Broadview is a middle-class neighborhood tucked into the northwest corner of Seattle. This area has been around and home to families for many decades, but until recently, there has been little else. Over the past few decades, there was a profusion of growth along the eastern edge of the neighborhood that includes apartments and a few small businesses, but the remainder of the neighborhood remains as quiet as it has always been.
Businesses are clustered at the major intersections on the far east of the neighborhood. You will not find any of Rocket’s amenities in near proximity, but fortunately, a quick trip to Bitter Lake, Greenwood, or any of the other surrounding communities will help you find everything you need.
The climate in Seattle is ideal for daily walks. Moderate temperatures and rare extremes or snow make walking a daily pleasure. Your only real impediment are the occasional Pacific storms that bring heavy rain and wind.
Broadview is situated on the west side of a ridge, so the streets begin to slope towards the Puget Sound on the west side almost immediately after you enter the neighborhood. The closer you get to the water, the more hilly it becomes. This neighborhood offers a wide range of terrain in terms of elevation. Up closer to Greenwood, the east to west changes in elevation are minor and allow for a bit of exercise without going overboard, but the hills closer to the water in the west can be very challenging.
The majority of roads throughout this neighborhood do not have sidewalks, but the roads are fairly quiet and you have the freedom to choose your own route. The only exceptions to this are the larger cross roads such where there is a fair amount of traffic. Some of these areas have sidewalks and crosswalks while others do not, so they require caution when passing through.
Broadview is very walkable, but if you want to find a bit of nature for your dog, you are best looking at some of the available options for hiking that this area is fortunate enough to offer.
Llandover Woods is at the north end of Broadview and, although it is fairly small, there is a nice one-mile hike through the woods that is great for people and dogs. Be advised that the hike is steep, so if you or Rocket are out of shape, you might want to wait on this one.
The same can be said for many of the hikes at Carkeek Park at the south end of Broadview. This park has Puget Sound access and has long been a place for beach combers, train watchers, picnickers, and hikers. There are a number of trails crisscrossing through the park, some of them more difficult than others. There are 220 acres and plenty to keep you and Rocket busy.