Seattle Neighborhood Spotlight: Ravenna
Northeast Seattle’s charming and wooded Ravenna neighborhood has enjoyed a lengthy reign at the top of hot local real estate rankings. According to Estately, the area currently hovers among the top 10 hottest selling neighborhoods, with more than 50 percent of home sales closing in under 8 days. Ravenna’s popularity with home buyers, particularly with urban power families, comes as no surprise considering it offers residents the best of both worlds: a suburban feel (i.e. – safety and “neighborly spirit”) with urban proximity.
The neighborhood borrows its name from Ravenna, Italy, a fellow ravine just inland of the country’s northern Adriatic coast. This unique topography comes into play across the approximately 50-acre Ravenna Park, nestled in an almost rainforest-like ravine featuring greenery-lined trails and several creeks and springs feeding into nearby Green Lake. The network of meandering trails is especially attractive to runners, making Ravenna home to trail running events such as the annual Run the Ravine 5k.
For residents looking to venture beyond their neck of the woods, the community is closely bordered by the bustling University District to the south, residential Wedgwood and Maple Leaf neighborhoods to the north, and Lake Washington lies due east. Directly to the west, the Roosevelt neighborhood will also lend increased accessibility to Ravenna dwellers upon the completion of the ongoing Northgate Link Extension project — the future addition to the city’s link light rail.
Take advantage of the area’s high walkability (Ravenna boasts a Walk Score of 77 out of 100!) with a stroll to a bevy of neighborhood bakeries and coffee shops, including the popular Sod House Bakery (their homemade Pop Tarts are a must-try) and intimate Ventoux Roasters. Alternatively, mosey over to local brewheads’ new pride and joy, Ravenna Brewing Co., and grab a Jalapeno Kolsch or Peach Hefeweizen brewed in your own backyard.
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