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    Seattle Neighborhoods

    There are many great and unique Seattle neighborhoods.  But there are also good parts of each Seattle neighborhood and not so good parts in each Seattle neighborhood.   The trick is to know where those lines are, and only buy a home in the good parts of a Seattle neighborhood.  And what is interesting is that there actually hasn’t been all that much change in Seattle neighborhoods over the past 50 years.  The good areas back then are still mostly the good areas now and the not so good areas, while some have changed and improved, many are still not the best areas to buy or sell a home in today.  Most of the growth in the greater Seattle area over the past 50 years has been on the Eastside.  The Eastside is very different from Seattle, very different homes and life styles.

    When I have a new home buying clients one of the first things we do is to drive around various Seattle neighborhoods so they can get a good understanding of the area.  We talk about potential traffic problems, the local schools, the various lifestyles each neighborhood offers, and the different types or styles of homes each Seattle neighborhood offers.     

    Select a neighborhood or nearby town from the list on the right to learn more.  Or call or email me and I would love to arrange a time for us to meet and go exploring our wonderful Seattle neighborhoods or the Bellevue or Eastside neighborhoods. I’ll guarantee it will be really fun and very educational. 

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    Magnolia

    Located on a peninsula west of Queen Anne Hill, south of the Ballard Locks, and only minutes from downtown Seattle, Magnolia with its natural boundaries has a special feeling of being an island. Accessible by three bridges, Magnolia is a special place to live and visit; yet it still retains a small town atmosphere where you can easily get to know your neighbors.

    Although Magnolia trees line the main shopping area along West McGraw Street, the naming of Magnolia was actually a case of mistaken identity. While out at sea, Captain Vancouver saw the huge Madrona trees atop the bluffs on the south end of the peninsula and noted in the ships log "Magnolias." An active group is working to save the remaining Madronas on the bluff.

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    Maple Leaf

    Although Seattle's Maple Leaf neighborhood started to be developed in the 1890s as a dream of real estate developers, the hilltop community northeast of Green Lake was slow to grow. The last half of the twentieth century saw dramatic changes to the area, but Maple Leaf remained a stable home to middle-class families.

    In 2001, Maple Leaf was a rough triangle bounded by Northgate Way, Interstate-5, and Lake City Way NE. In 1894, the area appears on maps as a plat by real estate promoters and was called the Maple Leaf Addition to the Green Lake Tract. The name may have come from the Maple Saw Mill that operated to the east on Lake Washington or from some maple trees that once grew in the area. The first residents organized the Maple Leaf School District in 1907. When the Seattle Water Department built a drinking water reservoir on the hill in 1912, they called it the Maple Leaf Reservoir.

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    Montlake

    Montlake is the northern most neighborhood of Capitol Hill, just south across the Montlake Bridge spanning the "cut" between Lake Washington and Lake Union and the University of Washington. Parks and waterways surround the entire neighborhood: Portage Bay on the west, the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum and the popular kayaking waters of Union Bay that's part of Lake Washington on its eastern border, and the greenbelt of Interlaken Park running along the entire southern border of Montlake, connecting the Arboretum to Portage Bay. All the park space helps to insulate Montlake from the 520 freeway and floating bridge that takes you to the eastside, Kirkland, Redmond and Woodinville. The 520 freeway crosses over the north end of the neighborhood. The Montlake neighborhood is very convenient to the University of Washington, University Village, and downtown Seattle and the eastside. And when the new 520 bridge and freeway are complete the traffic congestion on the Seattle side will be greatly relieved as well as making the commute to the eastside much easier and faster.

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    Mount Baker

    Mount Baker is a beautiful and quiet neighborhood in south Seattle that is somewhat divided into two different areas. The area to the north of South McClellan Street would be considered mostly middle to upper middle class and the area to the east of Mt Baker Park is considered very high end with homes in the millions. The neighborhood's name comes from the view of Mount Baker (standing at 10,781 feet and is seen by looking north over Lake Washington) that is in Whatcom County far to the north. The neighborhood is bounded by Lake Washington to the east, Interstate 90 and then Leschi to the north, Rainier Valley to the west, and Lakewood and Columbia City to the south. The neighborhood has a great community club and a rowing team. Parks on three sides and Lake Washington on the 4th side also surround it.

