SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOODS: Ravenna
Welcome to your guide to Ravenna neighborhood, Seattle and Ravenna real estate where you can search for Ravenna houses, Ravenna condos and Ravenna townhomes on an easy to use interactive map.
Ravenna lies just north of the University of Washington (“U-Dub”) and the excellent, but not cheap, University Village shopping center. Named after the coastal and wooded town of Ravenna in northern Italy, this neighborhood was once famous for its huge old growth trees. William W. Beck, a Presbyterian minister from Kentucky, and his wife Louise, purchased 400 acres on Union Bay. They started to develop the property around Ravenna station but fenced off the ravine, which became today’s Ravenna Park.
During the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (World’s Fair) at nearby at the University of Washington, in 1908, the Becks allowed local clubs to name the largest trees. The largest was Theodore Roosevelt who gave his approval upon visiting the park. Alas, by 1926, all these fine specimens had been cut down by the city saying that the trees were rotten and a public hazard. The locals residents were none too happy. When Roosevelt died in 1919 (the president, not the tree) the area between Ravenna Boulevard and Lake City Way became known as the Roosevelt District. Today you will hear the general Ravenna area referred to as Ravenna – Roosevelt or Ravenna-Bryant.
The large hillside Calvary Cemetery, located between 50th and 55th Street has been accepting tenants since 1904 and great place to investigate some of this area’s early residents.The main hub of busineses is located just northeast of the the cemetry along 55th Street included the excellent Queen Mary tea room, one of the best in the US.
Residents of Ravenna have always been fiercely resistant to changes in the environmental quality of their neighborhood. One reason may be because so many faculty and staff for adjacent U-Dub make their homes here. Although Ravenna does not have a large central business core, it does have plenty to keep the locals fed and watered plus the University Shopping Center can be walked to. If you are looking for a laid back, tree-lined neighborhood and great place to raise your kids, make sure to take a peek at Ravenna.
RAVENNA REAL ESTATE
Ravenna is well known for its bungalows and has many beautiful craftsman homes. Other architectural styles include Tudor, ramblers and contemporary. Ravenna has only a few condominiums, which is surprising considering that the university lies just next door. The neighborhood is similarly deficient in townhomes. So if you are looking for a neighborhood that is rich in single family home, then Ravenna may be a good choice
What’s the Ravenna real estate market doing?
Ravenna real estate statistics for Ravenna houses (single family homes ) and Ravenna condos.
For an explanation of how these numbers are generated, please click here. Note that graphs and tables were generated by crunching data from the North West Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). Data is updated every two months and was last updated at the start of August 2011.
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