Ballard

Ballard
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Ballard is one of the hippest and most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. Its close proximity to the burgeoning tech industry in neighboring Fremont and reasonable access to the Eastside via 520 makes Ballard an extremely convenient place to call home. Located in the northwestern part of the city, Ballard houses a vibrant working waterfront and looks out upon Fisherman’s Terminal, the home base for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet. The terminal offers a collection of delicious dining options and is a great place to purchase the freshest seafood. The Ballard Locks enable boat traffic to move from freshwater Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound-a 26-foot grade change. Pass a sunny day watching the parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugs, barges and yachts come into the locks, and the water level is adjusted to allow their safe passage to the lake or sound. Shilshole Bay Marina offers moorage for 1,500 recreational boats, a waterfront promenade, and fabulous views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Promenade users can stroll over to Golden Gardens Park, a popular beachfront park.

Ballard enjoys a healthy microbrew industry and is home to many local tasting rooms, restaurants and new multi-use buildings that include both residential and retail. Sidewalks are bustling with people walking their pets, window shopping, and meeting up for a meal. Historic Ballard Avenue is lined with restaurants and boutiques, and is home to the year-round Ballard Farmers Market. Ballard’s Market Street is the neighborhood’s modern business district with its own trendy shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and urban green spaces. NW of Old Ballard, local landmarks include the Nordic Heritage Museum and the Shilshole Bay Marina. To the South, the Ballard Bridge and the Salmon Bay Bridge provide access over Salmon Bay, west of the Ballard Locks. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Old Ballard.


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Beacon Hill-Seward Park

Beacon Hill-Seward Park
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Beacon Hill in South Seattle, with its distinctive views of the Olympics and Cascades, has tremendous appeal to people who work downtown and commercial developers alike. It is currently a hotbed of activity undergoing significant revitalization as an affordable community close to the Seattle core. To the east, Seward Park, named for the park located on Bailey Peninsula near the south end of Lake Washington, offers coveted waterfront views and access. Between them, Columbia City is an urban center with ample shopping and many cultural local restaurants. Beacon Hill is served by light rail direct to downtown Seattle. The average downtown commute to about 12 minutes, car-free. Given its convenient proximity to I-5 and Interstate 90, a relatively affordable housing market, and its sweeping mountain and Puget Sound views, Beacon Hill has a lot to offer.

One of the highlights of Beacon Hill is Jefferson Park.  Its golf club is one of Seattle’s few public golf courses. The park itself offers visitors gorgeous views and many enjoy its lawn bowling, basketball, cricket and tennis spaces. The park also houses a community center, a wading pool and playground. The Beacon Food Forest is sited on a 7 acre plot off the southwest corner of the park. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Columbia City and Mount Baker neighborhoods.


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Belltown

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Almost entirely condominium and apartment residences, the bustling downtown Seattle neighborhood called Belltown is one of the most densely populated and walkable regions in Washington. Trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique stores, nightclubs, and high-rise residential towers dot the landscape of the Belltown area. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Denny Way, beyond which lies Seattle Center and the Queen Anne neighborhood. Pike Place Market and the rest of Downtown are situated to the south. The Belltown Cottage Park and P-Patch are host to the last remaining wood framed single-family cottages in downtown Seattle (circa 1916).

Belltown is home to the Art Institute of SeattleAntioch UniversityArgosy University, the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and RealNetworks. It lies directly west of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, where online retailer Amazon houses its downtown headquarters, and where the Cornish College of the Arts is located. The Olympic Sculpture Park, a public sculpture garden adjacent to Myrtle Edwards Park is located on the northern edge of the Belltown waterfront. The park features contemporary pieces, various ecosystems with plants indigenous to the Pacific Northwest, and a restored beach and seawall. The park’s construction was funded entirely with private donations and is operated by the Seattle Art Museum.


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Broadmoor

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Broadmoor Golf Club is a private neighborhood and golf club in Seattle (founded in 1924) and located in a secure, gated setting, just south of the University of Washington and west of Lake Washington. The 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum rests adjacent to Broadmoor. The Broadmoor neighborhood is an iconic Seattle community with stately homes and pristine landscaped yards. Its homeowner’s association is strictly regulated by a very active board and owners. Broadmoor is part of the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, located south of the 520 bridge (map). Madison Park could be considered an urban retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area. The Broadmoor neighborhood is served by the Seattle School District and a number of private academies. The neighboring communities of Montlake, Capitol Hill and Madrona-Leschi provide a variety of upscale and savory restaurant choices. Golf history at Broadmoor includes hosting the Seattle Open, the Western Amateur, and LPGA Tour.


