Young professionals began truly flocking to the Pacific Northwest in the 1980’s when Seattle became the center of the tech industry and home to Microsoft, Inc. Starbucks, the global coffee giant, also has its roots there; after the first shop opened in Pike Place Market in 1971 (it’s still there), this local coffee bean roaster went on to dominate the industry and nearly every street corner nationwide. The greater Seattle area is also headquarters to such major companies as Amazon.com, AT & T Wireless, and Expedia. When looking for apartments for rent, Seattle and nearby areas such as Bellevue and Mercer Island bring young professionals close to major shopping areas (Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and Westlake Center Plaza, to name a few), cultural and tourist destinations (the Seattle Art Museum and Space Needle), major sports complexes (Qwest and Safeco Fields), and an active nightlife (Seattle was the home of the 1990’s alternative rock scene and still has a diverse musical subculture). Seattle clearly has something for everyone who enjoys a touch of the city life.
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