Wallingford is a charming neighborhood that is nestled between Greenlake, Fremont and the University District . Gas Works was once an operational plant that created an industrial center in Wallingford. Now the plant is closed, and kite-flyers can be found on windy days maneuvering their kites high in the Seattle sky.
Wallingford is a great location for commuters to Downtown , the Eastside, or the University of Washington because of its close proximity to freeway access. The area has seen major growth in restaurants and pubs in the last ten years, and vintage movie theatres attract a large crowd of movie-goers in the evenings. Gas Works Park is a favorite Seattle park that offers a beautiful view of Lake Union from its grassy hills, and a funky surf shop called Urban Surf lures surfers and skateboarders to its colorful displays.
Homeowners in this area are long-time residents and young professionals. Wallingford attracts students from Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington, however, rental opportunities are not as prevalent as in other areas of Seattle. The area is mainly comprised of residential homes and families.
Wallingford got a facelift during the 1980s with the development of Wallingford Center in an old school building, establishing the 45th St. Community Clinic, and the rehab of the Good Shepherd center. The sign at the new food store was supposed to say "QFC," but after residents rallied against tearing down the old "Food Giant" sign, a compromise was struck: It now spells out "Wallingford". Resident runners dress up for the annual Wallingford "Pumpkin Push" race which supports health care for the homeless. Gasworks Park offers a windy, hilly landscape perfect for kite flying.
Average Rent: $$$
Small Apartment Buildings
Medium Apartment Buildings
Downtown 10-15 minutes
Eastside 20 minutes
Wallingford, along with Fremont and Greenlake, make up the core of the central in-city neighborhoods north of Queen Anne and Downtown. Wallingford is one Seattle's most sought-after rental destinations and is conveniently located at the north end of Lake Union and stretches up to the Greenlake neighborhood. Its central location allows for quick access to the highways, universities and Downtown.
The rental housing in Wallingford consists of a large number of single-family homes. In addition there are a handful of vintage apartment buildings and a growing number of newer, medium-sized apartment and condominium projects. Many of the newer properties are located at the south end of Wallingford by Gasworks Park and Lake Union. Some of these units have great southern views over Lake Union to Downtown. There are also a few newer properties along Stone Way and along 45th Street, Wallingford's main drag. Along with its neighbors Fremont and Greenlake, Wallingford is highly-sought after neighborhood in which to find a rental home. The architecture of the majority of these properties is bungalow- or craftsman-style, built from the 1920s to the 1940s. These vintage homes are truly the essence of Seattle's in-city neighborhood living. These rental homes are always in high demand and generally rent very quickly. Wallingford is filled with great neighborhood hangouts and popular restaurants, bars, shops and cafes. The largest concentration is along 45th Street, which runs east to west from Fremont to the University of Washington.