Exploring Broadview

It's officially Spring in Seattle and we're taking advantage of the warmer weather to get out and explore some of Seattle's neighborhoods that we haven't been to yet (despite living here for 3 years). On a sunny day, we headed north to Seattle's Broadview Neighborhood - one of the City's 40+ neighborhoods, in the far northwestern corner of the city. Near Carkeek Park, this area of Seattle is mostly residential but has some great parks and neighborhood businesses to check out if you're in the area.

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According to Seattle Met's slightly sarcastic takes on every Seattle neighborhood Broadview and neighboring Bitter Lake are best summed up as "Northwest Seattle’s sleepy enclave crescendos between Carkeek Park and Aurora. Highway-adjacent renters enjoy the quick trip to the park. Park-adjacent homeowners enjoy ignoring the highway." We thought the area was a great place for a neighborhood walk, window shopping, and enjoying a beer. Read more about the neighborhood and places to check out below.

About the Broadview Neighborhood

Broadview is the northwestern most neighborhood in Seattle, bordered by the Puget Sound on the west, Shoreline, WA on the north, Carkeek Park to the south, and Bitter Lake to the east. The neighborhood is mostly residential, but has some commercial pockets as well as great views of the Sound, Kitsap County, and Olympic Mountains. The neighborhood is also home to Dunn Gardens, a private garden designed on ten acres of land by the Olmstead Brothers. Historically, the area was mainly farmland and forest, but as the Ballard neighborhood grew to the south, expansion northward continued. The neighborhood was annexed into the City of Seattle in 1954 - after much of the area had already developed. The interesting stormwater management (pictured below) and patchy sidewalk network are testament to the historic development of the neighborhood - before annexation and requirements for sidewalks, curbs, and storm sewers. Today, the neighborhood is a mix of residential areas and commercial nodes - great for exploring on a spring afternoon.

How to Get There & Tips

As noted above, Broadview is the northwestern-most neighborhood in Seattle - not particularly close to downtown or other central areas of the city. That said, street parking is available throughout the neighborhood if you drive. Some businesses also have their own parking lots for easy on-site access. You can also bike or take the bus - Route 5 travels north-south along Greenwood Avenue (the main neighborhood corridor) to Downtown Seattle and Route 345 travels along N 130th Street for access east to Aurora Avenue and Northgate Transit Center.

Provisions & Shopping

Broadview is home to many neighborhood eateries and unique shops. Many of these restaurants are currently open for take out or dining outside, perfect for enjoying the fresh spring weather. In addition to walking around the neighborhood, we stopped at two great places:

Broadview Tap House: Broadview Tap House is a great option for an afternoon happy hour or evening beverage. This beer hall serves up dozens of beers and ciders on tap including many local brews. Right now, they have converted a portion of their patio into heated tented areas, in case the weather outside isn't quite warm enough. If you're hungry, be sure to check out one of the rotating food trucks also stationed in the parking lot.

The Furniture Guy: The Furniture Guy is a resale, vintage, and vintage-inspired furniture store with great pieces at an affordable price. The style of most pieces trends towards mid-century modern, but there are plenty of great options for industrial, art deco, or even victorian style pieces as well. While you might not be in the market for a new couch today, their showroom is a ton of fun to just explore and window shop.

Be sure to head over to the shopping centers along Aurora Avenue and N 130th Street in neighboring Bitter Lake for groceries, hot pot, Vietnamese and Thai food, shopping, and more.

Views from the Neighborhood

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