Building restrictions and protected views have kept this heavily residential, family- and community-oriented neighborhood and its 500-plus homes much as it has been since its initial construction.
Population: About 1,400
Location: Innis Arden is bordered by Puget Sound to the west; Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, then Northwest 190th Street, then Northwest Richmond Beach Road to the north; Eighth Avenue Northwest to the east; and Boeing Creek to the south.
Why people move to this neighborhood: Innis Arden sits quietly on a hill overlooking Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Building restrictions and protected views have kept this heavily residential, family- and community-oriented neighborhood and its 500-plus homes much as it has been since its initial construction. Though Innis Arden has little in the way of businesses or shopping, it’s close to Highway 99 Ballard and North Seattle.
Distance from downtown Seattle: 13 miles, about 30 minutes by car
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School district: Shoreline School District
Major employers: Shoreline Community College
Walk score (out of 100) : 25
Transit score (out of 100) : 33
Bike score (out of 100) : N/A
Recreation: Innis Arden has miles of walking trails winding through nature preserves and private beaches. Nearby Boeing Creek and Shoreview parks provide a combined 88 acres of trails, picnic areas, creeks and small waterfalls. The Innis Arden Clubhouse hosts public and private events and also has outdoor tennis courts and a swimming pool.
Historical facts: The land where Innis Arden sits today was once owned by William and Bertha Boeing, who subdivided the land in the 1940s and sold the properties as restrictive covenants that were part of a “restricted residential community.” One of the community’s “protective restrictions” didn’t allow any person “other than one of the white race … to occupy any property” except as servants. Though this restriction has been legally void for decades, homeowners voted to officially remove the restriction a few years ago, according to the University of Washington-based Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project.
Zillow Home Value Index (as of October 2015) : $404,900 (for all of Shoreline)
Zillow Rent Index (as of October 2015) : $1,994 (for all of Shoreline)