Pike Place Market Living

The Pike Place Market in Seattle has been around since the early 1900′s. It was established as a result of an uprising against vegetable price gouging so consumers could cut out the middleman and “meet the producer”.  Today it is one of the most visited areas in Washington State with over 10 million visitors a year.

A few years ago I lived in a 600 square foot, one bedroom apartment located in a 120 year old building one block east of the Pike Place Market. Called the Fairmount Apartments, the structure has a colorful past housing merchant marines in the late 1800′s, a brothel in the early 1900′s and a dairy at one time or another between then and now.

Second row from the top, right in the middle

I was extremely fortunate to live in a unit that faced west toward Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, and the Market.

Elliott Bay

Mount Rainier stood to the south.On weekend mornings with the windows open, the bakery smells and sounds of the buskers drifted in and mingled with the amazing views.

Cruise ships and ferry boats filled the windows looking out against the backdrop of the magnificent Olympic range where the sunsets landed on north or south peaks, depending on the time of year.

Cruise ships and Ferry boats

Room with a view

Sometimes at night I would stare into the view for hours…

I’ll always remember this place with a smile…

37 thoughts on “Pike Place Market Living

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  1. Regardless of my moaning and groaning about the weather and the rain . . . I have to appreciate the beauty of this place. I lived in Wallingford for several years and had a pretty terrific view of Lake Union, the Space Needle and Rainier (when the mountain was out), but I truly envy your fabulous view from your place Downtown.

    Loved the way you put this together . . . but, ssshhhh, we don’t want anymore people knowing about our little northwest paradise than already do.

    • Thanks so much for the nice comment. Wallingford has some amazing vantage points and so much to do, I’ve always thought that would be a fun place live. The downtown place at the market was an amazing chapter in my life, full of growth and fun times. It felt like I was right in the middle of it all. I’m in Burien now but I still work downtown and get to be in it most days.
      Regarding the convertible conundrum…I have to thank you for inpiring an idea for a new post. I never intended to purchase one, it sort of just announced itself to me one day…funny story. Thank you, my brain has been sluggish with ideas lately!

      • South King County rules! Take that you Northenders and Eastsiders! Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. Howdy, neighbor. I also lived in Manette while working Downtown . . . there is nothing like a ferry ride to work in the morning.

        Now I’m going to have to keep popping in to see your next post . . . being the inspiration and all. I’m sure it will be amazing.

  2. I love Pike Place Market! My uncle lives in Seattle, so I’ve visited there a few times. Those are stunning pictures!!

    • Thank you for taking a look and for the very nice comment. Pike Place Market is one of my favorite things about Seattle.
      I look forward to checking out your work on your blog! Happy Holidays!

  3. i love seattle! that pic you have with caption “early morning at the market” – i remember that exact street and the market. I remember the incline of the street, and the parking, and the way the shops look. it’s so pretty there :)

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  6. Aww! All the pictures brought back such good memories :) I have yet to hike Mount Rainier but I hope to do so soon! And I love the hustle and bustle of Pike’s Place, it’s a super fun place to be. I love the sunset picture best though, mainly because I’m a sucker for clouds and bright colors :P

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  8. Ugh! I lived in Seattle for a couple of years and would do anything to move back. I see these pictures and my heart instantly hurts. So thanks for that. But thank you for those pictures, they are wonderful. Washington State is truly fucking magical.

    • Adrienne,
      Glad you liked the photos, sorry they make your heart hurt.
      And I see you have the Seattle skyline on top of your blog, where are you living now?
      Thanks for stopping in!
      Red

      • I moved back to Orlando, where I grew up. I finally made it back out there this past September over Labor Day. We planned the trip around a Red Sox/Mariners series. It had been 10 years since I was there last. I can tell you, I won’t go that long again.

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