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Capitol Hill

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Old Seattle charm, thriving urban center. Capitol Hill is a unique counter-culture area and music and art are prominent cornerstones of the community—with clubs, restaurants, the Internationally renowned Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), bookstores and galleries found throughout the neighborhood. During the academic year, Capitol Hill is filled with backpacking students who go to one of the nearby major institutions of higher learning—Seattle Central Community College, the nationally acclaimed Cornish College of the Arts, and nearby Seattle University. The popular Capitol Hill station of the Seattle Light Rail system offers convenient access to downtown Seattle and connected neighborhoods beyond. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about Capitol Hill, First Hill and Seattle’s Central District.

There has been a trend of tearing down old homes to make way for condos. This has been quite unfortunate due to Capitol Hill’s architecturally significant buildings and homes. You’ll find mansions with Victorian or Craftsman accents, Fredrick Anhalt designed apartments with Tudor influences and central courtyards, and the Seattle Box style homes of a bygone era. Millionaire’s Rowalong 14th Ave E near the South entrance of Volunteer Parkfeatures prominent early Seattle homes, many with lovely vistas.  The well-preserved Harvard-Belmont Landmark District is located on the west slope of Capitol Hill with its early 1900-built homes that once housed Seattle’s leading financiers, industrialists, merchants, and businessmen.


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Fremont

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Fremont is a popular neighborhood in Seattle north of the Fremont Cut and situated between the neighborhoods of Ballard and Wallingford. A large “Welcome” sign greets visitors to “The Center of the Universe” and the Fremont Arts Council sponsors several highly attended annual events. One of those events is the Summer Solstice Parade which has made Fremont famous for its nude Solstice Cyclists. The neighborhood is home to the Fremont Troll, an 18-foot-tall concrete sculpture of a troll crushing a Volkswagen Beetle in its left hand that “lives” under the the Aurora Bridge. Cunning signs throughout Fremont give advice such as: “set your watch back five minutes,” “set your watch forward five minutes,” and “throw your watch away.”

Also important to Fremont is the large block on Linden Avenue N. that contains the B.F. Day Elementary School and playground. B.F. Day is the longest continually operating school in the Seattle school district, having been founded in 1892. Another longstanding institution is the Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library, the city’s first branch library (circa 1921). Besides the B.F. Day Playground, Fremont has two small public parks, Fremont Peak Park off 45th Street and A.B. Ernst Park next to the library. The notable Burke-Gilman Trail passes through Fremont just north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and the historic Gas Works Park is located just to the east in Wallingford. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Fremont.


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Green Lake

Green Lake
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Green Lake is a highly desirable neighborhood in north central Seattle surrounding a popular small and easily accessible lake. Probably most known for its well-utilized 2.8-mile path around the perimeter for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers, it also has athletic fields for team sports and is home to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s Green Lake Small Craft Center (GLSCC). While the park stays busy year-round, on any Seattle summer day, you’ll find residents flocking to visit Green Lake Park for paddle boating, picnics and swimming.

There is an eclectic mix of housing styles, and like many Seattle neighborhoods, Green Lake has undergone significant redevelopment over the years. Green Lake benefits from easy access to Downtown via both Interstate 5 and Aurora Avenue N. The area north of 50th street is considered part of the distinct neighborhood of Tangletown. It has a hip culture with many trendy restaurants and entertainment venues. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Phinney Ridge neighborhood on the west side of Green Lake.


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Lake Forest Park

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Lake Forest Park (map) is a not-so-well-known bedroom community triangulated between Shoreline, Kenmore and the Snohomish County line, where the cities of Mountlake Terrace Brier abut. Enriched with eight peaceful parks, incredible water views, and an alcove of waterfront homes, Lake Forest Park offers a an oasis-like setting just north of Seattle.

The city is served by the Shoreline School District. Shoreline School District operates one high school, a middle school, and three elementary schools that serve Lake Forest Park students.

 


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Laurelhurst-Wedgwood

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Laurelhurst is a coveted residential neighborhood in northeast Seattle near the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Waterfront homes enjoy frontage on Union Bay, a part of Lake Washington. The Laurelhurst Beach Club (private) and Laurelhurst Community Center (public) are popular community hubs while nearby University Village offers a hip shopping, dining and social venue for residents and UW students alike. To the north View Ridge (map), Wedgwood (map), and Maple Leaf (map), are popular local neighborhoods undergoing much transition as homeowners rebuild or remodel its predominantly 1950’s homes to transform them into modern and more functional structures suitable for today’s needs.

Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Laurelhurst, Hawthorn HillsMaple Leaf, and View Ridge neighborhoods of Seattle.


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Madison Park

Madison Park
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The Madison Park neighborhood could be considered an urban retreat, as it’s close to downtown Seattle and yet maintains the feeling of a lovely, slow-paced residential area. It is located just south of the 520 bridge and features stunning homes and condos with gorgeous views of the mountains and lake. Part of Seattle’s Central District, Madison Park has an upscale commercial district that is both a draw to the neighborhood and greatly treasured by those who live nearby. Many of it’s coveted local restaurants draw people from all over the region. Residents often express that everything they need is nearby so they don’t need to leave the peace and tranquility of the community! In addition to its stately homes and many condominiums, the prestigious neighborhood of Broadmoor, with its infamous golf course, is located here.

