In an earlier post, we talked about two iconic Seattle neighborhoods, Montlake and Laurelhurst. Today, we will continue with this series and discuss two more great neighborhoods in the Seattle area: Crown Hill and Fremont. In many ways, these two neighborhoods epitomize the things which really define Seattle, especially Fremont. In this post, I’ll give a breakdown of these two great areas and highlight the things which make them stand out from other areas in the Greater Seattle region.
Located just north of Ballard, in many ways Crown Hill can be thought of as Ballard’s older, more mature relative. Crown Hill is close enough to Ballard that it shares some of the character traits as its southern neighbor. This means that it’s vibrant, progressive, and trendy. You’ll find many interesting, hole-in-the-wall kind of shops and restaurants, and plenty of pleasant homes to view. However, Crown Hill is a bit less exuberant, and isn’t experiencing the same kind of growth and development as Ballard. If you meet someone from Crown Hill, there’s a good chance that they won’t even mention that they’re from “Crown Hill” specifically; they may simply say that they’re from north of Seattle, or perhaps even that they’re from a place “close to Ballard.” This usually isn’t the case with those from Ballard, as Ballard residents generally are quick to make it very clear where it is they hail from.
Crown Hill is home to several pleasant parks. There’s Soundview Playfield, North Beach Park, and a bit north of Crown Hill you’ll find Carkeek Park. With a beach and fantastic views of Puget Sound, Carkeek Park is a great spot to check out. If you want an atmosphere which is hip but not too noisy, you should definitely consider Crown Hill.
Renowned for its gigantic “troll” monument, cafes, and Amsterdam-like bicycle culture, Fremont rivals Ballard as the place which most captures the “spirit” of the Greater Seattle region. You won’t find a place more progressive in the Seattle area than Fremont, or any place more progressive on the West Coast except for San Francisco, for that matter. Fremont has its own bridge which connects to Queen Anne. Located right next to the bridge is Google’s Seattle headquarters. Year round, Fremont hosts lots of different events, festivals, parades and other exciting things. On any given day, if you stroll through Fremont you’ll find environmentally-conscious residents riding by happily on their bicycles, or coffee connoisseurs sipping a soy vanilla latte held in a cup made entirely from recycled waste.
The median home value in the Fremont area is an impressive $761,400, according to Zillow’s most recent estimates. Homes in Fremont tend to grouped together fairly close. If you move here, you’ll likely get to know your immediate neighbors well. Fremont boasts many striking pieces of real estate and is a great place to call home. If you want to really experience the “heart” of Seattle, you’ll want to visit Fremont.
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