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The neighborhoods between the northern Seattle and King County borders did not officially incorporate into the City of Shoreline until 1995, immediately forming the 15th largest city in the state. It might then seem strange to have a Shoreline History Museum but many of the city’s neighborhoods have been around for more than 100 years. The oldest, Richmond Beach, has a classic small beach town feel with a mix of new and historic homes as well as a mix of new and historic hangouts, including a neighborhood beach, market, pub, library, playground, and a coffee shop.
Shoreline is known for a number of things: Sky Nursery; ice skating at Highland Ice Arena; Korean restaurants along Aurora Ave; an incredible selection of fresh produce, meats, fish, and groceries from Asia and around the world at the Shoreline Central Market; and for soccer or other sports at one of Shoreline’s many nice sports fields. Folks in the know also come to enjoy the quiet beach at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and folks in the money take the short trip north to meet their friends at the Seattle Golf Club in The Highlands. Shoreline Community College and Shorecrest High School also host many community sports and arts events, popular with residents and guests alike.
Perhaps the most common reason Seattle residents come to Shoreline is to visit old friends who used to be neighbors in Seattle, but have moved here because of the bargain prices of homes, lower crime rate, and better schools. Of course, “bargain” is a relative term. There are multi-million dollar homes in Shoreline, especially in the neighborhoods overlooking the Puget Sound (Richmond Beach/Innis Arden/The Highlands), but even they tend to be newer, larger, and on bigger lots than same-priced view homes in Seattle. For the most part though, Shoreline area homes are more affordable and the city of Shoreline offers many of the benefits new home buyers are looking for: good schools, plenty of parks and a relatively short commute to downtown Seattle and other employment areas.