griffkin wrote:I live at Radford Court... if anyone has questions about the complex I'd be glad to answer them.
How do you like the neighborhood around Radford Court? I am not planning on living in the complex itself, but I'm curious about the area because it is pretty close to UW. I recently visited Seattle, but somehow we missed that section of town (NE of campus). I really liked Magnolia because we're looking for somewhere quiet and residential, so I'm wondering if there is a sort of equivalent feel closer to UW. Also, how is Magnuson Park? I loved Discovery Park, which is over by Magnolia. Thanks for the help!
The neighborhood around Radford Court is nice. IMHO it's not as nice as Magnolia, which is a really exceptional area with the views of downtown & the sound, and the bluffs and everything. But the neighborhood around here is certainly quiet and residential. You have to get pretty close to campus (University Village shopping center really, which is about 2 miles away) before things start getting busy with shops and traffic and such.
Magnuson Park is AWESOME. It's right across from Radford Court, so I go there all the time with my dog. There's lots of open space/playfields, a big off-leash dog park, a hill for flying kites, public barbeque grills, a boat launch, etc. It's really a great place to take a walk or just enjoy being by the lake. It doesn't quite have the views that Discovery Park has, but other than that it's on par.
The only drawback that I'll mention about this neighborhood is that it's incredibly difficult to get anywhere at rush hour. There are very limited options for getting on/off the freeways from the Sand Point area, and because quite a few people live up here the traffic can get really bad at rush hour on 45th (which runs east/west past the school's entrance to I-5) and on Montlake Blvd. (which runs north/south past Husky Stadium to Highway 520). Obviously, it's possible to plan to avoid the traffic, but it can be a pain in the ass.