The park, from which the neighborhood derives its name, is a well-maintained green space that leads to a sandy beach on the shores of Lake Washington. The 230 acre Washington Park Arboretum is also a neighborhood draw. In fact, the Arboretum is considered one of the finest public gardens nation-wide; it features a botanical garden with plants native to the PNW and a formal Japanese garden. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about Madison Park.


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Madrona-Leschi

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The Madrona neighborhood, aptly named for the Madrona trees common to the area is located along the shores of Lake Washington east of Downtown Seattle. Primarily residential, with several parks including Madrona Beach Park, many of the homes in Madrona have views of the lake or limited views of University of Washington and downtown Seattle. There is a small commercial district and one of the more well-known businesses is GlassyBaby, whose sole product is hand-blown glass candle holders and drinking glasses. Visitors to GlassyBaby can watch the glass artists create create their wares in the shop. The Denny-Blaine neighborhood is just north of Madrona.

Further south, Leschi (map), is a neighborhood with a mix of condo and residential homes. Styles range from contemporary and craftsman style homes to mid-century modern bungalows and brick Tudors. Leschi enjoys its own marina next to the 18.5 acre Leschi Park. Within the neighborhood is the family-owned Leschi Market, a community staple for 70 years. They are known for their on-site butcher shop, along with generous availability of organic products. The Leschi Community Council is an active neighborhood organization in the region.


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Magnolia

Magnolia
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The Magnolia neighborhood is a natural peninsula located just west of Queen Anne and north of Downtown. Three bridges provide access to Magnolia and help it retain its small community atmosphere amidst a huge urban city. Being situated near the water provides Magnolia abundant natural beauty its homes, many with incredible views, are often among the most expensive and most desirable in Seattle. Far from the bustle of downtown and the busy pace of other Seattle neighborhoods, Magnolia is a place the offers you tranquility and scenic views. The Magnolia Voice daily news blog will keep you up-to-date on all things Magnolia while the Queen Anne & Magnolia News is a more traditional source of local news and information. Magnolia has its own Chamber of Commerce and Community Center. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Magnolia neighborhood.

Magnolia is home to the largest park in Seattle and Magnolia residents often enjoy free time at the 534-acre Discovery Park. Here, you can wander the almost 12 miles of walking trails through waterfront hills, and rugged beaches with views of the Olympic Mountains. Most of the shoreline of Discovery Park faces the southwest, so this is a great place to watch the sun set over Puget Sound. Fort Lawton, with its former military officer’s quarters remade into private residences, is located within the boundaries of the park. Another landmark of this neighborhood is the Palisade restaurant. As you walk up the steps of this Magnolia restaurant, you will realize that you’re in for a real treat. The Sunday brunch here is the most popular of any restaurant in the area. In addition Palisade, there are many tasty local restaurants in the Magnolia area to chose from. While only three bridges connect it, this area of Seattle is an inextricable part of Seattle life. From a fine Magnolia restaurant to the hours of fun at Discovery Park, Magnolia will show you a taste of the good life in the Pacific Northwest.


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North Seattle

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North Seattle includes the Cedar Park, Jackson Park, Lake City, Maple Leaf, Meadowbrook, North Matthews Beach, Northgate, Olympic Hills, Pinehurst, and Victory Heights neighborhoods. Homeowners in the North Seattle region have benefited from a surge of sales activity and buyer demand for their modest, affordable homes conveniently located to Seattle’s metro employment centers.

North Seattle restaurants offer abundant dining choices in the region. North Seattle is part of the Seattle School District. North Seattle College and Shoreline Community College are both located here. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Innis Arden and Richmond Highlands neighborhoods.


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Queen Anne

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Within walking distance of Downtown is the community of Queen Anne. Queen Anne is the highest named hill in Seattle and is known for its prominent Queen Anne architectural style that dominated the hill in its earliest days as a neighborhood. Queen Anne is divided into the 4 sub-neighborhoods North Queen Anne, East Queen Anne, West Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne. While Queen Anne hill contains many of the steepest streets in Seattle, it’s not the highest point in the city. Local architect and cartographer, Thomas Horton, created the Map of the Pedestrian Public Stairs of Queen Anne Hill showing the location of 120 staircases which run up and down Queen Anne hill. The various architecture styles of the staircases, the city views they offer, and their ‘hidden in plain sight’ quality make them a fun urban trek.

