It is hard to think that Laurelhurst was once the suburb of Seattle, as close to the city as it is, but that is exactly how this quiet little neighborhood started out. Today, it retains much of that feel with its older homes and hometown atmosphere.
The majority of the retail and commercial areas are at the edges of the neighborhood, close enough to make it easy for the average resident to grab a coffee or some food, but far enough away to allow Laurelhurst to remain the quiet neighborhood it has always been. You will find grooming services and veterinarians close by but access to a pet store will require a trip into the University District by car or bus.
Seattle weather makes walking around Laurelhurst nearly a daily thing. The weather rarely gets too cold or hot to enjoy a long walk and snow is very rare. You may have to dodge some heavy rain or even some heavier winds.
Laurelhurst definitely has its share of hills, which, while it makes for great view, can make it challenging for some to walk. If you want to get in shape, this is the way to do it.
If you are just starting out walking, walking north to south in some areas will help, since Laurelhurst has a bit of a ridge. The elevation changes are not quite so pronounced in those directions. At some point, you will have to walk up hills, however, so make sure that you and Max are up for the challenge.
The area has plenty of sidewalks and, as quiet as the neighborhood is, you will not be impeded by traffic if you choose to make your walk a jog or any other type of serious workout. The only heavy traffic you will encounter in or around Laurelhurst is along Sandpoint Way and near the Children’s Hospital that makes this area its home.
Inside the boundaries of Laurelhurst, you won’t find a lot of green spaces that are usable for you and your pup, but there are places to go nearby if you prefer not to walk on the roads and hills of Laurelhurst.
A large park in the middle of the neighborhood has a walking path that goes around the perimeter of the park. Laurelhurst playfield also has large green areas with plenty of grass and trees. Also available is the Burke Gilman Playground Park and the Burke Gilman trail that is just outside the boundaries of the neighborhood situated along Sandpoint Way. In addition to plenty of greenway access, the trail also gives you access to miles of trails, allowing you to get as much exercise as you and Max need.
Magnuson Park is your other option. It requires a short drive to get there, but it is easy to access and offers many acres of grass, beach, and trees.