Welcome To The Center Of The Universe

Welcome To The Center Of The Universe

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The Fremont neighborhood is often referred to the “center of the universe” which is an odd way of saying that the area is “artsy.” While the area is home to big businesses like Adobe, Google and Getty images, the heart of the area has a smaller town feel. Locals are proud of the giant Troll sculpture located under the Fremont Bridge, enjoy dressing up the statues standing “Waiting for the Interurban” bus and posing with local legends J.P. Patches and his pal Gertrude (clowns who used to air a morning children’s show) who are now immortalized in statue form as well.

In Fremont, you’ll find a book store that only sells cookbooks, a vet that only caters to cats, an unusual indoor plant shop and the almost iconic Fremont Sunday Street Market where over 150 local vendors sell their wares all year round whatever the weather.

There are some great places to eat in Fremont as well like Revel and its adjoining bar, Quoin. This unique Korean restaurant serves up brunch, lunch and dinner plates with a French flair. Where else can you find dumplings, noodle dishes and kimchi alongside salads, pancakes and desserts? Even the beverages are unique like the Arancia Mimosa and the Kimchi Bloody Mary.

Those suffering from sweet-tooths will appreciate the Bluebird Microcreamery, an ice cream soda shop that makes their own waffle cones as well as their artisan ice cream which is only made in small batches so that its perfect every time.

Then there is the Fremont Brewing which has been concocting original brews since 2009. But make sure you’ve eaten before coming. Beer is all this family-owned beer garden does. They do not serve food, but they don’t think twice if you pack up a picnic to enjoy on their patio.

Fremont has a fairly high walk score (84 from Walkscore.com) where most of local errands can be done on foot. The neighborhood also scores well for public transportation (a score of 58) and an even higher bike score (77!).

Some of the best schools can be found near Fremont as well according to Greatschools.org. John Stanford International Elementary School (4057 Ave. N. Seattle 98105) receives a coveted score of 10. Other local schools with “9” scores include Ballard High School (1418 NW 65 St. Seattle 98117), Lawton Elementary School (4000 27 Ave. West, Seattle 98199) and Roosevelt High School (1410 NE 66 St., Seattle, 98115).

But there is more than concrete in Fremont. The Fremont Canal Park is quite picturesque running linear along the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal with plenty of benches to take in the tranquility and during the summer is home to the annual Fremont Fair. The park sits adjacent to the Burke Gilman Trail, a popular paved biking trail. The 2.2 acre Greenwood Park features a great children’s playground and lots of green grass to run around in. Then there’s the Troll’s Knoll which features “giving gardens” and beautiful views of Mount Rainier.

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Phone: 206-409-3570
Dated: January 3rd 2018
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About Ky: With a decade of experience, Ky’s background in mortgage, finance, project management, negotiation...

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