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Better know a neighborhood – Sandpoint, Seattle
February 25, 2008, 12:05 pm
Filed under: Architecture, BKaN, Seattle, Suburban Architecture

Title Sand Point

Officially, it’s labeled as View-Ridge on the map but everybody seems to call this little modern gem of a neighborhood Sand-Point. And rightly so – I mean, come-on every ridge has a view but not every point has sand (actually we’re not sure this point has sand either, but that’s our story and we’re sticking to it). Sand Point sits between 65th and 75th street to the north. 45th Ave NE provides an approximate western boundary and to the east it terminates at Magnuson Park and Lake Washington.

Map - Sand Point, Seattle

The neighborhood is a textbook example of mid-century modern architecture and landscaping. Many of the original mid-century homes and grounds have been immaculately maintained while newer work is discovering a zeitgeist of its own. A surprising number of new homes have an architectural vocabulary in common; simple massing, gently sloping shed roofs, and walls of glass. 60 years of well composed architecture along with a smashing view of Lake Washington and the Cascades make this neighborhood great for a walk on a clear day.

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

The low, horizontal roof massing almost disappears behind the well manicured landscaping.
Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc

Sand Point, Seattle houses, photo by BUILD llc
[Photos by BUILD llc]

View Ridge elementary at 7047 50th Ave NE – nice clean lines and walls of glassRidge View school, photo by BUILD llc
[Photo by BUILD llc]

Sand Point Community Church at 4710 NE 70th Street
Sand Point Community Church, Seattle, photo by BUILD llc
[Photo by BUILD llc]

Magnuson Park sits on the point aforementioned (which may or may not be made of sand). On a sunny day the park is a great escape from the city. The grounds were previously occupied as an airfield and a naval base, today it is shared between the city and NOAA. With an abundance of land and large empty buildings, Magnuson Park frequently hosts large scale art exhibits. The park is also home to a large bird habitat, the Fin-Art installation and the Sound-Garden.

Fin Art
Magnuson Park, Fin Art, Seattle, photo by BUILD llc
[Photo by BUILD llc]

Sound-garden
Sound Garden, Seattle

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Hey, this is my neighborhood! It is actually called View Ridge by most that live here, even the parts that are actually in nearby Hawthorne Hills (south of 65th). There are still good examples of 1950s modern–and even a few art deco/moderne–to be found, but they are slowly disappearing. Just across the street from some of the houses you show there are some awful McMansion type homes being built. Aside from View Ridge Elementary, which you show, be sure to check out Eckstein Middle School on NE 75th. Although built in 1950, it has elements that remind me of Willem Dudok’s designs. Cheers.

Comment by Kent

Kent – thanks for the info. Good to know about the View Ridge name. We noticed that the McMansions are definitely moving in unfortunately. The Eckstein school sounds great – we’ll check it out.

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