Northeast Seattle

Family life thrives in this charming and historic community.

Welcome Northeast Seattle

Family life thrives in this charming and historic community

North Seattle, known for small-town vibes and family-friendly charm, offers plenty of warmth and serenity in its highly sought-after communities.


One of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods, Laurelhurst is picturesque and affluent. Family-oriented and with exclusive access to the Laurelhurst Beach Club, this is a coveted spot for raising kids.


Nearby Windermere initially started as a farming community, but its residential potential was discovered quickly after. It has since morphed into a similarly quiet, family-orientated community with upscale homes and a private beach club.


Perhaps the best-kept secret in Seattle, the Bryant neighborhood is small and charming. Primarily residential, it offers peaceful vibes and easy access to busier Northeast Seattle areas.


The once wild Ravenna is now a quiet, friendly spot where healthy living thrives. Residents like to say they can get in on the fun of other neighborhoods but still get home for a good night’s sleep in their tranquil community.


Wedgwood is friendly and warm, but residents do find themselves taking sides in a fiery debate — Wedgwood or Wedgewood, which is the correct spelling of the community’s name. The neighborhood’s first developer, who expanded the housing development rapidly during World War II, agreed to name the town after the Wedgwood china set his wife loved. Some residents still hold fast to adding that extra letter, but that’s the most conflict you’ll find in this sweet, serene spot.


Quiet, wholesome Maple Leaf has been called America’s model neighborhood. Full of coffee shops and super friendly business owners and neighbors, Maple Leaf has a family-friendly, close-knit environment.

What to Love

  • Excellent education
  • Tight-knit community
  • Diverse population
  • Plenty of parks and green space

People & Lifestyle

Northeast Seattle offers all the best of city life with the relaxed, easy feel of the suburbs. With its diverse, family-friendly neighborhoods, lush greenery, and access to high-rated schools, Northeast Seattle is a top choice for everyone, from young professionals to busy families. Residents here love the warm atmosphere and neighborly feel, as well as convenient access to major retailers and fantastic restaurants.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Life in Northeast Seattle is a breeze. With a full lineup of retailers and top restaurants, the neighborhoods here have everything you need to keep your days running smoothly. Located in the south corner of the Ravenna neighborhood, University Village is an open-air lifestyle destination that includes trendy boutiques, home-furnishing shops, restaurants to keep you full for days, and locally owned businesses. You’ll cross everything off your to-buy list at this one-stop shopping oasis. Check out Pottery Barn, CB2, and Williams Sonoma to outfit your home and J.Crew, Madewell, and Gap to outfit yourself. Then, take a break from retail therapy at JOEY Kitchen, an upscale, approachable bistro with year-round patio dining and an eclectic menu. This Seattle favorite offers everything from chic appetizers to steak and lobster ravioli.

Another not-to-be-missed culinary hotspot in University Village is Ba Bar. Known for serving the best pho in the city, this Vietnamese eatery welcomes diners and their pups to the dog-friendly patio. Make sure to try the Ba Bar Wings, a local favorite.

For those who work remotely, Mr. West Cafe may become your favorite office away from home. The sleek setting and coffee selection is perfect for catching up on a little work. Once work is finished, treat yourself to the creative flavors of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream. They offer local, seasonal ingredients and vegan options.

You’ll also love the flavors of JaKs Grill, Laurelhurst’s favorite steakhouse. Another neighborhood staple is Mamma Melina Ristorante and Pizzeria, which serves wood-fired pizza and traditional Italian food.

Things to Do

Northeast Seattle takes outdoor activity seriously and contains some of the city’s most beautiful parks and green spaces. Whether hiking, swimming, or sports call to you, you can find it all in this active community. Sports fans will be thrilled with the packed schedule at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. Home of the Huskies, this iconic structure was built in 1920 and holds over 70,000 fans. The Burke-Gilman Trail has 27 miles of recreational trails that offer a lush backdrop for running, biking, skating, and more.

Magnuson Park, the second largest park in Seattle, offers a range of amenities, including a boat launch and community center in an Art Deco style. Head out to the sports fields for a game with friends, take a stroll in the community garden or wetland habitat, hike the many trails, or splash around at the swimming beach. If you’d rather keep some city vibes in your nature experience, skip on over to Ravenna Park, which offers a lovely wooded ravine while retaining its urban setting.


Supported by the Seattle Public School District, Northeast Seattle offers excellent educational opportunities, including:

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