Wallingford

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Corner of N 35th St & Meridian Ave N, Wallingford

Wallingford is located between Fremont and the University District, just north of downtown Seattle. Its southern boarder runs along beautiful Lake Union and many homes in this area have spectacular views of the lake and downtown Seattle skyline.  Wallingford is a very desirable neighborhood largely due to the well maintained classic early 20st century homes, its small town feel and its easy access to downtown Seattle.  Most of the homes in this area are within walking distance from the main street; N 45th, famous for its sidewalk cafes, restaurants and shops.

Wallingford was named for John Noble Wallingford, a local land owner and real estate speculator who at one time owned most of what is considered Wallingford today.

Most of the homes in the Wallingford neighborhood are classic turn of the century craftsman style homes with rocking chair front porches and many retain a good deal of the old charm of that era.  There are homes here for people who are looking for projects to update themselves or homes that have already been renovated with modern day appliances, plumbing and electric.

Wallingford is largely an artistic and eclectic neighborhood of tree lined narrow streets.  It is very walkable and has a real neighborhood feel. Like many other neighboring communities, Wallingford has had many new townhomes come in in the last few years but the majority of the homes are early 1900s craftsman classic homes with some modern updates.

N 45th St. runs through the heart of Wallingford and is famous for its eateries, sidewalk cafes and eclectic shops. It is within walking distance for most people who live in Wallingford and there is something for everyone. From the original Dicks Drive-In on the easterly end of the street to the Wallingford Center and Archie McPhees on the west end, N 45th has one interesting establishment after another including the Guild 45th Landmark Theaters, often chosen by Francis Ford Coppola for test audience screenings.

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N 45th St & the Guild theaters

Gas Works Park, a 19.1 acre public park located on Lake Union, is the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. The plant closed in 1956 and the City of Seattle bought the land in 1962 and turned it into a public park in 1975.  Much of the old plant works remain today as part of the landscape design. The park has hosted the Fourth of July Fireworks show for many years.

Wallingford Center is located on N 45th St. and is in the heart of the historic district.  Formally a school it has been converted into a home for 17 local and regionally based unique retail boutiques and a child development center and pre-school.

The Wallingford Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3:30 to 7pm from May 29th to September 25th, at beautiful Meridian Park. The market regularly presents cooking demonstrations by great local chefs.