7 Best Neighborhoods in Everett Washington
If you’re thinking about moving to Everett, Washington, you’ll want to know what the best neighborhoods are to live in, right?
Before we get into that, let’s talk about Everett. If you’ve done your research then you know that Everett is the county seat and largest city in Snohomish County, Washington. The population of the city is 111,262 as of July 2018 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its median age is 35.2 years old. The median household income for Everett is $54,562 (2017 dollars), and 23% of the population holds a bachelor’s degree or higher.
The area around Everett has a long and interesting history dating back hundreds of years to when the local Coast Salish tribes inhabited the area. The town of Everett wasn’t incorporated until 1893 and was named after the son of Charles Coby one of the founders of the Everett Land Company. That year was also marked by the arrival of the Great Northern Railway. Everett’s economy was originally driven by the lumber trade, but today is dominated by jobs in the aerospace industry with Boeing employing 39,000 people at its Everett plant. The Naval Station Everett employs another 6,000 as does the State of Washington. Technology-based businesses also employ a large volume of Everettites (I can’t prove that this is the name of people from Everett, but I found a reference here.)
Everett has a great many attractions for would-be residents and visitor alike. The city is home to the second-largest marina on the West Coast. Other attractions include the Imagine Children’s Museum, Boeing’s Future of Flight, Jetty Island, and the Flying Heritage Museum. And the Port of Everett is being redeveloped with a $635 million investment featuring a new hotel, restaurants and luxury apartments.
Living in Everett WA – Best Neighborhoods
Now that you’ve been convinced that Everett is the place to live, you need to figure out what neighborhood to live in. Here’s a breakdown of each Everett, Washington neighborhood.
Median Home Price: $326,400 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $1,760 (April 2019)
The Bayside neighborhood includes the waterfront area and Port of Everett, the northwest quadrant of the central business district, and a residential area. Bayside features wide, tree-lined streets with beautiful views of the Olympic mountains. It’s home to Everett’s first city park, Clark Park, Everett High School, and Everett Civic Auditorium. Bayside is made up of a diverse architecture from large historic homes such as the Historic Hartley Mansion and Clark Mansion to small former mill worker cottages. There are family-owned businesses along Broadway on the neighborhood’s eastern border as well as large companies near Everett’s city center. If you’re interested in learning more about Bayside, here is a link to a Bayside Neighborhood self-guided history tour.
Boulevard Bluffs Neighborhood
Median Home Price: $698,600 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $2,739 (April 2019)
Boulevard Bluffs neighborhood is one of the nicer residential areas in Everett, if not the nicest in terms of beautiful views of Possession Sound and stately homes. The neighborhood boundaries are Possession Sound on the north, Phillips Creek on the East, Merrill Creek Parkway to the south, and the Mukilteo City limits to the west. The neighborhood consists of homes along the bay and businesses to the south, with the biggest being the Boeing ESRC complex (the former Intermec headquarters) with its sprawling, forested campus. Edgewater Park is a small, 1.5-acre park in the northwest corner of the neighborhood, and features a basketball court, playground, and tennis court. Take a spin down Taylor Drive along the north end of the neighborhood to look at some of the huge homes.
Median Home Price: $465,300 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $2,213 (April 2019)
Just east of Boulevard Bluffs is the neighborhood of Harborview-Seahurst-Glenhaven. HSC also borders Possession Sound on its north flank, while its eastern border is Pigeon Creek Number 2. Its southern border is Seahurst/Glenwood, and its western border is Phillips Creek. The neighborhood is primarily residential in nature, with over 900 families making their homes here. The homes here are diverse in their design styles and value with construction eras spanning from the early 1900s to the early 2000s.
HSC has a plethora of private and public parks within easy reach including Harborview Park near the sound. This 8-acre recreation area features a number of trails as well as picnic table to sit at and enjoy the spectacular view. There is also Howarth Park in the upper east corner. The park is 28 acres in size and features picnic tables, a playground, restrooms, a tennis court, as well as trails and a nice viewpoint.
Port Gardner Neighborhood
Median Home Price: $355,300 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $1,854 (April 2019)
Port Gardner neighborhood is located south of downtown Everett. The boundaries include Port Gardner Bay/Possession Sound to the west, 41st Street to the south, the Snohomish River to the east, and a combination of Hewitt Avenue and Pacific Avenue to the north. The neighborhood is populous enough to have three separate residential districts within its border. Those would be the Rucker Hill area, the Norton-Grand Hill district, and the Longfellow district. Rucker Hill is in the west part of the neighborhood and was one of the first residential neighborhoods in Everett. It includes Rucker Hill Park as well as The Rucker Mansion, former home of the Rucker family, one of the founding families of Everett. There are some spectacular views of the bay and sound here. Norton-Grand Hill is in the center of the neighborhood and features the W.H. Boner home (a prominent Everett lumberman) as well as Doyle Park. Longfellow district takes up the eastern part of the neighborhood and features historic Longfellow School.
