Located between the University District and Fremont, Wallingford lies on a hill above the north shore of Lake Union, about four miles from downtown Seattle.
There are plenty of green spaces in the neighborhood, including the Wallingford Playground, the Meridian Playground, and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Woodland Park is just off the northern edge of Wallingford, and Gasworks Park is at the southern tip. Many Wallingford community organizations host popular annual outdoor events, including the Wallingford Kiddie Parade, part of the Seafair festivities.
Known for its gorgeous bungalows and craftsman-style homes, you can also find condominiums, modern townhomes, and apartment buildings sprinkled in between early- to mid-century houses. Corners lots tend to have grand old homes, including a few Victorians here and there. Most of the new construction is has been done tastefully and respects area’s style. Some of these homes that are high enough above the street can have views of Lake Union or the mountain ranges.
This friendly neighborhood, known for great schools and lots of pedestrian activity, even in the residential areas, giving the area a very relaxed and inviting feeling.
Wallingford’s business district extends along N 45th Street from Stone Way N in the west to Sunnyside Avenue N in the east and features many small shops, three banks, a pharmacy, a few taverns and bars, the two Guild 45th movie theaters, the Wallingford Center (the former Interlake Elementary School, now turned into shops and apartments), and numerous restaurants (including the original Dick’s Drive-In, founded 1954).