These days if you’re in the market to buy a piece of Green Lake real estate, act fast. Green Lake is one of the highest ranked neighborhoods for number of successfully closed transactions in the month of May with 167 sold homes…in one month! Green Lake, Wallingford, and Ballard combined closed 167 homes in May 2012. Second runner up was over 30 miles away east in North Bend, Issaquah, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie (for the eastside single family homes) with 163 closed transactions.
As a Green Lake native for 17 years, I’ve seen some moderate growth in the area but nothing like Ballard or downtown Seattle. Moderate meaning a new PCC with 250 apartment units above it to replace a Vitamilk plant. It’s a quaint place to raise a family or be single. It has the convenience of in-city suburbia with a little wholesome sustainability throw in. If you walk down any street in Green Lake, Tangletown, or Wallingford (which are all located in the coveted core commuting central), you’ll hear kids laughing, dogs barking, chickens nesting and possibly the smell of coffee roasting or donuts frying. Mighty-O Donuts, Zoka Coffee, Irwins Bakery just to name a few are on my walk-the-dog route. Did I mention the five different public parks within walking distance? Oh, and I think I almost forgot to mention the two AMAZING farmer markets – Wednesdays 3-6pm in the summer and every Saturday (year-round). Cheese anyone? Last week, my daughter I rented one of those paddle boats. Next time, I’m moving up to a paddleboard. I want to at least look like I’m a surfer. Green Lake has a killer 3 mile path where you can run, walk, bike, skateboard, speed stroller (I just made that up), go fishing, tanning, frisbee, walk on a tightrope tied between two trees…oh the list goes on and on.
To put the cherry on top, the new McDonald Elementary (language immersion program) is opening its doors Fall of 2012. Wow! I think I’ve seen my home value increase by this statement already. With some public schools experiencing increased campus sizes, McDonald Elementary school will help alleviate this. Believe me, the PTA is as strong as ever and the school has been in complete remodel mode since last year at this time. I live two blocks from it and it’s exciting to see the improvements – new windows, furnace, black top, bark, and play structure for the playground – and more.
I don’t mean to brag about my neighborhood because Seattle has other amazing neighborhoods which I can showcase for you, but nothing else feels more like home than my Green Lake.
Green Lake Resident and Realtor