Seattle’s Northgate Neighborhood is a
Great Place to Live and Play

Foundation House at Northgate is a wonderful retirement community. One of the aspects of living here that our residents enjoy the most is being in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood – one of the best places to retire. Northgate has it all!

Our Seattle senior apartments are nestled in a quiet neighborhood yet we’re just minutes from downtown Seattle, medical and dental offices, museums, theaters, restaurants, and more. Did we mention shopping? You’ll be within walking distance of a Target Superstore, Northgate Mall, Nordstrom’s, and many more stores.

Getting there is easy in our shuttle, walk a block to the public bus stop, drive your own car, or walk. Northgate earned an amazing walking score of 75 out of 100! The sidewalks are wide, the terrain is nearly flat, our neighborhood streets are quiet, and we’re right across the street from lovely Hubbard Homestead Park.

Seattle is known as the Emerald City – it’s a great place to live, and is one of the best places to retire in the US. With the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, the San Juan Islands, the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, the Seattle Art Museum and Asian Art Museum, to mention a few, there is always something to see and do in and around our Seattle senior apartment area.

Here are some links to destinations in the local community:


  • Hotel Nexus at Northgate – When family comes to town and they want to stay nearby, the Hotel Nexus is a great choice. It’s only a half-mile from Foundation House, and offers free shuttle service to-and-from, as well as discounts for residents. –


  • Northgate Mall – You can walk over to the mall just two blocks from Foundation House! Shop at Nordstrom, Macy’s, JC Penny’s, Nordstrom Rack, and over 100 specialty shops –
  • Alderwood Mall –  Just 10 minutes north of Foundation House, Alderwood has been transformed into a major shopping, dining and entertainment destination center, adding over 50 new stores, restaurants and theaters. Down the street from Alderwood Mall on Alderwood Mall Parkway, you can find a Nordstrom Rack, Babys’R’Us, Best Buy, David’s Bridal, Old Navy and Barnes and Noble –
  • Northgate North Shopping Center – Directly across from the Northgate Mall features a Target Superstore, Best Buy electronics, Ross Dress-for-Less, Sports Authority, and Quiznos Subs.
  • University Village –  Four miles south of Foundation House, offering open air lifestyle shopping. Find stores such as The Apple Store, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Microsoft Store, Restoration Hardware and much more –
  • Pacific Place Mall – Downtown Seattle’s premier shopping center features Tiffany’s, Williams-Sonoma, Coach, Pottery Barn, and 11-screen AMC theatre and a skybridge connection to the flagship Nordstrom store –
  • Westlake Center – An intimate shopping experience just a few blocks from Pike Place Market. Aveda, Talbots, Montblanc, and local retailers like Fireworks and Something Silver are among the many shops here –


  • Anthony’s – Fresh Northwest seafood.
  • Arnie’s Restaurant – A favorite among Foundation House residents, features some of the best seafood in the Seattle area –
  • Ray’s Boathouse – The freshest seafood from local and global markets.

Seattle Center

The Seattle Center, originally constructed for the 1962 World’s Fair is really at the center of it all. Make a day of it and explore all that Seattle Center has to offer –

Essential Seattle Area Attractions

  • Pike Place Market – The oldest, continuously operating, open-air market in the country, Pike Place is the soul of Seattle. World famous Pike Place Market offers flying fish, crafts, flowers and the original Starbucks store right on the Puget Sound waterfront –
  • The Seattle Great Wheel – delivers stunning views of the city and Puget Sound year ’round, any time of day or night, rain or shine.
  • Sky View Observatory at Columbia Center – Amazing 360 degree panoramic views from the tallest building in Seattle –
  • Woodland Park Zoo – popular with the young and young at heart –
  • Green Lake Park – one of Seattle’s most beloved parks. Green Lake Park serves as a nature reserve for trees, plants, birds, and waterfowl. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the lake or sit and take it all in –
  • Pioneer Square – The historic heart of Seattle where Klondike Gold Rush expeditions stocked up on their gear and the city got its start. Don’t miss the Underground
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – See the salmon climb the fish ladder, walk the botanical gardens, watch boats go from fresh to salt water through these two navigational locks –
  • Alki beach – A drive across the West Seattle Bridge takes you to a great spot for tanning and hanging out when the weather is warm and spectacular views all year round.
  • Snoqualmie Falls –




Festivals and Special Events

  • Northwest Flower & Garden Show – Jump-start the spring gardening season at North America’s third largest spring flower show held at the Seattle Convention Center. Gardens, free seminars and hands-on demonstrations help you to move from the cold, gray days of winter to the high-energy phase of spring –
  • Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center – Each Memorial Day weekend, over 1,000 performers representing 100 countries present traditional and ethnic dance, music and storytelling on 17 stages ranging from full professional indoor theaters to spacious outdoor amphitheaters –
  • Seattle International Film Festival/Cinema Seattle – Spring’s high point, SIFF brings Seattle audiences a chance to participate in the largest and most highly attended film festival in the country. Each year the festival attracts directors, actors and critics from all over the world to participate in special events, post-film Q&A sessions and provocative discussions –
  • Bumbershoot – Each Labor Day weekend, Bumbershoot (the word is derived from an old British word for “umbrella”) showcases the work of over 2,500 artists from regional favorites to international superstars. Poets, painters, dancers, divas, comedians filmmakers, musicians, clowns acrobats, bands and more perform at the four-day feast of music, art and film –
  • Seattle Home Show – One of the nation’s largest and oldest consumer home shows featuring an exciting display area at the Seahawks Exhibition Center. Idea Street™ expands the show by 60,000+ square feet in a space adjacent to the Seahawks Exhibition Center. This unique “community” features 5 fully-furnished and landscaped model homes –

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11301 3rd Avenue Northeast

Very Walkable

“… I walk to everything—the gym, Northgate Mall, the movie theatre … Target, Best Buy …”
~ Jessie

Fun activities for everyone – ball games, museums, theater, shopping, and more.

Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood is a great place to live and play!