Historically a Scandinavian fishing and lumber town, Ballard has grown into quite a diverse community. From the Locks to Old Town Ballard, from the independent music scene, the Majestic Bay Theatre, and the Nordic Museum to Ballard's parks, the marinas, and Golden Gardens, from Ballard Art Walk to the restaurants and shops of Ballard Avenue and Market Street— this is a neighborhood with a rich history and is a vibrant place to live.
Funky, family-oriented, hip, commercial, lively and quirky, Fremont has something for everyone! This neighborhood boasts a range in living, as well, from stately craftsman homes to smaller bungalows to modern urban dwellings in the town center. Dubbed by its locals as "The center of the Universe", Fremont has loads of unique shops, bars and restaurants that make up a bustling business district. Fremont's boundaries are Woodland Park Zoo, the Fremont bridge, Gasworks Park and Ballard.
The center of this active residential community is, of course, Green Lake Park with its soccer and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts and always close at hand are runners, walkers, bikes, rollerblades and skateboards. Roger Sale writes in his book Seeing Seattle, "If what I wanted was conversation ranging from casual to good, Green Lake is ideal, since others leave you alone and the scene provides fodder for the talk. It is a great city street." Surrounding the lake is an active urban village including restaurants, coffee shops, Seattle Public Library, the Bathhouse Theater and many neighborhood events such as The Pathway of Light. This Seattle tradition happens once a year during the holidays when Green Lake’s running path is filled with luminaires that light your way to several caroling stations with refreshments and an opportunity give to a local food bank and spread cheer with your neighbors.
Homes in this area are predominantly single-family residences including Craftsman, Tudor and Bungalow along with a growing number of Townhomes.
Greenwood and Phinney Ridge are in close proximity and sometimes overlap commercially. Because of this, the two neighborhoods (Phinneywood) often work together when planning community strategies and events. The area is known for its pubs, cafes, Woodland Park Zoo, antique stores, art and culture, community events like the Street Soccer Tournament, the Greenwood Classic Car Show, Zootunes and more. Nestled around Ballard-Greenlake-Fremont-Carkeek Park. Housing styles are diverse, from Cape Cod to Tudors, 50's style to Craftsman and more.
With its natural boundaries, Magnolia is located on a hilly peninsula northwest of the city center and has an island-like feel. With many parks to explore, the largest is Discovery Park. With 534 acres, Discovery Park supports four habitats: a forest, meadows, saltwater and fresh water. Walking trails descend from the park to two miles of beach and the oldest lighthouse in the area. The business district at the top of the hill has small-town vibe among the long-standing shops, the newer shops like Current & Furbish, its restaurants and conveniences; The Fisherman's Wharf has a seaside vibe with its marina, shops and restaurants. Magnolia has homes in a wide range of prices and architectural styles.
Bordered by Lake Union and Woodland Park, I-5 and Aurora, Wallingford is known for its tree-lined streets, The Guild 45th movie house, a diverse collection of restaurants, shops, book stores and more. In 1956, a local energy plant closed and Wallingford became the first neighborhood in the world to recycle an industrial factory into a public park. Today, people enjoy the grassy hilled Gasworks Park for its views, kite flying, July 4th fireworks and proximity to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Wallingford is a wonderful and popular neighborhood in which to live. Close to most everything and most of what you need is right in the hood.