Phinney Ridge


Ever wanted to live within walking distance of a giraffe? You can if you live in Phinney Ridge. Encompassing the Seattle Zoo and with charming local shops and restaurants, this area has some great views and some even greater homes.

A Neighborhood with a Mission

Phinney Ridge is among the most tight-knit communities in Seattle and residents take every opportunity to remind “foreigners” of that fact. Friendly, quiet, and peaceful, Phinney Ridge provides excellent housing, transportation, and community events to its residents – plus, there’s nothing better than living within walking distance of a zoo!

Home to hopping breweries, quiet coffee shops, tasty diners, beautiful parks, and easy access to Green Lake, Phinney Ridge is a small town community just a short drive from Downtown Seattle.

The Phinney Neighborhood Center ties the neighborhood together, with shops and boutiques lining Phinney Avenue and Greenwood. The organization is privately funded by Phinney Ridge residents and business owners, who challenge themselves and each other to support Phinney Ridge businesses and services.

A Modern Resurgence in an Old Neighborhood

After the closing of the John B. Allen Elementary School in 1981, residents of Phinney Ridge have had to commute or bus their children to school every day. The neighborhood’s proximity to Ballard, Greenwood, and points north have made up for the lack of education, but the city plans to have three new schools open and in operation by 2017.

The Cascadia Elementary School, Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge and all three are planning to open by fall of 2017. Bus service and safe walking routes for students are currently under development.