Named after Ravenna, Italy, this northeastern Seattle neighborhood is nestled just north of the busy University district. With its tree-lined winding roads, Ravenna is a charming community with a number of schools, parks, and little clusters of businesses. Stretching over 50 acres, the combined Ravenna-Cowen park system features extensive bike trails, and beautiful, towering trees. And if it’s around Christmas, head down to NE Park Road, for some of the city’s most elaborate Christmas displays.
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Enjoyable Place to Live
It’s a great place for families, or anyone who wants to be close to The U-Dist, Greenlake, or I-5, without the crowds and riffraff.
Bus service to downtown is great.
Decent bars (by Seattle standards) along 65th between 25th and I-5. Good for a leisurely drink or two, but you gotta leave the hood for a big night out.
There is nothing trendy about the place, but it’s certainly not corporate, suburban, or sterile feeling.
But don't take MY word for it…
So you wanna start a family. And you need:
- good schools
- a community center
- parking strips to grow veg in
- a modestly-sized house with room for chickens in the yard
But you also want a life:
- mini downtown area with restaurants, drinks
- a bookstore to browse
- close to I-5
And if it’s not in the neighborhood itself, it’s nearby:
- farmers’ markets
- the Mall and the Urban Shopping Experience
- grocery stores galore
But what we could use is:
- a bowling alley
- Mexican food
- more street parking/fewer cars