My client is pregnant with twins. And while this new experience is super exciting for her and her husband, the four story townhome is not so much exciting. There is literally a bedroom on every floor. Not screaming practical here.
Time to stock up the car with plenty of bottled water and m&m’s.
They live in the uber-urban neighborhood of Wallingford and didn’t want to venture too far away since schools are a major focus now. So my checklist reads:
- Great Schools
- Walkable and Safe Neighborhood
- Practical Floorplan with Four Bedrooms, 2,000 sq ft.
- Easy Commute to Work
- $500,000 to $600,000 Range
Do any of these ring a bell?
Green Lake Beach
First we look in Greenwood because of an amazing 2011 home just built. Almost a perfect fit: 4 out of 6. Bonus: Two car garage! Overall, the neighborhood wasn’t for them. No sidewalks (one of those things I keep hearing about Greenwood) and walkability was poor. And I’ll give it a 5 out of 10 on the school-meter.
We look in Ballard. Too far West for commuting purposes. Plus they weren’t familiar with the neighborhood and I think this psyched them out a bit.
Wallingford was up next. They found some wonderfully updated bungalows in this uber-urban neighborhood. They were shocked by the price per square foot and really – when you’re having twins plus a nanny – you want square footage.
I guess I left the best for last. Green Lake was our final destination. Bingo!
Wallingford Park and Wading Pool
It was a Sunday afternoon and I was at an open house for my own Green Lake listing. She and her husband went to an Open House and fell in love with it. Who said Open Houses don’t sell houses? We wrote it up the next day. They can walk to PCC, Green Lake Park is across the street and when they get hungry they can walk to Duke’s, Blu Water Bistro then Ben and Jerry’s for dessert. Daniel Bagley Elementary is one of the top desirable k-5 elementary schools and they also have a Montessori. If private schools are more your thing, St. Joseph’s is right up the road on 80th Ave.
Happy Mommy. Happy Daddy. And soon to be Happy Twins this Fall.
Tangletown Seattle, WA: The New Center Of The Universe?
Fremont has been dubbed “The Center Of The Universe” but I think there might be a new kid in town.
Tangletown is not where the monkeys swing from tree to tree – although Woodland Park Zoo IS right up the road. Tangletown is smack dab between the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods. It’s named after the tangle of roads that intertwine these easily walkable ‘hoods and the last straight shot arterial road to join the two locations. The majority of homes in this area are built in the 1920′s and oh do they melt in charm from this era. Not only are they linked to the outdoor environment with Green Lake so close, but inside these homes are a harmonious blend of classic architecture and tasteful layouts.
What Might You Find In Tangletown?
For being a one road wonder (55th Street to be exact), it has everything you need! It’s most noted for the kick butt coffee house otherwise known as Zoka. If you poke your head into Zoka, you would find students immersed in their studies taking advantage of the free wi-fi, you might notice a small group of walkers or runners grabbing a healthy scone and strong cup of coffee after their jaunt outside. Perhaps it’s just the fresh and locally roasted coffee beans that bring people to this hot spot. Next door is the Elysian Brewery. Great upscale bar food (and cheap kids menu) and an array of beers on tap make this one a family favorite. One door down is my favorite Mighty-O Donuts. This isn’t just any donut shop folks. It’s the organic, vegan, anything you can think of to create a one of a kind donut shop. You can always find a dog or two waiting for their owners and welcoming you into donut heaven.
Across the street are: cheap eats hot dogs, a dry cleaner, yoga place, bee hive hair salon, a dentist’s office, a financial planner, Kisaku sushi restaurant, the Meridian neighborhood grocery store, an upscale restaurant (perfect for a romantic meal), a dive neighborhood bar (an essential to any neighborhood, right?) and last but not least an attorney’s office. Hey, you never know when you’ll need a good attorney!
Tangletown will never be the original “Center Of The Universe” but I contend it’s in the running to be the offspring of it.