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    Phinney Ridge

    Seattle's Phinney neighborhood lies mostly on a high ridge that rises from the western shore of Green Lake. It got its name from Guy Phinney (1852-1893), a wealthy immigrant from Nova Scotia who developed a private estate that became Woodland Park then later became The Woodland Park Zoo. The neighborhood is largely a bedroom community that on the east runs down to Green Lake, and on the west runs to the edge of Ballard at 8th Avenue NW.

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    Queen Anne

    The Queen Anne neighborhood borders the campus of Seattle Pacific University and Fremont to the north, Magnolia and the Puget Sound/Elliott Bay on the west, Lake Union on the east, and downtown and Seattle Center and Lower Queen Anne to the south.

    People around the world recognize Seattle by a photo of the Space Needle set against downtown skyscrapers with majestic Mount Rainier in the background. Those photos are often taken from the famous vantage point of Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill. Queen Anne is most central of all Seattle's neighborhoods. Residents say it's 5 minutes from everything. It is also a neighborhood with sweeping views from most every park and home. Standing at more than 450 feet above the waters of Puget Sound, the west side of the hill has some of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city. The other sides of Queen Anne Hill have their own spectacular views as well; downtown, the Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, the Cascades, Lake Union, and the ship canal are each framed nicely in more than a few Queen Anne living room windows.

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    Ravenna/Roosevelt

    The Ravenna and Roosevelt neighborhoods of Seattle, also known as Ravenna-Bryant or Roosevelt-Fairview, extend north from the University of Washington, from Union Bay to Interstate 5 and Lake City Way NE. Ravenna originated before the university moved into the area and Roosevelt developed after the automobile. The university community heavily influenced both and each reflects that in different ways.

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    Redmond

    The first settlers in the Redmond area were Luke McRedmond (1820 -1898) and Warren Perrigo (1836-?). After visiting areas east of Seattle, they decided to file claims in the Sammamish Valley where the soil was rich and the waters bountiful. Immediately after filing claims they started to clear their land.

    Today, Redmond is known worldwide as a center for high technology. The home of Microsoft, Nintendo, Eddie Bauer, to name a few. The town's fame has come about only in recent times. For more than a century, Redmond was seen as just another small settlement that grew into suburbia.

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    Roosevelt

    Located between two of Seattle's well-loved parks, Ravenna and Green Lake, the Roosevelt neighborhood has stood since the 1920's. The 160 acres of Roosevelt consists of mostly modest wood-frame and Tudor brick homes that were developed in the 1920s. Another one-third of the housing is multi-unit condos, townhomes or apartments. Many homes have views of the Olympics, the Cascades, and some of Seattle's downtown, Mount Rainier, or of local parks and tree-lined boulevards.

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    Wallingford

    The Wallingford neighborhood is situated in north central Seattle and was named after John Noble Wallingford. John Wallingford was a major local landowner and real estate speculator; at one time his holdings included most of what is now Wallingford and extended north as far as Green Lake. Like neighboring Fremont (and, indeed, most Seattle neighborhoods), Wallingford's boundaries are not fixed, but they may be thought of as Stone Way N to the west, beyond which is Fremont; Lake Union to the south; Interstate 5 to the east, beyond which is the University District and Woodland Park and NE 60th St. to the north, beyond which is Green Lake.

     

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    Wedgwood

    Wedgwood is a neighborhood in northeast Seattle, north of Ravenna, along what would become 35th Avenue NE and just south of the Lake City area. Wedgwood (sometimes misspelled Wedgewood) was born of the housing boom of World War II, but its history reaches back to prehistoric times. Native Americans used the Wedgwood Rock as a landmark. In later years, picnickers, university students, climbers, and even hippies enjoyed it too. One of the farms in the neighborhood became the first P-Patch in Seattle.

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