Wallingford

Wallingford


Wallingford is an upper middle class residential neighborhood that is best defined as the happy medium between the neighborhoods that surround it. To the east is the craziness of the University District, the budget restaurants and college bars. To the west is the new corporate land of Fremont. Somewhere between those lies the moderate, residential neighborhood of Wallingford.

Populated mostly by single-family homes or smaller apartments buildings, Wallingford faces the waters of the Lake Washington Ship Canal to the south, with Green Lake to the north. Most of the businesses in the neighborhood are along 45th Street or Wallingford Avenue, especially crowded at the intersection of the two, where the neighborhood is centered. The QFC Grocery Store there screams the neighborhood’s name in blue neon from the roof, a nod to the original Food Giant that was the previous tenant there.

Wallingford Center is the largest shopping spot in the area, a group of stores housed in a converted elementary school, fronting onto 45th. Many of the businesses in the area are restaurants; most are mid-range places that balance well with the families and young professionals that make their homes in the neighborhood. The families also enjoy the proximity to Green Lake, to the north, while within Wallingford is Gas Works Park. Gas Works is a converted industrial area, which now serves as a huge waterfront park with machinery as a climbing structure. Another major park and neighborhood center is the Good Shepherd Center on the northern edge. This converted boarding school for ladies now houses a variety of community organizations including a school, a community kitchen and performance series, all run by the Historic Seattle organization.




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