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The Ravenna neighborhood was founded in 1887. Then known only for its natural beauty along the ravine and creek which once linked Green Lake to Union Bay, the Ravenna area is now recognized as one of the greatest neighborhoods in Seattle to raise your children. The residents of Ravenna still enjoy the beauty of the area and love to walk the neighborhood.
Ravenna is a primarily upper-middle class neighborhood located just north of the University of Washington. Home styles include charming classic Tudors, bungalows and craftsman-style homes as well as many newer, modern or neuvo-classic homes which are popping up more and more. The eastern Lake Washington side of Ravenna-Bryant boasts larger view homes with mountain, territorial and cityscape views.
The home values in this area appreciate quickly due in large part to its easy access to good schools, restaurants, entertainment, parks, the Burke-Gilman Trail, and the I-5 and 520 freeways. Members of the community are very supportive of the local public and private schools which are some of Seattle’s most successful and, therefore, most popular. The Ravenna Eckstein Community Center is also well supported and offers a wide variety of programs and special events for the entire community. Ravenna is also filled with a number of wonderful spots to shop and eat. An icon of the Ravenna area is Seattle’s first large Puget Consumer Co-op natural foods market which opened here in 1969 and is still serving a strong and faithful clientele close by in the Bryant neighborhood.
Ravenna is also home to one of Seattle’s earliest parks, Ravenna Park, a wooded ravine connecting two picnic areas just north of the University District. It is a popular spot for hiking, jogging and picnics. The 50 acre park has a ball field, tennis courts, trails, wading pool and even play area for children. The park is also home to Ravenna Creek and woodlands. Cowen Park is connected to the west end of Ravenna Park and has large greasy areas that are popular for local events, such as the annual Easter-egg hunt for children, and just down the Ave, the University Streetfair in May. People flock to “Ave” (University Avenue) to go to the sports bars and restaurants, or to do shopping at the University Book Store or some of the other many artistic boutiques.
Take some time to walk through Ravenna and enjoy its charm for yourself.