Those who live in the Greater Seattle area are not surprised to learn that the Northgate neighborhood in North Seattle is named after the local mall. Northgate Mall was built in 1950 and by 1974, it became the country’s first fully enclosed mall. Though she has had some work done of the years, the Northgate Mall looks great for her age keeping up her youthful vive. Or course, there is more to this neighborhood than just the mall, but because of the mall, it is the hub of some smart city planning.
Located right off I-5, Northgate Mall is a destination shopping area with many department stores, specialty shops, restaurants and services. Outside of the mall is more of the same including a large movie theater complex, the Northwest Hospital and medical center and North Seattle Community College. Northgate Station is a large park and ride area for local bus transportation and the future home of a new light rail station which is slated to open in 2021 making trips to Downtown Seattle a breeze. The area has been given a “very walkable” score of 90 from WalkScore.org meaning that most daily errands can be accomplished without the use of a car. For those who like to bike, the area is known for being “flat as a pancake” but does have a lack of dedicated bike lanes. Even so, it is estimated that take bikers about 26 minutes to ride to Downtown Seattle.
To help work off stress, the neighborhood holds a variety of spas and wellness centers including Float (where guests literally float in an a 10’’ deep tub filled with an Epsom-salt solution allowing your muscles to relax) and Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna (a women-only sauna, steam and hydrotherapy spa with a relaxation lounge and other massage services offered).
Nearby the mall you’ll find the Northgate Community Center sitting next door to the Northgate branch of the Seattle Public library and the Northgate Park with a play area, courtyard and plaza. Located behind the QFC grocery store you’ll find the small Victory Creek Park with a nice playground and picnic area. Hubbard Homestead Park is fairly new with its landscaping still young, but will grow into something beautiful in the near future. It has a skate park and a half basketball court. The 16-acre Maple Leaf Reservoir Park offers a plan of pathways that weave through a variety of plants and trees on two levels and offers a great viewing area for Mount Rainier and Lake Washington. The Thorntown Creek Natural Area preserves green space around Thorntown Creek and Beaver Pond. Just a little over a mile away you’ll find Ravenna Park with a .5 mile wooded ravine with two picnic areas, play area, wading pool, ballfield and tennis courts.
Considered the driest public golf course (which in Seattle is really saying something!) the Jackson Park Golf Course consists of an 18-hole Championship and a 9-hole Executive and also features a driving range with 25 heated stalls and a restaurant.
Northgate may be best for both younger and older couples as opposed to families since the local Northgate Elementary School has received fairly low test scores and student progress has a score of 5 out of a possible 10.
Author:Ky DeWald Phone: 206-409-3570 Dated: May 22nd 2018 Views: 307 About Ky: With a decade of experience, Ky’s background in mortgage, finance, project management, negotiation...
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