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    Bryant

    Just northeast of the University of Washington is the neighborhood of Bryant. Bryant was once a sawmill town that is now a quiet collection of largely upper-middle class families.

    Homes in Bryant

    The housing styles range from small Tudors, bungalows and craftsman-style homes to a number of newly built larger homes. As in most Seattle neighborhoods, builders bought the small rundown homes over the past 10 years, tore them down, and built new homes of all different styles. The eastern Lake Washington side of Ravenna-Bryant has some grand homes with mountain, territorial, and city views.

    Bryant has also been popular with people that work on the eastside but want to live in the city. Time and distant wise it's a pretty easy commute to the east side and that should improve over the next few years as the new 520 bridge and freeway is built to accommodate the increase in traffic.

    Bryant's Bustling Community and Schools

    The Bryant community is very supportive of its local public school, Bryant Elementary. It is rated as one of Seattle best elementary schools and volunteers from the neighborhood put in hours of work helping it to be one of Seattle's largest and most academically successful elementary schools. The after-school program is also very popular in the community, with classes in cultural and ethnic arts, languages, music, and sports. The community also utilizes the Bryant Playfield filled with open spaces, basketball hoops, tennis courts, and a great play area. Another advantage of the neighborhood is it's close proximity to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the Burke Gilman Playground. Small restaurants, neighborhood coffee shops, and the University Village shopping facility are all within a pleasant walking distance. University Village, or "U Village" as most Seattleites call it, is one of the best shopping malls around and folks come from all over the city to shop there.