As local Realtors®, THE FOWLER GROUP, spends a great deal of time exploring different areas of Spokane and its surrounding regions. We put together a list of a few of our favorite neighborhoods to assist you in your search for a home in Spokane.
Whether you are relocating to the area or a long time resident, deciding where to put your roots can be a hard decision. Let’s explore the many locations in Spokane many people call HOME and find the neighborhood that’s right for YOU!
Let’s start with the neighborhood everyone hears about, visits and longs to be in proximity of. Manito is an area all its own. It’s nestled on the South Hill of Spokane and offers unique neighborhoods that can’t be rivaled. From the picturesque park from which the neighborhood garners its name, to the tree lined streets, to the century old houses, Manito is not short on character. Manito Park offers play structures, serene rose gardens, and running trails. The surrounding neighborhoods offer shopping, entertainment, and wonderful dining.
Because of the idyllic nature of the neighborhood, housing is highly sought after. For those trying to purchase, values are higher than other areas and inventory does not stay on the market for long. It’s not unusual to get into competitive bidding wars for these charming homes. The neighborhood is self-supporting in its amenities and the lifestyle is difficult to replicate. In our experience, many people start their search in Manito and expand their options to other areas based on their particular needs.
One of our favorite areas for new growth and development is the Perry District. While still on the South Hill (just a few miles East of Manito) Perry offers its own unique style and vibe. The retail stores, restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee shops have made Perry District a destination. Like Manito, Perry has become a self-supporting neighborhood. The century old homes offer unique character sometimes not found in new construction. There are also great schools and parks which bring youth to the area. It is only a few minutes to downtown and even a short drive to I-90.
Each time we drive through the Perry District, we notice something new, whether it’s a local business or future development underway. The desirability for homes in the area is still high, but lower valuations, at this point, allow for far more people to compete in the market. We foresee continued development of the Perry District.
Running alongside the Spokane River, with awe inspiring views of the Spokane Falls and Spokane skyline, sits the new development known as Kendall Yards. This neighborhood is the ideal Planned Urban Development (PUD) which seeks to leverage location and amenities. If you are looking for large lots with huge private lawns and secluded privacy, this is NOT the area for you. New developments such as these are community-focused and strive to provide much more than a place to sleep, but more a place to live. The weekly Night Market draws in a great crowd and offers an eclectic blend of street food, local fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, and goodies from local makers and bakeries.
The housing options are unique themselves in that there are a mix of apartments, condos, townhomes, and stand alone cottage style houses. Most of them are built along the cliff side, with ease of access to the Centennial Trail. Also lined along the trail are restaurants, coffee shops and a children’s park. It’s hard to beat the views, amenities, and proximity to ALL Spokane has to offer.
After talking about the newest area of Spokane, it is only natural we transition to one of the older, more established areas of town. Audubon and Downriver areas are settled on the Northside of the Spokane River across from Spokane Falls Community College. Many of the neighborhoods were developed in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s which allows for more ranch style construction.
The streets are still lined with mature trees but more conifers than the South Hill maples. Few streets are main arterial and remain quiet with very little cross traffic. Northwest Boulevard runs through the neighborhood and allows ease of access to Central Spokane and the Northside. The neighborhood has its own share of locally owned businesses, restaurants, and coffee houses.
Beautiful Audubon Park gives shaded green space, along with open space and play structures. Downriver golf course, which is literally in the neighborhood’s backyard, provides a picturesque backdrop. Housing in this area is much more affordable than on the South Hill and Kendall Yards but does not share the immediate access to downtown and the freeway.
While some may enjoy the convenience of being close to the downtown hub, others seek more space and tranquility. Indian Trail sits just North of Francis Avenue on the West Side of town. Almost all the retail and commercial developments are located on Indian Trail Boulevard with housing on both sides. It is truly a “little corner” of Spokane. The architectural styles of the houses vary from ranchers and split levels to more traditional styles.
