Lake City area boundaries run between 15th Avenue NE and Lake Washington, and between 98th streets to the Seattle city limits. Much of the Thornton Creek watershed is in Lake City. It has a deep German heritage. For an idea of that heritage visit Kaffeeklatsch Coffee House and bakery. A few other good Lake City restaurants are Toyada Sushi, Pho Au, and of course Dick’s Drive-in. The community center has a number of events like the Contra / Old Time County Dance. Check out the Salmonfest/Pioneer Day and the Farmers Market in the summer. Just west of Lake City is the Northgate area. Jackson Golf Club, parks, more of Thornton Creek Preserve and Northgate Mall, the country’s first shopping “mall”. New commercial complexes have been built including Thornton Place Theatre and Northgate Transit Center, a hub for buses to and from downtown Seattle.
This is a tight-knit neighborhood with a strong sense of identity. Located south of NE 45th Street to Webster point and east of the UW, it is known for its quiet, weaving streets, parks, Children’s Hospital, University Village, Laurelhurst Community Center, views and beautiful well-cared for homes, some of which line the shores of Lake Washington.
Located NE of Green Lake, Maple Leaf offers views of the Olympics and the Cascades. Maple Leaf is home of the puppet Museum, newly renovated Maple Leaf Park, good restaurants and pubs, thriving businesses and a flock of parrots that take up residence between here and Seward Park. Homes vary from simple post-war homes and bungalows to tudors and new builds.
The University District has a rich heritage tied to the majestic University of Washington, and, predictably, a good deal of transience in its residents. Long-term residents hold down the neighborhood and live side-by-side with students and faculty. “The U District” has abundant dining, shopping, cinemas and clubs. North of the University District and South of Maple Leaf, Ravenna was founded in 1887 and named for a seaside district in northeast Italy. Ravenna has had a strong Community Association since the 1920's and boasts one of the oldest parks in the city. Neighbors there have worked to bring Ravenna Creek to the surface after being underground for 50 years. Along with its shops and restaurants, Ravenna has a lineup of pubs serving European beers and microbrews.
A small neighborhood located north of NE 65th, east of 40th Avenue NE, and west of Sandpoint Point Way NE. View Ridge sports some great vistas of Mt. Rainier and Lake Washington. In the late 60's, the utility poles and power lines were buried (I wish more had done the same!), revealing neatly-groomed yards and homes, quiet streets and sidewalks. View Ridge is located near the UW, Husky Stadium, University Village, Magnusson Park and Lake Washington.
Homesteaded in 1900, Wedgwood is mainly a single family residential community with a small town feel. It’s located close to University Village Shopping Center, the Burke-Gilman Trail, the UW and 35th Avenue NE. Home styles vary: Craftsman, Tudor, post-war, mid century and modern. Here is a very well-established, sleepy feeling, community with the pulse of activity nearby. This neighborhood is known for supporting community-established ventures.