North Seattle Modern Homes
Spurred by the veterans and industrial workers who had come to help with the war effort, Seattle grew quickly and its suburbs began to expand in the years following World War II.
Today, North Seattle is a large area—spanning north of the ship canal to neighboring Shoreline and east to west between Puget Sound and Lake Washington—with many diverse communities. From the previously working-class neighborhood of Ballard and quirky Fremont to active Green Lake and charming Ravenna, there is a neighborhood for just about everyone in North Seattle. Starter homes attract young families and professionals, while grand and impressive properties also abound.
Although the early-20th-century Craftsman Bungalow is by far the most common style of home in North Seattle, there are several pockets that have a distinctively modern sensibility.
Neighborhoods like Wedgwood, Hawthorne Hills, and View Ridge in Northeast Seattle were largely developed post-war, and contain a number of modern gems. View Ridge, as the name would imply, offers stellar vistas of Lake Washington, and the community of Inverness is a "Hilltop-like" neighborhood off of Sand Point Way with underground utilities, covenants to protect views and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail.
In Northwest Seattle near Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, and Puget Sound, Blue Ridge features Craftsmans, Colonials, and Victorians as well as a smattering of mid-century modern finds. The neighborhood was first developed by William Boeing and still remains one of the city’s more quiet and exclusive communities.
North of Blue Ridge, the Broadview neighborhood stretches up along the Sound to Shoreline. It’s decidedly more residential than bustling Greenwood to the south but still has small commercial pockets of grocery stores, shops, and businesses. Find a diverse array of homes, mostly built from the 1940s to the 1980s. Pricier properties line the shore and high bluffs with water views, while more modest homes can be found inland.
For one of the largest concentrations of mid-century homes in Seattle, though, Olympic Manor in Crown Hill is the place to be. This enclave north of Ballard started in 1953 as a community of 350-plus homes built on the site of a former golf course. The majority of properties here have classic architectural lines—one-story ramblers, two-story homes, and split-levels—with wood, exposed concrete, and Roman brick exteriors. Also here: gracious yards, wide sidewalks, and winding roads that keep heavy traffic and noise to a minimum.