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Victory Heights is almost a forgotten neighborhood west of Lake City area of Northeast Seattle, between Northgate and Meadowbrook. The neighborhood’s Victory Heights Playground is a favorite park in the neighborhood. And the Victory Heights Park Building is a gathering spot for locals to have community meetings.
A majority of the housing in Victory Heights is small to mid-sized one-story homes built in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. The new construction rebuilds, townhomes, and condos that are transforming many Seattle neighborhoods have yet to enter Victory Heights in large number. A drive down the wide neighborhood streets recalls an older, simpler time when there were many quiet Seattle close-in suburbs like this one filled with grass, trees, parks, and children. A tributary of Thornton Creek runs along the southern border of this neighborhood and has a steep ravine that gives the neighborhood a large natural greenbelt. With today’s demands for dense housing and city amenities in most every Seattle neighborhood, Victory Heights in one of the few that has been able to resist growth and maintain much of its mid-century character. It is still possible to find a nice small home on a quiet street for a great price in Victory Heights.
The building lots were much larger here than when the City of Seattle first platted the land. 7,000 to 10,000 sq foot lots were common. But alas, density has crept up on this sleepy neighborhood. And many of those homes on larger lots have divided them to put another home where their back yard was and make some money. Some of the streets have worked with the city to create uncovered rain-water systems with natural plants and grasses along the streets, giving it an even more country and secluded feel.