Nestled in an incredibly scenic “valley” between the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Seattle has the best of all worlds — a city built on hills, around picturesque waterways, with a mild climate that encourages a good life for plants, animals and people. Small wonder that it has been a continuous draw for settlements for the past 4,000 years.

Optimism reigns supreme here, dating back to the time, in 1851, when settlers named their townsite New York-Alki (the latter tag from the Chinook word for “by-and-by”). Eventually they changed it to Seattle, honoring the Duwamish Indian leader Sealth (or “Seattle”) who befriended them.

Chief Seattle was such a vocal proponent for ecological responsibility, perhaps his legacies are why Seattle is such an award-winner today in “Green Living.” And if you’ve ever read his famous speech, you won’t be surprised to learn Seattle has been ranked as the “Most Literate City.” The Seattle Public Library system has the nation’s highest per capita percentage of library cardholder.

When it comes to international recognition, Seattle was voted by one paramedic system as “The best place in the world to have a heart attack.” And the Evergreen Bridge is the world’s longest floating bridge.

On the national scene, Seattle was the first city in the United States to . . .

build a floating bridge (Mercer Island bridge)
put police on bicycles
play a Beatles song on the radio
build a revolving eatery (Space Needle restaurant)
open a Starbucks
Seattle ranks first in the nation in:

most sunglasses purchased
most folks riding bikes to work
highest houseboat population
largest man-made island (Harbor Island)
largest ferry system (Washington State Ferry)
longest continuously operating farmers market (at Pike’s Place Market)
highest per capita share of technology-dependent jobs (Seattleites joke that you can’t spit without hitting a software company. Bill Gates is a native son.)
Very large companies now dominate Seattle’s business landscape. Amazon is based in Seattle, as are Starbucks, Nordstrum and Alaska Airlines. Boeing is a major employer. With these jobs, of course, and Seattle’s long history of wealth dating back to the Gold Rush days, have come a high-end population that demands the very best money can buy in a wide arena of amenities, including education, residential properties, shopping, entertainment, medical services, cuisine, arts and culture, according to J. Lennox Scott of John L. Scott Real Estate, nationally-recognized leader in Northwest property sales.

The regional center for the performing arts, Seattle boasts its Symphony is one of the world’s most recorded and its youth organization is largest in the nation. Seattle Ballet’s ballet training school is ranked as one of the top three in the nation. Seattle ranks second only to New York in the number of equity theaters. Ann Reinking was born here as were Jean Smart and Gypsy Rose Lee.

Among the many movies shot in Seattle are “McQ,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “War Games,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “American Heart,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Vanishing,” “Mad Love,” “Love Happens.” And, of course, the TV series, “Fraiser,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Seattle’s music scene — home to “grunge” — lays claim to helping start the careers of Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and such groups as Melvins, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam.

Sportsmen are as drawn to the “temperate marine” climate of Seattle just as hunters and gatherers were thousands of years ago, but now for sport fishing, sailing, skiing, bicycling, camping, and hiking year-round. Seattle — named the “Fittest City” in the nation — is officially committed becoming North America’s first “climate neutral” city, with a goal of reaching zero net per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

A racially diverse city, Seattle is enthusiastic about professional sports with the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners and others. Apolo Ohno was born here as were John Olerud and Don Coryell. In addition to the many sports team members who make their home here, other celebrities who live (or lived) in Seattle include Harry Anderson, Dyan Cannon, Chris DeWolfe, Brendan Fraser, Quincy Jones, Jayne Ann Krentz, Dave Matthews, Yuji Okumoto, Tom Robbins, Tok Keritt and Bruce Lee.

With such a diverse history and incredible expansion, newcomers are often overwhelmed by the choices of high-end properties. Founded in 1931, John L. Scott Real Estate boasts three generations of native-born executives who assure customers of a firm insider’s knowledge of the Seattle area. Chairman/CEO J. Lennox Scott oversees 100+ offices throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. His roots are firmly based in Seattle, but his success earned him a repeated ranking as one of the nation’s “25 Most Influential Individuals in Real Estate. Consistently ranked as one of the nation’s largest and most productive firms, John L. Scott Real Estate has also been honored as the nation’s “Most Innovative Real Estate Company.” This translates into exceptional service and confidence for clients.


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Company Profile

John L. Scott Real Estate was founded in 1931 and is currently led by third generation chariman and CEO,J. Lennox Scott. John L. Scott has over 100 offices and more than 2,600 sales associates in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. The award-winning website,, receives over one million visits a month.