Seattle - Pinehurst
Pinehurst is a convenient, family-friendly, natural, diverse neighborhood located in North Seattle. The Pinehurst neighborhood appeals to families, students and professionals.
The neighborhood is defined by I-5 to the West and Northgate Way to the South. The area blends into the Olympic Hills neighborhood to the North around NE 125th St and blends into Victory Heights and Lake City neighborhoods to the East.
Jillian Farrar, the Lead Buyer Specialist with Pickett Street Properties, chose Pinehurst as the location for her first home with her husband. They wanted to find a single-family home with character within the city limits of Seattle. Pinehurst proved to be an ideal place for their young family.
North Seattle boasts some of the friendliest neighbors, and charming streets in the city, with walkability and plenty of green spaces. Pinehurst is also one of the more affordable neighborhoods in Seattle, with many single-family homes selling just below $300,000. This dollar mark is often a measuring tool when discussing a budget for a first time homebuyer in Seattle.
Homes in Pinehurst vary widely in terms of age of construction. The majority of houses were built in the 1940s on large lots. A building surge in the late 1960s and 1970s filled in space around the older dwellings. In the 1990s many apartment buildings and condos were constructed as well.
The affordability of Pinehurst is also attractive to builders and developers. In the recent downturn of 2008-2012, many older homes were purchased, torn down and new structures have been built in their place. Several clusters of higher-density townhomes entered the area in the first decade of the 21st century.
The result of the building history in this part of Seattle is a highly diverse, mid-density neighborhood with a wide variety of single-family homes, condos, townhomes and apartments.
The Pinehurst Playground is a large space with a little league field, updated play equipment, basketball hoops and a community room facility. Spring and summer afternoons bring many youngsters and their families to the field to watch and cheer on the little league teams. When the weather brings snow, the field is a perfect place for sledding and building snowmen.
Many residents enjoy the ability to walk to services, restaurants and grocery stores. They can choose from a newly green-built Safeway store on 15th Ave NE or the convenient QFC located on Northgate Way. Chaiyo Thai and Patty’s Eggnest are two local favorites.
Homeowners in Pinehurst can walk or bike to the bordering neighborhood of Northgate for more transit options, and shopping including the Northgate Mall. A short trip down the hill to the urban neighborhood of Lake City provides even more restaurants, shopping and transit.
Part of Seattle’s ‘Master Golf Plan’ of 2009 includes renovations to the Jackson Park Golf Course, which opened to the public in 1928. The course is located between I-5, North of NE 130th Street and West of 15th Ave NE. This course is a favorite of many Pinehurst residents and is undergoing improvements including a perimeter-walking trail.
Pinehurst K-8 is Seattle’s first alternative school and is also located within the neighborhood. The school has an academic focus on experimental education, providing mixed grade and age classrooms, and by evaluating student progress without grades, all with a keen eye on social justice. Flexibility is a cornerstone of what makes Pinehurst K-8 alternative.
Pinehurst Seattle is an excellent choice for individuals and families seeking convenience, strong community resources, and affordability. In 2013, 72 homes sold in the area for an average sales price of $314,835, averaging just over 1,500 square feet and 40 days on market. The lowest sale was for $75,500, and it was a studio condo short sale. The highest sale was for $695,000 for a new construction 4-bedroom home.