Unlike the neighborhoods further south, the convenience of location is not based on how close you are to what the city has to offer but what nature offers just outside the city. A short drive brings you to one of Spokane’s most iconic landmarks in “Bowl and Pitcher” at Riverside State Park. The views of the river and hiking surrounding the area are unmatched. Take a stroll across the suspension bridge and marvel at the power of the Spokane River.
Five Mile Prairie
Just to the east of Indian Trail, but almost 400 feet higher in elevation, Five Mile Prairie sits closer to the center of town. Consisting primarily of newer construction (though the occasional farmhouse is seen) Five Mile Prairie offers traditional 2 story homes and ranchers. Open farmland and prairies surround the newer housing developments. Bordering the prairie are beautiful view homes which can be seen throughout the rest of town. If so desired, new construction is still being developed in the area offering you the ability to customize your own home.
What is not available on the Prairie? Shopping and restaurants. Though, a short drive away at the base of the Prairie, is the Five Mile Shopping Plaza. Five Mile is conveniently located between Central and North Spokane making it feasible to get to both areas of town in just a short drive.
Newer construction, planned neighborhoods and parks – Eagle Ridge Neighborhood is home to many in Spokane. Due to it’s location, many new to Spokane aren’t aware of this housing development. A drive through the neighborhood will help you quickly realize why this is such a popular development in the area with its well maintained streets, sidewalks, manicured green spaces and parks.
Eagle Ridge offers an array of home styles from rancher to modern design. With the large selection of homes, you can often find homes for sale or build new construction.
When driving to Eagle Ridge from Spokane, you may feel like you are leaving town. It’s because you are! Take 1-90 West just to the edge of the city and start heading South on Highway 195. As you pass Qualchan Golf course, you’ll see Eagle Ridge on the hillside to your right. Since it is only a short drive from downtown it maintains a great desirability but lacks any of the bustle from city and the I-90 corridor.
Last but not least, is one of our favorites and for many reasons. Centrally located, you can get to many areas of Spokane and neighboring cities with a short drive from Peone Prairie. Though on the Prairie, you are removed from it all. Best known for its sunrise and sunset views, and close proximity to Green Bluff, it is a location desired by many!
Green Bluff is an area known for its farms that are open to the public throughout the year. Head out in the Summer months for fruit picking, and in the fall for pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and wrap up your year cutting down the perfect Christmas tree on the bluff.
Peone Prairie is comprised of mainly acreage properties with large stately homes. There are many working farms, ranches, and horse properties. If you are hoping to build your dream home, many lots are still available for purchase in the area.
Making Spokane Home…
History is an abundance in this town and it only takes a short walk or drive to enjoy its splendors. Whether you are looking for the new coffee shop, an outdoor adventure, family time at the park, delicious food, world class entertainment or a round of golf, Spokane has something for you. If we didn’t cover one of your favorite neighborhoods here, let us know and we would love to add it to our new “favorite list”.
For those of you who are relocating to Spokane or looking for a new home, this list is not extensive. Many neighboring cities may also be a fit for you including:
Nine Mile Falls
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Post Falls, ID
Please feel free to reach out to discuss any of these locations in more detail or follow us on social media to learn more about these surrounding areas.
Ryan and Danielle Fowler are a husband/wife real estate team composing The Fowler Group with Professional Realty Services. They have 3 young kids that frequently make an appearance on their social media. As a family, they enjoy many of the attractions mentioned above but favorites include the Centennial Trail, Green Bluff and local farmer’s markets.
The Fowler Group offers a unique team environment playing off both of their strengths to help you in home buying and selling. Veteran owned, serving both Eastern WA + Northern ID, they are ready to assist you. Give them a follow @fowlergroup, send an email [email protected], or call 509.951.2213 to get started TODAY in the search to finding your perfect new home.
This post was created, and sponsored, by The Fowler Group.