Wedgwood Real Estate
Wedgwood Real Estate
Six miles northeast of downtown Seattle, the Wedgwood community sits in an area that was once a ginseng farm. Wedgwood has the distinction of being one of the first neighborhoods to take measures to preserve many of the enormous trees that graced the area at inception during World War II. That dedication to surroundings and love of the outdoors is a continuing theme in the politics of the community today. The area generally coincides with Zip Code 98115. Many early trails intersected at a huge boulder at what is now the corner of 28th Avenue NE and NE 72nd Street. The townspeople called it Wedgwood Rock. The 19-foot behemoth is now an official landmark.
Shopping and Dining
The shopping district serving Wedgwood real estate includes several organic markets such as the Quality Food Center, Rising Sun Farms and Produce, and Whole Foods Market. Many unique boutiques offer one-of-a-kind fashions like Shirazi, nearby Valley of Roses, and Moksha Clothing.
The restaurants and eateries in the district are largely independent including Fiddler's Inn bar a local favorite, featuring live music. The Black Pearl serves outstanding Chinese cuisine. The Wedgwood Broiler, a neighborhood bar and grill, is a nostalgic journey into the '50s. Van Gogh Coffeehouse offers Seattle’s favorite beverage plus fruit, baked goods, and more. Other local hotspots are the Grateful Bread Café, Top Pot Doughnuts, and Pagliacci Pizza.
Parks and Recreation
Seattle’s love of the outdoors shows in the 400 parks and 6200 acres of parkland managed by the Parks department. Specific to the Wedgwood real estate district is Waldo Dahl Playfield. A volunteer neighborhood committee called The Friends of Dahl Playfield established a partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation to renovate the playground. John Hoge created artwork and SiteWorkshop provided landscaping to create a skate park, which opened in 2010.
Just to the east of the neighborhood is Matthews Beach Park, the largest freshwater bathing beach in Seattle. It lies on the western shore of Ponitac Bay on Lake Washington. The Burke-Gilman Trail borders the park on the west. Thornton Creek terminates into Lake Washington near the south end. Two lifeguards lookout for the safety of swimmers in the 22-acre park. Besides the playground, locker rooms, and picnic facilities, the park offers an annual "Polar Bear Plunge" on New Year’s Day.
A smaller neighborhood park called View Ridge Playfield serves the younger members of the community just south of the neighborhood. It features a wading pool, swings, restrooms, and beautiful forestland.
Golf is king at Sand Point Country Club, with a gorgeous view of Lake Washington from the greens, but the club also offers swimming, tennis, and a 24-hour fitness center. The Club provides swim lessons for all ages and skill levels from beginner to competitive events training, as well as water ballet. The tennis program also includes lessons for all ages.
Owners of Wedgwood real estate are part of a community with an active neighborhood council. It has a history of successful lobbying for the benefit of the neighborhood and the local schools. Originally, the Wedgwood Community Club, established in 1946, served the area, but eventually lost its momentum. After a few years, a new organization took its place. The Wedgwood Community Council has been active for about 30 years. It maintains a block watch and sponsors community events.
In this gorgeous, upper middle-class neighborhood, you can expect to find large homes with three, four, and five bedrooms, nestled amidst towering trees and pristine landscapes. You will find unique architectural designs in styles like Dutch Colonial and Mid-Century Modern. Exquisitely designed outdoor spaces again reflect the love of nature that dominates the area.
The neighborhood is home to both the Stroum Jewish Community Center and Temple Beth Am Reformed synagogue and seven Christian churches including Messiah Lutheran, Wedgwood Presbyterian, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic, Wedgwood Community, University Unitarian, and Mars Hill Churches.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Wedgwood real estate is rich with excellent schools including Wedgwood Elementary School, a Seattle Public School with a Great Schools rating of ten, Our Lady of the Lake Parish School, Concordia Lutheran School, Assumption-St. Brigit Catholic, Eckstein Middle School, with a Great Schools rating of nine, Roosevelt High School, also rating at nine, and University Prep, a private school. The University of Washington is only two miles away.
Metro Transit provides bus service throughout King County and rail service to some areas. Seattle also offers a robust bicycle program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The closest major freeway is Interstate-5, which leads to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport 20 miles south.