City: Seattle, Washington
My Home: 1913 Craftsman / 4 bedroom with 1 bath
We moved to Ravenna last fall, and we love it because it is so walkable, as well as an easy commute to my husband's job at the University of Washington (a short bike ride away). Within a few blocks, we have grocery stores, bookstores, restaurants, parks, an excellent high school, a frozen custard shop and many cafes.
Lesley's Guide to Ravenna
One of our favorite things is walking around the neighborhood with our dog, enjoying all of the interesting houses and lovely gardens.
1. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market
SILHOUETTE ANTIQUES & GIFTS: 1516 NE 65th Street
This cute shop is just a few blocks away, and full of unique and lovely things. The woman who owns it has been running this shop for 35 years - we love to buy things from her and do our part to keep this neighborhood treasure around!
2. Favorite Bookstore
THIRD PLACE BOOKS: 6504 20th Ave NE
This is a great bookstore, with a broad selection of new and used books and very helpful staff. There is a Greek cafe within the store, that is the perfect place for a quick lunch, or espresso and biscotti, while shopping. I think this is one of the best bookstores in Seattle, and I am so glad it is in my neighborhood.
3. Favorite Coffee Shop, Café, or Restaurant
PEAKS FROZEN CUSTARD: 1026 NE 65th Street
This local frozen custard shop is wonderful, not only for its delicious frozen custard, but also for its friendly owner who is active in the community. They have different flavors every day. We keep their calendar of flavors pinned to our bulletin board to help us choose the perfect evening to stroll over for a cone or sundae.
4. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries
WHOLE FOODS: 1026 NE 64th Street
It is really nice to have one of the few Whole Foods Markets in Seattle be within walking distance of our house. Although we tend to buy much of our summer produce at the local farmers market, for milk, eggs and other staples (and vegetables the rest of the year), Whole Foods is great to have around!
5. Best Neighborhood Park
COWEN & RAVENNA PARK: 5849 15th Ave NE
This park is truly lovely. The main part is a deep forested ravine with a seasonal creek at the bottom and multiple trails and paths. We love to walk through here with our dog, and enjoy the peaceful solitude tucked within this busy neighborhood.
Photos: Lesley Pettigrew