Feb 28 2008

Northgate

Published by Michael Kass

Located just north of the Green Lake neighborhood, and within easy driving distance of the University District, Downtown Seattle and the major highways and back roads, the Northgate neighborhood offers convenient Seattle living.

Northgate residents live near shopping history.  Opened on April 21, 1950, Northgate was America’s first regional shopping center defined as a “mall”.   At the time, this area northeast of Green Lake and west of Sand Point was semi-rural, with a scattering of homes, greenhouses and small farms.  The mall site was chosen for its easy access to the canal bridges and main roads. 

Today, the Northgate area still features easy access, so there’s always a quick traffic-free route.  Since the 50’s the Northgate neighborhood has grown into a mixture of retail, multi-family and single family units.

Further north, of the mall, near N 130th is Northacres Park.  This 20-acre park, surrounded by a fir forest contains a picnic area, two ball fields, a play area for children, a wading pool and a dog off-leash area.  If you travel still further north, you can enjoy golf at the 9-hole or 18-hole courses at beautiful Jackson Park—the driest public course in the city of Seattle.

Northgate remains one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Seattle, and is a great choice for first-time buyers. 

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