Home sweet home - local neighborhoods
Spokane is home to approximately 2,000 historic properties. Built in 1879, the Strong House is the oldest house listed.
In 1889, a disastrous fire destroyed 32 city blocks downtown. A young architect named Kirtland Cutter rose from the ashes and won contracts to design many new buildings. Near the turn of the century, he was hired to design luxurious homes for Spokane’s wealthy businessmen. Among Cutter’s mansions are the Campbell House, now part of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and the Glover Mansion which is still used for events. Cutter’s influence in architecture grew, and today Spokane is said to have more of his work than anywhere in the world. His designs can still be seen in some of the early 20th Century homes dotting our neighborhoods.
No matter what you and your family need in a house, you can find the perfect home in the Spokane area. Want a water view? You have your choice of rivers, lakes or streams. Prefer a maintenance-free senior bungalow? We have plenty. Family-filled neighborhood? We’ve got those, too. Historic fixer-upper? You bet. New downtown condo? Those, too. Our neighborhoods range from hip to historic, artsy to animal-friendly, walkable to waterfront.
Location: Spokane’s downtown area hugs both sides of the Spokane River
You’ll find urban living at its finest with new lofts and condominiums, many in historic brick buildings, scattered throughout downtown Spokane. Theaters, restaurants, galleries, wineries, movie houses, parks and a host of shops are within walking distance. A skywalk system connects many office buildings and stores, so rain or shine, getting around is climate-controlled. And just steps away is iconic Riverfront Park, split down the middle by the Spokane River.
On the north bank of the Spokane River is downtown’s newest upscale urban district, Kendall Yards. The unique neighborhood offers a mix of homes and apartments, diverse businesses, local restaurants and gorgeous views – all with easy access to the Centennial Trail.
Location: West of Maple Street between Third Avenue and the Spokane River
Browne’s Addition is Spokane’s oldest residential neighborhood. Featuring historic mansions mixed with restored and modern apartments and condos, it’s just a short walk to downtown. It’s also where you’ll find the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Campbell House and several neighborhood eateries all within eyesight of each other. Every summer Browne’s Addition hosts ArtFest, one of the city’s favorite community celebrations, in the heart of the neighborhood, Coeur d’Alene Park.
The South Hill
Location: South of downtown between U.S. 195 and Krell Hill
The South Hill is an oasis of green from spring through the first cold snap, turning golden in the fall and snowy white in winter. Homes cover the gamut of architectural styles reflecting the city’s growth through the decades and the styles of the times. Families gather to feed the ducks, sled the hills, wander the gardens and picnic under the trees in Manito, Cannon Hill, Comstock, Cliff, Liberty, Lincoln, Underhill and Grant parks. Homes on the Upper South Hill are newer, and shopping and dining include big box stores and chain restaurants intermixed with locally-owned shops and eateries. Families love its quiet streets and convenience to downtown.
Location: South of downtown surrounding Perry Street
A lively little hive of unique shops and eateries, urban rehab has taken hold in this walkable, fun neighborhood. There’s a brewery with a recycled barn wood exterior and industrial-themed interior, an herbal and natural food store with a windmill facade, a coffee shop in a converted auto garage and a pizza place in another, a trendy women’s athletic store, a yoga studio, a bike shop, wine bar and restaurants galore. A small farmer’s market and annual street fair keep things humming in spring, summer and fall.
Location: East of downtown between Perry Street and Park Road
Another of Spokane’s original neighborhoods, East Central has more than 600 historic homes, four parks and 1,300 businesses. Originally settled by Scandinavian immigrants, East Central today is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the county.
The North Side
Location: North of Broadway Avenue and beyond
With Riverside State Park and Mt. Spokane State Park nearby, the North Side features single-family homes for all income levels, apartment communities and retirement villages. Close by are business parks, major shopping centers and an abundance of restaurants and pubs. The French Renaissance style Spokane County Courthouse cuts a unique skyline, historic homes on Summit Boulevard overlook the Spokane River, and Gonzaga University sits on its banks. The Garland District is an eclectic blend of businesses, including art galleries and boutiques, and is home to Spokane’s longest operating, independently-owned movie house. Whitworth University, the Spokane Country Club, golf courses, small family farms at Green Bluff and the communities of Mead and Deer Park are a short jaunt north.
Location: East of Spokane to Liberty Lake
Once prime farmland, Spokane Valley is a mix of suburban neighborhoods, retail centers, and commercial and industrial complexes. Many delightful parks and green spaces are nearby, and the beautiful Spokane River is just a few minutes’ drive away.
Location: East of Spokane to the Idaho State Line
Liberty Lake grew in all the right ways from a lakeside settlement to a beautifully planned assortment of neighborhoods, parks and clusters of shopping and dining areas. Several high-tech companies are headquartered here, but their low-profile, tree-studded campuses help them blend into the fabric of Liberty Lake.
Location: 17 miles southwest of Spokane
Cheney is home to Eastern Washington University, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, two districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo.
West Plains & Airway Heights
Location: 10 minutes southwest of Spokane
Home to Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane County’s largest employer, and the Spokane International Airport, this area features affordable apartments and single-family homes, a growing retail and manufacturing community and Northern Quest Resort & Casino.
North Idaho/Coeur d’Alene
Location: 30 minutes east of downtown Spokane
Best known as a resort town, Coeur d’Alene is also home to quaint neighborhoods and 25-mile long Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Education Corridor, a partnership between the city, North Idaho College, University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College is located minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene. Nearby Post Falls and Hayden are residential and commercial centers. Renowned for their beauty and outdoor recreation, Priest Lake and Lake Pend Oreille are scenic 40-75 minute drives north.
In 2015, Spokane was named an All-America City (AAC) by the National Civic League for the third time in 41 years. The oldest and most prestigious community recognition awards in the country, only 10 AAC awards are given out each year.