Phinney Ridge – Seattle Neighborhood Guide
The Ridge that runs across the hilltop separating Ballard and Green Lake is enjoying a surge of new family friendly stops along the bustling Phinney / Greenwood Avenues. This ‘hood offers the ultimate in playgrounds – the Woodland Park Zoo.
One of the earliest residents west of Green Lake was the wealthy Guy Phinney, who had his own private estate on the crest of the hill (which would later become Woodland Park and the Zoo). As the area immediately surrounding Green Lake filled with residents and the sawmill there worked its way through the nearby trees, people took advantage of the newly cleared land and moved in. Mr. Phinney encouraged more settlers by putting in his own trolley from Fremont to the area. As more transportation lines were put it, the entire area, including Phinney and Greenwood, became increasingly popular.
This area is the perfect mix of quiet neighborhood meets in-city energy. Phinney Avenue just begs to be strolled down and enjoyed. New eateries, coffee shops, and fun boutique shops are opening up all the time, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association keeps a steady string of community events on their calendar.
Who Lives Here?
Phinney Ridge is home to a nice balance of urban singles and families with children, renters and owners. Most of the houses were built between 1900 and 1940, which makes for some charming neighborhood atmosphere. But with all of the new growth along Greenwood/Phinney Avenue, anyone can find a place that’s right for them.
Activities and Attractions
People from all over the city flock to Woodland Park and Woodland Park Zoo. Rumor has it, if you live on the edge of the park, you get two free passes to the summer ZooTunes concerts! Red Mill Burgers is a must-see, as is Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café and the PhinneyWood Art Walk. There also seem to be a high number of pet-related businesses; pets are welcome here!
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