7.1 out of 10

North Beach Blue Ridge

Ranked 33rd best neighborhood in Seattle
47.7010158071421 -122.374283178656
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Pest Free
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Trendy & Stylish


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5

"A Wonderful Place to Call Home, but You Have to Drive Elsewhere For Fun"

There’s nowhere in Seattle that is as nice, as fancy or as desired as the North Beach Blue Ridge area in Seattle. One of the perks of living in the area is not only the atmosphere, but the sheer beauty of the views. You’re not going to be disturbed in the area but cars driving too fast or radios blaring from car stereos as they drive by, instead you’re just greeted with the sounds of peaceful streets and a quiet atmosphere.

But it’s just not the homeowners that have amazing views; North Beach Blue Ridge is home to a pedestrian park called Carkeek Park which boosts 216-acres of hiking trails, picnic areas and play areas for kids of all ages. It also has a great sandy beach for those rare warm beach bathing days. The park also is home to an environmental center that holds a variety of program activities.

The North Beach Blue Ridge area is a wonderful place to call home but paradise does have its drawbacks. Because it’s so secluded homeowners have to drive fairly fare to run errands and the eateries are not plentiful in the area so venturing out is recommended for those dinners out.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"The Suburb-Like Experience Without The Drive"

A community, primarily residential, that comprises the area between NW 85th Street and Carkeek Park (http://bitly.com/dOk2ux). The western and eastern edges lie on Puget Sound (http://bitly.com/fIa7wY) and Washelli Cemetery (http://washelli.com/cemetery)respectively. For those who enjoy experiences apart from the fast-paced lifestyle of the city, Western North Beach/Blue Ridge is your destiny.

This quiet and primarily hilly demographic of the western half will soothe your soul after a long day at the office. Better yet is the population that works out of home and can administrate from the quietness of their back porch. A lunch break or after hours refreshment might consist of walking down towards the water, passing through densely forested Carkeek.. This natural preserve is yet again one of the many benefits to living in Seattle. A few minutes' walk from your driveway lands you in a picture perfect scene complete with beach, woods and a panoramic view of the Olympic Range (http://bitly.com/eV6SpG). The park is a popular destination for families, couples, and even company outings. Our family enjoys a three-tiered experience here, spending time at the open field and playground, then hiking the plentiful trails, followed by the beach with railway and low tide adventures. There is quite a coastal expanse, lending itself to healthy beach walks or runs.

Heading east brings a steep ascent into luscious housing, with some dwellings sporting large properties. Travel far enough in this direction and you will encounter business-lined Greenwood Avenue. A few restaurants can be found along here, as well as various rental properties. Maneuvering south brings Holman Road, which completes more of a reason to stay local and not make that run to Costco (http://costco.com). A shopping plaza with a QFC grocery store (http://bitly.com/hlPABL), Starbucks (http://starbucks.com) and a couple of restaurants exist here. A good medical clinic across the street, Northwest Family Care Center (http://bitly.com/dXmNkD), happens to be my health facility of choice.

An advantage to living in North Beach Blue Ridge is having a suburban and even a semi-isolated feel (in some areas) with decent access to arterials in most directions. It is a bit further from the city than popular neighborhoods like Ballard (http://bitly.com/feMcz2), Phinney Ridge (http://bitly.com/bTCLk1) and Fremont (http://bit.ly/abPBcR). However, you may get more house for your buck and not have to give up too much commute time.

Let's face it, this is one of the few beach park areas on the Sound with close proximity to downtown Seattle, albeit a less congested experience.
  • Quiet environment in most areas of neighborhood
  • Good parks with beachfront
  • Harder Interstate access
  • Railway noise in some parts of neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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Best Streets in North Beach Blue Ridge

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Unranked Streets in North Beach Blue Ridge

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