8.9 out of 10

Briarcrest

47.7395183513556 -122.300721256461
Great for
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Schools
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Nightlife
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 31, 2016

"Good schools and nice parks"

We looked at many Shoreline and North Seattle neighborhoods before we decided to choose one. We finally chose Briarcrest to buy our home. We like it a lot and are happy with our choice.

One reason we like it is that homes are a good value but it is still close to Seattle. It does not take too long to commute to downtown. One day the light rail will be open and that will make the commute much quicker.

Also we love that it is close to many parks. There are 5 parks in our neighborhoodHamlin Park, Grace Cole Nature Park, Northcrest Park, Paramount Park, and Ridgecrest Park. Most of them are small but Hamlin Park is large. It has many peaceful walking trails and some sports fields. There are also some play structures for smaller children. Unfortunately there is no public park access to Lake Washington nearby. But if you go west there are great parks on Puget Sound. Also there is the Burke Gilman Trail that is nearby. It is a paved path you can walk or ride your bike for many miles north or south. Sometimes we will ride our bikes on the trail to the Magnuson Park. It has a view of Lake Washington for much of the trip, very beautiful.

The schools nearby are also ranked highly. We are not far from Shorecrest High School. US News ranks it 14th in the state. Also we like it because it is very diverse, and they have Advance Placement courses. It will be a long time until our daughter is in high school but its good to be nearby in case we stay here. Our daughter will go to Kellogg Middle School. There is less information available about this school available. However it has a good reputation in the neighborhood. Soon we will be enrolling our daughter in Briarcrest Elementary. But there are also other options. Shoreline Christian School is nearby. This is a private school and it seems very religious. Ridgecrest Elementary is another nearby public school.
Pros
  • Good schools
  • Many parks
  • Close to Burke Gilman trail
Cons
  • Need more public transportation
  • No public waterfront access
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
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