Ravenna is a real charmer. Just next to the University of Washington, this neighborhood is a small, hilly enclave with winding roads and quaint homes. It’s small shopping district has a Whole Foods for all your organic produce needs as well as a few pubs, bars and shops.

Tied to Education

Ravenna is best known for its proximity to the University of Washington, as it’s home to the University Village Shopping Center and what’s become known as “Professor’s Row,” a stretch of homes along Ravenna Boulevard.

While the proximity to UW means the area is often affected by school activities, but the energy and economic benefits they bring to Ravenna residents makes for a happy, prosperous neighborhood.

When students aren’t studying or watching Husky football games, the neighborhood bars and restaurants are packed with friendly faces sharing pints of beer, some of the best pub food in Seattle, and amazing coffee.

Furthermore, the area’s close proximity to UW Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital mean there’s no shortage of doctors and nurses living in Ravenna, furthering the safe and secure feeling the neighborhood provides.

Plenty of preschools are scattered along Ravenna’s residential streets, as are University Prep, Northwest Montessori, Eckstein Middle School, Roosevelt High School, The Perkins School, Thrive Art School, Bertrand Chez Vous, Kumon Math and Reading, and dozens of secondary learning opportunities for adults.

A Natural Retreat

When not exploding with energy and excitement for UW activities, Ravenna’s quiet atmosphere provides large, serene wooded areas, natural playfields, and access to the hugely popular Burke-Gilman Trail.

While it’s a landlocked neighborhood and has no direct access to I-5, residents of Ravenna have no trouble commuting via the neighboring Wedgwood neighborhood or zipping across the penninsula to Lake Washington’s west side. It’s truly a neighborhood to please all interests.