Queen Anne Boulevard, dubbed the “Crown of Queen Anne”, offers unparalleled views from the 3.7 mile loop around the top of its hill. Homes and shops in Upper Queen Anne reflect the area’s historic charm and offer sweeping views. Queen Anne Avenue North connects Lower Queen Anne to Upper Queen Anne. Upper Queen Anne’s main commercial district, along with several note-worthy restaurants, is located along this boulevard. Lower Queen Anne is a bustling, fun area that has the Seattle Center sitting at its feet. Trendy restaurants offering cuisines from around the world are especially plentiful in Uptown. It’s a popular neighborhood for young, urban professionals who enjoy the city’s nightlife. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Queen Anne and Lower Queen Anne neighborhoods.


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Shoreline-Richmond Beach

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Northwest of Seattle along Puget Sound lies the city of Shoreline (map). It boasts and incredible 404 acres of parkland enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Its saltwater shoreline, botanical garden, interurban trail, athletic fields, courts and playgrounds draw people to this popular north Seattle community. Homeowners in the North Seattle region have benefited from a surge of sales activity and buyer demand for their modest, affordable homes conveniently located to Seattle’s metro employment centers.

The Richmond Highlands Recreational Center and Spartan Recreation Center offer community gather spaces and fitness and recreational opportunities. Celebrate Shoreline!, held in August, is the city’s largest special event and a local favorite for the past 17 years. North Seattle and Shoreline restaurants offer abundant dining choices in the region. Shoreline is part of the Shoreline Public School District, and North Seattle College and Shoreline Community College are both located here. Check out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Innis Arden and Richmond Highlands neighborhoods.


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South Seattle

South Seattle
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South Seattle offers an affordable option for residents looking for close proximity to Downtown Seattle. It’s area restaurants offer a vast array of international cuisines and local ambiance. South Seattle, including the neighborhoods of Brighton, Columbia City, Dunlap, Genesee, Hillman City, Lakewood, Mount Baker, New Holly, North Rainier, Othello, Pritchard Beach, Rainier Valley, and Rainier Vista operates its own Go South Seattle website so residents are always in the know about local happenings and community information. For those seeking to advance their education, South Seattle College offers many career tracks and the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition provides guidance and direction.

There are many active associations providing vision, leadership and opportunity throughout the region. The Columbia City Business AssociationRainier Chamber of CommerceRainier Beach Action CoalitionLocal neighborhood clubs and associations include Lakewood/Seward Park Community ClubMt Baker Community ClubOthello Park AllianceRainier Valley Historical Society and Rainier Valley Rotary ClubCheck out these recent Seattle Times articles about the Columbia City, Rainier Beach, and Georgetown neighborhoods.

Wallingford

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The Wallingford neighborhood is located in north central Seattle about four miles north of the downtown core. The U-District and University of Washington neighbor it to the east. The Wallingford Center contains many shops and restaurants (including the original Dick’s Drive-In, founded 1954). Wallingford is often defined by the sloping ridge that runs north from the edge of Lake Union to 45th Street, with the ridge line approximately following Wallingford Avenue. Check out this recent Seattle Times article about the Wallingford neighborhood.

Gas Works Park on Lake Union borders the Burke-Gilman Trail and provides panoramic views into Lake Union and the city of Seattle. Meridian Playground features a historic a fantastic shared community space called the Good Shepherd Center. Wallingford Playfield borders recently renovated Hamilton International Middle School and features views and a summer wading pool. To the north lies Woodland Park, which features athletic fields, a skate park, tennis courts, and connections to the Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake.


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Lake Washington

Lake Washington

Lake Washington (map) is the signature freshwater lake situated between Seattle and the Eastside. It is the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington and is connected to Puget Sound via Lake Union and the Lake Washington ship canal. Sound and ocean going boat traffic from Lake Washington travels through the Montlake cut, Lake Union, the Fremont cut, and then the Hiram M. Chittenden “Ballard” Locks in its journey to the open water. Lake Washington is about 214 feet deep and 33.8 square miles.

The Burke-Gilman Trail, Matthews Beach Park, Warren G. Magnuson Park, University of Washington Husky Stadium, the Washington Arboretum, and Seward Park are just a few of the Seattle-side attractions along Lake Washington. A few of the public features along the east side of the lake includes Kenmore air harbor, Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland Marina, Carillon Point, Enetai Park, the Mercer Slough, Newcastle Park and Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Centered in the middle of Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside is Mercer Island.

The vast expanse of Lake Washington touches 12 cities (Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Hunts Point, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Medina, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Kirkland, Renton, Seattle, and Yarrow Point) and unincorporated King County (see map).

The Waterfront Report provides listing and sales data for private waterfront homes sited on major bodies of water in the greater Seattle-Eastside region. It includes an analysis of waterfront information including average cost per waterfront foot, average cost per square foot, and average sale price for Seattle, Mercer Island, Eastside and Lake Sammamish.

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