good fresh food, private rooms big, very nice rooms, some apartments with full kitchens, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, two shuttles for taking residents grocery and other shopping or to cultural events, religious services (Episcopal, anyway), Pastoral Care Team is excellent and aware of where each resident is on their spiritual journey, relatively affordable

What they didn't like: Facility a bit dowdy, expensive

Mirabella | Seattle, WA 98109

Mirabella offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing Care.

Caring– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4.3
SeniorAdvisor– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 2 Reviews, Average Rating 5
GoldenReviews– 0 Reviews

What they liked: Lovely, posh condominium-type apartments, caring, well-organized and -designed long term memory care facility, lovely dining room, lots of workout facilities, aerobics, lectures, bright, clean, well-managed, appealing, excellent food and apartments, active, supportive group for residents' spouses, great director, beautiful facility

What they didn't like: No negative comments appeared in the reviews from these four sites.

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