Columbia City is a compact Seattle neighborhood set above Lake Washington that feels like a very well situated small town, with its own library, arts center and a historic business district. It overlays two of the city’s most important North/South corridors, Rainier Ave S and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, affording it great access to mass transit, Downtown, major highways and the Eastside. For outdoor recreation, Columbia City borders Genesee Park and Playfield, Jefferson Park, Columbia Park and the Cheasty Greenspace urban woodlands.
Columbia City is in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country, with 59 different languages being spoken within its zip code. This breadth of backgrounds and experiences comes through in the eclectic mix of businesses and organizations that populate the area, particularly in its historic business district. From old-school barber shops and butchers to contemporary boutiques and galleries, elegant dining to BBQ and everything in between, there is something to satisfy every taste and interest.
The neighborhood’s amenities include an original Carnegie Public Library, the Rainier Community Center with its year-round programming and connection to Genesee Park, the Rainier Arts Center performance space and numerous cultural organizations. Columbia City is a neighborhood that has a long history of supporting and encouraging interaction among its residents, and a wide range of cultural and community events brings people together throughout the year, from parades and festivals to gallery walks and music nights.
Diversity is present in Columbia City’s architectural fabric, as well. There is a vast array of housing styles that includes award-winning planned communities, turn of the century vintage homes, modern lofts and apartments and contemporary townhouses and single-family residences. Quiet streets are a short walk from businesses, parks and thoroughfares, and the maintenance of public green space is a priority.
For those who dream of a connected, cosmopolitan lifestyle with the charm, scale and sense of community more commonly found in a small town, Columbia City is the ultimate urban enclave.