Phinney Ridge is a charming bedroom community of classic Seattle bungalows, a well-established community center, beloved small businesses and a world-renowned zoo. Phinney Ridge is named for the ridge that runs north and south between Ballard and Green Lake from North 45th to North 85th Streets. Ballard is to the west, Green Lake to the north, and Fremont to the south. Phinney Ridge's main thoroughfare, Phinney Avenue North, is home to many small businesses, shops and popular local restaurants such as Mae's Phinney Ridge Cafe and Red Mill Burgers.
Neighborhood anchor Phinney Neighborhood Center makes its home in the original Allen School building and hosts family-oriented events ranging from puppet shows to art exhibits to fitness classes for seniors to classes on retrofitting homes for earthquakes.
Locals and visitors alike are drawn to Phinney Ridge by the internationally acclaimed Woodland Park Zoo. The Zoo began in 1899 as a menagerie on the estate of Guy C. Phinney, a Canadian-born lumber mill owner and real estate developer for whom the Ridge was named. The Zoo hosts the Zoo Tunes summer concert series, Zoomasium, an interactive play space for kids, and the Zoo Doo composting program, which enriches local gardens with fertilizer from exotic animals.