Greenwood Real Estate & Information
Greenwood Real Estate & Information
Once little more than a muddy bog, the area known as Woodland became Greenwood in 1907. Greenwood blossomed in the 1940's as the trolley lines connected it to the rest of Seattle. So many businesses came to Greenwood Avenue that people started calling it the "Miracle Mile". The bog still constantly threatened to devour the community until annexation into Seattle brought the infrastructure necessary to save it. Originally intended to be a cemetery, the land changed hands in 1903. The new owner, Henry McBride, moved the few bodies that had been buried there to another location and started residential development. Promises of better drainage did not come to fruition for many years and the neighborhood struggled to survive the bogs until the 1970's. At that point, the neighborhood began to prosper. The N 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue N intersection is the center of the community rich with antique stores and art walks. Greenwood real estate is an eclectic blend of rambling Tudor homes from the 1930's, split-level homes from the 1960's, and striking homes build this year.
Shopping and Dining
A stroll down 85th Street brings visitors to a happy blend of coffee houses, taverns, antique shops and a community theater. Neighborhood shops include Greenwood Space Travel Supply, a hodgepodge of science fiction, clever wall plaques, t-shirts and science experiments designed to hid the true purpose of tutoring students. Insurrection carries high end vintage leather clothing and motorcycle gear. The Frock Shop carries women's wear that cannot be found anywhere else. Beats and Bohos offers vintage women's clothing and vinyl records. Labels offers vintage clothing for both women and children. Pema Kharpo offers unique gifts from Tibet.
International cuisine awaits at RAZZiS PIZZERia, Gorgeous George's Mediterranean Kitchen, Kouzina, Taqueria Tequila, and Fu Shen. For local seafood, Duke's Chowder House is a great option. For Korean seafood, Kalbi Grill Express is the place to go. The Chocolati Cafe serves amazing homemade truffles.
Parks and Recreation
Greenwood Park attracts children of all ages with a community garden near the entrance. Adjacent to the Boy's and Girl's Club, there are always kids playing, an old-fashioned sandbox and modern play equipment.
Major events during the year include the Greenwood Car Show in June and the Seafair parade in August, featuring the Seafair Pirates. The Taproot Theatre is a mid-size company that brings dramatic arts to the community in the form of plays, classes and workshops. Monthly art walks showcase local artists.
Greenlake Pitch and Putt is nearby offering nine holes of fun for a very low rate. This is a great place to relax and enjoy working on putting. Leave the drivers at home, though. They are not allowed on the course.
Greenwood real estate prices vary dramatically from $255,000 for a one-bedroom condominium to $785,000 for a three-bedroom house. The value of the average detached house in Greenwood in 2010 was $375,994, compared to $565,508 across Seattle, according to City Data. Residents are generally well-educated with 74.8 percent of adults achieving additional education beyond high school.
Contemporary farmhouse architecture is common, with exquisite curb appeal. Lush lawns surround wooden exteriors, often augmented by rock and water features. Expansive windows afford excellent views. Wooden decks and fireplaces add to the general comfort. Buyers can expect gleaming hardwood floors or wall to wall carpeting. Excellent schools, a rich shopping district and proximity to public transit options make this neighborhood as convenient as it is beautiful.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
Seattle Public Schools encompass 97 schools and more than 52,000 students. In or near the Greenwood neighborhood are Daniel Bagley, Greenwood, and Whittier Elementary Schools, Whitman Middle School, Ballard and Roosevelt High Schools. The district publishes a scorecard annually to compare each school by test scores, graduation rates, family satisfaction and more.
Residents of the Greenwood neighborhood enjoy a number of options when it comes to medical care. Northwest Hospital and Medical Center provides outstanding emergency room care, as does the Swedish Hospital, Ballard. Another excellent option is Kindred Hospital Seattle - Northgate.
Just east of the Greenwood neighborhood, the Interstate-5 parallels the Pacific Ocean from Canada to Mexico. An additional 20 freeways and highways make up the Seattle freeway system. Seattle Tacoma International and King County International Airports serve the area with overseas flights. Multiple bus lines provide public transportation throughout the Puget Sound region. In addition to these common methods of transportation, Seattle also offers a network of trails for bicycles and pedestrians. Ferries, water taxis, and multiple rail options help commuters get around. Sound Transit, Monorail, Seattle Streetcar and Amtrak all serve the area. The Downtown Transportation Alliance coordinates their efforts through Commute Seattle, to bring effective transportation options to all commuters in the Seattle area.