Originally developed by the Boeing family, this neighborhood is still an affluent neighborhood nestled between two public beaches on the Puget Sound. The character of this neighborhood makes it a very quiet community with private beaches and nothing but residential housing.
Stunning views and quiet streets more than make up for the fact that you will have to drive for anything you might need. Just outside the neighborhood along Holman Road, you will find a variety of pet stores, grooming shops, and veterinarians. You can also find food and shopping in the same areas for yourself.
The weather in Seattle makes walking idyllic for the vast majority of the year. Seattle is known for its rain, but it's not as frequent as one might think. It is quite easy to dash in between showers during even the rainiest parts of the year. Rain is the only real weather issue you will have to deal with as a walker.
North Beach definitely has a lot of hills, so if you are not an experienced walker or you and your pup are not up for that sort of a challenge, you could find walking within the actual neighborhood difficult. Short trips through the neighborhood without a lot of challenging hills is possible by walking the north to south roads as much as possible. While they are not without hills, most of the elevation changes are from the water to inland and can be minimized with the right walking route.
There are other options in the form of nearby trails in other neighborhoods that you can use for walking if you are just not up for the challenge. The neighborhood also does not have any sidewalks and some of the roads lack even a walkable shoulder. While this is a residential area only, it still pays to be cautious as you move through this neighborhood.
North Beach has a few different options for areas to take your dog that are not pavement. The North Beach Park is in the south end of the neighborhood and offers trails where you can walk with your pooch. The park is actually a ravine, so while the natural setting is wonderful, you should keep in mind that the terrain can be rough.
Also available is the Sound View Playfield which has a large area of open field where your pup can feel the grass beneath their feet. There are two private beaches that residents have access to as well: the North Beach entrance and the Blue Ridge Beach Park.
In addition, this neighborhood is sandwiched between two of the most popular beaches in the north end of Seattle. Both beaches have hiking available and Golden Gardens is where the Burke Gilman Trail starts which can be a good alternative for those who do not feel comfortable walking the open roads of North Beach.