Seattle, WA

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Seattle, WA

How Happy Are Seattle's Homeowners?

Seattle is the birthplace of coffee culture, grunge rock and the Pike Place Market. So, it’s easy to see why the city’s homeowners are pretty happy — even despite all the rainy days. But it doesn’t stop there. Known for their enthusiasm for the outdoors, Seattleites have easy access to water and green spaces. And they also have more closet space and attached garages for their recreational equipment compared with homeowners in other areas. Seattle’s homeowners are also among the nation’s most conscious when it comes to energy efficiency: Solar energy, improved insulation and new windows rank high among Seattleite’s desired home projects and features.

Seattle's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Installed central air conditioning
  • Painted exterior
  • Replaced/refinished flooring

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Paint interior room/area
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Plant a garden/landscaping
  • Replace/refinish flooring

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Happiest Home Features

Seattle's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • Central air conditioning
  • Marble or quartz countertops

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Professional landscaping
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • A fire pit
  • Outdoor lighting

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Garden
  • Space for animals

It's not just projects and features that make Seattle's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Lots of green space
  • Within close proximity to water
  • Can live & work in close proximity

Overall Home
Happiness

88%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

61%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Seattle home:

  • Homeowners have:3.3 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.3 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:12 years

  • Average square footage:2,200

  • Age of home:39 years

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