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With expansive views of Puget Sound, one of Seattle’s best parks—Carkeek—in its back yard, and beautiful homes that were almost all built within twenty years of each other, the Blue Ridge neighborhood of north Seattle has plenty to offer. Just south of Blue Ridge and bordering another stunner of a park, Golden Gardens, North Beach is a little less formal than Blue Ridge, but has similar homes and views. The two neighborhoods are often lumped together as the Blue Ridge/North Beach neighborhood.

 History

After he tired of building airplanes, William Boeing decided to dip his toe into the land development market. He bought up a large chunk of land in northwest Seattle and began the Blue Ridge project. Trees were cleared, houses were built, and the wealthy of Seattle moved in. Five of the first homes, which were occupied by Boeing executives, still stand today and are referred to by residents as “the castles.”

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Though years have passed and new types of people have moved in, Blue Ridge has kept its reputation as an elite community. A fancy community club, pristine landscaping, and streets that have a private-access kind of feel further cement this notion.

 Activities and Attractions

Being a residential neighborhood, Blue Ridge doesn’t have a business district or many destinations to check out. Except, of course, for Carkeek Park. Over 400 homes back up to the ravine that has trees, hiking trails, and picturesque streams and bridges. The park also has beach access, an environmental learning center, and picnic and playground areas where the infamous Bubble Man is known to drop in to entertain the kiddies. You can also head down to Golden Gardens Park for an excellent beach, off-leash dog area or an evening bonfire. Swanson’s Nursery is another gem situated in the neighborhood. Any home gardener would be happy to spend hours exploring their selection of plants, both native and exotic. It’s also a favorite spot to visit in December with Santa visits, elaborate Christmas displays, electric train, and of course a chance to get your fresh-cut Christmas tree!

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