Phinney Ridge is one of the more established neighborhoods in Seattle, with older mid-size residences, as well as small houses. The Ridge itself is located between Ballard and Woodland Park, with many homes bordering on the Woodland Park Zoo to the south.
It is quiet, and quite residential, with less of the higher density, urban feel that some of its neighbors to the south have. Houses here date from the early 1900’s, with a large number from the Bungalow period in the 20’s. Though more sparse, you can also find older Victorians and transitional-style houses.
You can walk most anywhere in Phinney Ridge, including the neighborhood art galleries and Green Lake, which is just down the hill. Both sunsets and the Olympic Mountains can be seen because of the western views of Phinney Ridge.
This mixed population of professionals and retired couples is in transition, with a move towards younger families and singles, though it still maintains a diversity of ages.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is particularly strong, with an active community center that runs programs for all ages. The Phinney Neighborhood Center has an inexpensive membership, with which one can borrow tools, take classes on such topics as home repair and go on Phinney Ridge home tours. This neighborhood also has well established community centers for the elderly. You will find something happening nearly every month in this neighborhood hub.