Percentage of city: 4 percent
Under 18: 869 (19 percent of the area)
Housing Units: 2,217
The Woodridge neighborhood area includes the entirety of Woodridge Hill, a residential area rising just south of downtown and east of Interstate 405, and a long strip of multifamily, office and light industrial development flanking Richards Road.
Woodridge is characterized by quiet streets and comfortable family homes – many with views of Lake Washington, downtown Bellevue and Seattle. Much of the community’s daily life revolves around Woodridge Elementary School, at the top of the hill.
Norwood Village, built on Woodridge Hill by World War II veterans in the late 1940s, adds historical and architectural significance to the community. Local architects designed the Norwood housing to take advantage of outstanding views. By varying home design and creatively placing homes on lots to maximize views, developers managed to avoid the uniform look of tract housing – and the project was praised in 1952 editions of home and garden magazines.
Both Woodridge and Norwood developed their own community swimming pools, which still attract families to the neighborhood.
After World War II, most of Woodridge Hill was an undeveloped tangle of blackberry vines, trees and undergrowth. In 1947, a nonprofit veterans organization acquired 48 acres – which was to become Lower Norwood – to build homes for returning veterans. Woodridge Hill continued to develop over the next two decades, and was annexed to the city in 1966.
Kelsey Creek Park
Bannerwood Ballfield Park
Norwood Village Park
Woodridge Water Tower Park
Woodridge Elementary School