Modest homes, apartment buildings, and retail make up this centrally located neighborhood. Bounded on the west side by the Interstate, on the south and east side by business districts, and on the north boundary by a park, this neighborhood is close enough to have easy access to transportation and shopping while still maintaining some of its original suburban feel.
This neighborhood has access to anything a dog lover and their pampered pooch could possibly need or want. There are multiple places nearby to get pet supplies, medical care, and even a spa day. Dog parents are similarly blessed with lots of amenities including their favorite coffee stands often within walking distance.
There are few days when a stroll is not possible. Weather here tends to avoid most extremes. Rain and wind will be your only barriers and, if you are a die-hard walker, there are really only a few days a year when that may stop you from getting your daily stroll in.
Like most Seattle neighborhoods, there are hills in the area. This neighborhood is blessed with mostly mild elevation changes that are perfect for the average walker who wants to get a bit of exercise along with their pup.
This area does have some busy roads running through its interior, as well as along its perimeter. 125th and Roosevelt Way are both major roads that lead to the Interstate or provide access through the area. With the strategic location of Pinehurst, you can expect to encounter a lot of traffic depending on how you plan your walking route. It is possible to keep your walk on residential roads away from the congestion, but doing so requires a bit of planning.
The residential roads have a suburban feel to them with no sidewalks and lots of trees. You will have to walk on the roads, but there are no cars parked on the sides, so you should be safe.
At the north end of Pinehurst, you will find a couple of great alternatives to city walking. The Thornton Creek Park is listed as a great place to walk your dog and there are hiking trails available throughout this area.
Just north of that is a public trail called the Jackson Park Trail around the golf course that is dog-friendly as well. It does not all have greenway access, but you will find sections of the trail that are wooded.
On the other side of the Interstate and just outside of Pinehurst, you will find Northacres Park, notable because there is a dog run as well as paths for walking and large grassy areas. Alternatively, at the south end of Pinehurst and just outside the boundaries is access to the Beaver Pond Natural Area which turns into the Thornton Creek and the Kingfisher Natural Area. This area has available hiking, something that is unusual for an area that is otherwise so urban.