Located just north of Ballard, Crown Hill has a small-town feel while still being attractive to up-and-comers in the city.
Ironically, the first residents of Crown Hill were–to put it gently–dead. As Ballard grew, officials requested to use a plot of land north of the neighborhood as a cemetery, and Crown Hill Cemetery was created. Real-live people were slower to move in, but after World War II the population grew exponentially. The architecture of the houses reflects the era, and you’ll find many single-level brick houses with nice front lawns. Another period of growth happened in the 1980s and 90s, bringing about the construction of many apartments, condos, and townhouses.
Crown Hill is a little oasis of calm between the busier Ballard and Greenwood. The feel among the residences is very small-town and peaceful, though the business district is quite active. It’s a very involved community, too, with constant opportunities to bond with the neighbors, whether it’s a community garage sale night, a park clean-up work party, or an Annual Night Out for crime prevention. Every year, residents in Olympic Manor team up to create a beautiful holiday light display that is a popular sightseeing opportunity for people all over the city.
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Whether you live in Crown Hill or not, you simply have to go check out the light display in December. It seems to transport you back to a time when the world was a little less hectic during the holiday season, and it really shows how this community works together.
Holman Road houses the business district, which extends easily into Greenwood and Ballard. Visit Dick’s Drive-In for quick and cheap burgers and shakes, or try Patty’s Egg Nest for Swedish pancakes on the weekend. Deeper into the neighborhood lies Swanson’s Nursery, a gardener’s dreamland, and just a small distance north is Carkeek Park, which has beach access and miles of hiking trails.
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