Moving to Seattle from Southern California (San Diego via Orange county) in October of 1994 was a wild idea since I did not know a soul, but I had my reasons!
#10 - I was never going to be able to afford to buy a house in San Diego or Orange County.
#9 - Seattle reminds me of what I like best about San Diego...both are hilly, have lots of coastline, are close to mountains...but Seattle is greener and has a lot more trees!
#8 - The Mountains....Mt Baker, Mt St. Helens, the Cascades, the Olympics and...ahhhh...Mount Rainier! That fabulous, snow-capped volcano...just takes your breath away when you see it.
#7 - Art - lots of Art! There is a very vibrant art community in Seattle.
#6 - The Ferries an instant get-a-way!
#5 - Who wouldn't want to see (if you're very lucky) Orcas swimming in the Sound ?
#4 - Spying Bald Eagles soaring in Seattle skies while driving...WoW! I will never stop being excited seeing one!
#3 - The outdoor activities are wonderful, and because of the weather, you can enjoy indoor activities without the guilt wasting a sunny day! A mini vacation get-a-way!
#2 - The weather...I got so tired of what I called "relentless sunshine" while living in Southern California. Okay, so now in February I get a little tired of our "relentless drizzle" and begin to crave spending some time in So. Cal. or Tucson where I was born! I love the cooler marine weather we have in Seattle, my favorite temperature range is 68 to 70 degrees!
And my number 1 reason is.......The coffee, you just can't fully savour a cup of coffee when it's 80 plus degrees and bright sunshine!