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Jackie, Home Buyer in Georgia

What kind of neighborhood is Interbay in Seattle? Specifically north near the Fishermans Terminal.

Asked by Jackie, Georgia Mon Oct 29, 2007

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Wow, that was an intense answer from Stirling...
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 20, 2010
Interbay was originally a marshy tide flat filled in by 40 years of garbage and dirt deposit. Interbay is what many (most) consider to be a light-industry slum. Part of the problem is that it has the region's fishing industry berthed to the far North, and an industrial port to the far South, and a mass series of active railroad activity throughout. The so-called "mall" which was supposed to be built was stopped half-way because of a lawsuit pending by the builders of a new PC Market -meant to be the flagship store in the area. This halted all progress in the area. My professional opinion is that it's a great geographical locale with future potential for someone willing to invest the billions necessary. It's 5 minutes to downtown proper. But aesthetic wise it's a rundown, dirty, drug infested, crime-laden, locomotive fumed and unsafe eyesore. Interbay was where the city dump was 1946-1969, and home of arsenic mecca Tsubota Steel. The seagulls still flock to the grassland areas covering the make shift golf course in search of garbage bits which surface after each rain storm. It's also home to a U.S. National Guard jail and motor-pool. How do I know this? I've lived adjacent to Interbay for 50 years. BTW, Interbay is the sunken area which lies between Queen Anne Hill to the East, and Magnolia to the West. Elliot Bay is to the South, and Salmon Bay (across the bay is Ballard) to the North.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 14, 2009
Interbay is the flat area between Magnolia and Queen Anne Hill. The area includes a mixture of residential properties and light industrial and retail businesses. For the most part, the residential areas are East of 15th Avenue on the Queen Anne side of Interbay and generally includes apartments and condos. There aren't a lot of single family homes in the Interbay area. The area north by Fisherman's Terminal is considered Magnolia and includes a mixture of commercial and residential properties. Tucked on the far north end are some fairly nice properties along the ship canal and the locks.

Interbay has seen a lot of changes with a number of retail & service businesses moving into the area. Also, a fairly large retail complex is being developed which will include a Whole Foods market on 15th just south of Amory.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 29, 2007
Years ago I lived on the interbay sideof Magnolia and the only concern is the Rail Road switching yard noise late at night. If you can keep away from that it is a great location, but there are only two reasonable roads out of the area, Dravus and Nickerson interchange and these both are very busy at certain times making a short commute seem much longer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 20, 2010
Great location for commute, very close to expensive real estate in Queen Anne and Magnolia. Interbay homes are more affordable, the area is definitely more mixed-use, industrial, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 16, 2009
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