Neighborhood Guide

What's Around the Seattle House

Getting Around

Public Transit

There are several bus stations near the Seattle House. The closest bus lines are the 65/67 and the 75. For a detailed map of the local bus routes, click here. For help in planning trips by bus, consider downloading the Puget Sound Trip Planner or OneBusAway apps for iPhone and Android.

The LINK Rail system is a convenient way to reach downtown Seattle and Seatac Airport. The closest LINK station is the University of Washington Station, two miles from the Seattle House. It can be accessed by foot, car, or bus.

Both the local bus lines and the LINK rail accept cash or ORCA cards as payment. For help obtaining an ORCA card, please visit the ORCA website.

Other Options

Ride-sharing apps, like Lyft or Uber, are popular for short trips. There are usually enough drivers in the area that a car can arrive within a few minutes of a request.

For short bike rides, Seattle now has a dockless bike rental service. Limebike has a network of bikes stashed around the city — there are nearly always some bikes in either the Burke-Gilman Park or at Seattle Children’s. Download the Lime app to learn more about how to unlock and ride the bicycles. (Please note that these services do not provide helmets, so you’ll have to bring your own.)

Around the House

Grocery Stores

Metropolitan Market (6:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.)
5250 40th Ave NE
Boutique grocery store offering high-end staples and ready-to-go food.

QFC (5:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.)
2746 NE 45th St (In University Village)

Safeway  (5:00 a.m. – 12:00 am)

7340 35th Ave NE


The closest shopping mall to the Seattle House is University Village, located approximately one mile from the House. It contains many restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies. The stores at University Village include Pottery Barn Kids, Gap, Banana Republic, Crate & Barrel, and more. Click here for a full directory.


Burke-Gilman Playground Park
5201 Sand Point Way NE
This park is adjacent to the House and features a walking path, play structures, basketball courts, and picnic tables.

Burke-Gilman Trail
This multi-use trail runs near the House and is popular with cyclists, joggers, and walkers. To the east, it continues to Magnuson Park. To the west, it continues to the University District, Fremont, and Ballard neighborhoods.

Bryant Neighborhood Playground
Corner of 40th Ave NE and NE 65th Streets
The playground is appropriate for children of all ages offering climbers, decks and platforms, ladders, a pipe barrier, slides, a spring toy, swings, a track ride, a transfer station, and a whirl. This park also has basketball hoops, two fenced tennis courts, and large open spaces perfect for playing.

Laurelhurst Playfield
NE 41st St & 48th Ave NE
This sports complex features tennis courts, ball fields, and a children’s play area.

Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
This large park sits on the coast of Lake Washington. It contains beaches, walking trails, picnic areas, a 20,000 square foot play area, and much more! Definitely the premiere park of Northeast Seattle.


Volunteer barbers visit the House periodically to give free haircuts to our residents. Check the posted schedule to see if any are visiting soon. Here are some other local options.

Great Clips
5401 25th Ave NE

Laurelhurst Barber

3613 NE 45th

Rudy’s Barber Shop

3620 NE 45th St

Gyms & Pools

Meadowbrook Pool
10515 35th Ave NE
Offers swimming lessons, lap swimming, family swimming, a rope swing, and more.

Ballard Pool
1471 NW 67th St.
Offers swimming lessons, lap swimming, family swimming, a rope swing, and more.

Movie Theaters

AMC Seattle 10
4500 9th Ave NE
This University District theater offers reserved seating and unique dining options.

Regal Cinemas Thornton Place 14 and IMAX
301 NE 103rd St
During the summer months, this theater offers $1 showtimes for morning movies. Check their website for more info.

Beyond the Neighborhood

There’s a lot more to Seattle than just the neighborhood around the House! Ask at the Front Desk about passes to the zoo or aquarium. They can also provide information and directions to downtown tourist sights, sporting events, and more.

Many museums in the Seattle area offer free admission on the first Thursday of the month, and others offer free admission to children all the time. Check this list for more info about specific museums.