As you’ve probably figured out, the neighborhood is primarily residential with many of Everett’s most historic homes. Don’t let the median home prices fool you. While the median home price is relatively low, there are homes valued at over $1 million in the neighborhood.
View Ridge-Madison Neighborhood
Median Home Price: $395,000 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $2,023 (April 2019)
The View Ridge-Madison neighborhood is wedged between Harborview-Seahurst-Glenhaven Neighborhood on the west and Port Gardner and South Forest Park neighborhoods to the east. Pigeon Creek Number 2 creates its western boundary, while Pigeon Creek Number 1 is its eastern boundary. The northern border is Port Gardner Bay, and the southern border is Madison Avenue. The neighborhood has a suburban feel to it with most of the neighborhood comprised of residential homes. The SE corner of the neighborhood has a retail block that includes fast food, banks, and retail shops that run along Evergreen Way. The neighborhood has two elementary schools (Madison and View Ridge), as well as three parks (Johnston-Kelly, Hannabrook, Elm Street, and part of Howarth Park.) The neighborhood has an active association that host several community events including a National Night Out event every year.
Northwest Everett Neighborhood
Median Home Price: $409,700 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $2,017 (April 2019)
The Northwest neighborhood is north of Everett’s city center and reaches all the way to the Snohomish River. It’s also bordered by Port Gardner Bay to the west, Broadway to the east, and 19th St to the south. As one of the older neighborhoods in Everett, you’ll find established residential areas with full trees and historic homes. The neighborhood features two waterfront parks including American Legion Memorial Park at the very north end of the neighborhood. From the park, you get sweeping views of the bay, the Everett waterfront, as well as Gedney, Whidbey, and Camano Islands. The park contains a playground, baseball field, basketball court, tennis court, picnic shelter/tables, and trails. The Legion Memorial Golf Course is just east. The park itself also has interpretive signs telling the story of Hibulb Village, the original Snohomish People’s primary winter home. There is also Grand Ave Park to the south of the neighborhood. The park is three blocks long and runs adjacent to Grand Avenue. A walking path runs the length of the park and at its north end has wonderful views of the Port of Everett Marina. Some fantastic, large old homes line Grand Avenue here, with some valued over $2 million. One of these is the Butler-Jackson House built in 1911 by prominent Everett banker William C. Butler. The Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is also located within the neighborhood. Founded in 1963, the 3.5-acre arboretum features ten themed gardens and offers tours, classes, and plant sales. Everett Community College is also within the neighborhood.
South Forest Park Neighborhood
Median Home Price $393,700 (April 2019)
Median Rental Price: $2,004 (April 2019)
The South Forest Park neighborhood is just south of the Port Gardner neighborhood and east of View Ridge-Madison. Mukilteo Blvd borders its northern end, while Evergreen Way comprises its eastern border. The neighborhood has quite a bit of forested land, anchored by its namesake Forest Park at the north end. This gorgeous 197-acre park was a product of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and was built in the 1930s. The park has something for everyone including miles of trails, a splash pad, an aquatic center, and a seasonal petting zoo. As for residential real estate, the neighborhood has a mix of single-and multi-residential structures. Single homes range in age from the 50s to modern day with the ranch style dominating the designs.
The neighborhood has a strong association that holds several events throughout the year in collaboration with its neighbor View Ridge-Madison. It also hosts and supports a community garden.
So, there you have it, our choices for the top neighborhoods in Everett. But if those don’t suit you, there are plenty of others to choose from:
- Cascade View – residential area north of Everett Mall in South Everett
- Delta – neighborhood north of downtown Everett that is primarily residential in makeup
- Evergreen – South Everett residential area
- Glacier View – neighborhood south of downtown Everett – primarily residential area
- Holly – mixed residential/commercial neighborhood on the southern edge of the city
- Lowell – Lowell is a mostly residential neighborhood southeast of downtown
- Pinehurst-Beverly Park – blend of residential and commercial structures in South Everett.
- Riverside – neighborhood northeast of downtown Everett
- Silver Lake – neighborhood on the very southern edge of the Everett metro area with residential and commercial districts surrounding Silver Lake
- Twin Creeks – a mixture of residential and commercial areas near Everett Mall
- Valley View-Sylvan Crest-Larimer Ridge – residential neighborhood in southeast Everett.
- Westmont – southwestern portion of the city, comprised of mainly multi-family housing
Zillow ranks the Everett home market “Hot” right now with a one-year growth of 4.6%. Plus, the city of Everett is expecting 60,000 new residents over the next 20 years. With the increase in population, demand for housing will continue to drive up prices if the economy stays strong. So, now may be the time to make your move to this beautiful part of Washington State. If you decide to move to Everett and need a place to temporarily store your belongings, consider using Anthem Self Storage. They offer brand-new, heated storage units at affordable rates.
About the Author: Derek Hines
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Derek is originally from the great state of Wisconsin (go Badgers), but is slowly becoming a Pacific Northwesterner. As part of the Internet Marketing team, he writes extensively on storage, moving and life for West Coast Self-Storage, based in Everett, Washington.