Phinney Ridge is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington located in the northern portion of the city near Green Lake. East of the Ballard neighborhood, the boundaries of Phinney Ridge run along Highway 99 between 45th Street N in Wallingford and 85th Street N. The area takes its name from a lumber mill owner who developed the area, Guy Phinney. Part of his original home is now Woodland Park. The area is filled with mostly single-family homes and some newer condominiums along Greenwood Avenue N.
Residents enjoy proximity to Green Lake and its beaches and walking trails. Popular year-round, the 2.9-mile trail is open to walkers and to wheeled travelers on bikes and skates. Shops around the perimeter sell and rent skates and bikes. The Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center hosts many community events. A former elementary school, the building, built in 1904, provides classes, a senior center, and is home to the Seattle Folklore Society and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). The PNA is charged with community building by providing activities of interest and value to the neighborhood. They offer a tool and book lending library, as well as a Well Home Program to residents.
Residents shop along Wallingford’s 45th Street N or in Ballard along Market Street NW and on Greenwood Avenue N, where numerous antique shops and restaurants line the streets. Nearby are the bars and nightspots of Fremont, as well. Commuters travel along Highway 99 or take its buses for easy access to downtown. Students cut across Green Lake for easy travel to the University of Washington.