Northgate is the largest neighborhood in north Seattle and encompasses several other neighborhoods in addition to the area directly surrounding the Northgate Mall. Northgate rose up around the Northgate Mall which is the first and oldest covered mall in the United States. A resurgence of development and a complete remodel on the world's oldest mall have gone a long way to revitalize the area.
There is a wide range of housing types and commercial businesses throughout the great neighborhood. You can definitely get all of FiFi’s needs met within the community from pet stores to vets and grooming services. This is the home of the coffee stand, so you will have many opportunities to grab a drink and even a puppicino for your pampered pooch.
Seattle climate is mild, so much so you will find walking is rarely a problem. Snow is an event that is typically limited to once every few years and extreme temperatures are rare.
This is a neighborhood that covers a lot of varied terrain. You will find everything from steep hills to flat terrain and there is no organization to it. If terrain becomes a big issue for you because you are first starting out with walking or you are a seasoned pro and need a more challenging walk, the best advice is to take the time to map out your route. For most residents, it is entirely possible to have both extremes and something in the middle.
These neighborhoods also vary a lot in how crowded they are and what type of walking conditions you might encounter. The neighborhood is overall pretty densely packed and not all of these areas are suitable for walking. The farther up north you are, the more chance you will find areas that are quiet enough to walk.
Most of these neighborhoods do not have sidewalks. The closer you get to more densely urban areas of Seattle, the more you will find.
You have a lot of options for greenways throughout the greater Northgate neighborhood. To the north, the largest green spaces exist. Thornton Creek Park is on the south side of the Jackson Park Golf Course. This green space is completely wooded and has trails in it, making it the perfect place for a Saturday morning stroll.
Just to the north, the golf course has a trail around the entire course which makes for a great place to go for a walk. There is lots of green grass and trees for your pup to explore here. North Acres Park has a large wooded area and trails as well, but even better for Fifi, it has an off-leash area where they can really stretch their legs and explore.
There are a lot of small parks scattered throughout the rest of the Northgate neighborhood, including Hubbard Homestead across from the mall, Victory Creek Park to the east, Northgate Park, and the Maple Leaf Reservoir.