Neighborhood Spotlight – Lower Queen Anne

Geography:

lower queen anne map

Often known as “Uptown” by locals, Lower Queen Anne (LQA) is a dense neighborhood that is north of Belltown, west of Lake Union, and south of Upper Queen Anne.  It is also home to Key Arena and several movie theaters.  Due to the density of this neighborhood, most of the dwellings are condos and apartments.

Demographics:

Median Age: 38
Median Income : $57,927
Average price of sold home in 2015: $410,735
Average Commute time: 26 minutes

Recently Sold:

QA HSThis 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo sold for $375,000 on 9/21/2015.  Located in the historic Queen Anne High School, it has beautiful finishes and a sweet spiral staircase.  This condo sold for 112% of list price in just 6 days.

 

 

LQA condoThis spacious condo sold on 9/25/2015 for $425,000.  The condo has 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and 1,184 square feet, making it one of the larger condos in the area.  It sold in 4 days for 100% of list price.

The Inside Scoop:

If you are looking to eat, shop or play, this is your neighborhood.  From upscale restaurants like How To Cook a Wolf, to the iconic Seattle Dick’s Drive-In, there are endless places to dine.  Sing the night away, karaoke style at Ozzies or hide away with the locals for some of the best Thai food in city at Tup Tim Thai.  This fun and centrally located neighborhood has a little something for everyone.  Except for parking.  THAT is about the only thing LQA doesn’t have much of.

Neighborhood Spotlight – Lake Forest Park

Geography:

Lake Forest Park

Lake Forest Park is just north of Seattle, to the east of Shoreline and Kenmore, and to the south of Mountlake Terrace and Brier.  It is the northernmost town still in King County, and a small town consisting of just 3.65 square miles.  It boarders on Lake Washington and is a primarily residential neighborhood, with only 4% of the city’s land zoned as commercial.

Demographics:

Median Age: 45
Median Income : $74,149
Average price of sold home in 2015: $476,285
Average Commute time: 29 minutes

History:

Lake Forest Park was founded by in 1912 by Ole Hanson and was, at the time, the end of improved roads heading north and one of the first designed communities.  Configured to be a residential oasis, the lots are large and a lot of consideration was given to keeping the natural beauty of the area intact.  Known it’s early years by residents as “The Park”, the neighborhood saw explosive growth in the 1950’s, and most of the homes in the neighborhood are still from that era.  This is one of the few Seattle suburbs that hasn’t fallen pry to zero lot-lines and townhouses.

Recently Sold:

rambler

This 4 bedroom, 2 bath rambler sold for $430,000 on 8/7/2015.  It had just undergone a complete interior remodel (the kitchen is stunning!) and sold for 100% of list price in just 3 days.

 

 

mid century

This mid-century modern home sold on 8/19/2015 for $519,000.  The home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and the most beautiful hardwood floors I have ever seen.  It sold in 4 days for 100% of list price.

 

The Inside Scoop:

The Town Center at Lake Forest Park is the commercial hub of this little town, with restaurants, shopping and a movie theater.  Lake Forest Park has great access to the Burke Gilman trail, and is famous for the local bookstore, Third Place Books.

This sleepy residential neighborhood is so small and quiet that it doesn’t even have a neighborhood blog.   Take a few minutes touring the quiet, residential streets and you will see the charm that Lake Forest Park has to offer.

 

Neighborhood Spotlight – Broadview

Geography:

Broadview

Broadview is a neighborhood tucked in the far NW corner of Seattle, Shoreline city limits on the north, Puget Sound on the west, Carkeek Park on the south and Greenwood Ave on the east.   Most of this neighborhood has great views of the Puget Sound and areas surrounding.   And that is how it the name “Broadview” came to be.

Demographics:

Median Age: 42
Median Income : $51,176
Average price of sold home in 2015: $670,851
Average Commute time: 27 minutes

History:

This neighborhood was heavily forested for a long time, making it one of Seattle’s newest neighborhoods, annexing into the City of Seattle in 1954.  The homes in this area were mostly built between 1940 – 1980.   Considered one of our remaining sleepy neighborhoods, home values here 11% higher than the city average.

Recently Sold:

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This 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath rambler sold for $550,400 on 7/31/2015.  It was advertised as a “cosmetic fixer” and sold for 115% of list price in just 7 days.

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And just a bit down the road, this massive 3,000 square foot home sold for $868,800.  With 3 bedrooms and 2.75 baths this 1985 home has some of the best views in the neighborhood:

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The Inside Scoop:

Broadview is almost 100% residential.  Very few shops or restaurants are in Broadview proper, but here are lots of great options in nearby Greenwood.  Carkeek Park is one of the largest in-city parks and offers tons of trails and dog parks.   Most of the homes are still on large lots and the area is most famous for mid-century modern homes.  I suspect that in 15-20 years, many of these older homes will become pods of townhouses as Ballard and Greenwood become more saturated and less affordable.

Walkscore of 25
Transit score of 38
Neighborhood blog: Broadview Blog

Visit The Wishing Tree in Carkeek Park

The Annual Bite of Broadview is September 25th – 27th this year

Neighborhood Spotlight – Wallingford

Geography:

Nestled between Aurora and I-5, with Lake Union as the southern boundary and 50th Street as the northern edge, this neighborhood has great access and some fantastic lake views.

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Demographics:

  • Population: 14,450
  • Median Age: 34.6
  • Median Income = $87,000
  • Average price of sold single family in 2015: $702,730
  • Median monthly rent: $1,950
  • 54% of all residences are owner-occupied
  • 56% of all dwellings were built prior to 1939

History:

Named after John Noble Wallingford Jr, a big time land-owner that at one time was the owner of 90% of the neighborhood.   The neighborhood experienced a great amount of growth in the 1910’s and 1920’s, and many of the original homes from that growth period are still standing today, making Wallingford one of Seattle’s neighborhoods with the oldest average structure age.

Recently Sold:

craftsman

This charming craftsman was built in 1905 and has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The home was listed at one million dollars and sold in 6 days for 1.15 million.

cottage

What a cute cottage!  With two bedrooms and 1.75 baths, this little guy was built in 1900 and was listed at $449,950.  It sold in just 5 days for $525,000.

The Inside Scoop:

Like all Seattle neighborhoods, local residents have a lot of pride in this neighborhood.  The local QFC is a popular spot to stop and talk to your neighbors, and the neighborhood is also home to the original Dick’s drive-in.  You may even spot a runaway chicken or Dave Matthews out for an afternoon stroll.  If you are feeling trendy, you could stop off at Molly Moon’s for some ice cream or Mighty-O Donuts for a vegan donut.  Gasworks park is (in my opinion), one of the must-see destinations for out of town guests.