Country club, park, trail and vistas anchor residential neighborhood close to UW.
Population: About 6,400
Location: Seattle’s View Ridge neighborhood is bordered by 40th Avenue Northeast, then 45th Avenue Northeast to the west; Paisley Drive Northeast to the north; Sand Point Way Northeast to the east; and Northeast 65th Street to the south.
Why people move to this neighborhood: It’s a quiet residential neighborhood of mostly suburban-feeling streets lined with homes, and a large playfield next to the elementary school in the neighborhood’s southern half. The northern section is occupied largely by the Sand Point Country Club, which includes a central section of stately homes, many with views of the golf course (which forms a “U” around the houses), Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. While it has very few businesses, next-door Wedgwood has plenty, and it’s a quick jaunt down to the University Village shopping center and the University of Washington campus.
Distance from downtown Seattle: 8 miles, 20 minutes by car without traffic
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School district: Seattle Public Schools
Major employers: Sand Point Country Club, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Housing: Mostly single-family homes in varying styles (many of the priciest can be found in the Sand Point Country Club). A few multifamily apartment and condominium buildings.
Walk score (out of 100): 41
Transit score (out of 100): 41
Bike score (out of 100): 60
Historical facts: View Ridge didn’t always have a view — it was a mostly forested ridge before the land was cleared for houses, led by two developers (who formerly worked in radio broadcasting) during the Great Depression. To sell lots, the men did what they knew how to do: generate publicity. They advertised, invited potential buyers to picnics and even had three View Ridge homes featured in a 22-page Life magazine spread. Their efforts paid off, and the project continued to expand, surpassing sales in nearby developments such as Hawthorne Hills.
Recreation: The Sand Point Country Club has a private golf club, along with swimming, tennis, fitness and dining facilities. The View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club is open to residents of the area and also offers classes. View Ridge Playfield is the largest park in the neighborhood and has a few ballfields and a play area. The Burke-Gilman Trail runs along Pontiac Bay and Lake Washington, and the large Warren G. Magnuson Park is right next door.
Zillow Home Value Index: $831,900 (as of June 2016)
Zillow Rent Index: $2,997 (as of June 2016)
The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day. The Zillow Rent Index is the monthly median rent Zestimate. Sources: city-data.com, walkscore.com, HistoryLink.org, Zillow