Rainier Valley is one of Seattle’s most economically, religiously and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Known for high levels of community involvement, residents work to retain Rainier Valley’s hometown appeal. Familiar chain stores, a global grab bag of ethnic establishments, restaurants and other businesses are plentiful. Residents enjoy easy access to downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport via four area light rail stations. The Rainier Valley Cultural Center hosts performances, programs and workshops. The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival is celebrated the third Saturday of August.
Ravenna sits directly north of the U-DIstrict convenient to many amenities including the University of Washington, shopping at University Village, I-5, Ravenna Park and Burke-Gilman Trail. Neighborhood residents are mostly upper middle class, well educated people,many of whom are active in the local community association. Small bakeries, family restaurants, and unique shops draw locals and visitors alike. Ravenna is home to the Congregation Beth Shalom, Full Life Care(a non-profit agency for seniors), a library, and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center offering special events and programs. Local house styles vary, including bungalows, Tudors, and Craftsman homes.