Neighborhood Guides Whittier Heights Seattle Washington

Whittier Heights is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. This is a mature neighborhood that has many homes that date from the first three decades of the 20th century. There are many smaller bungalow style homes as well as condos and other multi-family type dwellings. There are also rental units available. NW 85th Street on the north, NW 65th Street on the south, 15th Avenue NW on the west and 8th Avenue NW on the east. This is primarily a safe and family friendly residential neighborhood where the crime rate is relatively low and violent crime is almost nonexistent. Whittier Heights is a very walkable part of the city of Seattle. It is quite heavily populated having almost 5,000 residents whose average age is in their mid-thirties.

Homes in this area sell for a median price of $400,000. This is almost an 11% decrease from last year. What this means for buyers is, the time is right to get into this great neighborhood especially if you plan to stay here for more than just a year or two.  The neighborhood gets its name from American author John Greenleaf Whittier.

Whittier Elementary School was named for the American 19th century poet John Greenleaf Whittier. It first became a school early in the 20th century in response to Ballard district parents who wanted a school in their northern area. They got their school and in the 1990’s the old school was demolished a newer more modern building was built. This is one of the finest schools in Seattle academically. It has been awarded a distinguished 10/10 performance rating by GreatSchool based on standardized state tests for 2010/2011.  It offers classes to children in grades K-5.  Ballard High School where students from the neighborhood will attend has received a 9/10 performance rating.

The Ballard Pool  is located in this neighborhood on 67th Street. It is open year round and offers swim time for children and for adults. There are laps designated for lap swimming and a waterslide for the kids. A hot tub is a welcome place to relax and there are separate and clean locker rooms. Aerobic and swim classes are offered for everyone from tots to seniors.

Baker Park is less than a half acres and at the moment is the only actual park in the neighborhood. It is small, has a play area, a path the meanders through the trees and a totem pole.

Kirke Park is named for the church that was formerly located on this site. The park is not completed yet but a design has been chosen and among other things it will include a community garden as well as an adventure trail.

There are lots of restaurants and stores around the borders of the neighborhood. The smaller gems are located where the locals can find them on the smaller side streets. There is a Town and Country Market five blocks east of the neighborhood on 85th Street. .

This is a great neighborhood to consider when you are looking for a place to live in Seattle. The schools are phenomenal, the neighborhood is attractive and prices for Seattle are still affordable.