Located within biking distance from the University of Washington, Wallingford is a quiet, easygoing middle class neighborhood. With the influence of the University, and its proximity to the University District and Fremont, it has a distinct artistic bent.
Separated from the University District by Interstate 5, Wallingford is an easy commute from both Interstate 5 and Aurora, and is also conveniently situated near the State Route 520 bridge with its access to the Eastside of Lake Washington. It is one of the closest neighborhoods to Seattle.
Wallingford was one of Seattle’s early residential neighborhoods, with houses dating from the late 1880’s. These include old Seattle bungalows, as well as a few restored houses among the corner grocery stores which still grace its streets. Though the population tends towards younger families, Wallingford also has well set up community centers for the elderly.
It is a ‘walking neighborhood,’ where you can go from home to park to restaurant. It has shops, trendy restaurants and theaters. It also has its own library and is a 1/2 mile from Green Lake. Woodland Park is nearby, which includes the Zoo. Like Fremont, it tends towards the urban because of its proximity to the water, city and transportation.
Wallingford overlooks Lake Union, the Seattle skyline and Gas Works Park, a popular kite-flying park and the site of one of Seattle’s best fireworks display gatherings on July 4. Community events also include the Seafair Wallingford Kiddies Parade and the Wallingford Wurst Festival in September.