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.
Living in Wallingford
Being one of Seattle's early residential neighborhoods Wallingford reflects a kind of old-style charm. It has tree-lined streets, cozy little bungalows, a lively commercial district, and grand historic homes dating from the late 1880's. Due to its close proximity to the water, city and public transportation it reflects a very urban sense. Residents are literally just five minutes from downtown and five minutes from the University of Washington which is on the east side of the I-5 freeway.
Wallingford's business district runs along N 45th Street from Stone Way North west to Sunnyside Avenue N to the east and features many small shops, numerous restaurants, banks, grocery stores, a pharmacy, a few taverns, the Guild 45th movie theater, the Wallingford Center (the former Interlake Elementary School, now turned into shops and apartments), and the original Dick's Drive-In founded 1954.
The public schools in the area are: the John Stanford International School, a nationally acclaimed and award winning K-5 elementary school right in the heart of Wallingford and the Hamilton International Middle School. Students who attend John Stanford International School (JSIS) will learn half the day in either Spanish or Japanese. Then the private school in the neighborhood is the Meridian School (K-5).