As part of our ongoing series helping renters find the best value apartments near the best public schools, Apartment Guide is taking a look at Seattle.
The Emerald City runs along a north-south route defined by geography, but the best parts of town for parents looking for educational value from their dollars are only found in one direction: North.
The highest rated schools are to the north and east of Seattle in a broad swath, with that swath shrinking in diameter once you factor in rent to try and identify the most affordable options.
However, one area in particular stands out – the Shoreline region. Home to many of Seattle's best values, it's the most appealing part of town as measured by our data.
To help figure out which specific properties give the best value, we'll use average property rent and school ratings throughout the Seattle area and identify our picks for each grade level.
Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. By this metric, Downtown Mercer Island is the neighborhood in Seattle that is closest to the best overall schools.
|Neighborhood Rank||Neighborhood||Neighborhood Location||Average School Ranking|
|1||Downtown Mercer Island||Mercer Island, WA||10.0|
|3||Education Hill||Redmond, WA||9.7|
|4||Green Lake||Seattle, WA||9.7|
|7||University District||Seattle, WA||9.7|
|10||Moss Bay||Kirkland, WA||9.6|
Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods, we now look to find the best individual properties near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.
With an average monthly rent of $1,243 Polaris Apartments in Seattle offers potentially affordable access to high-rated elementary schools.
|Value Rank||Property Name||Location||Average Rent||Average School Rating|
|1||9.0||$1,234||Polaris Apartments||Shoreline, WA|
|2||8.0||$1,293||Edmonds Highlands||Edmonds, WA|
|3||8.0||$1,363||Northern Lights||Mountlake Terrace, WA|
|5||9.0||$1,562||Monterra in Mill Creek||Mill Creek, WA|
|6||10.0||$1,765||The Knolls At Inglewood Hill||Sammamish, WA|
|7||10.0||$1,843||Madison Sammamish||Sammamish, WA|
|8||10.0||$1,906||Campbell Run||Woodinville, WA|
|9||8.0||$1,534||Woodcliffe Apartment Homes||Renton, WA|
|10||10.0||$1,920||Archstone Redmond Lakeview||Redmond, WA|
The average school rating of middle schools near Polaris Apartments is 9, offering residents an opportunity to live near these schools for less than $1,500 per month.
|Value Rank||Property Name||Location||Average Rent||Average Rank|
|1||Polaris Apartments||Shoreline, WA||$1,243||9.0|
|2||Cedar Heights||Kirkland, WA||$1,634||10.0|
|4||Waterstone at Silver Creek||Bothell, WA||$1,548||9.0|
|5||Monterra in Mill Creek||Mill Creek, WA||$1,562||9.0|
|6||Westview Apartment Homes||Seattle, WA||$1,650||9.0|
|8||Adante Seattle Apartments||Seattle, WA||$1,658||9.0|
|9||Madison Sammamish||Sammamish, WA||$1,843||10.0|
|10||Edgewood Park Apartments||Bellevue, WA||$1,863||10.0|
Tressa in Seattle has the highest value rank for apartments close to high-rated high schools in the Seattle area.
|Value Rank||Property Name||Location||Average Rent||Average School Ranking|
|2||Polaris Apartments||Shoreline, WA||$1,243||9.0|
|3||Autumn Chase||Bothell, WA||$1,345||9.5|
|4||Waterstone at Silver Creek||Bothell, WA||$1,548||10.0|
|5||Monterra in Mill Creek||Mill Creek, WA||$1,562||10.0|
|6||Benson Village||Kent, WA||$1,320||8.0|
|7||Station at Mill Creek||Mill Creek, WA||$1,703||10.0|
|9||The Knolls At Inglewood Hill||Sammamish, WA||$1,765||10.0|
|10||Campo Basso||Lynnwood, WA||$1,425||8.0|
Our number crunching also shows where parents can get the best return on their rental dollars, in terms of school rating. For parents interested in proximity at any price, we also include specific apartments that would fit that bill:
|Property Name||School Rating||City||Avg. Rent||Elementary Schools||Middle Schools||High Schools|
|77 Central||10.00||Mercer Island||$4,994||10.0||10.0||10.0|
|Avalon Newcastle Commons||10.00||Newcastle||$2,259||10.0||10.0|
|Island Square||10.00||Mercer Island||$3,781||10.0||10.0||10.0|
|Sofi at Somerset||10.00||Bellevue||$2,016||10.0||10.0||10.0|
|The Knolls at Inglewood Hill||10.00||Sammamish||$1,765||10.0||10.0|